Worcester Weekly, Oct. 11-17

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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 places to go and things to do.

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Sunday, Oct. 11 — Worcester Columbus Day Parade, 12:30 p.m., Shrewsbury Street, starts at corner of Aitchison Street We all know the story of how an ambitious cartographer-turned-explorer stumbled upon his most significant discovery: Imagine, you guide your Pinto into Worcester only to find a park mysteriously bearing your name! Well, while insisting on an annual parade in his honor, Cristoforo Colombo did indeed have a humble side, which he showed by encouraging half the city to call his namesake 60 acres East Park.

Afterward, run in the inaugural Octkoberfest 5K, which begins at 1:30 p.m., and take part in the Ocktoberfest, which will be held at the Wonder Bar, the Flying Rhino, Funky Murphy’s and Padavano’s. The Ocktoberfest starts at 2 p.m.

All these years later, the city continues to honor the legacy of Columbus — y’know, the real one — and Italian heritage, its 21st annual parade consuming Shrewsbury Street from Belmont to Washington Square, with bands and performers again this autumn led by grand marshal (and “outstanding Italian”) Henry Camosse Jr. [Editor’s note: You can also still find an outstanding Italian year-round at the Bushel n’ Peck in Tatnuck or on the Summit.]

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Monday, Oct. 12 — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS, 1 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Columbus still calls it the Centrum. … Don’t miss your last chance to catch the Worcester stop on the circus giants’ latest tour. As you may have guessed by the title, you can expect a family fun time of “legendary proportions,” along with appearances by a unicorn, a Pegasus and — ahem! — Woolly the Mammoth.

There’s also an Animal Open House that starts 90 minutes before the big show. I bet there’ll be clowns, too. Tickets start at $15 and top out at $70.

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Tuesday, Oct. 13 — YWCA Domestic Violence Services Fair, 4-6 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The YWCA offers a continuum of services year-round, including education, advocacy and a 24-hour local hotline at 508-755-9030. Local service providers will have information tables and representatives at this event to promote the assistance that’s available for those in need of support.

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Wednesday, Oct. 14 — City Councilor At-Large Candidate Forum, 6-7:30 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square This is the third of four candidates nights organized by the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship and a host of community sponsors. Many of the city’s debates and forums this election season have been considered lackluster for a number of reasons. We hope practice makes perfect, and that with a bunch of these under our belts, organizers and candidates will have their questions and answers in peak form. Maybe we’ll even get a majority of answers that actually match their questions. We can dream.

This forum will be focused on “Civic Engagement and Accessible Government — Making City Hall Work for Everyone.”

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Thursday, Oct. 15 — Everyone is a Suspect: Murder at the Museum, 6-9 p.m., Worcester Historical Museum auditorium, 30 Elm St. Suppose you can’t call it “Nightmare on Elm Street,” what with all the lawyers in town. Murder-mystery dinner theater is still a thing, I guess, and the history museum folks are planning is an interactive evening of suspense and intrigue, with a three-course meal — and probably some microfiche and cataloging — on the side.

Don’t delay; seating is limited. Call for reservations at 508-753-8278. Tickets are $50 and include the meal and two drinks.

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The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts will be showing the silent classi "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Friday, Oct. 16.

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The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts will be showing the silent classi “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Friday, Oct. 16.

Friday, Oct. 16 — “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920),”  8-10 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. You read that right: 1920. This is no high-fallutin’ talkie! Considered by many the first great American horror film, this silent version of the Robert Louis Stevenson short story stars Hollywood royalty John Barrymore as the titular personalities and features a faithful retelling of the good doctor’s quest to explore the best and worst in us all.

Full-price tickets are $20; $5 discounts available for members, groups of 10 or more, and with your Woo card.

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Saturday, Oct. 17 — Abby’s House HipHipHerRace, 8 a.m., West Boylston Middle/High School, 125 Crescent St., West Boylston The sixth annual 5K run/walk has become one of the top fundraising events for Abby’s House, a home for indigent or battered women and their children. Indeed, 100 percent of race fees (starting at $20/$25 per entrant) are put toward the women and children of Abby’s House. There will be awards for runners and a raffle that will bestow an iPad and a pair of Patriots tickets on a couple of lucky winners.

Check the website for registration info. Participants are encouraged to pick up numbers and goodie bags Friday, Oct. 16, at the new West Boylston location, 65 Central St.

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