Worcester Weekly: Comedy Pet Theater + 5 more things to do, April 3-9

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Sunday, April 3 — Drawing from Nature: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration, 6-8:30 p.m., Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center, 414 Massasoit Road  OK, so before you head over to the DCU Center to get your fan-fest on, put the Sun down and register for this six-Sunday nature-meets-art extravaganza. Instructed by Laurie Bebick, a natural history guide and artist, the course is $180 ($150 for members) and requires registration, but by the end you’ll be a black-and-white, nature-sketching master*.

Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

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Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

Now, back to the Sun. (*Results not guaranteed!)

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Tuesday, April 5 — Comic Storytelling Intro, 4:30-6 p.m., C.C. Lowell Art Supply Co. and Custom Framing, 258 Park Ave.  We’ve got a very artsy vibe going here. Guess we’ll just roll with it. This one’s a two-parter (same time, same place next Tuesday) and costs a bit, too ($89), but you’ll learn from a professional comic artist how to enhance your storytelling through drawing techniques and principles that will a) help you get your story started and b) give your plot and characters more impact.

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Wednesday, April 6 — The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & Chapter 70 Reform: Implications for Massachusetts Education, 7:45 a.m., Worcester County Registry of Deeds, 90 Front St.  When the Research Bureau gets a panel together, it doesn’t mess around. And they’ve got both sides of the aisle covered deftly, too (which they probably didn’t run by City Hall or the Chamber): James A Peyser, state education secretary and Charlie Baker acolyte; and state Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, a Somerville Democrat, former teacher and vice chairman of the joint committee on education.

They will be joined by Patrick Francomano, immediate past president, Mass. Association of School Committees; Martin West, assistant professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and moderator Linda Noonan, executive director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education.

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Thursday, April 7 — Assumption softball doubleheader vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m., Marois Field, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  Junior second baseman Ashley Abad is a bad, bad lady when she has an aluminum bat in her hands. She’s hitting .371, but has already set a career-high in walks with a third of the season left (guess the word got out, after that whole hitting .440 thing as a sophomore!). She’s scored 23 runs, too, driven in mainly by sophomore first baseman Stephanie Menard (.355. 20 RBIs).

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Friday, April 8 — WPI baseball vs. Clark, 3:30 p.m., New England Baseball Complex, 333 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough  There is some serious ball being played these days by the men and women of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Their basketball teams each had record winning streaks and stellar seasons, and now the baseball and softball teams are battering opponents from here to Winter Haven, Florida.

The Engineers plated 41 runs in back-to-back wins last week — sorry, Clarkies! Speaking of: sophomore shortstop Kyle Bonicki is hitting .451 for the Cougars. Then again, the Engineers had seven players with at least 50 at-bats hitting .350 or better, led by senior first baseman Alex Venditti (.397, 7 HRs, 33 RBI in 20 games).

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Happy Birthday to Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts!

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Saturday, April 9 — Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 4 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  I guess what happens in Vegas drops by Federal Square every now and then. Of course, instead of dancing girls or heavyweight champs we get a juggling clown and a bunch of prancing, preening cats and dogs. (Hear tell there could be a talented goat duo on its way, but you can’t rely on these West Coast pets these days.) Judging by the reviews, this is a show for the little ones with patient parents. Tickets start at $22.

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