The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Tuesday, Sept. 26 — Architectural Scavenger Hunt, 5-7:30 p.m., Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way There are so many new buildings going up in Worcester, it can be easy to forget about the treasure trove of historic, intriguing and captivating old buildings that continue to lend character, culture and rising heating bills to every hilly neighborhood and winding one-way street in the city.
If you’re among those who’ve forgotten, let Preservation Worcester and friends (Worcester County Construction Specifications Institute — don’t they sound fun?! — and the Central Mass. chapter of the American Institute of Architects) refresh your memory with this fun, “Amazing Race” style contest. Registration is required.
Wednesday, Sept. 27 — Make Your Own Snowshoes [4-week course], 6-9 p.m., Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton Winter is coming! And with the White Walkers hot on your tail, this is no time to be caught unprepared. Possibly brought to North America across the Bering land bridge, snowshoes date back thousands of years, and now come equipped with a variety of modern materials. But it’s the traditional versions — like the Ojibwa or Green Mountain Bear Paw — you’ll be focusing on here.
So, if you have a little extra cash (class costs $220, $195 for Mass Audubon members) and nothing much to do the next four Wednesday nights, sign up for this unique opportunity — and stay one step ahead of the Night King. Space is limited and materials must be ordered in advance; early registration is recommended.
Thursday, Sept. 28 — Oktoberfest Beer Garden, 4:30-9 p.m., Mercantile Center Plaza, 100 Front St. Now we’re talking! Nothing says autumn like a traditional Bavarian festival retrofitted to CitySquare. The Mercantile Center’s third beer garden event — gee, ya think they want to make sure the hipsters notice them?! — will feature local seasonal brews, food, live music and some friendly Oktoberfest competitions.
Local breweries include Wormtown and Flying Dreams, while food from the Dogfather, Talyta’s Cafe and more will be available. Entry fee is $10 online and $12 at the door, and includes two drink tickets.
Saturday, Sept. 30 — Worcester State football vs. Plymouth State, 1 p.m., Coughlin Field, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. Coming off a disappointing three-win 2016 campaign in which the team mustered a lowly 17 points per game, the resurgent Lancers averaged more than 35 points in winning two of their first three this season.
The difference? Junior quarterback Noah Brum of Hawaii, who’s overcome 9 interceptions with 10 touchdowns and some 322 passing yards per game. His top targets are junior wide receiver Dan Orlando of Westborough (18 catches, 286 yards, 3 TDs) and 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore tight end Jacob Maher (13 catches, 238 yards, 4 TDs).
The Panthers, also 2-1 heading into the weekend, will bring a nearly as potent offense (29 points per game) led by junior quarterback Zack Edwards, a former Tantasqua Regional standout who’s thrown for 9 touchdowns against a single interception and 622 yards.
Save the date!
Thursday, Oct. 12 — African Community Education Annual Fall Fundraiser, 5:30-9 p.m., Blais Pavilion, UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North For more than a decade African Community Education has been plugging a gaping hole in the education system by helping refugee and immigrant students, and their families, transition from West Africa to the bustling streets and demanding classrooms of Worcester.
Sun Shine: ACE makes the grade for refugee students
Fundraisers like this help ACE provide tutoring, leadership, mentoring and after-school programs to hundreds of students each year. Enjoy African food, drumming performances, inspiring speeches from students and alumnae, and silent and live auctions featuring African art, jewelry and pottery. Tickets are $50, $30 for students, or $350 for a table of eight.