5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - July 25

 by Patrick SargentJuly 25, 2022

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, July 25 -  New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is looking for local artists to decorate and name their garden gnomes, Rockland Trust Bank is hosting a blood drive, Worcester Field Hockey clinics are scheduled for the fall, the City is hosting a summit on Housing & Community Well-Being next week and Big Brother Big Sister is in Worcester this week picking up donations.

New England Botanic Garden Looking for Garden Gnomes Artists

The New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is looking for artists to volunteer to decorate and name up to 20 of their concrete garden gnomes.

The gnomes will be on display during Tower Hill's Gnomevember from Nov. 1 to 30. For more information, download this form.

The New England Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Dr. in Boylston.

Rockland Trust Hosting Blood Drive Next Week

Rockland Trust Bank and the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center are hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 4.

The drive is being held from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rockland Trust branch at 967 Grafton St. in Worcester.

To book an appointment, click here.

Worcester Field Hockey Clinics Scheduled to Start in September

Starting Sunday, Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, Worcester Field Hockey is hosting fall field hockey clinics.

Clinics are available for children in grades Pre-K to 1 and grades 2 to 8.  Clinics are at 9 AM every Sunday for six weeks.

Kids in grades 2 to 8 can also sign up to play on Worcester Field Hockey teams. Practices are held on weeknights and games are on Sundays at 10 AM. The cost to join a team is $80 for six weeks.

To register for clinics or to join a team, click here.

City Hosting Summit on Housing & Community Well-Being

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the City of Worcester is hosting a Summit on Housing & Community Well-Being at City Hall at 5:30 PM.

The summit will include state, city and local nonprofit leaders discussing solutions to reduce homelessness in Worcester and improve residents' quality of life.

The public is welcome to attend.

Big Brother Big Sister Picking Up Donations in Worcester

The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation has a truck scheduled for pickups in the Worcester area on Friday, July 29.

Founded in 1904, Big Brother Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brother Big Sister makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country.

Foundation pickups accept a range of items, including clothing, certain household items, books and other items. See the full list of acceptable items here.

Schedule a home pickup here.

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