Worcester Weekly: VegFest + 5 more things to do, May 1-7

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Sunday, May 1 — New England VegFest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Exhibition Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Can we talk about this “Fest” thing?! VegFest, FanFest, MovieFest, heck, there’s a thing in Florida — of freakin’ course — called “The Fest”, which looks dirty and kinda smells from here. All’s I’m sayin’ is four more letters, a couple skinny ones at that, and two very tidy syllables won’t kill you. Try it — festi … festivvv … — if it starts to hurt around the v head to your nearest campus safe space.

Of course if you say Vegetarian Festival less cool kids will come. But they should, because this free event sounds way better than that Florida nonsense. Live cooking demos, free food, activities for the kids, raffle prizes, free food, and more, all in the name of celebrating vegetarianism.

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Tuesday, May 3 — St. John’s baseball vs. St. Peter-Marian, 4 p.m., Saint John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury  Can’t get enough baseball. And this one should be about as good as you’ll find anywhere in the state this week. 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 slouch, themselves, also rated among the top 10 by ESPNBoston last week. 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.

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UNitedWayLogo925AsideWednesday, May 4 — United Way Annual Celebration and Business Meeting, 4 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Hanover head honcho Fred Eppinger is set to be the featured speaker at this yearly fete — not fest — to recognize the best of the good deeds and the do-gooders involved with the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Among the award-winners this year are Jeanne Y. Curtis, the city of Worcester and the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.

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Thursday, May 5 — Cinco de Mayo/ArtRaiser 2016, 6-10 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St.  Well, since a fair number of the city’s heavy hitters will be over at the DCU Center for a public forum on the WRA’s massive downtown reboot plans, maybe the rest of us should probably celebrate our Mexican military pride by helping raise some dough for one of the city’s many unique, and non-downtown, art destinations. The event will feature a silent auction and a ceremony to unveil the new West Gallery, not to mention food, music, dancing, pinatas, all that good stuff — just like with Petty and the gang over at the Centrum. $30, $20 for students.

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Friday, May 6 — Dress for Success Worcester Spring Sale, 4-7 p.m., first floor, Denholm Building, 484 Main St.  This one’s easy: Make some time Friday after work to stop by the grand, old (and maybe not long for this world) Denholm Building to maybe buy a blouse and benefit this worthy organization. They do pretty much what you might guess — if you were a good guesser, or y’know, have the Internet — help women find work through connecting them with clothes for interviews, but also through retention and training programs. Proceeds from this annual sale go right back into the work they do. Also Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

Courtesy massaudubon.org

Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

Saturday, May 7 — Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook, 9 a.m.-noon, Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road  Maybe you don’t have your own lawn and your neighbor’s sick of you trimming intricate patterns into his hedges bright and early every Saturday? Or maybe you’ve got nothing better to do. Either way, a nice way to spend a Saturday morning, helping the Mass Audubon folks maintain this expansive area that hosts year-round programs indoors and out. Lots of chores to do, but if you have some carpentry skills that’ll probably get you a cooler, but much harder, job than the rest of us.

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