Monthly Archives: October 2010

Beethoven Revisited on Saturday

For all of you who can’t get enough of the Worcester Chamber Music Society since seeing them on 508, here’s an opportunity to see them…for free!


Saturday, October 23   7:30 PM (with a 7:00PM pre-concert talk)
Assumption College Chapel
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Free Admission / Sponsored by HUMANARTS

Serenade for Flute, Violin & Viola
Grosse Fuge
Piano Concerto No. 1
Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory and Amy Rawstron, violins; Peter Sulski and Mark Berger, violas; David Russell, cello; Ian Watson, piano

With guest artists Sasha Callahan, Christine Vitale, and Piotr Buczek, violins; Ariana Falk, cello; and Tony D’Amico, double bass

You can see their concert schedule for the year here.

(Image: Beethoven, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Terry Bain’s photostream)

Service 2.0 discussion at Clark University

Came across this panel discussion to be held at Clark next week — looks interesting for those of us interested in volunteer service.

Service 2.0: The New Era of Service in Massachusetts
October 19, 2010
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Clark University, Tilton Hall

A discussion about how service and volunteerism is evolving to include our veterans, baby boomers, and the unemployed.

Emily Haber, Cheif Executive Officer of Massachusetts Service Alliance
Mary Gunn, Executive Director of Generations Incorporated
Casey Starr, Clark University and AmeriCorps VISTA Alum
Barbara Canyes, Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact

registration at Mass Inc.

Worcester Half-Marathon Review

A few months late, but still of interest, is an excellent, blow-by-blow (step-by-step?) review of the Worcester Half-Marathon (previously mentioned on 508):

Somewhere around 8.5 miles I was contemplating pulling-out, I was in a fairly large group of runner[s] when this elderly woman in a Lexus had her left turn signal on and seemed to be waiting as the hundreds of runners made our way up Chandler St. Of course until I got up to her. When the group I was running is got literally up to her bumper, the look on her face said “fuck it” and she turned left right into us, sending about a dozen of us scampering and jumping out of the way. She missed my left knee by maybe an inch. If I hadn’t jumped at just the right moment she would have totally taken me out. Crazy bitch. Then I realized, that the police presence was really minimal this whole race. I mean, all up and down Chandler, there were police at every major intersection stopping the cross-traffic, but that’s about it.

Again, as a race director myself, I know that the police detail can cost a major chunk of your budget. The  detail Lt. from the asks you how far the race is, how many streets you’re going to need closed, how many runners and how many hours. As this was the second time in the race that I actually felt like I was in danger, it occurred to me that the race organizers did everything they could to protect their bottom line. The lack of road closures, the bare minimum in everything, the several course changes were I’m sure all part of their efforts to make sure they had a race that would cost them the least amount of money to produce. I’m glad I came into this with little to no expectations.

Worcester Arts Council Scavenger Hunt

 National Grid, in partnership with the City of Worcester is sponsoring 5 large light bulb sculptures being painted by 5 local Worcester Artists, to be installed next week.  The Worcester Arts Council is encouraging citizens to find all five (yes, it’s a Scavenger Hunt) and post information on their Facebook page.

Also, friendly reminder that the deadline for grant applications with WAC is this Friday, October 15.

(Image: Ampoules, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Édouard Puginier’s photostream)

Today’s National Poetry Day. In England.

But isn’t that a good segue into some Stanley Kunitz-related activities for the weekend?

Friday, October 8 – 7:30pm
Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading featuring poet Stephen Cramer

Location: Clark University, Goddard Library
Free & Open to the Public
Sponsored by Worcester County Poetry Association’s Gregory Stockmal Reading Fund

Sunday, October 10 and Monday, October 11
Poet Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) childhood home (4 Woodford Street, Worcester) is open to the public annually during the Footsteps in History weekend. There will be docent-led tours at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30, to learn more about the US Poet Laureate’s life in Worcester in the early 1900’s, his return 60 years later and his subsequent friendship with the Stockmals who purchased and restored the Kunitz home.

Adopt-A-Dog Month at WARL

(Passing along information from the folks at the Worcester Animal Rescue League — but I’d like to point out that there are lots of great animals available for adoption from WARL, including two chow chows.  If you are interested in more information about my favorite breed, let me know.)

In celebration of American Humane Association’s national AdoptADog Month this October, Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) is asking prospective pet owners the question: What can an adopted dog bring to your life?

There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world,” said Allie Simone, Executive Director, WARL. “Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent or simply a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can beall of these — and more. AdoptADog Month is the perfect time for people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.”

If you’re thinking about bringing an adopted dog into your family, here are some things to consider:

  • Like children, dogs are completely dependent on their owners for all their needs — food, water, medical attention, exercise, shelter and, most important, companionship. But unlike children, dogs will never learn to pour themselves a drink, fix breakfast or clean up after themselves. Opening your home to a dog can be highly rewarding, as long as you understand and accept the daily responsibilities and routines that come with owning a dog.
  • The qualities and personality you want in a dog are more important than size and appearance. For example, an older shepherd mix might do better than an energetic terrier in an apartment. Very often the pet that has the characteristics you’re looking for will come in an unexpected package.

For more tips on dog adoption, behavior and care, or to share your own dog adoption story, visit the American Humane Association’s online Adoption Center.

WARL has dogs of every type, size, age and personality waiting for loving homes. Visit us this October to find out what a shelter dog can bring to your life during AdoptADog Month!

For more information, visit, WARL’s Facebook page, or call 508.853.0030.  WARL is located at 139 Holden Street in Worcester and is open Mon-Sat from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and Sun from 12 noon to 4PM.

Blackstone Valley Bike Path

Lt. Gov Murray today announced that the Blackstone Valley Bike Path will receive $15 million in Accelerated Bridge Program funds to design & construct the first section of the path.

From this press release:

Lieutenant Governor Murray joined state and local officials to celebrate the first phase of the project, a 2.5-mile pathway including 11 bridges between the Triad Bridge in Millville located in the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park and along the Rhode Island border.

Update, 2:48 pm: I should also note this post about bike and pedestrian budget cuts across the country.

(Image: Overflow, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Michael Underwood’s totally wonderful photostream)