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 26 - there's a Worcester school parents forum tomorrow night, there are two opportunities for free COVID-19 testing this week in Worcester, Atlantic Poké is opening a second location in Marlborough soon, the Worcester Public Library is hosting host a StoryWalk® on the lawn starting today and the City has announced its Arbor Day plans.
The Worcester School Committee and Worcester Public Schools are hosting a community forum on Tuesday evening, April 27, to respond to pre-prepared questions from parents and community members on the full return to in-person learning for Pre-K to grade 8 students.
The forum will be held virtually from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.
To join the forum, click this link.
To join by telephone, use the information below:
The UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Equity Task Force and the City of Worcester are offering free, walk-up COVID-19 testing this week.
The testing will take place indoors at Mercantile Center at 201 Commercial St. on the following days and times:
No appointments are necessary.
Atlantic Poké in Shrewsbury -- serving poke bowls of raw tuna, raw salmon, shrimp and chicken tossed in veggies, rice and a variety of sauces -- is expanding to a second location in Marlborough.
Owners tell ThisWeekinWorcester.com the second location will be located at 237 Boston Post Rd. in Marlborough -- across the street from the Apex Entertainment -- and is expected to be open in early May.
Beginning today -- Monday, April 26 -- the Frances Perkins Branch of the Worcester Public Library will host a StoryWalk® on the lawn.
The public is invited to visit the library and read together outside.
The library will host a special kickoff event on April 26 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can get a crazy-hat-making kit before enjoying the StoryWalk®.
“We are excited to be able to offer families a way to engage with books, with the library, and with each other while enjoying the lovely spring weather.” said Paula Korstvedt, Community Services Coordinator of the Worcester Public Library.
Registration is required for the kickoff, (rain date is May 3). Everyone is welcome to enjoy the StoryWalk® featuring “Hooray for Hat” on the lawn anytime from April 26 through May 24. Information on this event and registration for the kickoff is available at https://tinyurl.com/fpbstorywalk.
The library branch is located at 470 West Boylston Street in Worcester.
The City of Worcester is celebrating Arbor Day this Friday, April 30, at Elm Park with the planting of trees to recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by healthcare and essential workers in Worcester and in memory of the Worcester residents who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will take place on the Russell Street side of the park at 10 a.m.
The three trees will be in addition to the more than 200 trees scheduled to be planted this spring, according to the Department of Public Works and Parks.
Image courtesy: Atlantic Poké/Facebook