Worcester Weekly, Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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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. 27 — Wings of Freedom World War II aircraft show, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Worcester Regional Airport, 375 Airport Drive When pops says America doesn’t make things like it used to, this is what the ol’ codger is talking about. Check out the Collings Foundation’s tour stop at the airport, featuring legendary aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51C Mustang. If you have an extra few hundred bucks lying around, you could get yourself airborne (a couple grand gets your hands on the dual controls of the Mustang!). Reservations for Flight Experiences are “highly recommended,” per the website, though no indication whether the pun was intended. The Sun is working to confirm.

A P51-C Mustang will be among the renowned aircraft at the Wings of Freedom show Sunday at Worcester Regional Airport.

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A P51-C Mustang will be among the renowned aircraft at the Wings of Freedom show Sunday at Worcester Regional Airport.

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William S. Coleman III


William S. Coleman III

Mayor Joseph M. Petty


Mayor Joseph M. Petty

Michael Gaffney

City Councilor Michael T. Gaffney

Monday, Sept. 28  —  Mayoral candidates debate, 7-9 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. To hear politics debated in historic Mechanics Hall can leave one feeling they are back in the time of top hats, tails and handlebar mustaches. The second of four debates sponsored by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau features Mayor Joseph M. Petty and challengers, City Councilor Michael T. Gaffney and William S. Coleman III.  We’ll be counting the number of times “Philly Plan,” “CitySquare” and “raise for the next mayor” come up. 

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Tuesday, Sept. 29 — Film screening: “Merchants of Doubt,” 7-9 p.m., ST102, Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. This 2014 documentary is based on the well-received 2010 book by Erik Conway and Naomi Oreskes, which sheds light on the shady practices of pundits-for-hire who purport themselves as subject matter experts but who mainly advance an agenda of confusion by injecting skewed information into controversial public debate. The screening is free and open to the public. Good luck finding a place to park!

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Wednesday, Sept. 30 — City Councilor at-large Candidate Forum, 6-7:30 p.m., Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St. In its second in a series of four candidate forums leading up to the Nov. 3 general election, the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship invites all council hopefuls — not just those fancy-pants mayor wannabes from Monday night — to discuss a most-pressing topic for the community, “Growing Worcester’s Economy: Youth Opportunities and Business Development.” Let’s hope the candidates bring some substantive ideas to the table and leave the bloviation to Trump and his pals on the national stump.

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Thursday, Oct. 1 — Starting A Business (Building Your Management Team) workshop, 8:45 a.m.-noon, Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, Main and Maywood streets Ever been lurching toward the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts, another miserable Thursday with your boss mere minutes from its dreary debut, and thought to yourself: Self, this is bull@%#^, we should start our own business? Of course you have. Well, this Thursday you can do something about it. Leave that gut grenade of a sausage sandwich behind and head over to Clark’s Small Business Development Center to hear from a panel of local business leaders on how to avoid mistakes in building your new endeavor from the ground up.

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Friday, Oct. 2 — North High football vs. Holy Name, 7 p.m., Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. Of the 23 Central Mass. high school football games on the slate tonight, only one gridiron in Worcester will be lit up. You can go to West Boylston anytime, so why not check out this matchup featuring Naps running back/safety Kevin Mensah, who is on the national recruiting radar, and dynamic Polar Bears senior playmakers Edward Boamah and Madison Greene, who ran for 10 TDs last season. Speaking of last fall, the Naps topped the Polar Bears, 30-19.

Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium


Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium

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Saturday, Oct. 3 — Gala of the Royal Horses, 7:30 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Ever heard of an Andalusian horse? Well then, you should either take the Jeopardy! quiz or clear your calendar this Saturday and experience the North American tour of the Gala of the Royal Horses. The show combines the majesty and strength of the four royal breeds with the pageantry of live performers from across the globe. Tickets range from $27-$77.

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Monday, Sept. 28 — Building a Secure and Sustainable World, a lecture on the abolition of weapons of mass destruction, 4:30-6 p.m., Rehm Library, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.
Holy Cross alumnus and former senior adviser to the House Armed Services Committee Paul Walker sees an “urgent need to establish global, enforceable norms for peaceful resolution of conflict.” In this light, he will discuss the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, decades of global efforts to abolish them, and the environmental and public health considerations involved. Walker is the international director of environmental security and sustainability for Green Cross International. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Friday, Oct. 30 — The Worcester Rotary Club “Goulish” Glow Ball Tournament, 3-9 p.m., Pine Ridge Golf Course, 28 Pleasant St., North Oxford  We like golf, we like nighttime and we like prime rib. If you do, too, then mark your calendar for the Rotary Club’s fundraiser for its service fund. The event kicks off at 3 p.m., where you’ll play your first nine holes. Then you adjourn from 5-7 for a tasty prime rib dinner. Assuming you can still move after chowing down, it’s back out to play the final nine under the lights, so to speak.

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