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Free! This school vacation week at WPL School Branches and WPL: CRAFTS, COOKING, MUSIC, POETRY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH!


Unsung Heroes – PAINTINGS OF African American soldiers throughout American history. STILL ON EXHIBIT at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. CHECK OUT THIS ONE (above) AND the MANY OTHERS during school break! 

At the Worcester Public Library School BRANCHES … and the Main Library at Salem Square and the Greendale branch 

Free and Open to ALL!

Goddard School Branch Library

Tuesdays, February 17, 24

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Black History Month Film Festival

From classic fairy tales to comedic sports to inspiring stories, celebrate the African American experience through a weekly movie night! Call library for titles. Refreshments served.

All ages.

Wednesday, February 18

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

People Could Fly – A celebraton of African American History.

Act out traditional African stories and songs with costumes and instruments with Mary Jo Maichack. “A surprising mix of laughter with powerful images enables all ages to connect to her love of this genre.”

Friday, February 27 (after vaca)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A Fascinatng Rhythm- Afro-Latin Drums, Dance & Culture. Join award-winning teaching artst Cornell “Sugarfoot,” Coley as he “edu-tains” audiences of all ages. Dance, sing and jam during this engaging performance!

All ages.

Roosevelt School Branch Library

Wednesdays, February 18, 25

4:30 – 6:30

Black History Month Film Festival

From classic fairy tales to comedic sports to inspiring stories, celebrate the African American experience through a weekly movie night! Call library for titles. Refreshments served.

All ages.

Friday, February 20

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Soul Food Celebraton!

Feast on Southern-style cookin’! Kids and parents are the cooks as we bake sweet potato biscuits served with honey and jam, and mix up a batch of fresh lemonade to wash it all down.

Registration required.

All ages.

DATE AND TIME TBD – Rhythm & Roots for Kids

Explore the rhythmic roots of blues music with Cooked Goose Productons! This interactve event follows blues music from its African incepton through the ’20s and ’30s .

All ages.

Celebrate African American Heritage with us throughout February 2015!

Tatnuck School Branch Library

Mondays, February 16, 23

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Black History Month Film Festival

From classic fairy tales to comedic sports to inspiring stories, celebrate the African American experience through a weekly movie night! Call library for titles. Refreshments served.

All ages.

Saturday, February 21

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Black History Month Crafts

Celebrate African heritage as we create traditional African shields! Used in an initiation rite in tribes from Kenya and beyond, these beautiful shields are an introduction into the amazing culture of all African peoples. Ages 5 and up with a caregiver.

For more informaton visit our Events Calendar at worcpublib.org

… or call 508-799-8330 for the Goddard Branch

508-799-8327 for the Roosevelt Branch

508-799-8329 for the Tatnuck Branch.

Free and open to ALL!


At the Worcester Public Library Main Branch 

3 Salem Square, Worcester

In the Children’s Room:

Friday, February 20

2 p.m.


Ages 12 and under.

Explore the rich tradition of African American poetry. Listen to favorite poems – or recite your own!


For all ages!

In the Saxe Room!

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Featuring Edward Oluokun, local artist and musician originally from Nigeria. So talented African percussionist with his own local ensemble and dancers!


Frances Perkins (Greendale) Branch

West Boylston Street

A Celebration of African American History

Wed., Feb. 18

3 p.m.

Act out traditional African stories and songs with costumes and instruments!!

Main South: Black History Month and International Women’s Day events at Clark U

Here’s a list of events planned at Clark University (950 Main St.) to celebrate Black History Month and International Women’s Day.

These events are free and open to the public.

Film screening and panel discussion
“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights”

6:30 pm

Monday, February 16

Sackler 120, Sackler Science Center, 950 Main St.

This feature-length film unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s. Following the screening is a panel discussion with Professors Ousmane Power-Greene (History), Esther Jones (English), and Stephanie Larrieux (Screen Studies). The trailer is available at reflectionsunheardfilm.com.


