October 29, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Railers, Something’s Brewing + more, Oct. 29-Nov. 6

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Josh Monk, 25, a puck-moving defenseman, scored the Railers' first exhibition goal in a 4-3 loss to Manchester.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 31 — Worcester Railers vs. Toledo Walleye, 7:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  With 17 days between home games for the fledgling franchise, the city’s hungry-for-hockey fan base has had plenty of time to generate anticipation and excitement for this one. And the DCU Center, we can hope, has had ample time to address the handful of issues that emerged during game one (namely the long concession lines, cash-only vendors and lack of Wi-Fi).

The Railers had a win, loss and overtime loss — not to mention an epic brawl — on their four-game road trip before Saturday’s late game in Utah. Patrick McNally, a left-shot D with AHL experience, leads the team in points (3-2–5). The Walleye were 2-2-1 with 14 goals in five games. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

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Wednesday, Nov. 1 — Holy Cross basketball vs. Assumption, exhibition, 7:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. [gate 7]  Guess it’s time to drag the shovels and ice melt to the front of the garage — college basketball season is here! And while plenty of young talent dots both rosters, it could be an icy winter for the pair of proud programs steeped in hardcourt heritage.

If the Crusaders hope to rebound from a somewhat disappointing 15-17 record last season, star swingman Karl Charles, a junior, will need some help from the six freshmen and three sophomores on the roster. There are no seniors for Bill Carmody, in his third season on the Hill.

While HC isn’t far removed from an historic 2016 NCAA tournament win, the Greyhounds have four straight losing seasons in the rearview — a fifth would be the first time that’s happened since 1952, Andy Laska’s second season as Assumption coach.

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Friday, Nov. 3 — Friends’ Fall Book Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  Where we come from, friends don’t let friends sell books. Clearly the mean streets of Suntown aren’t quite like the quaint and quiet, safe, secure and studious boulevards and byways of Woomazon City. Besides, the annual event is a key fundraiser for the Friends of Worcester Public Library, which has been advocating for and supporting the city’s library system for 60 years.

The sale — same time Saturday, Nov. 4 — will feature fiction, nonfiction, biographies and children’s books, hardcovers, trade books, paperbacks, CDs, etc. The price range is $0.50 to $2, with book sets for $5. Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, Nov. 4 — Comedy Carnival, 7-10 p.m., Scandinavian Athletic Club, 438 Lake St., Shrewsbury  What is a Scandinavian athletic club, anyway? Ski-jump ramps and biathlon courses and tall, willowy blondes as far as the eye can see?! That’d be OK. But tonight’s not really about location, it’s about the Northbridge-based Rise Above Foundation and its mission to put smiles on the faces of foster kids.

So why not put a smile on your own face while you’re helping them out? Emceed by Worcester native standup Orlando Baxter, a former Claremont Academy basketball coach, the show also features New England favorite Ray Harrington and funnylady Xazmin Garza. Not to mention carnival games, raffles and a cash bar.

Tickets are limited and start at $35 for a single ticket, $30 for two or more.

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Save the date!

Monday, Nov. 6 — Something’s Brewing in Worcester, 6-9 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  Not everyone’s a parent, but most have a few children in their life, whether they be nieces or nephews, neighbors or friends. Imagine one out of six of those kids were hungry more often than not. You might just be compelled to do something about it.

Consider yourself compelled. Childhood hunger in America affects more than 13 million children, according to Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry initiative. Proceeds from the third annual Something’s Brewing — a social evening featuring tasting dishes from the region’s top chefs paired with Wormtown Brewery beers — will benefit No Kid Hungry.

Tickets are $35, $30 for Massachusetts Restaurant Association members.

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