In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.
In today’s edition – Monday, April 25 – public meetings are scheduled for May to discuss improvements at two city parks, the 2022 Worcester County Food Truck Showdown is scheduled for May 7, Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is hosting a Spring Cleaning Shred Event today, restaurants are being called on to participate in the Worcester Tercentennial weekend and Walker Hayes will perform at the DCU Center this fall.
Public Meetings for Blithewood Park improvements, New Park on Sever Street
The first of two public meetings for a master plan process for improvements at Blithewood Park is scheduled for May 18.
The meeting will take place at the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center on Massasoit Road at 6 PM. A second meeting will be announced in the future.
Additionally, the city will host a public meeting on the creation of a new park on Sever Street at the former Becker College campus. The meeting will be held in the Park View Room at Preservation Worcester at 230 Park Ave. on May 12 at 5 PM.
The city has hired Ray Dunetz Landscape Architects to develop the master plan for both parks. Dunetz constructed the new parking lot at Blithewood Park and is currently working on improvements at Hope Cemetery.
2022 Worcester County Food Truck Showdown on May 7
The 2022 Worcester County Food Truck Showdown is returning on Saturday, May 7.
The festival will feature celebrity judges and event attendees casting votes for their favorite food truck to be honored with the “Best of Worcester County Food Trucks” and “People’s Choice” awards.
Along with great food from over 30 food trucks, customers may browse among the over 75 artisanal craft vendors, listen to live music and performances, participate in an array of yard games such as corn hole, horseshoes and ladder toss or simply relax in our large picnic area. Guests may “Spin the Wheel” for chances at free food, prizes, discounts and giveaways.
The Showdown will be held at the Spencer Fairgrounds from 12 PM to 5 PM. Admission is $5 at the gate (children under 12 are free).
Spring Cleaning Shred Event Today at Worcester Senior Center
Looking to get some spring cleaning done?
The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with AARP Massachusetts to hold two community shred day events at the Worcester Senior Center.
The first event is today – Monday, April 25 – from 9 AM to 12 PM. Visitors can have their documents professionally shredded for free.
Th event is first come, first served. Visitors should enter through Spurr Street and follow the signs.
Shred those old documents and keep your info safe! Stop by the #Worcester Senior Center on Monday April 25th from 9:00am-12:00pm. First come, first served. Enter through Spurr Street. pic.twitter.com/QSh6q7VzO3
— Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc. (@cmaaging) April 20, 2022
City Calls on Restaurants to Participate in Worcester Tercentennial Weekend
The City of Worcester is calling on all local restaurants to participate in the Worcester Tercentennial weekend.
The Worcester Tercentennial planning committee is inviting restaurants to submit custom menu items, specialty drinks, decorations and more to celebrate the city’s 300th birthday.
Interested restaurant owners and managers should email [email protected].
Country Singer Walker Hayes to Perform at DCU Center this Fall
Breakout country star Walker Hayes will perform at the DCU Center on Saturday, October 8 at 7 PM for his only New England stop on his Glad You’re Here Tour. Walker’s special guest for the night will be Parmalee.
Walker’s album “Country Stuff: The Album” was released in January, and features the new single “AA” and hit “Fancy Like” which has topped every sales and streaming chart since its release, spending a collective six months and counting at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Songs Chart and hitting the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs.
Hayes received his first Grammy Award nomination as an artist for Best Country Song for “Fancy Like.”
Artist Pre-Sale: Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 AM (online only)
Venue Pre-Sale: Thursday, April 28 from 10 AM to 10 PM (online only)
General Public On-sale: Friday, April 29 at 10 AM
Ticket Prices: $55.00, $45.00, and $35.00