Worcester Weekly, Dec. 20-26

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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 excursions.

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Sunday, Dec. 20 — Holidays at WAM: Merrimack Valley Ringers, 2-3 p.m., Renaissance Court, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. You might have guessed there would be slim pickin’s this week in the way of quality entertainment, what with all the holiday hullabaloo. Well, the Merrimack Valley Ringers might have a bone to pick with that assessment. If there’s one thing we know about here at the Sun, it’s top-tier, bell-ringing ensembles.

Indeed, the museum touts the group as one of its annual Holidays at WAM favorites. That right there, my friends, is two thumbs up — so, now you kinda have to go. Free with museum admission ($14, adult; $12, 65+ and students).

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Monday, Dec. 21 — Holy Cross basketball “doubleheader”, 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. So, you got the week off. Good for you. Not sure you need to rub it my face, but whatever. Anyway, assuming you’re a good little elf who’s crossed off everything on the to-do list, maybe take a late-morning break with the Holy Cross women’s basketball team.

The Crusaders, who face Dartmouth, are 3-2 after a rocky 0-5 start to the season and coming off a convincing home win over Manhattan. Later, the HC men — also in the wake of one of their best games of the young season, a 22-point win at Hartford — will take the Hart Center hardwood for a tipoff with Maine.

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Tuesday, Dec. 22 — Autism-friendly performance of “A Christmas Carol,” 6-8 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. People affected by autism experience the world in a much different way than the rest of us. What’s become increasingly important to caregivers and community members is that folks with autism have the opportunity at least to experience all the same things as the rest of us.

The Hanover is offering a special showing of the classic holiday tale tailored to the needs of an autistic audience, their caregivers and loved ones. Oh, and all tickets to this day’s performance are 50 percent off!

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Wednesday, Dec. 23 — Savvy Staffing open house, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Savvy Staffing Solutions, 45 Linden St. So, yeah, about those slim pickin’s. … Hey, this is just about the worst time of year to be without a paycheck. So maybe give it a rest with the museum-touring and theater-going and get down to business. The Savvy Staffing folks open their doors each Wednesday to job seekers who may need some advice or a nudge in the right direction.

The agency focuses on accounting, administrative, clerical, light industrial, manufacturing and information technology jobs.

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Thursday, Dec. 24 — Create Night, 6-11 p.m., Wycked Java, 108 Water St. Me, I’ll be mingling with in-laws [to-be … someday], eating cocktail wienies wrapped in crescent rolls and trying to explain why we’re not yet married. You, you’ll actually be having fun with a bunch of creative people at one of the Canal District’s newest joints. Hosted by Worcester illustrator/cartoonist Doug Chapel (aka Action Geek), bring your art supplies, imagination and networking boots to this free, open event.

But, hurry home and get to sleep, or Santa won’t come.

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Friday, Dec. 25 — With apologies to all our non-celebrating friends, today is Christmas. If you don’t do Jesus, or Santa, or flying reindeer, or Red Ryder BB guns, spend some extra time with family, call an old friend or find a way to brighten someone’s day.

Saturday, Dec. 26 — OK, so today’s the day after Christmas. We still have nothing for you. I mean, we could rehash the public skating at the Worcester Common Oval or dig up a wild karaoke night or fire-spinning DJ. Maybe take a stroll through Green Hill Park. Relaxing would be OK, too; it’s been a long few weeks!

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