Sunday, Sept. 25 — Worcester Regional Airport Blood Drive + Wings of Freedom, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Worcester Regional Airport, 375 Airport Drive Blood drives generally need little introduction, so I’m going to go ahead and trust you with that piece of the puzzle. The cool part is — well, there’s actually a couple; go figure! — a) once you’re in lie-back-and-grab-a-cookie mode, you can enter to win two free roundtrip tickets from JetBlue; and b) you get free admission to the final day of the Wings of Freedom weekend-long event at the airport.
Wings of Freedom is the Collings Foundation’s tour of historic aircraft and will be there from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Among the planes expected to be on display are a F4U-5NL Corsair fighter, A1-E Skyraider strike fighter and P-51C Mustang fighter. Tickets are $12, $10 for children under 12.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 — Food for Thought: Is Local Better? Panel discussion, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Ooh! Ooh! I know this one!! Probably, though, it’s not as simple as preferring butter n’ sugar corn from Leicester or the best green beans you’ve ever had from East Brookfield. And for many in the city, even a short trip down Route 9 isn’t local enough.
So, there’s likely plenty of knowledge to be harvested from this free, public discussion. Worth remembering, too, there’s always lots of other stuff going on at the library.
Thursday, Sept. 29 — The Apocalypse Blues Revue, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Cove Music Hall, 89 Green St. One thing I know about our readers: huge Godsmack fans. Huge — you folks love you some locally rooted heavy metal. And why not? They sold millions of records in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and even had Aug. 6, 2014, proclaimed “Godsmack Day” in Boston. For real. Anyway, two of those guys — Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola; as if you didn’t know! — went off and started this group, which is built on the hard, grungy rock of Godsmack but framed by classic blues and old fashioned rock n’ roll.
Watch: The ABR band performs its new song “Devil Plays a Strat”
Sorry, kids, 21-plus. Tickets are $15 in advance, and you can order here; $18 at the door.
Friday, Sept. 30 — The Harvey Ball 2016, 6-10 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. If you’ve got $150 lying around, or maybe you’re simply a big fan of Jan and Mark Fuller, recipients of the 16th annual Harvey Ball Smile Award, then this is the highbrow event for you. Cocktails and silent auction at 6; dinner at 7:30. Best-in-class elbow rubbing the whole entire time.
Friday, Sept. 30 — St. Peter-Marian football vs. Doherty, 7 p.m., Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. Go for the social-justice awareness, stay for the top-shelf scholastic gridiron action. You know all about Mike Oppong’s Colin Kaepernick impersonation, so let’s just talk football: Both teams tested themselves early, with the Highlanders taking on powerful Leominster and the Guardians facing always-tough Northbridge in Week 1. Both squads bounced back from close losses with week 2 wins, and each notched victories Friday night: SPM topped Cardinal Spellman, 35-14, in Brockton; Doherty held off Tantasqua, 14-13, at Foley.
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Doherty’s brotherhood of greatness
A big win over a tough SPM squad could give Doherty an early angle toward the playoffs. Wouldn’t hurt for the Guardians, either, but the second half of their schedule is more of a gauntlet with Shrewsbury and St. John’s on the docket.
Saturday, Oct. 1 — WPI football vs. Union College, 1:30 p.m., Alumni Field, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. (parking garage) A little extra football this week, sure, but they’re both such good games. Besides, the Engineers’ high-flying offense is fun for the whole family. Yeah, she’ll buy that! Or maybe she’s into stats: Senior quarterback Dan Eckler had thrown for 658 yards and 9 touchdowns in WPI’s first three games, all wins. Freshman running back Sean McAllen had rushed for 360 yards and two TDs. Senior receiver Brandon Eccher had five scores through three games and is joined by sophomore wideout Alex Domond with more than 200 yards receiving thus far.
Union College (1-2) has a pair of first-year players from Worcester Academy in Turner Geenty of Worcester, an offensive lineman, and Tim Guinee of Topsfield, a defensive end. Geenty was captain of the football and wrestling teams at Worcester Academy.
Saturday, Oct. 1 — Burncoat High School Mega ’70s Reunion, 6:30 p.m., Union Station, 2 Washington Square You know what reunions really need more of? People whose names you have no chance of remembering. So, the Burncoat folks though, Let’s invite a whole decade’s worth of graduates! They really need to make those name tags bigger to give us forgetful sorts a fighting chance before the awkward handshake. I mean, I know 60’s the new 40, but give a guy a break. Anyway, time’s a-waistin’ … Sunday, Sept. 25 — that’s today! — is the last day to order your $45 tickets. Oh, if you want to preview who’ll be there, click here.