Inbox [June 5]: Chamber Music Society trumpets new season, Worcester nets $475K food services grant, Women’s Initiative funds 11 programs; Park Spirit says Hike the Heart

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June5-ChamberWorcester Chamber Music Society announces concerts for 11th season

Season 11 is here! The Worcester Chamber Music Society is excited to kick off its second decade with a wonderful series of concerts and events that celebrate its 10 years in the Worcester community. Take your time to browse all of the concert offerings.

Music In The Garden, Facets and Reflections, and A Rare Smile “are just a few of the fantastic concerts we have scheduled for Season 11.” Collaborations with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Old Sturbridge Village bring chamber music to beautiful and uniquely New England venues. Worcester’s rich connection to music is celebrated in our collaboration with the Worcester Historical Museum.

With our Into the Abyss concert at Clark University, we explore the triumph of the human spirit as we perform Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Our annual Free Family Concert  and three cafe concerts at Nuovo Restaurant round out a not-to-be-missed season. With an incredible lineup of guest artists, there is something here for every music lover.

Tickets are on sale now. Choose a subscription package for the best savings. Full Season, Main Stage, Cafe Series, or Choose Your Own.

See the list of concerts and purchase tickets on the Worcester Chamber Music Society website

Worcester awarded $475K grant to create job opportunities in food industry

The city of Worcester is “excited to announce it is one of five cities to be awarded a $475,000 grant from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and its partners as part of the second round of the Working Cities Challenge in Massachusetts.” Winning cities will receive three-year grants of $475,000 to carry out the initiatives they have developed through design grants awarded last fall.

Through this grant, Working Cities Worcester (WCW) will convene and inspire workers, employers, government, universities, nonprofits and communities to create equitable short- and long-term employment opportunities in the local food service economy to uplift individuals and communities from poverty, with livable wages.

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester website

June5-UnitedWay-WomensInitiative-LogoWomen’s Initiative awards $260K to address violence in the lives of girls

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded $260,000 to fund 11 programs in Central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of middle school girls in the area.

The following Women’s Initiative-funded programs are focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls through the strategy of building, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy, safe and confident girls.

The agencies, their programs and the amount received were:

  • African Community Education (Express Yourself Program), $17,250
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (Girls Voice Program), $26,500
  • Clark University (All Kinds of Girls), $12,000
  • Family Health Center (Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle School), $15,800
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass. (Be a Friend First), $17,200
  • Girls Inc. (Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls), $28,250
  • Latino Education Institute (Latina Achievers in Search of Success), $36,000
  • LUK Crisis Center, Inc. (Project Shine), $13,500
  • Seven Hills Family Services (Just Us Girls), $15,750
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (ASCEND Program), $24,750
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts (Girls Promoting Safety), $53,000

Read the entire story on the United Way of Central Mass. website

June 5-hiketheheartmapPark Spirit announces Hike the Heart Challenge

Park Spirit of Worcester is pleased to announce the Hike the Heart Challenge, an open-ended challenge to hike Worcester’s cross-­city East­-West Trail. The challenge will promote the use of the East-­West Trail, established by Park Spirit in June 2015 and implemented by the Park Stewards Summer Work Program. It will also promote the 17 unique, publicly accessible green spaces that, along with urban throughways, make up the trail.

The challenge will run June 11-Aug. 11 and will be kicked off with three guided hikes that start at 10 a.m. The dates and meeting locations for each of the guided hikes are as follows:

June 11, Eastern Leg, from Lake Quinsigamond to Institute Park, North Lake Avenue after Natural History Drive.

June 18, Central Core, from Institute Park to Coes Pond, Institute Park on Humboldt Avenue.

June 25, Western Leg, from Coes Pond to Cascades East, Coes Knife parking lot on Coes Street.

Each hike will be led by local green-space experts representing partner organizations.

Brittany Legasey, president of Park Spirit of Worcester and frequent Eastside Trail hiker, will lead hike of the Eastern Leg, welcoming John Griffin, local historian of the Coal Mine Brook and the Green family to provide historical perspective.

Rick Miller, president of the Friends of Newton Hill at Elm Park, will lead the hike of the Central Core, welcoming State Rep. John Mahoney to the hike.

Joe Hart, ranger for the Cascades for the Greater Worcester Land Trust, will lead the hike of the Western Leg, welcoming State Rep. Kate Campanale to the hike.

For more information and to register for the challenge, go to the Park Spirit website or Facebook event page.

— Cindy Henderson

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