Worcester Weekly: Worcester State’s new gym + 5 more things to do, Sept. 11-17

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Monday, Sept. 12 — “Empowering Women/Voting Women: History & Action” film screening and discussion, 6-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave.  “Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote,” IMDb says of the 2004 TV film “Iron Jawed Angels,” which will be the launching pad for a panel discussion to follow. Impressive panel at that: Linda Cavaioli, executive director of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts (since 1992); Penny Marston and David LeBoeuf, president and vice president of League of Women Voters of the Worcester Area; and Susan Ledoux, Worcester’s newly elected and first female city clerk.

Free — including parking in the church lot and across the way at the WPI garage — and open to the public, except for you, Matt Lauer; you should probably go ahead and stay away from all this big-boy (and -girl!) political stuff.

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Worcester State's new Wellness Center

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Worcester State’s new Wellness Center

Tuesday, Sept. 13 — Grand Opening, Worcester State University Wellness Center, 3:30-5 p.m., Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.  Fifty-two-point-six [insert Dr. Evil voice] MILLION dollars! More than 100,000 square feet of athletic complex! If that feels a little too big for Worcester State, well then you haven’t been down Chandler Street in a while (probably stuck behind a construction crew on Flagg, or Shrewsbury … or, really, any Worcester street right now. But we digress).

The old gym was built in 1958, the college says, for a student body of 400. The university now boasts more than 6,000 students — as its Tatnuck and other West Side neighbors can attest — and has been significantly expanding its footprint the last several years.

All sorts of bigwigs here, too. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, WSU President Barry Maloney, and city and state officials. That’s assuming they can all find a place to park. Maybe you should get there early — you could try out the fancy new golf simulator.

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Tuesday, Sept. 13 — Conversations With a Corporate American Entrepreneur, 5:30-8 p.m., Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  Ah, the Corporate American Entrepreneur. Late summer and early autumn, indeed, is a wonderful time to observe these creatures in their most natural state: tanned, relaxed and generally a little fatter than in spring, eager to return to the prowl. They are prevalent throughout the Northeast and can often be seen travelling in packs with other species such as the Well-Heeled Community Icon and the Idealistic Silver-Spooned Buffoon.

Who knew they could talk? We kid because we love. Harold Mateo, vice president of change management and strategic initiatives at Santander US, will lead this Venture Forum fireside chat. Oh, and don’t worry: there’s networking. Free for members; $15 advance (students free); $25 at the door (students $5).

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Wednesday, Sept. 14 — Lecture: Kinship with Migrants in the Year of Mercy, 7:30-9 p.m., Smith Hall, Rehm Library, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.  Go ahead, funny man, make a classy joke after that setup. OK, here goes: A rabbi, a priest and a refugee walk into a bar at Trump Tower. So Matt Lauer says … Nah, never mind; we here at Worcester Sun are too mature for such nonsense, especially with such an important discussion on the table. Kristin Heyer is a Boston College theology professor and author of “Kinship Across Borders.” This is one of a series free, public lectures on religion and modernity at Holy Cross.

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Doherty faces Leominster at 7 p.m. Friday night at Foley Stadium. Scroll down to check out more high school football action this weekend.


Assumption football is among the top Div. II programs in the nation.

Friday, Sept. 16 — Southern Connecticut State vs. Assumption, 7 p.m., Multi-Sport Stadium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  The Greyhounds, on the heels of an historic 2015 season, are clearly off and running again, with 104 points in their first two games, including Friday night’s 59-16 shellacking of Pace University. Alex Shain scored two of Assumption’s six rushing touchdowns as the Greyhounds built a 38-0 halftime lead.

Deonte Harris had an 88-yard TD catch and a 32-yard scoring scamper; Marc Monks — great name for an Assumption QB — threw for 309 yards (18 of 25) and 2 TDs. The win could garner the Greyhounds their highest national ranking in school history. They reached that benchmark at the end of last season, finishing 17th, and entered this week No. 18 — the only New England team in the national Top 25.

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Saturday, Sept. 17 — Rainbow Readers Presents: Greg Tremblay, voice actor, 2-4 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St.  Voiceover actor is definitely one of those jobs that needs to be better represented at elementary and middle school job fairs. I wanted to be an architect, or a doctor, and then a guidance counselor talked up journalism and the rest was history. Jerk. Anyway, if I’d only known about voice acting earlier, I could be leading this book group discussion. Of course, Greg’s pretty good at this, and has a passion for books and particularly bringing LGBT characters to life. So he seems like a perfect fit, actually.

Check out our profile on Rainbow Readers, the city’s new LGBT book group

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Sarah Slocum, creator of Rainbow Readers, a new LGBT book group with sessions for young and adult readers.

Danielle Cutillo / For Worcester Sun

Sarah Slocum, creator of Rainbow Readers, a new LGBT book group with sessions for young and adult readers.

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