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FREE SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS! Thanks City of Worcester and friends!




Recreation Worcester is a free program for youth ages 7 through 13.

It includes free, supervised, recreation programming at 10 parks across the City, Monday through Friday from June 27th through August 19th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Drop in any time! Come for a few hours, a few days or the whole week.

Parks will be staffed by trained Youth Workers who will facilitate sports, literacy and arts programs.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

Beaver Brook Park
9 Mann Street

Burncoat Playground
526 Burncoat Street

East Park
180 Shrewsbury Street

Grant Square
21 Northampton Street

Greenwood Park
14 Forsberg Street

Kendrick Field
40 Brooks Street

Lake Park
281 Lake Avenue

Logan Park
539 Mill Street

University Park
965 Main Street

Vernon Hill Park
43 Ames Street


Registration is now available online, or can be filled out at the following Worcester Public Schools:

Belmont, Canterbury, Chandler Magnet, Gates Lane, Goddard, Lincoln Street, Midland Street, Norback, Quinsigamond School, Rice Square, Roosevelt, Tatnuck Magnet, Woodland Academy, Worcester Arts.

Also at the Worcester Public Library’s children desk at any of the One City One Library locations and/or the main library on Salem Street.

You must register before participating in Recreation Worcester.

All Worcester youth are welcome between ages 7 and 13.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can the child go to any park, or do they have to go to the one in their neighborhood?
A: Yes, they can go to any park.

Q: Can they go to different parks each time, or are they locked in once they choose?
A: They can attend any park.

Q: Will food/snacks be provided?
A: Yes, both lunch and dinner.

Q: What happens if the parent can’t pick up their child on time?
A: All parents must pick their children up by 5:30 PM, however if they are running late they must call the Program Director.

Q: Can children walk to and from the park, or do they need a parent to drop them off/pick them up?
A: Children may walk to and from the park. That is to the discretion of each parent.

Q: Who should we call with questions? Who is Customer Service’s contact person?
A: John Genkos, City Manager’s Office.

Q: How many employees will be at each site?
A: Between 5 and 6 staff at all times.

Q: Is there a cost to the program?
A: No, this is a free program.

Q: Is there a deadline for registration?
A: No, there is a rolling admission.

Q: Do children register once at the beginning of the program? Once for each park? Once per visit?
A: Children are registered only on the first visit to the park and at any park; it’s a universal application for the program.

Q: Will parents be notified if a day is cancelled?
A: The City of Worcester and WPS will notify parents ahead of time of any cancellations via a text or phone call.

Q: Why would a day be cancelled (severe weather/heat)?
A: Programs will be cancelled due to severe weather such as thunder storms, tornado warnings, hurricanes, etc. Emergency shelters will be provided.

from The Mayor’s Office and City of Worcester website

City of Woo parked in A.I. … RECREATION WORCESTER! Free Summer Fun for kids!!!

But first …



Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty & City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. …

… invite you to an exciting announcement of …


Tomorrow!!!Tuesday, June 21

4 PM

Vernon Hill Park
43 Ames Street


This just in! From WPI! Touch-Tomorrow fest!!!


WPI Hosts 5th Annual TouchTomorrow Festival

June 11

Robots, Rockets, and even an Astronaut!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


One of the region’s largest interactive science, technology, and robotics festivals is returning to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on June 11.

TouchTomorrow is a free, family-friendly festival that features hands-on activities and exhibits designed to inspire children, teens, and young adults to explore the thrill and fun of science and technology.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, and includes exhibits presented by WPI, NASA, WGBH, and a wide variety of museums, educational organizations, and companies.

The fifth anniversary festival will feature some favorite NASA exhibits, including the asteroid landscape, the Roll-over Rover, the famous MARCBot IV Rover, and the Mark III space suit. This year NASA is introducing its Virtual Reality chairs with monitors and Oculus glasses that take users on a planetary tour.

Visitors will also have the chance to meet and hear from Charlie Precourt, former NASA Chief Astronaut and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions.

WPI will also welcome back to campus Paul Ventimiglia, Class of 2012 and BattleBots 2015 World Champion. His robot, BiteForce, won the competition on national television and will defend the title this summer when the hit show returns to ABC prime time on June 23. In addition to BattleBots, Ventimiglia has had a number of victories in robotics competitions. In 2009, while still a student at WPI, he led a university-sponsored team in NASA’s Regolith Excavation Challenge. He will discuss what it takes to build an award-winning robot and give an insider’s look at the advancement in robotics.  

For the third year in a row, WGBH will serve as the official media partner for the festival. A national leader in the effort to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the classroom and at home, WGBH will host multimedia activities for students and STEM enthusiasts of all ages at TouchTomorrow. A number of popular WGBH characters, including Curious George, will make appearances throughout the day.

