5 Things You Need To Know Today in Worcester – October 23, 2019

by | Oct 23, 2019 | News, Headlines

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 — Wednesday, Oct. 23 —  a cool new nightclub is looking to hang your house stuff on its walls, the cops have some tips on trick-or-treating, a 5K is planned to benefit Veterans, Inc., a networking group for older people looking for work meets weekly and Lettuce Be Local has a real home. 

New Club Wants Your Items to Hang on Its Wall 

Now here’s a fun idea. Rascals, which used to be the Dance Ranch on James Street in Worcester [very close to Auburn], is opening soon. Real soon. They’re doing some major renovations down there, installing a stage, re-doing the bar and just generally ripping it up and making it shinier and better. The new nightclub will still [as did the Dance Ranch] feature country line dancing on some nights, while other nights features deejays and Saturdays are reserved for live bands of all kinds. 

The new owners want a touch of its fans on its walls. The club is doing a call-out to donate anything you’d like to hang on the wall (within reason, so be reasonable), to make Rascals a “home away from home.” Some bands that play there are planning on donating signed guitars. But that’s only one idea. Perhaps you’ve got an old, wacky cuckoo clock or a velvet Elvis painting you’ve been looking to unload? Go here

We want Rascals to be your new “home away from home.” If you have something you’d like to donate to hang on the wall, let us know what you have and if it fits with our theme we’d love to have it!


Police Recommend Best Time to Trick-or-Treat, and Give Tips 

While they say this is the “recommended” time to trick-or-treat, we’re going to go ahead and say you should probably stick to it, or you’ll annoy lots of people. 

Worcester trick-or-treating time is on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5-8:30 p.m., making it difficult for those who work to get home in time to hand out candy. Hey, no matter. Get you costumes on and get out there. A few safety tips from Worcester Police Department and Worcester Emergency Management include wearing bright colors, carrying a flashlight, making sure you can see through any masks you might be wearing, establish a planned route, only visit houses with porch lights on, look both ways before crossing streets, check your candy before you eat it, walk in groups and don’t take candy from strangers. Heck, these are all good ideas regardless if it’s Halloween or not. 

Lettuce Be Local Grows Into Brick and Mortar Store in Downtown Worcester

Previously known as Lettuce Be Local, Maker to Main is evolving to open a brick-and-mortar location in the heart of Worcester at 328 Main St. in December of this year, announced Founder/CEO Lynn Cheney. 

“Local farms have far more to offer than just the best, most nutritious food,” said Cheney in a release.  “They offer a commitment to our environment, our health and our community. We are fortunate to have so many farms so close.  Now, with our brick and mortar store, we will be able to make the food and goods produced by these farmers even more accessible to everyone from retail customers to chefs, schools, breweries, and more.”

Now, customers will be able to stop in and get local goods all at one location, and same-day online ordering will also be available. The market will showcase a Chef’s Table with rotating demonstrations from area chefs designed to teach basic cooking skills, offer recipes and give pro tips on local ingredients.

Adding to the produce and shelf table items, the new store will also include a plethora of new products such as cheese, ice cream, meats, beverages and more. While the store will be open to the public, there will be extended hours open to chefs, brewers and farmers to pick up ingredients. 


Veterans Inc. Run4Veterans 5k to Be Held in Worcester

Run from the beer and back, and help veterans, too. 

Veterans Inc. is hosting the Run4Veterans 5k Road Race and Walk on Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Beer Garden Pavilion in Worcester. Funds raised will support the programs and services offered to veterans in need and their family members. 

Emceed by WCVB reporter Katie Thompson, the race kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Same-day registration is open from 9-10 a.m.

The starting line begins at The Beer Garden, 64 Franklin St. Worcester. Pre-registration is $35 per runner Registration for veterans, active duty military personnel, or ROTC is $25 per runner. Registration for kids under 12 is $20 per runner. Online registration is available until noon on Nov. 1. Same day registration is $40 per runner.

A course map is available on the registration page. Packet pick up takes place Nov. 1st at Sneakerama in Worcester from 4:30-7 p.m., or day of race at the Beer Garden starting at 9 a.m. There’s an after party at the Beer Garden featuring the live music of the Candy Criminals.

Prizes are awarded in the male and female divisions of each category of 14 and under, as well as ages 15-22, 23-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The oldest veteran finisher will also be recognized. Tee shirts given to the first 250 to register..

All proceeds from the event benefit Veterans Inc.


Networking Works, and Your Age is Your Edge 

The 50+ Jobseeking Group, which offers support and assistance to people age 50+ who are seeking a new job or career direction or reentering the workforce, is holding its next group meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Worcester Senior Center. There’s a new topic each week and its facilitated by an HR professional. Join for this guided networking event with peers to develop new skills, tools and strategies to help in your career transition. Email Melody Beach [email protected] to register. 

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