Monday, Aug. 1 — Harvest Produce with YouthGROW, 2-5 p.m., Oread Street Farm, 63 Oread St. That’s right — chores. We’re giving you chores to do during summer vacation. And you’re going to enjoy them, whether you like it or not! Regional Environmental Council administers YouthGROW, an “employment and development program for low-income teens,” among many other initiatives which aim to close the gap between fresh produce and inner-city, lower-income families.
YouthGROW’s yield at the Oread Street Farm helps supply REC’s Mobile Farmers Markets that truck fruits and vegetables all over the city a few days a week into late October. So you’d be helping people help people, which I’m pretty sure gets you into heaven. So, y’know, this could be a big day for you.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 — National Night Out, 5:30 p.m., YMCA’s Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave. Speaking of heaven, ever drive down Murray Avenue on a hot August evening? All puffy clouds and harp music and pearly gates, that’s for sure. Anyhow, a little ways down, past the body shop and the church and the white light is a little slice of good called the Fuller Family Park, behind the YMCA, where the local community gathers yearly to observe National Night Out, a “night against crime, drugs and violence” and for community building.
Community leaders, Worcester Police, YMCA, the District Attorney’s office and WinnResidential property managers are coordinating the 22nd annual city event. To reserve a free resource table or for more information, contact Darlene Santana, coordinator, at 508-799-5936 (office) or 508-315-7180 (cell); Billy Breault, 508-426-3536; or June Harger, WinnResidential, 508-756-1490.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 — Ashley Jordan performs, 9 p.m., Loft 266, 266 Park Ave. OK, so let’s be honest: The bar experience at Loft 266 earns mixed reviews across the board — but then, that probably goes for a host of watering holes in the city. You could always run across the street, elbow into Leitrim’s and chill with Sully and Dino and darkness for a few hours. But then you’d miss Ashley Jordan, a local country-pop singer who seems to garner a bit more ubiquitous praise than Leitrim’s, the Loft or Sully’s jokes. Especially, if you ask The Pulse magazine, which named Ashley best country act, pop act and female vocalist and sexiest musician of 2016.
The Harvard native, who has opened for the likes of Garth Brooks, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips and Rusted Root, has Wednesdays covered at the Loft through August.
Thursday, Aug. 4 — “The Pace of Nature” exhibit, noon-4 p.m., ArtsWorcester Hadley Gallery, 657 Main St. “[Artist Allison Coelho] Picone works to unite aesthetics, science and spirituality. She is particularly influenced by artists who take on light as a subject of inquiry itself, such as Turner and Monet.” If that makes sense to you, you’re going to love this! My art acumen peaked when construction paper was still a thing, so we’ll have to trust that the ArtsWorcester folks know what they’re talking about. They also say this series “speaks to the innate goodness of all living things.” We all get that!
Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Note that the Hadley Gallery is across the street from the Aurora.
Friday, Aug. 5 — Dramatic Reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St. OK, so last week we told millions of new readers about a spider-related art exhibit and warned that it maybe wasn’t for everyone. In that vein, we gotta say, if your idea of a storyteller is a sweet, old lady with an autoharp and a rocking chair at the library then you should probably go ahead and sit this one out. Poe, master of mystery and horror, penned many short stories and poems; this one features an unnamed narrator attempting to convince his audience of his sanity despite describing a murder he just committed.
Bill Sigalis, local actor, director and all-around theater veteran, does the honors. Worcester PopUp is an art gallery and collaboration between Worcester Cultural Coalition and Worcester Business Development Corporation.
Saturday, Aug. 6 — Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Chicken BBQ, 3-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 44 Circuit Ave. North One of the city’s signature events, folks from all around the Worcester area look forward to the annual procession and party time — but the March parade isn’t going to march itself. It takes hard work and planning … and chicken, I guess. Food, music and fun. Help organizers take the first step in getting next year’s St. Patrick’s Parade off on the right foot. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go toward the parade.