Disagreeing with Sexism: Norms, Sexual Violence, and Violence Prevention”

12-1:15 pm

Tuesday, February 17

Lurie Conference Room, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

Andrew L. Stewart is a social psychologist studying intergroup relations in the contexts of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, and class. His research examines how widespread beliefs about social groups contribute to intergroup violence and discrimination, and how to change those beliefs to reduce violence and discrimination. For example, Andrew’s research has examined how sexist and traditional masculinity norms contribute to violence and discrimination against women, and he has administered and evaluated sexual assault prevention programs for college men to reduce sexual violence.


Pre-screening and community conversation
“American Dilemma” (1944)

7 pm

Tuesday, February 17

Jefferson 218, Jefferson Academic Center, 950 Main St.

Pre-screening and community conversation of the film “American Dilemma” as a part of Community Cinema Worcester, organized by N-CITE Community Media and co-sponsored by the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and Difficult Dialogues.

This event includes a panel discussion to deepen our engagement in the current national dialogue on race in America.  Panelists include Ousmane Power-Greene, from Clark’s History Department; Raphael Rogers from Clark’s Education Department; and Julius Jones, a Clark alum and community organizer engaged with Black Lives Matters protests locally.


Talk and meet & greet
“A talk and meet & greet with Franchesca Ramsey”

6-8 pm
Wednesday, February 25

Jefferson 320, Jefferson Academic Center, 950 Main St.

Franchesca Ramsey, better known as the Internet sensation Chescaleigh, is a Youtube blogger, an actress, a comedian, a graphic designer and a vlogger. Ramsey has been featured on MSNBC, ABC, The Daily Mail, the Anderson Cooper talk show, and many more, for her successful Youtube channel that covers all sorts of social issues like health care, safer sex, body image, race, homophobia, and rape culture.  For more about Ramsey, visit Franchesca.net and Upworthy.  This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union.


The following event will be held in honor of Women’s History Month 2015.

It is free and open to the public.

“The Continuum of Displacement:  Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan and the USA Post 2003”

1:30 pm

Friday, February 27

Lurie Conference Room, Higgins University Center

This talk will focus on the continuum of displacement among Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and the USA since 2003, and the challenges they face as they transition from one country to the other to rebuild their lives. Isis Nusair, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies at Denison University, will analyze the themes that emerge in the women’s narratives and the modes of support Iraqi women refugees employ to sustain their agency in this prolonged state of instability and displacement.

Veterans Day is tomorrow …

… Tuesday, November 11

Our city marks the holiday with the following events:

Annual Pancake breakfast

8 a.m.

Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St.

Annual Veterans Day Parade

11 a.m.

Starting at the north end of Grove Street at Glennie Street to Grove Street,  to the Veterans Inc. Historical Armory, 44 Salisbury St.

Speaking program


Featuring Gabriel Nutter, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and regional team leader for the Department of Veterans’ Services SAVE team.


Wreath-laying ceremony

2 p.m.

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Green Hill Park

Events co-sponsored by Worcester Veterans Council, the city’s Veterans Services Department, Veterans Inc. and the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Perpetual Care Committee. For more information about the parade, call 1-800-482-2565, ext. 154.

Main South: FREE cool events at Clark U

ALL FREE!! … GIFTS TO OUR COMMUNITY from Clark University, Main Street, Worcester!!

For Halloween! Fright Night in the Higgins Lounge!

7 pm

Wednesday, October 29

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Clark University Professors Gino DiIorio, Jay Elliott, and Jennifer Plante will offer readings of their favorite scary stories and explore the power of narratives that play upon our most basic fears and vulnerabilities.

Poetry and History: An Evening with Natasha Trethewey

7 pm

Tuesday, November 4

Atwood Hall, Downing Street

United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read poems from Thrall, Native Guard, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and other works.

In May 2014, Trethewey concluded two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. She is currently the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi. She is the author of four collections of poetry and the recipient of numerous fellowships. Trethewey also contributed to “Where Poetry Lives,” a feature on the PBS NewsHour.

This event is part of the Higgins School’s African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost at Clark University.

