Tuesday, June 14 — “The East Side of Addiction” Book Signing, 6-9 p.m., Lock 50 Restaurant, 50 Water St. You know about this book, maybe, from the WoMag article about it last month. You know about Lock 50, definitely, because you read about its impending debut in Worcester Sun in November. So, there’s that. From Worcester authors who grew up together and would come to rely on that bond as wayward adults, the book is “a story of addiction, recovery, and the power of lifelong friendship and deep, abiding faith.” The book is available on Amazon or at the event.
Wednesday, June 15 — Merge for Equality Healthy Men and Boys Summit, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tilton Hall, Clark University, 950 Main St. If you’re confused, don’t be afraid: We all are. Don’t see many of these sorta things, with goals like: “transforming masculinity to advance gender equality” — is it a trap? Seems legit, guys. I mean, Dr. Mattie Castiel, city health commissioner, is giving the opening remarks. Besides, I heard there’s going to be a Petty-Gaffney conflict-resolution puppet show.
In all seriousness, though, get your pronouns straight, er, I mean, in order — you’re headed to Clark, after all.
Thursday, June 16 — Speaker Series, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” author Manisha Sinha, 6-9 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 OSV Road, Sturbridge Not just a lecture, ladies and gents, a good ol’ fashioned illustrated lecture. Manisha Sinha, a UMass-Amherst professor, has some serious bona-fides in this particular area, to boot, including being part of an Emmy-nominated 2013 PBS documentary. “The Slave’s Cause,” her latest, was deemed a “blockbuster history” by the New York Times. Cost is $10 for members, $12 nonmembers.
This event is part of Freedom Week at OSV, which commemorates the African-American observance Juneteenth marking the end of slavery that dates to 1865.
Friday, June 17 — 11th annual Veterans’ Inc. Stand Down, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Veterans’ Inc., 69 Grove St. This event is intended for homeless or in-need veterans and their families, first and foremost, but also for service providers and potential employers. If you know some way, any way, to help a veteran who could use a hand, you should probably find your way over to Grove Street. Or just tell a friend. Maybe they know a vet who could use a break, or a pair of shoes. From a hot meal to legal services, this annual outreach has much to offer.
Saturday, June 18 — Worcester County Fathers Festival, noon-4 p.m., Institute Park Worcester County Fathers & Family Network is celebrating fatherhood with its 14th annual Father’s Day event. “Please unite with us … if you participated last year, you no doubt remember a fun afternoon with approximately 2,000 people attending. We are hoping for an even greater turnout this year.” That’s a lot of playing catch and wondering where mom is with the moist towelette already!
Saturday, June 18 — Mass. Breast Cancer Coalition’s Against The Tide, 7 a.m.-noon, Hopkinton State Park, 268 Cedar St., Hopkinton To be clear, the coalition is totally against breast cancer. We checked. They are apparently also against body fat, because their idea of a fundraiser is a kayaking, swimming and running extravaganza. There’s something called an aquathon, too. Very motivated to beat breast cancer. There’s another of these bad boys in August, but that’s even more of a road trip (Brewster). Children under 10 are free, and you can make up teams, but there’s a ton of registration info, so check out the link.