Worcester Weekly, Jan. 3-9

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As we head into a new year, changes are afoot, including on the pages of the Worcester Sun. Now, we’ve been nipping and tucking, and hopefully improving all along; we’re just saying you can expect more. Like today, for instance, in Worcester Weekly.

In an effort to make this feature more accessible, more useful, maybe even more fun, we’ll highlight one top event each week and take a longer look at it, including as we grow more sophisticated, using additional photos, video, other media, and further links to helpful or interesting information.

The One | Sports

Wednesday, Jan. 6 — Holy Cross men’s basketball vs. Colgate, 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Don’t look now, but the Crusaders (6-6) had fashioned a sharp, three-game win streak heading into Saturday’s tilt at Navy. On the eve of New Year’s Eve, a decisive second-half performance spurred by standout forward Malachi Alexander led HC to its first Patriot League-opening win, this over BU, in four seasons.

Colgate was 5-7 (1-0 Patriot) before a Sunday matinee with American. The Raiders roster includes 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Tom Rivard of Worcester who played four seasons at Worcester Academy.

A transfer from James Madison who sat out last season (due to NCAA rules) and played sparingly as a freshman, the economics major is making up for lost time with 7.5 points (3rd on team) and 3.8 rebounds (2nd) in about 18 minutes per game as a key rotation player.

He threw down a season-high 23 points in his first game for the Raiders vs. George Mason. Maybe he has a thing against the founders. (Single-game HC men’s hoops tickets start at $4.)

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Monday, Jan. 4 — Yoga Power weekly class, 7:05-8:05 p.m., Unitarian-Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden St. This seven-week course run by local fitness instructor Nina Cerviatti is “a flowing blend of powerful and graceful yoga poses, transforming your body, mind and spirit.” Well, after weeks off holiday debauchery, gluttony and foolishness were recently punctuated by most with one last night of horrible decisions, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Especially at a church.

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Tuesday, Jan. 5 — SCORE Small Business Counseling, 4:30-8:30 p.m., third-floor study room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square SCORE is a national network of business advisers that just happens to have an office downtown. Convenient, then, for them to pay a visit to the library for a sort-of open office hours to parcel out free business-starting advice. The counselor will be available for four hour-long sessions. Follow the links to register.

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Thursday, Jan. 7 — “Keeping the Books,” 8-10 a.m., and “Rock Your Resume,” 5-7 p.m., workshops, Center for Women & Enterprise, second floor, 50 Elm St. It’s a day-night doubleheader of entrepreneurial support, no boys allowed! The resume deal is $10 and the bookkeeping one is $20, but these are two pretty essential points of emphasis when starting a new career and/or business.

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Friday, Jan. 8 — U.S. Luge team at Worcester Common Oval, 5-8 p.m., 455 Main St. (behind City Hall) What, the new ECHL team isn’t available? You’d think this would be a busy time of year for the real serious lugers out there. Then again, the Pyeongchang Games aren’t until 2018, so a little time reminiscing about the Galleria days on an early winter evening probably won’t hurt our team’s chances.

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Saturday, Jan. 9 — Winter Clothing Drive for the Homeless, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St. Well, this is just common sense. If you have a couple hours to spare midday Saturday and you’re among those folks lucky enough to have clothes you might consider extra or expendable, take a drive over to Grove Street. All donations will benefit homeless vets and their families. Coffee, donuts and a raffle are offered as well.

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