Fragile Fatherhood: What Being a Daddy Means in the Lives of Low-Income Men

7 pm

Wednesday, November 19

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the defining social problems of today. But does the narrative of the “deadbeat dad” tell the whole story? Kathryn Edin, one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, uses ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews and mixed method approaches to go beyond quantitative research and uncover deeper truths.

Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Margaret Mead Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

This event is co-sponsored with the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Urban Development and Social Change Program at Clark University.

In addition to the Symposium offerings listed above, the Higgins School of Humanities will continue its examination of storytelling during the following events in the fall …

“DEFAMATION” A Play by Clark Alumnus Todd Logan ‘75

7 pm

Tuesday, November 11

Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Downing Street, Worcester

Race, class, religion, and law collide when an African American businesswoman from Chicago’s South Side sues a Jewish real estate developer from the North Shore for defamation in this thought-provoking courtroom drama by playwright and author Todd Logan.

Logan has written several plays that have been performed in Chicago in recent years. He also is a filmmaker and humorist whose works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Writer’s Digest.

This event is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University.

Slavery on their Minds: Representing the Peculiar Institution in Contemporary Children’s Picture Books

4 pm

Thursday, November 13

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

A growing number of children’s picture books recount the history of American slavery and are making their way into classrooms and libraries. Professor Raphael Rogers will explore the connection between these texts and the historical scholarship about the “peculiar institution.”

Rogers is visiting assistant professor of education at Clark University. In addition to teaching in Massachusetts public schools, he has served as a literacy coach, consultant, and university supervisor of student teachers in a number of urban schools.

This event is part of the Higgins Faculty Series.


Cool off with the Worcester Historical Museum!

The Salisbury Connection
Wed., July 17 and Sat., July 20 at 2:00 PM
Worcester Art Museum and Salisbury Mansion
Free (starts in the Lancaster Lobby at WAM)

Join Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Art Museum on a tour that explores the taste and evolving style of the Salisbury Family through works in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum and the period rooms of Salisbury Mansion. The tour starts in the Lancaster Lobby of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Tour of Crown Hill Neighborhood
Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 PM
All Saints Church (10 Irving Street)

Hear stories about Crown Hill’s colorful past on a free docent-led walking tour of Worcester’s oldest residential neighborhood and its newest historic district. For more information call 508.755.7906 or 508.755.1569 or e-mail conbloom@aol.com.

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Kids Crafternoons
Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 AM
Children: $3.00; Adults and Members: Free

Mr. Salisbury sold many items in his store, including beautiful brooches. Both men and women wore brooches to secure cloaks or to decorate their attire. Come in and make a brooch of your own with found materials like fabric, yarn, decorative paper, and more.

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Zoos: Don’t “get the party started”

By Jennifer O’Connor

What do blaring techno-pop, psychotropic drugs and zoos have in common? The answer, of course, should be “nothing,” but in an effort to keep revenue flowing in, zoos and aquariums around the world are welcoming events ranging from raves to weddings at their facilities—at a high cost to the resident animals. It’s bad enough that animals are confined to these facilities in the first place. They shouldn’t also be reduced to party props.

Recently released toxicology reports suggest that two dolphins at a Swiss zoo died after ingesting a heroin substitute shortly after a weekend-long rave was held near their tank.

Reports speculate that the drug had been dumped into the tank during the rave “accidentally” or as a practical joke, but Shadow and Chelmers died slowly and in agony. Chelmers’ keeper described his last hour: “He was shaking all over and was foaming at the mouth. Eventually we got him out of the water. His tongue was hanging out. He could hardly breathe.”

Zoos are marketing their facilities for birthday parties, corporate receptions and nighttime “safaris,” even though the commotion and noise can leave animals anxious and unsettled. Three guides at a rave at the Georgia Aquarium admitted that music at such parties upsets the animals and causes them to fight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that inspects zoos, has acknowledged that allowing nighttime visitors can agitate primates. At the San Diego Zoo, an inspector asked zoo officials to reevaluate nighttime display of the gelada baboons, as they appeared to be stressed out.

Aren’t zoos and aquariums supposed to be focusing on the comfort and well-being of the animals? It seems we haven’t progressed much in the years since a former zoo director admitted, in a 1984 article, that the animals are “the last thing I worry about with all the other problems.”