Among other activities, attendees at TouchTomorrow may:

Take a photo in a NASA spacesuit,

watch what happens to marshmallow Peeps inside a real vacuum chamber,

explore the Fire Protection Engineering lab and Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) lab at WPI’s Gateway Park,

engage in interactive activities—extract DNA from strawberries,

Build a raspberry-flavored solar cell,

help a robot play a musical instrument, and learn about advanced manufacturing technology, including laser cutters and 3-D printers,

talk with WPI researchers who are exploring autonomous vehicle technology, building homes of the future, and developing an exo-skeleton with hydro-muscles and …

see WPI student project work in robotics, game design and animation, architectural engineering, and other areas.

TouchTomorrow follows the NASA Sample Return Robot (SRR) Challenge, a Centennial Challenge competition to be held June 7-11 on WPI’s campus. The challenge—created to drive competition and innovation among individual inventors, students, and private companies—requires teams to design and build an autonomous robotic system that will locate and collect geological samples without human control. For more information on the SRR Challenge and a list of competitors, visit here.

“Every year, TouchTomorrow allows the WPI campus to become a hub of amazing interactive exhibits designed specifically to excite young people, families, and teachers about science and technology,” said WPI president Laurie Leshin. “The festival is the perfect way to cap off the NASA Sample Return Robot Competition.  It is tremendously gratifying to welcome some of the most innovative robotics engineers from across the country to campus; it is also amazing to be able to show people of all ages that science, engineering and technology is amazing, fun, and critical to making the world a better place, and to empower them to envision their own futures in those fields.”

The future …


Healthy women eat right! Head to this FREE FEST at UMass Medical School!



Join us for a day-long health and wellness event!




Plantation Street

8:30 AM — 4:00 PM

Keynote Speaker:

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
Physician, Community Health Leader, President & CEO, The Dimock Center

Opening and Closing Speaker:

Latoyia Edwards
Emmy Award-winning Morning News Anchor, New England Cable News (NECN)

Continental Breakfast

Free Health Screenings

Healthy Lunch

Health and Wellness Presentations

Healthy Movement Exercise

Celebrate You and Your Health Gift Bags

This event is FREE!

Registration is required.

Registration opens May 1

email: Multicultural@umassmed.edu for registration information

Free Childcare

Limited Space, Regstration Required

Free Shuttle Service and Free Parking

WPL parked in Yum Yums!


Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square


The Tanglewood Marionettes!

The Tanglewood Marionettes will be a very special guest at the library on Wednesday, February 17.

They will be performing their production of “Cinderella” at 2 p.m.

Set in the eighteenth century, and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed marionettes, this production is the Tanglewood Marionettes’ showpiece.

The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting. This family event is not to be missed, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
On Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. join us for a screening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic fairytale “Cinderella” featuring an all-star, multi-racial cast. 

Stick around, at 3 p.m. children from the Goddard School of Science and Technology and Woodland Academy take part in a children’s performance based on the stories, “How Frog Went to Heaven” and “The Adventures of Mouse Deer,” presented by “In Our Own Voices,” from the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.
The fun continues on Friday, February 19 with “A Visit from Cinderella” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come meet Cinderella, listen to her tell her story and sing beautifully.  She’ll also show you how to bow and dance in a kid-friendly ballroom style circle. Be sure to bring your camera!

Princesses and Princes are welcome to dress up to meet this fairytale character come to life! This magical visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
There’s so much more going on during the week, including a book club for chocoholics, a screening of “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” a visit from a certified pet therapy dog, and games of all kinds.

Be sure to stop by for Beauty Basics, a program where you can learn to make your own beauty products!

… There’s also Poetry with Pizza, legos, knitting, and the always exciting Science Saturdays – this month learn about George Crum and his invention of the potato chip in celebration of Black History Month.
Mark your calendars and be sure to join us the following Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m. for African Drumming, where you can learn about West African Drumming and have fun making noise. This exciting event is also sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
For more information on the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit www.mywpl.org

Dying for fashion

Clark University
950 Main St.
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons


Jan. 25 at Clark University: ‘Dying for Fashion’ lecture

Noted sociologist, author to present talk about apparel industry’s dark side
“Dying for Fashion: A First-Hand Report on the Hidden Cost of Our Clothes” is the topic of an upcoming talk by Clark University sociologist Professor Robert J.S. Ross at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Higgins Lounge at Clark’s Dana Commons.
Drawing on his decades of research and having traveled to Bangladesh to investigate and study the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 people in 2013, Prof. Ross will discuss the horrific conditions of the global apparel business, where profits are outweighing the livelihood of workers.
The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, and the Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and IDCE departments. 
Since the 1990s, Prof. Ross has conducted research on the resurgence of sweatshops in the global apparel industry, and has since had his work on the topic published in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and other media.

His book “Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and the Abuse in the New Sweatshop” brings light to the unseen horrors faced by    apparel industry workers, both in the United States and abroad. Ross helped establish Clark University’s undergraduate program in Urban Development and Social Change.