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, Nov. 15 — Holy Cross women’s basketball vs. UMass-Amherst, 2 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Bill Gibbons is beginning his 31st season as head coach of the Crusaders. Thirty. One. Seasons. Whatever your opinion of him, there are many reasons that’s a remarkable feat. HC is coming off a 15-17 campaign, which included bouncing back from a season-opening six-game losing streak with an 11-7 Patriot League performance; and winning seven of its last nine. UMass hasn’t had a winning season in a decade, but had its most wins (for a 12-18 finish) in six winters in 2014-15.
Seniors Raquel Scott (16.7 points per game) and Lisa Mifsud (12.4) were the Crusaders top scorers last season. UMass will counter with hotshot second-year player and top returning scorer Cierra Dillard, who averaged nearly 11 points for the Minutewomen as a freshman.
Monday, Nov. 16 — “Boost Your Business with Social Media,” 6 p.m., Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough We’re crossing the city limits here, and that’s usually a non-starter with ol’ Worcester Weekly — y’know, because of the name, mostly — but the folks at the Worcester chapter of SCORE — who work right across from City Hall, if it makes you feel any better — are just trying to help. And, hey, they brought in the big guns: Kathryn Rose is a noted national social media expert and strategist with several years of sales and marketing experience.
She will lead a discussion on how to maximize your social media presence by understanding your target audience, adapting to change and more.
Bonus pick: Monday, Nov. 16 — Jay Cutler Meet & Greet, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Gym and Juice, Greendale Mall, 7 Neponset St. After you’re all done flexing your shopping muscles, stop by the supplement store/juice bar to compare biceps with four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, who was born in Worcester, raised in Sterling and graduated from Quinsig. He even started his competitive bodybuilding training at Gold’s Gym in Worcester. So, don’t be scared: the 250-pounder with 30-inch thighs is practically family.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Public Art Town Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St. This sounds way more fun than your typical town meeting. No sewer abatements or noise complaints on the agenda here, that’s for sure. Gather in one of the city’s newest art spaces — an excellent location, we must say — to discuss the state of the arts scene in the Woo. Find out about upcoming installations, or maybe some cool projects you might have missed. Or simply help like-minded folks chart a new creative direction for the city.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 — “Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?”, noon-1 p.m., Center for Women & Enterprise Central Mass., 50 Elm St., Second Floor Well now, that’s an important question! Having a great idea is one thing; having the mental and emotional muscle to lift it off the ground is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. So, why not meet with some folks who know what they’re talking about and can help you answer that critical question that stands between inspiration and execution? Registration, by Tuesday, is required.
Thursday, Nov. 19 — “Legal Issues for Small Businesses,” 8:45 a.m.-noon, Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. So, maybe you were down on Elm Street for your lunch break yesterday and decided, “You know what? Entrepreneurship really IS right for me! I should probably look into the legal morass I’m about to dive into.” Boom, done! Take your coffee in Main South and tap into the expertise of Clark’s Small Business Development Center and its series of workshops.
Cost is $39 for first-timers and $30 for returnees. Advance registration is required.
Friday, Nov. 20 — Take Photos Like a Rockstar, 11:30 a.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Been a while since we’ve been back to WAM. Speaking of rock stars and WAM, remember Wham!? That’s when George Michael was on his game. (Yeah, George Michael was a rock star before he turned into a bathroom joke punchline.) Anyway, I digress; well, mostly. And speaking of rock star duos — on a roll here! — you and a friend can register for this workshop on how to deal with lighting, composition, color and presentation in photography. $50 per pair for non-members ($35 for members).
Saturday, Nov. 21 — Polar 5K Express, 11 a.m., North High School, 140 Harrington Way So, this is going to make you think of Christmas a bit, or maybe animated Tom Hanks — “Polar Express,” amiright?! — but don’t panic: The big day is still more than a month away (and this was my last joke, I promise.). ‘Course Thanksgiving’s next week, and you still don’t know where the gravy boat went! (No laughing matter.) On a related note, running is an excellent way to relieve stress. Join the North High community and the school’s National Honor Society chapter in this inaugural run/walk that will benefit student athletes.
Registration costs $20 (walk) or $25 (run) in advance; $30 day of event (both).