By their very nature, zoos leave animals vulnerable to the whims and wishes of zookeepers and visitors. Animals in zoos have been poisoned, left to starve, deprived of veterinary care and burned alive in fires. They’ve been beaten, shot, pelted with rocks and stolen by people who were able to gain access to the cages. Many have died after eating coins and trash tossed into their cages. A giraffe who recently died in an Indonesian zoo was found to have a wad of 44 pounds of plastic in his stomach made up of food wrappers thrown into his cage by visitors.

It’s no wonder that zoos are increasingly desperate to attract visitors: Parents who still take their children to the zoo are becoming as rare as the dodo bird. Most people are starting to agree that sentencing animals to life behind bars is ethically indefensible, and in response many zoos are adding trains, sky rides, carousels and water attractions to entice visitors to come through the gates.

Visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom are “educated” about threatened wildlife on a thrill ride once called “Countdown to Extinction.” And let’s not forget coyly named fundraisers such as “Woo at the Zoo” and “Jungle Love,” at which visitors pay to watch animals have sex. Accompanied by candles and Barry White tunes, tourists sip and sup while awaiting “action.” How does this foster even a scintilla of respect for animals?

Zoo events may be a novelty for visitors, but for the imprisoned animals, it means that their already-limited period of peace and quiet has been stolen from them. Parties and picnics belong in the park or in backyards, not outside the bars of a caged animal who can’t decline to attend.

Hundreds of performers, visual artists surround Waltham campus for Leonard Bernstein Festival

WALTHAM – Be on the lookout as innovative art emerges from unexpected places at this year’s Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.

Arts events will encompass the campus, indoors and out. Work created especially for the festival will be exhibited, and performance art “happenings” – mash-ups of dance, theater, and music – will pop up in various locations from now to May 1.

The Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio will sponsor a 12-hour marathon of experimental media and electronic music by an international roster of musicians and composers in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.Performers will include Mari Kimura, Michael Lowenstern, Shanna Gutierrez, Krista Reisner, Geoffrey Burleson, Phoenix Ensemble, Phillip Staudlin, and Talea Ensemble.

Waltham artist Judy Thomas’s large-scale sculpture/installation called “Tendrils” will envelop the Shapiro Campus Center.

Among the many student performances, highlights include the irreverent satire of teen angst “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” by Bert V. Royal, directed by Summer Williams of Boston’s Company One; and A Cappela Fest, a charity concert featuring nearly 200 Brandeis students and concluding with a tribute to Michael Jackson. Continue reading Hundreds of performers, visual artists surround Waltham campus for Leonard Bernstein Festival

Regional Environmental Council (REC) is celebrating its 22nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup events

WHAT:   Press Event & REC Earth Day Cleanups Proclamation w/ Mayor Joe O’Brien

WHERE: Worcester City Hall, Levi-Lincoln Room, 3rd Floor

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 1:30pm

WHAT:   22nd Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups    

WHERE: 65 sites throughout the city of Worcester

WHEN: Saturday, April 30th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Worcester – This year marks the 22nd Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups, to be held on Saturday, April 30, from 8:00am to noon at 65 locations throughout Worcester. More than 500 volunteers will clean our sidewalks, parks and neighborhoods.

Since REC began coordinating the event in 1989, Earth Day Cleanups have become an annual event that involves hundreds of neighbors and friends joining together to give our city a good spring cleaning.

Last year, 30 tons of trash was collected and removed from our streets. Sites are added each year when concerned individuals volunteer to coordinate a cleanup team in their neighborhood or in any area of the city that needs attention.

Please join us at City Hall on Tuesday, April 26 at 1:30pm as Worcester Mayor Joe O’Brien helps us continue our Earth Day Celebrations by commending these volunteers working together to make a healthy, sustainable and beautiful Worcester!

The cleanups are organized by the REC in partnership with the City of Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks, National Grid, Superior Waste & Recycling and with the support of numerous other local businesses, community organizations, neighbors, youth and area agencies who come together to care for and ensure our neighborhoods are clean and safe.