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5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester – November 15

By TWIW Staff | November 15, 2021
Last Updated: November 14, 2021

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 – Monday, November 15 – it’s the last week to donate to Thrive’s Thanksgiving food drive, celebrate the festival of Diwali at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is hosting a COVID-19 booster clinic for older adults, the Doherty Memorial High School building committee meets tonight and Scoop Drip is accepting donations for their winter coat drive all month long.

Thrive Support & Advocacy Hosting Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thrive Support & Advocacy, a nonprofit empowering youth and adults with developmental disabilities, is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support families in the Thrive community who need additional assistance this holiday season.

Donations can be made until Friday, November 19 at their headquarters at 65 Boston Post Road, Suite 220 in Marlborough or at their Worcester office at 100 Grove Street, Suite 104.

Thrive is accepting donations of frozen turkeys and shelf-stable Thanksgiving staples such as boxed stuffing and mashed potatoes; canned cranberry sauce, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and gravy; cream of mushroom soup; French onion topping; and disposable aluminum baking pans.

For more information, contact Thrive at [email protected] or 508-485-4227.

Celebrate Diwali at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is celebrating the Indian festival of Diwali which denotes the triumph of light over darkness. It will be held on Saturday, November 20, from 6  PM to 9 pm and is organized in collaboration with the India Society of Worcester (ISW), the largest Indian cultural organization in MetroWest.

One of the major festivals of India, Diwali gets its name from the row of lights that light up homes in India to signify the path from darkness to light. Tower Hill’s illuminated gardens will help recreate the festive atmosphere and will include traditional rangoli patterns, elaborate designs made with colored sand. Activities will include Indian dance performances, a henna artist applying temporary tattoos, an introductory lecture on Ayurveda and a mini-bazaar with packaged food and jewelry from India. Authentic Indian dishes, from famed caterer, Bawarchi Biryani, will also be available for purchase. 

Tickets are on sale at the Tower Hill website with discounts for ISW and Tower Hill Botanic Garden members. ISW members can get a promotional code at the ISW Website. All who are able must wear masks indoors at Tower Hill Botanic Garden until further notice. 

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging Hosting COVID-19 Booster Clinic

On Friday, November 19, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will be hosting a COVID-19 booster clinic for adults ages 65 and older.

The event will be held at the Teamsters building at 330 Southwest Cutoff (Rt. 20) in Worcester from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Booster types available are Modern, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Participants will be eligible for $100 grocery gift cards. To sign-up, call 508-852-5539 or send an email to [email protected].

Doherty Memorial High School Building Committee Meets Tonight

The Doherty Memorial High School building committee will meet virtually tonight at 6:30 PM.

The 90% Construction Document Submission of the new Doherty school building will be presented, followed by a question and answer period.

The committee will vote to submit the 90% Construction Document Submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

To join the meeting, click here:

  • Meeting number (access code): 2309 484 9691
  • Meeting password: N9MeHXCZk46
  • To join from a mobile phone, dial 1-415-655-0001

Scoop Drip Hosting Winter Coat Drive Until November 30

Scoop Drip is accepting new or lightly used winter coats, hats, gloves and new, unused socks from now until November 30 as part of their second annual “Drip Drop” coat drive.

Donations can be dropped at Scoop Drip at 140 Millbury Street. Anyone that drops a donation off will receive 10% off at the store.

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