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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 9

By Patrick Sargent | August 9, 2022
Last Updated: August 9, 2022

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, 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 – Tuesday, August 9 – there’s a free outdoor concert this weekend at East Park, there’s a bilingual poetry reading at the Worcester library on Wednesday, registration is open for fall classes at the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory, check out this Worcester Centrum tribute t-shirt from Glazy Susan and Massachusetts is ranked the most ideal place in the U.S. to have a baby.

Free Outdoor Concert this Weekend at East Park

Music Worcester will conclude its 2022 Summer Concert Series with an outdoor concert at Worcester’s East Park amphitheater on Shrewsbury Street.

The concert will be held from 2 PM to 5 PM. Guests can enjoy performances from Dan Gabel and the Abletones Dectet, Nacho Gonzalez Nappa, and Sunta Africa.

Admission is free for all ages and seating throughout the amphitheater section of the park is open to all. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

Bilingual Poetry Reading at Worcester Public Library

The Worcester Public Library is hosting a  “Bilingual Poetry Reading for Children and Families” on Aug. 10 at the Main Library at 3 Salem Sq. in downtown Worcester.

The reading starts at 1:30 PM.

The international gathering of Latino writers will include Worcester Poet Laureate Juan Matos, and Worcester Youth Poet Laureate Adael Mejia, as well as Argentinian poet and composer María Inés Iacometti, Dominican poet Juan Freddy Armando, and local poets/artists Belen Atienza, Edmy Angélica Ortiz, Leonardo Nin, Fadi Yousef, and Lucelia de Jesús.

The public are welcome to attend the event. The program is best for families with kids ages 7 and up.

Registration is Open for Fall Classes at the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory

Fall conservatory classes at the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory are on sale now.  The Hanover Theatre offers 90 classes for students of all ages in acting and theatre, dance, music and technical theatre and design.

Classes start Sept. 7.

For a list of classes and to register, click here.


Check Out this Worcester Centrum tribute T-shirt from Glazy Susan

In celebration of the Worcester Centrum and DCU Center’s 40th anniversary in September, Glazy Susan is selling t-shirts paying tribute to the Centrum Centre.

The specialty donut shop at the DCU Center had the shirts designed with the former logo of the Centrum Centre. The shirts are on sale at Glazy Susan at 50 Foster St. The shop is open Thursday through Sunday.


Massachusetts Ranked Most Ideal Place in U.S. to Have a Baby

With the average birth costing over $3,000 for mothers with insurance, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

WalletHub named Massachusetts the best state in the U.S. to have a baby.

Having a Baby in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 13th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
  • 22nd – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
  • 3rd – Infant Mortality Rate
  • 14th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
  • 18th – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
  • 14th – Pediatricians & Family Medicine Physicians per Capita
  • 22nd – Child-Care Centers per Capita
  • 1st – Parental-Leave Policy Score

Source: WalletHub
Lead image: East Park amphitheater/Patrick Sargent for

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