July 23, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Helping refugees, Canal District veggies + more, July 23-29

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Get your vegetables -- and lots of other stuff -- here! It's National Farmers Market week.

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

Road trip!

Sunday, July 23 — 2017 DockDogs Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Klem’s, 117 W. Main St., Spencer  Tommy used to work on the docks. Guess you could say, he’s been down on his luck — especially since the union went on strike. And without Tommy — or Bon Jovi — around the docks, well, they’ve gone to the dogs. It’s tough.

It’s also a day full of four-legged fun and competition. Indeed, DockDogs bills itself “the world’s premier canine aquatics competition.” Who are we to argue? Sunday is the last of the three-day event and features Big Air qualifiers and finals and the Speed Retrieve finals. Contests and prizes. A bounce house for the kids. Bring your pooch. Admission is free. Has anybody seen Gina?

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Tuesday, July 25 — Get Involved: Supporting Worcester’s Refugees, 6-7:30 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  According to a UMass Medical School report, 30 percent of the refugees who came to Massachusetts in fiscal 2016 settled in Worcester, more than any other city and as many as Boston, Lowell and Lynn combined. The city’s long, proud history as a destination for immigrants and refugees from all corners of the world is well-documented.

Part of the library’s ongoing Community Conversation series, this discussion, led by representatives from local resettlement agencies and other humanitarian groups, will focus on how you can help today’s refugees start their new lives. Free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

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Thursday, July 27 — Let’s Dance: Country Night, 5:30-8 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St.  Used to be, “Hoedown on the Common” meant something else entirely in Worcester, but these days, under the watchful eye of Expectation-Exceeding Ed (Augustus, that is) the city’s downtown park and plaza has become a destination for family, friends and fun.

So grab your boots, squeeze into those old Wranglers and Texas two-step it on down to City Hall. Learn a few moves from the pros at The Country Music Ranch and Saloon on James Street, then dance the twilight away. Local food vendors will be on hand. Free and open to the public.

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Friday, July 28 — Youth Summer Program presents “Guys and Dolls,” 7 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  In its ninth season, Hanover’s Youth Summer Program gives area kids ages 6 to 18 a chance to learn real Broadway skills and ply them in revered productions such as “Guys and Dolls,” which is based on stories and characters by legendary journalist Damon Runyon.

“Considered by many the perfect musical comedy,” the show’s original Broadway run lasted 1,200 performances and won a Tony Award for Best Musical. It would’ve won a Pulitzer Prize for drama if not for McCarthyism. Also runs 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18.

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Friday, July 28 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Seacoast Mavericks, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  Four Bravehearts players were in the starting lineup for the Futures League West All-Stars in last week’s midseason exhibition: Outfielders Trevor Johnson and Joe Caico (who hit six homers in the first round of the home run derby), first baseman Greg Kocinski and pitcher Billy DeVito.

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Joe Caico was one of eight Bravehearts to represent Worcester in the Futures League all-star game.

Infielder Kevin Doody, and pitchers Brian Auerbach, Cody Lawyerson and Frankie Moscatiello also got in the game, which the West lost, 2-0. Not bad for a team still trying to find its way out of last place in its division.

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Saturday, July 29 — Canal District Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Crompton Place, 138 Green St.  Did you see the crowd for the Eric Paslay concert the other day? That’s a lot of country music fans so close to The Cove Music Hall — but we hear everybody got along just fine. It just goes to show you, the Canal District is for everybody after all!

Stocked with fresh produce and food from regional farms and other products from the eclectic mix of shops that make up the Crompton Collective, this year-round market has a little something for everyone, too.

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