There’s a lot going on in the city. Many of the events don’t need our help in drawing a crowd, but some do. Here’s our take on some of this week’s most worthwhile events.
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Sunday, Sept. 20 — stART on the Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Avenue, between Highland and Pleasant streets While confused out-of-town drivers are stopped in their tracks on their way to check out the Sunday deals at Percy’s, hip Worcesterites in the know will start to hoof down to the Elm Park area for an autumn afternoon of vibrant colors, characters and creativity. An estimated 50,000+ last year roamed the sea of vendors, enjoyed various street performers and stage acts, and reveled in food offerings from baklava sundaes to food trucks. Start your week off right.
Monday, Sept. 21 — Mechanics Hall “double feature,” 321 Main St.
Annual Celebration of Excellence, 5 p.m. At this 172nd meeting of the Worcester County Mechanics Association, the 23rd Master Mechanic Award will be presented to the Crowley Family. With guest speaker Ralph R. Crowley, CEO of Polar Beverages, a reception follows at 6 p.m., and reservations are requested (see the Mechanics Hall website for more).
Worcester Municipal Debate: School Committee candidates, 7 p.m. Are you ready for some posturing? It’s that time of year again, time to tighten the chin strap and confidently approach the line of scrimmage — the trenches are, after all, where the game is won or lost. See which school board hopefuls are up for the challenge in this forum sponsored by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 — Inclusion Initiative grant information session, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Banx Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square The Inclusion Initiative is a grant program administered by Third Sector New England that pushes local nonprofits toward solutions for poverty and inequality through collaboration. The grant addresses root causes of poverty through six main areas: arts & culture, education, healthcare, environmental justice, community and economic development, and youth development.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 (through Oct. 14) — Nature of Central Massachusetts, 7-8:30 p.m., Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road If the wildlife of Sunday street artists and politicians jockeying for position aren’t enough for you, maybe a bit of an escape would do you some good. Consider this four-week program that delves into the natural history and unique ecosystem of the region, from the Ware and Nashua rivers to the Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs. Oh, and there are weekend field trips. Cost is $80 for members ($100 non-members).
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Thursday, Sept. 24 — Assumption College HumanArts series presents the Bach Consort of Worcester, noon-1 p.m., Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St. You look like a Bach guy. But, hey, who’s not these days? No, not the ubiquitous car salesman; don’t worry, there will be no clunkers or horrible jazz standards here. Straight classical, son. Guest artist Kirsten Hadden Lipkens is an acclaimed oboist and teacher. She joins soloist Peter Sulski in leading a cadre of accomplished musicians through some of Bach’s best-known works, like his famed double concerto. Admission is free.
Friday, Sept. 25 — The Harvey Ball, 6-10:30 p.m. (VIP reception, 5:30-7), Crompton Collective White Room, 138 Green St. Join the Worcester Historical Museum as it turns Crompton Collective into “The Golden Oyster Club” for the night and presents its 15th annual Harvey Ball Smile Award to the Canal District Alliance. Mingle with the upper crust (or the Sun; we’ll be there) during cocktail hour, or take a shot at Smile of Fortune before the awards presentation and charity auctions give way to an evening of dancing and desserts. Enough to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Saturday, Sept. 26 — Children’s Friend Kick It Up For The Kids 5K Walk & Run, starts 11 a.m. (registration, 10), Elm Park Children’s Friend was founded in 1849 and stakes its claim as the oldest child and family service agency in Central Massachusetts. Participants in the 3.1-mile run or walk raise funds to benefit the programs at the agency. Entry fee is $20-$25, and the show goes on rain or shine. Free T-shirts for anyone who raises $50 or more.
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