June 11, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Lombardi Trophy, Stand Down for vets + more, June 11-17

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You won't see Tom Brady or Bill Bellichick at City Hall, but the Patriots' fifth Lombardi Trophy will be there to help celebrate Worcester's birthday.

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Professional sports

Monday, June 12 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. North Shore Navigators, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  Outfielder Joe Caico of Hopedale, back for his second season with the Bravehearts, got off to a fine start at the plate, hitting .346 (9-of-26) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI (not to mention 9 runs and 3 doubles) as the team won five of its first seven games.

Courtesy Jaime Flores Photography

The Bravehearts are off to a 5-2 start in 2017.

Meanwhile, relief ace Cody Lawyerson, from University of Maine, has struck out 11 and walked but 1 in 5-2/3 innings of work over three appearances. Kevin Kirley of Clinton and Nichols College is a pitcher for the Navigators, who lost their first six games of the season, including a 9-3 drubbing by the Bravehearts Friday night. Tickets start at $6.

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Wednesday, June 14 — Volunteer Day, 10 a.m.-noon, Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road  Suppose we better get outside and enjoy the environment while we still have one — what with the president turning America’s back on a global climate change initiative and pushing plans to leave but “little tidbits” of the Environmental Protection Agency in his wake.

Have a little Sun Shine: Broad Meadow Brook and volunteers a natural match

Alex L. Khan / For Worcester Sun

Haley Fong, left, and Karmen Diep were among the recent Wednesday volunteers.

Lucky for us Worcester folks, we have steadfast stewards standing sentry — say that three times fast — over our local outdoor escapes. From time to time, though, the good people at Broad Meadow Brook need a hand. Every Wednesday you can get your fill of fresh air topped with a dollop of hard work, from filling birdfeeders to identifying wildlife tracks. Maybe don’t wait too long.

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Community | Charity

Friday, June 16 — Veterans Inc. 12th annual Stand Down, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St.  For years, Veterans Inc. has been supporting area military vets in myriad ways. The annual Stand Down gives the community a chance, as they say, to “stand up” and pitch in to help homeless and in-need former servicemen and women.

Free for veterans with military ID, the event includes a career fair; advice on employment training, legal services and higher education; medical and military services; food trucks; barber, masseuse, hairstylist; a women’s area; even clothes.

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Sports | Exhibit

Friday, June 16 — Super Bowl LI trophy at City Hall, 4-7 p.m., City Hall and Worcester Common, 455 Main St.  Maybe you’re new around here — so, in case you didn’t know, we win Super Bowls. It’s kind of our thing. Sure, Tom Brady and Malcolm Butler and Bill Belichick have a thing or two to do with the five slickly silver NFL championship trophies that have been inflating our regional ego since our first in 2002.

But the name’s the New England Patriots, after all — and if it weren’t for Sully standing on one leg behind the sofa, wearing his tattered, red Grogan #14 jersey inside out while singing Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” there’s no way Edelman makes that catch. So, now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the hardware we all helped deliver to New England.

Part of the city’s birthday celebration and its ongoing push to bring folks downtown, pictures (with your own cameras) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. But while you’re waiting chat up Pat Patriot or one of the team’s cheerleaders. Free and open to the public.

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Friday, June 16 — Fifth annual “One” Members Exhibition opening reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St.  Running through July 13, this “enormous and exuberant” exhibit features the work of more than 130 artists. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners as judged by Holy Cross Cantor Art Gallery Director Roger Hankins. Refreshments provided by deadhorse hill. The Aurora will also be one of four stops that evening on a free, open “gallery hop,” featuring Davis Art Gallery, Nine Dot Gallery and The Muse.

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Culture | Festival

Saturday, June 17 — Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival, noon-8 p.m., Institute Park, 100 Salisbury St.  Nationally Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, celebrates the day (June 19, 1865) in Galveston, Texas, when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived to take control of the city and read to the public the Emancipation Proclamation, finally ending slavery in the United States, more than two years after President Lincoln had originally signed the order. (Confederates had yet to relinquish command of Texas or their slaves there, even after the Civil War ended in April.)

Locally, this important and growing observance weaves in the story of Quock Walker, a runaway slave who’d fought for and won his freedom in Massachusetts courts nearly a century earlier — and also in mid-June — with the help of Worcester attorney Levi Lincoln Sr. (U.S. attorney general, 1801-1804).

The festival, arranged by the Black Heritage Committee, will feature music, food, games, a farmers market, vendors and more. Free and open to the public.

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