Monday, April 18 — April Vacation Activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St. Ah, April Vacation, that magical time of year when you start dreading summer vacation and furiously researching nearby sleep-away camps. Relax. We got your back. So if you’re not running in the Boston Marathon or otherwise celebrating our parochial… er, I mean, patriotism, why not introduce the tots to that endangered species known as your local book shop?
Free activities include singalongs, storytelling and telescope building. Same time, same place, same fun Tuesday too.
Tuesday, April 19-Friday, April 22 — Earth Week: Energy for You and Me, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way But wait, mom, there’s more. Oh, and this particular vacation sojourn — ahem — brings you back to the future and should earn you some solid street cred with the tweens: The science of wind, harnessing solar power, hands-on demonstrations with turbines and all sorts of cool shhhtuff. The EcoTarium has your week covered, including four sessions a day in the planetarium and a Friday Earth Day Celebration.
Thursday, April 21 — 2016 Student Thesis Art Exhibit Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m., The Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, Ghosh Center, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. First of all, if you’re from Worcester and don’t know about Mary Cosgrove Dolphin, you’re wrong. Check out this lady; no wonder she has stuff named for her. Secondly, she’d probably enjoy very much this exhibit, which will run through May 13, showing off the progress and many talents of the university’s graduating art students. Admission is free.
Friday, April 22 — “Journey of the Universe” Film Discussion Series, 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden St. This 2011 documentary a) did very well with IMDb reviewers and b) won a 2012 regional Emmy for best documentary out in Cali, so you should probably go “c” it. On a roll today, guys — you’re welcome. Anywho, it tells the “epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation.” Sounds pretty badass. Even better, the free series runs Fridays through May 20.
Saturday, April 23 — Assumption baseball doubleheader vs. Franklin Pierce, noon, Rocheleau Field, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. Great place to catch a game, Rocheleau Field. The Greyhounds (14-15) like it, too, winning 9 of 11 home tilts headed into the weekend. Maybe that’s because so many of them are from around here (basically St. John’s — go figure).
Senior righty Steve Flynn, a St. Peter-Marian alum, had a team-high 38 strikeouts in 7 starts as the veteran anchor of a sophomore-laden pitching staff. Senior Anthony Perry of Shrewsbury/St. John’s is among the top relievers with 8 appearances. Tom Hortskotte, a 6-4 sophomore from Milford/St. John’s, leads the team in innings.
If you’re into baseball, check out this feature — the Sun’s most-read sports story ever (must be good!): Bryan LaHair and Worcester’s many boys of summer continue the journey
Junior first baseman Jake Byrne (Grafton/St. John’s), who missed most of last season due to injury, was among team leaders with 6 doubles, 2 homers and 21 RBI. Classmate Mike Coggeshall of Shrewsbury holds down the hot corner with a .277 average, 4 home runs and team-high 26 RBI. Kevin Quinlivan is a freshman from Shrewsbury/St. John’s, who’s popped 3 dingers in reserve duty.
To be fair to the outsiders: Sophomore catcher/outfielder Andrew Jaehnig is the Hounds’ top-performing hitter, with a .308 average, 7 doubles, 4 home runs and 23 RBI through Friday. Mike Curtis, sophomore, is the Hounds’ ace with a 4-1 record and 2.06 ERA in 5 starts.
Save the Date!
Thursday, May 5 — Bring Your Own Business, 6-8:30 p.m., Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St. Action! Worcester’s got plans. Oh yes, they have plans. And appetizers. Generally super solid appetizers, too. Another thing the upstarts have are events, like this one, “an entrepreneurial and business networking event focused on connecting innovative minds and ideas across the Central Massachusetts area.” If you own an ironic T-shirt or spend too much time on your beard, the more the merrier.