Monday, May 9 — St. John’s baseball vs. St. Peter-Marian, 4 p.m., St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury This one may look familiar to all you WW groupies. You got me: It’s a repeat, but we had a rainout last week, and this game’s too good to pass up — probably about as good as you’ll find anywhere in the state. St. John’s is considered by many the Bay State’s top team, what with its typical trove of college-bound studs such as Jake Rosen and Ian Seymour (both committed to Virginia Tech), and no-nonsense ace lefty Jared Wetherbee.
The Guardians are no slouches, themselves, also rated among the top 10 by ESPNBoston for much of the season. Pat Gallagher, ace pitcher/slugger, is the alpha for Eddie Riley’s bunch, but basically the entire SPM roster was on the East Side Legion team last summer, so yeah, lots o’ good ballplayers in this one. (Weather looks OK for now!)
Tuesday, May 10 — Entrepreneur’s Lounge: What’s It Take to Develop a Consumer IoT (Internet of Things) Product and Ecosystem, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Salisbury Labs, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. The Venture Forum presents “a special one-on-one discussion and moderated Q&A with serial entrepreneur Jay Cahill,” partner and co-founder of Bluefin Technology Partners. This program will be most helpful for anyone who wants to learn about the latest in technology and the Internet of Things. Oh, and schmooze with a bunch of Smarty McGees. Free for Venture Forum members; $15 in advance, $25 at the door for non-members; students free in advance, $5 at the door.
Friday, May 13 — 18th annual Art in the City Gala, 6-9 p.m., Washburn Hall, Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Friday the 13th in a creaky, old (but of course sturdy and beautiful) building like Mechanics Hall sounds like a good time. The Family Health Center on Queen Street and its affiliates help low-income and uninsured folks get connected to the care they rarely find. This fundraising event featuring dozens of local artists and their work, at $40 a pop, gives them a leg up on reaching that goal.
Saturday, May 14 — Teamsters Local 170 Blood Drive and Job Fair, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Union Hall, 330 Southwest Cutoff They want your blood … and your dues! Tough to find a job these days, so maybe that’s not so much to ask. Gotta give the good folks over at Local 170 some credit, though, for creativity. Something tells me you want these dudes planning your next party. Opportunities for commercial drivers as well as part-time openings at UPS and representatives from a number of other area union freight companies.
Sunday, May 15 — 31st annual Central Mass. Housing Alliance Walk for the Homeless, 2 p.m., Elm Park This one’s technically next week, but definitely worth the advance notice — unless you have something against helping homeless people. You don’t have something against helping homeless people, do you? Well, do ya’, punk? Elm Park. Great charity. Longstanding event. Music by Chuck & Mud. No brainer. (Also benefits Friendly House, Interfaith Hospitality Network and St. John’s Food for Poor.)
Tuesday, May 10 — Assumption baseball at Franklin Pierce, Northeast-10 Tournament first round, 6 p.m., Pappas Field, Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, N.H. OK, so it’s about 50 miles and an hour or so away (from downtown anyway). But once you wind your way into the Granite State, you’ll feel right at home, what with all the local talent dotting the Greyhounds roster:
Senior Steve Flynn from Worcester/St. Peter-Marian; senior Anthony Perry from St. John’s/Shrewsbury; junior Jake Byrne, St. John’s/Grafton; junior Tom Horstkotte, St. John’s/Milford; freshman Kevin Quinlivan, St. John’s/Shrewsbury; and junior Mike Coggeshall of Shrewsbury. Coggeshall, the starting third baseman, led the club with 9 HRs, 40 RBI and 34 runs. Flynn and Horstkotte topped the pitching staff in innings, while Horstkotte shared the team lead with 4 wins during the regular season.
Franklin Pierce is the top seed in the NE-10 field. At 44-4, the Ravens roster includes a pair of Worcester Academy graduates on the bench: sophomore John Friday and junior Sam Steeves.