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Worcester Common Ground CDC fundraiser!

You’re invited!

Worcester Common Ground’s Video Release Party & Fundraiser!

Please join us in celebrating the release of Worcester Common Ground’s community-building video “Common Ground” during our first official Fundraiser!

This event with FREE ADMISSION will also include impact stories from our residents, a silent auction, raffle, and a mix of delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Struck.

Help us to keep building our vibrant community!

When: SATURDAY, February 21

4 pm – 6 pm

Where: Central Branch YMCA
766 Main St.

We ask that attendees bring one roll of yellow city trash bags if they are able. Further instructions will be provided at the event!

At the Worcester Public Library! KNITTING CIRCLE!

KNITTING CIRCLE!

Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square

This Thursday –  Feb 5

2:30 pm – 4 pm

Knit along with us as we work on a themed project, or feel free to bring something you’re working on already!

February’s Theme: Hats/Headbands.

Knitters of all skill levels and other needle-craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us!

Bring your own supplies.

If you would like to learn how to knit please bring size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.

We meet on the first floor of the library, at the Food for Thought Cafe.

Supplies needed:

Easy headband: 1 skein worsted weight yarn, size 8 straight needles, and yarn needle

Easy hat: 1 skein worsted weight yarn, size 8 straight needles, and yarn needle

Intermediate hat: 16 inch circular needles (size 10), set of size 10 double pointed needles, 1 stitch marker, and worsted weight yarn

We don’t give a fig about football …

… so we’ll be taking a road trip to eat a yummy late lunch. But we do give a fig about animal rights. … If you’re into Tim Brady and amigos and are gonna throw a party, why not forgo the meat and try some healthy veggie eats, courtesy of PETA.ORG?

Before we get to the snacks … here are some NFL players who love and stand up for animals!

From PETA:

We’re this close to the Super Bowl, and football is on everyone’s minds. So we thought we’d satiate our yard-line yearnings with a look at some of the super studs who are scoring one for animals. PETA’s brand-new compilation video features gridiron guys who show no mercy to their opponents or to animal abusers.

Take it from some of the toughest guys around: Real men are kind to animals.

CLICK HERE to see PETA’S FAVE NFL PLAYERS! 

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YUM YUMS

CLICK HERE to see all the recipes!

 Perfect Vegan Pizza

Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwiches

The WPD and WFD at Worcester NAACP meeting this Thursday!

The Worcester NAACP’s membership/community meeting has been rescheduled for this Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 pm.

In the upstairs Board Room of the YWCA, Salem Square.

Officer Miguel Lopez, Affirmative Action Officer and Young Program Director for the Worcester Police Department, and Harold Rodriguez from the Worcester Fire Department will be sharing information regarding the upcoming civil service examination.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement or fire safety, please come to the meeting and get the information you need to make the first step.

Important deadlines to remember are:

Application Deadline:  March 13, 2015

Examination Date:  April 25, 2015

Please join us, meet the 2015 leadership team of the Worcester NAACP, and let us know what issues we should be addressing in Worcester.

So many easy, simple ways to live cruelty-free!

None of these lovely soaps were tested on white bunnies crammed into cages in “labs”! A few of these companies have stores in the Auburn Mall and other malls in the area, making animal-rights very mainstream!   From PETA.ORG.        – R.T. 

1. LUSH
LUSH soaps are all handmade with fresh, organic fruits and veggies and have invigorating scents such as ginger, sea vegetable, and even porridge. Vegan products are clearly labeled on the company’s website, too, so shopping is a breeze. The soaps are available in LUSH shops and online. Find a store.

2. Kiss My Face
Classic and long-lasting, Kiss My Face soap is the first natural soap I used when I started buying only cruelty-free products. There are several nourishing olive formulas, including chamomile, lavender, green tea, and more. Find a store.

CLICK HERE to read entire article! 

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Cute, tasty and cruelty-free!

Top 5 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes (Videos)

CLICK HERE to watch these perky cooking videos!

Adorable pygmy hippo dies in travelling show!

Why can’t America do right by wild animals? Why so much pain, suffering and death?      – R.T.

From PETA.ORG …

Written by Jennifer O’Connor | January 29, 2015

Animals continue to suffer and die while in the “care” of the notorious Carson & Barnes Circus. A hippopotamus named Katie, whom the circus had hauled around the country, was found dead. Her spine and hip bones were protruding, yet the circus had never weighed her and wasn’t tracking her body condition before she died. … CLICK HERE to read more! 

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Ending child poverty in America

From The New York Times.

“… surely we can all agree that no child, once born, should suffer through poverty. Surely we can all agree that working to end child poverty — or at least severely reduce it — is a moral obligation of a civilized society.

“And yet, 14.7 million children in this country are poor, and 6.5 million of them are extremely poor (living below half the poverty line).

“Today, the Children’s Defense Fund is releasing a report entitled “Ending Child Poverty Now” that calls this country’s rate of child poverty “a moral disgrace.” ” …

CLICK HERE to read entire column.

CONGRESSMAN JIM MCGOVERN APPOINTED RANKING DEMOCRATIC MEMBER ON NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern today was named the Democratic Ranking Member on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition.

The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and domestic commodity distribution and consumer initiatives.

The Republican Chair of the Subcommittee is U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana.

Rep. McGovern has been a long-time champion in the fight against hunger. “I am honored by this appointment and ready to keep fighting for critical anti-hunger programs,” Rep. McGovern said.  “I look forwarding to working with Chairwoman Walorski and my other colleagues on the Subcommittee.  There is a lot to do – despite the economic recovery millions of American families are struggling to put food on the table.  We can end hunger once and for all if we muster the political will to do it.”

Rep. McGovern was also named a member on the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR GIRLS who have experienced sexual abuse  

From the Worcester office of the MSPCC

Who: Girls, ages approximately 8-12 yrs, who have experienced sexual abuse.

When: Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 5:30pm (starting 2/26/15 and running 8 weeks).

This is a “closed” group; participants who are unable to join from the beginning are invited to call the Group Facilitator about participation in a future group cycle.

Where: MSPCC, 335 Chandler St.,

Cost: Free

Topics:

·       Week 1: Creating Safety (getting to know one another and learning about sexual abuse)

·       Week 2: Mind, Body, and Emotions (learning ways our bodies respond to our environment and understanding our emotions)

·       Week 3: Building Self-Esteem (identifying strengths and building positive self/body image)

·       Week 4: Coping Skills (learning ways to take charge of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

·       Week 5: Relationships (recognizing  relationship “red flags” and building positive relationships)

·       Week 6: Identifying support network (naming helpful, supportive people in our lives)

·       Week 7: Self-care (taking care of ourselves and feeling empowered)

·       Week 8: Celebration! (celebrating our relationships and progress)

For more information/to refer, please contact the Group Facilitator, Courtney Rubio, at (508) 767-3088. Please call to speak with the Facilitator before attending.

Your vehicle and extreme winter weather

Some tips from Firestone:

Test your battery – Have it checked out, as your battery can lose power due to the drop in temperature. The last thing you want is to be stuck in freezing weather with a car that won’t start!

Check your tire pressure monthly – For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Monitor your tire pressure more closely during the winter time.

Replace all-season tires with winter tires – Temperatures lower than 45 degrees cause your all-season tires to stiffen and lose traction, but the latest generations of winter tires remain flexible in freezing temperatures, improving traction and available grip.

Check your tire depth with the penny test to make sure you have enough tread to grip the road in ice and precipitation.

Keep your car washed – Keep the exterior washed and waxed to protect your vehicle from the elements as the seasons change.