Inbox [May 1]: REC Farmers Gala coming soon, panel picks WCUW mural artists, LVGW names Jennings interim director, Recreation Worcester posts jobs

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May1_RECREC Farmers Gala set for May 19 at Tower Hill

Spring brings much to celebrate, from the chirp of peeper frogs and songbirds, to sprouting seedlings and smells of fresh dirt. The Regional Environmental Council (REC) invites you to a spring celebration of local food, farms and community at its annual Farmers Gala.

The Farmers Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. The evening will feature a spring tasting menu provided by Pepper’s Fine Catering, along with cheeses from local farms; beer tasting featuring four brews from Wachusett Brewing Company; live auction announced by WCRN radio personality Hank Stolz; and live music from local musician Dan Burke. Auction items include something for everyone: a BBQ dinner for 30, tickets to hear Ringo Starr at the DCU Center, one-week stay at a Costa Rica vacation villa, wine and beer baskets, sports packages, jewelry, dance classes, museum memberships, restaurant gift cards, and so much more!

Read more on the Regional Environmental Council’s website


The Worcester Public Art Working Group announces WCUW mural artists

Artists have been selected for the call to create five murals on the southwest side of the WCUW building at 910 Main St. “Through a highly competitive and rigorous selection process the Worcester Public Art Working Group jurors (which make up a panel of Worcester area college art professors) have selected five diverse proposals to beautify and activate the exposed wall at WCUW’s building.”

Art professors Toby Sisson (Clark University), Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Worcester State University) and Tyler Vance (Assumption College) selected applicants from a pool of 55 works by 35 artists with varying degrees of mural art creation experience. There were a number of challenges for the jurors; one in particular was difficulty selecting five different proposals potentially from five different artists that complemented artwork currently existing on one of the panels of the building. Their selections of Douglas Chapel’s “Open Your Ears and Mind”; Andrei Kraytsou’s “Tempo”; Angrei Krautsou’s “Jazz Work”; Louis Hairapetian’s “Untitled”; and Ryan Gardell’s “Boombox” will create a synchronized composition with Dynamy’s art and also WCUW’s history and programming.

Read the full story on the city of Worcester website


Jolene Jennings

Courtesy Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester has named Jolene Jennings interim director.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester names Jennings interim director

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester (LVGW) has announced the appointment of interim director Jolene Jennings. She has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in greater Worcester. Her most recent roles include executive director for Jericho Road Worcester, founding member and board officer for Dress for Success Worcester, and interim director for the Center for Women & Enterprise Worcester. She holds a Master of Science in nonprofit management from Worcester State University.

Jennings joins LVGW after the resignation of Ellen Benz, who led Literacy Volunteers through the opening of its Madison Street satellite office and the creation of its language learning lab. Benz recently stepped down as executive director to focus on her family, the organization said.

For more information, go to the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester website


CityFB pageThree temp jobs open for Recreation Worcester summer program

Looking for a great summer job or know someone who is?

The city of Worcester is seeking qualified candidates to oversee Recreation Worcester programming at select Worcester parks this summer. These positions will be responsible for day-to-day management of sites and implementation of summer curriculum.

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester’s Facebook page

— Cindy Henderson

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