Monday-Saturday, through October — Regional Environmental Council Farmers Markets, various times and locations Every now and then, an idea is just too good to pass up. Like putting a man on the moon, making chocolate and peanut butter a duo, or taking a leisurely afternoon drive on I-290. Does it get any better? Well, REC’s been around for more than 40 years and has spent most of that time focused on building a stronger community through food justice. Through community gardens and programs like YouthGROW, the nonprofit seeks to get better food in more people’s hands.
To that end, the group operates farmers markets through summer and into fall at University Park (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 965 Main St.), Beaver Brook Park (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, 306 Chandler St.) and 16 other citywide stops — from the Senior Center and Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Great Brook Valley, to Worcester Common and the YWCA — Tuesday through Friday with its Mobile Market.
“Fresh, local, affordable” fruits and vegetables are available. Fifty percent off all SNAP purchases up to $40.
Wednesday, July 20 — Shrewsbury Street Walk & Rock, 6-11 p.m., various locations I’ve seen this walk before: It usually happens late at night after the bouncer has politely suggested that the 15th beer really won’t be necessary; rocking back and forth with uncanny instability, the patron has no choice but to wander out and wonder where the heck his designated driver went. Walk and Rock. After looking it up, though, this is, like, a whole different organized thing — with very little (directly) to do with public drunkenness.
This is the second of three consecutive Wednesdays that a number of restaurants and bars along the entertainment corridor will be presenting free live music to entice customers. The following fine establishments are in cahoots on this thing: Padavano’s Place, Basil n’ Spice, Vintage Grille, Funky Murphys, Flying Rhino, Frank’s, Piccolo’s, Brew City and Ralph’s Tavern.
Check out one of our first and best Local Business Spotlights on Basil n’ Spice [free to read!]
Thursday, July 21 — Into the Night: Exploring Moths and Other Nocturnal Insects, 8-9:45 p.m., MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough I know what you’re thinking: it’s already the 17th, no way there will be seats left for this blockbuster! Well, I’m willing to take that chance to highlight such a worthwhile and timely event. Because, have you seen all the gypsy moths? Of course you have. They are everywhere, nibbling on flowers, ruining trees and generally being a fluttering nuisance. The lecture is free and includes a post-talk chance to get up close and personal with the former caterpillars under the watchful eye of a MassWildlife expert. Good luck getting in!
Friday, July 22 — Laugh Out Loud, 6:30-9 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Well, if there’s one thing we could all use right now, it’s probably a good laugh. I mean, Trump vs. Hillary. Police violence, terrorism, extremism. Drought conditions. Wedding season. To quote Crash Davis from the classic film “Bull Durham” (like, his least known quote, actually, but one of my favorites and I’m typing, so …): “We’re dealing with a lot of sh*t!” So take a deep breath, find a downtown meter that actually works and make your way to Mechanics Hall for a night of comedy and entertainment. Tickets are $20/$30 in advance, $25/$35 at the door; VIP seats are $50.
Saturday, July 23 — Moonlight Hike and Campfire for Families, 7-9:30 p.m., Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton You remember moonlight, kids — it’s that bright, warm glow you see on summer nights when you’re grounded and dad’s using up all your data playing Pokemon Go on your iPhone instead of you. Well, since you’re grounded, might as well take a road trip with pops and learn what a campfire is, too. (Once you figure it out, you can even make s’mores!) Registration is required and cost is $14 adults and $7 children ($10/$5 for members).
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Friday, July 29 — Worcester Local Weekend Friday Night Kick-Off, 5-8 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. You’ve seen the commercials, right? A bunch of energy-drink spokespeople jumping into the middle of a sphere of bubble wrap and death to run around and knock into each other, ostensibly playing some other kind of sport like soccer? Yeah, well, that’s Knockerball, and it’s on the agenda for this community gathering that organizers say “promises to be a fun night downtown with a beer garden featuring delicious Wormtown Brewery beer, live music, food trucks, and more!”
So, besides the horrible Knockerball idea, it sounds like the city has its stuff together here. Get out there and have some good, clean family fun on the Common. (But, keep an eye out for morons wrapped in plastic.)