TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 10:00 AM
Summer Learning Series: Social Media 101 for Parents
Parent And Community Engagement Center – Join us for the Summer Learning Series for Parents at the PACE Center! Social Media 101 for Parents is a workshop for parents of school age children. It will discuss why kids are on social media, what apps and programs they are using, how to guard digital footprints, many useful tips, and more! For more information about the Summer Learning Series for Parents, please call the PACE Center at 413.787.6959 ext. 49110.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 11:00 AM
Out to Lunch-Sustainability Day
Worcester Cultural Coalition – Whitney Doucet and Moonshine Band perform their country-rock hits and show why they're on the top 40 list of country and pop music in Central Mass! The Ranch will keep the dancing going as our intermission act. Look out for activities hosted by these local organizations: The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts WCCA TV 194 "The People's Channel" AARP MA 90.5 WICN MassHousing Worcester Regional Transit Authority CENTRO City of Worcester Worcester State University Worcester Division of Public Health National Grid Bump n Jump there will be a $2 cash bounce house entry fee! Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester get ready for OPERATION PLAYHOUSE!! http://www.habitatmwgw.org/opcityhall2017/ Grab a bite from one of these delicious vendors: Talytas Café, Mexican & Salvadorean cuisine. Big T's Jerky House & BBQ Food Truck Teddy's LunchBox Minuteman Kettle Corn Captain Ron's Catering & Food Truck Kitchen CoCo's Tropical Ice Figs & Pigs One Love Cafe And pick up some local produce and crafts from our local vendors: Sweetwater Farm Regional Environmental Council (REC) Schultz Farm Stillman Quality Meats Black Seed Farmers Market E.V.'s Whimsies Handicraft
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM
Free “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop from Healthy Living
LifePath – With a “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop, you can take control of your pain! To learn more or register for a workshop, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, at 413-773-5555 x2304, 978-544-2259 x2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. If you or your loved one is experiencing chronic pain, check out the Chronic Pain Self-Management, starting July 27 and ending August 31, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Community Health Center of Franklin County in Orange, MA. This workshop will show you ways to become an active participant in your pain treatment – engaging in problem-solving, pacing, decision-making, and taking actions to manage your pain. The Healthy Living Program at LifePath offers free workshops for people who want to take control of their health. Workshops take place from weekly for six weeks and are led by local volunteer leaders. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. Learn more about Healthy Living at LifePathMA.org.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
PVCA Family Night
Pioneer Valley Christian Academy – Family Fun Nights will be held on PVCA grounds this summer! Pack up your dinner and snacks, and meet up with your PVCA friends! Parent Support Fellowship will provide ice water and a frozen treat. We look forward to visiting with you this summer! Cancelled on rainy days. PVCA Families & Friends.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
When It's All Going To The Dogs: Estate Planning For Your Pet
Dakin Humane Society – Join us and presenter, Gina M. Barry - Attorney at Law, Bacon Wilson P.C. this month to learn about estate planning for your animals. Topics covered include: - Key final questions that should be answered to address your pet’s welfare and their future. - Choosing continued care and your final decisions regarding your pets. - How to include and structure your will to ensure care for your animals and their legal status in regards to your estate plan. - A discussion around Pet Trusts and special provisions to support and protect your beloved furry family member. - Necessary documents to include to protect your pets. Humans only please! Free and open to the public. The session is hosted by Dakin Humane Society at the Jones Library, Amherst - Woodbury Room. Light refreshments will be served. Limited Seating; Attendees must RSVP via eventbrite by July 25th. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Price, Director of Development and Marketing at sprice@dakinhumane.org or call 413-781-4000 ext. 121. This event is first come, first serve.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Stanley Kunitz medal Presentation to Carle Johnson
Worcester County Poetry Association – Join us for the Presentation of the Stanley Kunitz Medal to Carle Johnson Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm Worcester Historical Museum 30 Elm Street, Worcester A 30-minute open reading celebrating Stanley Kunitz. followed by the poetry and remarks of the honoree. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Special DATE: Doctor Who Discussion Night
Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, Massachusetts – Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester hosts their monthly Doctor Who Talk on Thursday, July 27, 2017 (FOURTH Thursday, special date) from 7:00-8:00 PM. ABSW has a sizable representation of Doctor Who merchandise, and owner Patty Cryan is a long-time fan of the series—the world’s longest running science fiction serial!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 11:00 AM
Friday Farmers' Market
Worcester Cultural Coalition – Introducing the new Friday Farmers' Market on the Worcester Common! Stop by the Oval on Fridays June 2nd through September 29th between 11am-2pm. Pick up your produce, goods, and other needs for your weekend! Options include fruits, veggies, herbs, meats, eggs, honey, soaps, and much more! Participating farms and organizations include: Stillman Quality Meats Douglas Orchard & Farm Schultz Farm Jeremiah's Inn Regional Environmental Council (REC) Mobile Market Thank you to our sponsor Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
YSP Teen presents Guys and Dolls
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts – 07/28 7:00 PM 07/29 2:00 PM 07/29 7:00 PM 08/18 7:00 PM 08/19 7:00 PM 08/19 2:00 PM Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. All seats $18. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 7:00 PM
