Sunday, Dec. 11 — Craftershock! 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave. This city has many things that make it distinct, unique even. Indeed we have a rich and proud history bursting at the seams with difference-makers of all shapes and sizes — from Goddard’s rockets to Ball’s smiley faces, from Abbey’s activism to Abbie’s activism. Now, for sure, roller derby couldn’t possibly provide the impact of, say, feverish abolitionism or advocacy of women’s rights, but Worcester Roller Derby is both a fascinating sporting endeavor and a home-away-from-home that provides an often important community for its members.
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Clearly these are no one-dimensional ladies. And for the sixth year, WoRD is putting on its “alternative craft fair,” featuring more than 70 vendors (and free admission). Homemade jewelry, vintage goods, art and photography, gifts and more. You’re going to be out shopping anyway — plus why risk making these women angry?!
Wednesday, Dec. 14 — City Services Q&A, 3-4 p.m., 2nd Floor, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square You’d think the city might want to make clear that they will not be taking questions about snow removal or taxes. This is, though, a pretty nifty service to have at your disposal — at least you can see all those rising tax dollars at work!
So, it’s administered by the Health and Human Services Department, and you can get answers about housing options, substance abuse, treatment and recovery, human rights and other services. They’ll be there every Wednesday through Feb. 22.
Friday, Dec. 16 — Holy Name boys basketball at North, 6:30 p.m., North High, 140 Harrington Way The weather’s getting colder, so that means basketball season starts heating up around these parts. And just like that mercury plummeting — do they still make mercury thermometers? — in mid-December Worcester hoops fans can generally count on the Polar Bears trotting out a sharp-shooting swingman or a dime-tossing point guard. Sometimes even both. The Naps have a well-earned reputation of consistent competitiveness, and return second-leading scorer Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (13.9 points per game) from last season’s 15-7 squad. Could be a good early season test for both teams.
Friday, Dec. 16 — Creepy Christmas Film Screening, 6:30-10 p.m., WCUW Studios, 910 Main St. I suppose happy, joyous and/or peaceful Christmases do tend to lose their luster after a while. Ho-hum. Who needs all that sharing and laughter and eggnog anyway?! Definitely not all those angsty teens or post-hipster young adults who maybe like to spike their holiday cheer with a little fear factor. That seems to be the target audience for this $5 screening of the 2015 horror/comedy film “Krampus,” proceeds from which benefit WCUW public radio. Costumes encouraged — there’s a contest after the movie!
Saturday, Dec. 17 — Master Singers of Worcester Holiday Concert, 4-6 p.m., First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury One thing I know for sure, is Malcolm Halliday can make a black turtleneck-with-baton portrait sing. So imagine what he can do as artistic director for a bunch of master singers? They’ll have music for Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, from crowd-pleasing carols to little-known classics. Olga Rogach, a renowned local teacher and performer around New England, is the pianist for the ensemble of about 20. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students; $25 and $20 at the door.
Sunday, Dec. 18 — Worcester Jingle 5K, 10:30 a.m., Front Street next to Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. Running for fun — never ceases to amaze me that’s a thing. But it is, and as with most frivolous endeavors, Worcester — being the good little college town it is — tends to do these things well. So jingle all the way downtown and “have fun” running around the Mercantile Center and Common to the Canal District through Kelley Square and back again. (Otherwise known as the Ed Augustus Shuffle — I’m here all week, folks!)
Register online [here] through Friday, Dec. 16 ($30, $17 youth); or at Sneakerama, 12 Lake Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; or, for all those paradoxically procrastinating avid runners out there, up to 15 minutes prior to the race ($35, $20).