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 — Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Holiday Harvest provides 500 veterans and their families Thanksgiving dinner prep boxes, Air Supply isn’t all out of love…or shows, leaf pickup continues in certain neighborhoods, a hair restoration place is moving into the Northworks building and the Worcester Center for Crafts readies for its big, annual festival.
Leave It to the DPW
The city’s Department of Public Works and Parks started up its next round of seasonal leaf collection on Monday, Nov. 18, for those whose trash pick-up day is on Fridays.
Roughly speaking, that’s how the city plans the leaf pickup. Next-up, those who get their trash picked up on Thursdays will have leaves picked up the week starting Nov. 25. Push your leaves out to the side of the street. This does not mean brush or tree limbs.
Also, cars interfering with the leaf collection get a ticket. Go here for the schedule and updates.
Northworks Yesterday, Hair Tomorrow
A new tenant is moving into the Northworks building, and it’s a hairy one!
The building at 108 Grove St. has been leased to Vernon Acquisitions, LLC. The location will become home to a hair restoration clinic, according to the announcement from NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs.
Air Supply Is Lost in Love, Again, in Worcester
Iconic Australian pop/rock duo Air Supply brings their Lost In Love Experience tour to The Hanover Theatre on Friday, Feb. 7. The tour supports their newest live album, “Lost In Love Experience,” which was released in February of this year, and recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale to members on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. and to the public on Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
With a career spanning over four decades, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, at rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. Since then, the duo continue to perform worldwide, with more than 130 concerts annually, and just marked their 5,000th concert in Las Vegas.
In 1980, “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts, and was named Song of the Year. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles. The albums “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Now & Forever” and “The Greatest Hits” sold in excess of 20 million copies.
Tickets to Air Supply: Lost in Love Experience start at $29.50, with discounts available for theatre members and groups of 10 or more.
Veterans Inc. Hosts Annual Holiday Harvest; Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Veterans in Need
The Veterans Inc. Annual Holiday Harvest is happening on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Veterans Inc. 69 Grove St, Worcester, for veterans in need of assistance and their families. Veterans get a “Thanksgiving dinner food box” that includes all the items to prepare a delicious dinner.
The Annual Holiday Harvest is a critical resource that helps Veterans Inc. provide a Thanksgiving meal to roughly 500 families in one day.
Holiday Harvest is open to in-need Veterans and their family members. Veterans are asked to bring DD-214 or VA card as proof of veteran status. Doors open at 8 a.m., registration starts at 9 a.m., distribution of food is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a meal for a veteran family for Holiday Harvest can do so here.
Product donation of frozen turkeys, boxed stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, canned vegetables and/or gravy may be brought to the Veterans Inc. headquarters. It is requested that items are brought to Veterans Inc. no later than Nov. 23.
A Sparkling Tradition & Big-Box Shopping Antidote
The Worcester Center for Crafts will be hosting its annual Holiday Festival of Crafts in celebration of the best of American handmade craft on Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, at its 25 Sagamore Road facility.
This year’s line-up features an exciting mix of returning and newcomer artists with a wide variety of works ranging from ceramics to jewelry to soaps and candles.
“We love to give new artists a chance to expose our Festival audiences to their work,” said Candace Casey, WCC Gallery/Gallery store director and organizer of the Holiday Festival. “The creative energy is alive and well at the Craft Center. Our artists and guests alike can expect to be regaled with work representing the finest of handmade American Craft and they will not be disappointed.”
The event, held inside, features more than 59 craft artists and their work. Food is available for sale courtesy of Bushel N Peck. The festival is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation to the Crafts Center with children 12 and under free.
Go here for the full lineup of artists and more information.
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