Worcester Storytellers features Dana Laquidara
Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, Massachusetts – Worcester Storytellers is the only Worcester Open Mic that features non-fiction, fiction, prose, and journalism--as well as poetry. Join in the open mic or just enjoy listening! This month feature's author Dana Laquidara! Dana Laquidara’s nonfiction work appears in The Huffington Post, Literary Mama, Brain Child Magazine, Boston Mamas, The Grub Daily, and Spirituality & Health Magazine. Dana has participated in several Boston Moth storytelling events. She took first place while delivering a piece from her memoir-in-progress. The theme was Adventure, and she told of going to visit her mother as a teen, after a decade of no contact. Her topics speak to the heart and include wellness, creativity, parenting, simplifying and healing old wounds, all of which she has found to be interwoven. She speaks from experience about parental alienation in order to raise awareness and support parents and children who are caught in this devastating aftermath of a volatile divorce.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
Saturday Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
Dakin Humane Society – In order to serve our clients better, our Vaccine & Microchip Clinics and now held every Saturday. When: Every Saturday from 9-10am The doors for the Vaccine and Microchip Clinic - at the front of the building - will open at 9am each Saturday. Please form a line at the door, as we will treat the first 40 pets (cats or dogs) each week. Exam fee applies to every animal $10 if pet is spayed/neutered (fixed) $25 if pet is not spayed/neutered (fixed) Vaccinations ($12/ea) Dogs: • Rabies • Distemper/Parvo • Bordetella Cats: • Rabies • Distemper/FVRCP Additional services: • Microchipping • Flea/tick treatments • Heartworm preventative • De-worming • Feline Leukemia/FIV test • Feline Leukemia vaccine More details available on our website: https://www.dakinhumane.org/vaccine-clinics-and-services.html Cash, debit or credit accepted. Vaccine services are provided by licensed veterinarians and are for healthy animals only. This clinic does not provide treatment for sick or injured animals. Please do not bring your pet to the clinic if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. www.dakinhumane.org
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Speak Your Truth Through Laughter Retreat
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – **This retreat is now sold out! Please get on the waitlist here, if you desire: http://www.happiervalley.com/wait-list-form.html ** HAPPILY SPONSORED BY GOOD STOCK FARM, RIVER VALLEY CO-OP & THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ALLIANCE Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER A “Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality & Truth” Retreat With Pam Victor, President of Happier Valley Comedy Saturday, July 29, 10am-7pm 67 Conz St., Northampton, MA Regular Price: $175 (Includes a healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm and two complimentary tickets to the Speak Your Truth Show) Tired of being silenced by others and especially by your own inner critic? Ready to disregard the bullshit that’s holding you back? Want to get better at bravely standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind? Do you need more play in your life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Saturday, July 29th! Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat is whole day and evening packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth. This retreat helps you learn and practice game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to stand up and speak your truth while trusting that You Are Enough. This THROUGH LAUGHTER retreat facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the retreat, you'll have opportunities for both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! And let's do it all using the exclusive "F.U.C.K. I.T." approach to personal growth. Healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm! And that's not all… This retreat culminates in an improv show where the stories of some volunteer participants will serve as the inspiration for improvised scenes performed by professional improvisers from Happier Valley Comedy mainstage casts. Each retreat participant receives two complimentary tickets to the show to share with friends and family. This retreat is open to all who identify as women ages 21+. No improv (or other) experience necessary. About Your THROUGH LAUGHTER Facilitator: Pam Victor is the founder and president of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the Through Laughter program and a multi-level improv comedy school as well as producing regular improv shows in Western Massachusetts. Pam is the author of “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and, along with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Education from Iona College, Pam has received improv training from iO Theater (Chicago), Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), ImprovBoston, and from Second City teachers. ?Pam is a nice person. She would like you. Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat Schedule of Fun & Learning: 10:00am-11:30am - Retreat Workshop, Part 1: Redefining & Disempowering Failure THROUGH LAUGHTER 11:30-11:45am - Break (Tea and snacks provided) 11:45am - 1:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 2: Courage & Clarity THROUGH LAUGHTER 1:30-2:30pm - Healthy lunch provided on site 2:30-5:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 3: Stand Up and Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER 5:30-6:00pm - Break, guests and audience arrive 6:00-7:00pm - Improv Show featuring Happier Valley Comedy Players inspired by stories told by select retreat volunteers 7:00pm - Hugs and farewells to your new friends "Pam's workshop fundamentally changed the way I think about improv (and life!). In just 2 days I went from overthinking, always judging myself (and sometimes others), and constantly planning my next move to being comfortable with the unknown and letting things happen and be discovered naturally. Pam's teaching style is calm, supportive and encouraging (without being over the top). She gave me permission to be myself, and then helped me realize that I didn't need that permission in the first place. I will remember these two days for a long, long time to come! -Vera Didur, San Diego, CA For more about the whole Personal Empowerment THROUGH LAUGHTER program: www.happiervalley.com. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Happier Valley Comedy School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 - Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM
