May 7, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Veterans Inc., St. Peter-Marian + more, May 7-13

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Heritage / Festival

Sunday, May 7 — 20th annual Two Nations Powwow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Auburn Sportsman’s Club, 50 Elm St., Auburn  With Trumpcare gaining traction on Capitol Hill, something tells me the “medicine man” tent will be in high demand this time around. Clearly, though, there’s more to Native American culture than hokey caricatures and stereotypes — and much of that fascinating tradition, history and community will be on display during the second day of this longstanding event.

While parking costs $5 per carload, the event is otherwise free and open to the public. It features traditional dancing and music, customary regalia, craft vendors, cultural and educational activities, and more. Don’t miss the “grand entry” parade at noon.

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Community

Monday, May 8 — Community Conversation on Homelessness, 5:30-8 p.m., Lincoln Chamber, third floor, City Hall, 455 Main St.  As the weather slowly but surely turns warm and the promise of summer brightens our outlook, the plight of the homeless tends to slide off our radar screen. The city’s Department of  Health and Human Services hopes to keep the persistent problem in the spotlight with this gathering of civic leaders, clergy and volunteers.

A screening of a locally produced documentary film, “Welcome to Hotel Grace,” which focuses on the winter overflow shelter at St. John’s Catholic Church, will precede a panel discussion. Community members are welcome, but RSVPs to ElliottS@worcesterma.gov are requested.

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Road trip! / Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 10 — 20th annual Veterans Inc. Best Ball Charity Golf Classic, 9 a.m. (shotgun start), Heritage Country Club, 85 Sampson Road, Charlton  Well, so — including the powwow — this makes two good things that got their start in 1997. There was also Madeline Albright becoming the first female U.S. secretary of state, the world’s first mass “space burial” and Steve Jobs returning to Apple to create the iGeneration. Unless you care about color photos on the New York Times front page, that’s about all there was for positive and/or interesting firsts.

So, Veterans Inc. — you’re in the top 5! As well it should be. Since 1990, this organization has continued to find new and better ways to support veterans and their families through a wide swath of services. Of course, this makes them popular — so the golfing tickets are sold out. But there’s still time to sign up for a $50 steak dinner to help support the cause.

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Scholastic sports

Friday, May 12 — St. Peter-Marian softball vs. Milford, 3:45 p.m., St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School, 781 Grove St.  It’s prom season, the seniors have one foot out the door (if they’re even showing up for classes at this point), and the food trucks are back downtown — how’s a girl supposed to concentrate on a softball game?! But at St. Peter-Marian, sports are kind of a big deal, and when two proud programs with strong rosters and postseason aspirations get together focus should be the least of the worries.

The Guardians, a top-10 team in the region per the T&G, will have their hands full with the perennially contending Scarlet Hawks, who feature ace Ali Atherton and no less than three other players who will be getting their ponytails dirty in college.

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Fundraiser

Saturday, May 13 — Guardian Gala, 6-10 p.m., St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School, 781 Grove St.  To be clear, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana will most definitely not be in attendance, so obviously SPM missed a major marketing opportunity with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” But then, the fine folks up on the leafy end of Grove Street know their audience well. This is bound to be a blockbuster.

As part of the school’s 40th anniversary observance, “the night is designed to honor the past with an eye toward the future as we reunite SPM alumni with the present Guardian community.” School alum Dezi Garcia is scheduled to perform. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are for ages 21-plus and cost $50-$150 each.

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Save the date

Wednesday, May 24 — Worcester Community Action Council Inc.’s 11th annual Action Hero Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  If you ask Ranker.com — and, you can probably guess: we did — Mel Gibson (with his Max Rockatansky, Martin Riggs and William Wallace) and Harrison Ford (some guys named Indiana Jones and Han Solo) played five of the 20 “most hardcore big screen action heroes” of all time. Now, maybe you prefer Snake Plissken or The Man with No Name, but WCAC has its own list — thank you very much — and plans to honor four bad-ass individuals and groups who are constantly saving the day.

UMass Memorial Health Care, Charlton Oil, Biodun Akande and the WCAC Head Start program will be recognized at the event, which will also feature speakers Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center President Noah Berger. Tickets are $50.

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