Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day events, various times and locations This is a day whose true meaning has been lost, at least according to all the serial criticizers in the social media crowd for whom a hot dog and a hearty laugh are a bit too much. Well, we each remember our loved ones, the important moments in our lives, a bit differently. Make time for what’s important to you today, but know that there are myriad ways to enjoy (or solemnly trudge through) your Memorial Day.
With help from our friends at Discover Central Massachusetts (formerly Destination Worcester), you’ll find a number of activities such as barbecue at the drive-in, a Native American powwow and, of course, parades like the one in Shrewsbury which steps off at 9:30 a.m. from the municipal offices on Maple Avenue. Plenty of stuff to do Sunday, too.
Wednesday, June 1 — Art Gallery Opening featuring Artists Lee Canales and Jack Phomphithak, 7 p.m., Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. This hookah hangout on the wrong side of Kelley Square has become known as a legitimate hot-spot featuring live music and themed dance parties. It also uses its walls as a rotating gallery for local artists to display and sell their work. Canales, who exhibited there last year, and Phomphithak, an area tattoo artist and drummer for the electro-soul band Kroma Kode, are literally up next.
Thursday, June 2 — World War II USO Show, 6-7:30 p.m., Fletcher Auditorium, Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. Don’t think Bob Hope can make it, but those party animals over at the Historical Society have a fun night planned for you anyway. WICN host Ed Gardella will be the master of ceremonies for a show that will bring you back to the 1940s with performances by the USO Singers, WPI Dancers and many others. They say, there will be appetizers available too — see, party animals! Reservations required, but WWII vets and spouses can duck the $20 admission.
Thursday, June 2 — Youth Substance Use Prevention Forum for Parents, 5-7 p.m., Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main St. The Central Mass. Regional Public Health Alliance a) is in desperate need of a shorter name or digestible acronym; and b) has an important and timely event planned to help parents wade through the deepening waters of potential teenage problems. Learn about the signs of drug abuse, talk to professionals and explore other resources in your community. Dinner, childcare, bus passes and Spanish translation are available for this free event.
Friday, June 3 — Worcester Bravehearts Opening Night vs. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St. The city’s new hockey team probably should’ve checked in with the Bravehearts folks instead of Timmy Murray when it came time to pick a name — the Futures Collegiate Baseball League two-time champion hit it out of the park on that one. Plus, two titles in as many seasons is a nice way to enter the market.
So, too, is stocking up on homegrown talent like Danny Barlok (Shrewsbury/Holy Cross), Tom Horstkotte (St. John’s/Assumption), Nick Barry (Grafton/UMass-Lowell), Mike Coggeshall (Shrewsbury/Assumption), Dante Ricciardi (West Boylston/Georgetown), Zack Tower (Auburn/UMass-Lowell) and Ryan Ward (Millbury/Bryant). Single-game grandstand tickets start at $6.
Saturday, June 4 — World War II Memorial Dedication, 11:30 a.m., Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. OK, so there’s going to be singing and dancing, and all sorts of memorial-y type stuff, but let’s bottom line this bad boy with two words: flyover and tank. Thanks to the Collings Foundation, a pair of aircraft — a Corsair fighter and Stearman biplane — will dramatize and make official this ceremony introducing the city’s newest war memorial. They will be joined by a Sherman tank, the Allies’ rolling assault vehicle of choice during WWII (in fact, they were only active with U.S. forces from 1942 to ’55).