Workshop: Organic & Delft Casting
Worcester Center for Crafts – WITH LAUREN BEAUDOIN. This introduction workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn the basics process of beginner small-scale casting. The workshop will begin with using simple household items such as water, straw and even beans to pour molting metal into! The result castings can then be transformed into a ring or pair of earrings. The second part of the class will focus on cuttlefish and delft or sand casting. Delft clay is a reusable molding material that provides quick results and helps to retain intricate details. Feel free to bring in a variety of small items such as plastic toys, keys and buttons you may want to try to delft cast! While the metals studio is equipped with exhaust vents please note that during this workshop we will be using organic materials that smell as a by-product during the casting process. Class is limited to 8 students. Beginners are welcome! A 30-minute lunch break will be included during this workshop. Materials fee covers cost of bronze (enough for 2 pours/projects) but does not included sterling silver. Sterling and extra bronze will be available for purchase during this workshop, please remember to bring in cash or personal checks (no credit cards). Cost varies depending on project scale as well as current precious metal market price but each student should expect to pay up to or over $40 for sterling silver casting grain. Students may also bring in their clean (no solder) sterling silver scrap metal.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Yoga with Goats - WAIT LIST ONLY
Heifer Farm – At this yoga class designed for all levels you will be surrounded by our loveable goats! The class includes breathing techniques, yoga postures and guided meditation to ground yourself and connect to Mother Nature. To register call 508-886-5000 or email heifer.farm@heifer.org. Admission: $20 per class Minimum Age 12
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:30 AM
Yoga at the Common and Fitness Fun: Renew Body Sequence
Worcester Cultural Coalition – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Yoga at the Common and Fitness Fun: Renew Body Sequence Saturdays throughout the summer! Yoga at the Common- 10:30-11:30am Renew Body Sequence- 11:30am-12:30pm Rise and shine on these summer Saturdays with some stretching and sun salutations! Bring your mats, water, and good vibes to join one of our awesome instructors for a free yoga class in the Worcester Common! With Yoga at the Common instructor, Marlena Ashley: Marlena's initial interest in yoga came as a restorative alternative to her rigorous running training. She completed her training in India in 2014. She has taught at Clark University and at Flowforms yoga studio. Now, she enjoys teaching donation based classed in and around Worcester. Marlena can't wait to get moving on the Common! Namaste.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 11:00 AM
Brown Motors First Annual Car Show
Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 12:00 PM
Yoga with Goats - WAIT LIST ONLY
Heifer Farm – At this yoga class designed for all levels you will be surrounded by our loveable goats! The class includes breathing techniques, yoga postures and guided meditation to ground yourself and connect to Mother Nature. To register call 508-886-5000 or email heifer.farm@heifer.org. Admission: $20 per class Minimum Age 12
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 2:00 PM
Candlelight Turkey Roast And Poker Run
Candlelite Cafe
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 3:00 PM
Free Board Game Demo!
That's Entertainment – We're back with another FREE board game demo in our Red Room! Join us on Saturday, July 29th, 3:00pm-7:00pm for a night of tabletop fun! All ages are welcome and we will have snacks and a FREE Raffle! We will be raffling off the demo copies of our games! You could be the lucky winner to walk away with a $60 game FOR FREE! We will be announcing the winners at 6:00pm. Also at 3:00pm (in the Red Room), we will be hosting a Board Game Market. We will have lots of used, great condition board games out for sale on the walls of our gaming room. Don't miss out on some great deals! This is a great opportunity to try a new board game risk-free. Here is the list of games we will be demonstrating: Yamatai (Days of Wonder) Honshu Arkham Horror the Card Game Starfall Istanbul MoonQuake Escape (demonstrated by the developer himself, Jeff Johnston.) Jeff's description of MoonQuake Escape: You and your opponents are trapped on the prison planet Zartaclaton. Thanks to an unexpected MoonQuake you've suddenly Escaped, but there's a problem...only one rocket left! Can you overcome the roatating 3D surface, shifting and dangerous terrain, out of control defenses, other players, and a relentless prison guard that are all out to end your sentence - for life? Plus: Moon Pies!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM
Speak Your Truth Comedy Show July 29
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – On Saturday, July 29th, Happier Valley Comedy improvisers create comedy on the spot inspired by short stories told by the Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat participants. This special improv comedy show is open to all as a public celebration of the Retreat. ?? Audiences can look forward to an evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13 in this handicapped-accessible space. ? Tickets: $5 for public. Free for Retreat participants and their two guests. More info about the Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat here: http://www.happiervalley.com/speak-your-truth-through-laughter.html. Saturday, July 29th at 6-7pm Special Location! Northampton Senior Center, Northampton, MA For more information about The Happier Valley Comedy Show, visit the show website at www.happiervalley.com. All-new shows every month! The Happier Valley Comedy Shows are on the SECOND SATURDAY of every month 8:00 - 10:00pm For more info, see www.happiervalley.com or email info@happiervalley.com.