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Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 22, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

Where will you WOO during the week of December 22? 

 

Thursday December 22

Top Notch Toddlers

11:00 AM-11:45 AM 

Worcester Public Library 

Children's Room

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

Toddlers and parents will participate in a 45 minutes program of reading, activities such as games and music, making crafts and socializing. Top Notch Toddlers will not run during School vacation weeks. For ages 2 and 3.Storytimes will be canceled due to weather conditions if Worcester Public Schools closed early or classes are canceled due to inclement weather.

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Friday December 23

Arts on the Green "Caroling on the Common"

7:00 PM-9:00 PM 

First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury 

On the Common in front of the Church

19 Church Road

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

A favorite holiday tradition in Shrewsbury, this annual carol sing with the Worcester Brass Consort and hot chocolate takes place on the town common regardless of the weather. In the event of extreme winter conditions, this event is moved into the FCC fellowship hall. This event is made possible by Heald & Chiampa Funeral Home, Scizzors Hair Salon and Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.

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Saturday, December 24

Zip Tour: Del Sarto: Saint John the Baptist

12:00 PM-12:30 PM 

Worcester Art Museum 

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

Zip tours are fast paced views of one artist or work of art, and last only 20 minutes. Free with Museum admission; Admission free for all the first Saturday of each month between 10am-12noon. Tour begins in the Lancaster Welcome Center. 

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Sunday,  December 25

Beechwood Hotel Sunday Brunch

10:30 AM-2:00 PM 

Beechwood Hotel 

363 Plantation Street

Worcester, MA 01605

Cost: $27.95 for Adults, $12.50 for Children 5-12, Children under 5 are free

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Monday, December 26

Worcester JCC Swim Club Developmental Level: Mon and Wed

4:30 PM-5:30 PM  

Worcester JCC

Heated Indoor Pool

633 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609  

Description:

Developmental Level will build on skills learned in the JCC instructional program, including the improvement of four racing strokes through technique correction, while introducing proper form for flip turns, racing dives and various drills in a noncompetitive way. 

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Tuesday, December 27

Holiday Vacation: Science for Wizards

EcoTarium 

222 Harrington Way

Worcester, MA 01604

Consider yourself enrolled at EcoTarium: School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry! 

Explore the science behind the magic in classes such as Astronomy, Herbology, and Care of Magnificent Creatures. Use science to feel like a wizard in Charms and witness the power of chemistry in Potions! Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes are encouraged but not required.

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Wednesday,  December 28

Discovering Nature as a Preschooler: Winter 2016 Wednesday

9:30 AM-12:00 PM 

Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 

414 Massasoit Road

Worcester, MA 01604

This 10-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week we will explore nature through self discovery, games, activities, stories and crafts. Children will be guided through their hands-on inquiry based explorations with one (or more) of our trained natural history guides. Join other children as we learn and play together and foster a lifelong love of nature in a safe, caring environment. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087. No classes from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4. See full schedule on website. 

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Give to Those in Need 

From giving trees at churches to Why Me Inc. as well as many other great organizations, there are plenty of families in the community that could use your help to put a present or two under the tree for a child who might not otherwise get one.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 50 WAYS TO GIVE 

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10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theatre 

Get to Hanover Theatre to see the 10th Anniversary production of A Christmas Carol on opening night. 

Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.

The show starts at 7 p.m. 

Click here for more information 

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Visit Stowe Farm and Buy a Christmas Tree.

The Christmas season can't begin without a Christmas tree. 

Start your Christmas tree shopping now by visiting Stowe Farm in Millbury and get into the holiday spirit. 

 

PHOTO: Flickr

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Go Ice Skating at Worcester Common Oval 

The Worcester Common Oval is a cool place to go ice skating, right in the heart of Worcester. 

If that's not enough for you, skate on the old-fashioned way, on a frozen pond. 

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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village 

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common.

At the North Pole Village families will find Santa, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, a magical talking Christmas tree, and an expanded train display featuring some trains from the movie Joy.

The event goes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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Imagine John Lennon Christmas Festival at That's Entertainment 

Multiple bands and solo performers singing Lennon, Beatles and Christmas Carol's. 

Any bands, singers, musicians, artists, elves or Santa's helpers that would like to participate are welcome. 

Festival times are as follows: 

1:00 AM-6:00 AM, 2:00 AM-7:00 AM, 3:00 AM-8:00 AM, 4:00 AM-9:00 AM, 1:00 PM-6:00 PM

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The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Worcester Common Oval Ice Skating Rink

 Layer up in your most comfortable winter attire and pack some seasonal snacks for this outdoor film screening on City Hall Plaza. 

Admission for skating is just $10 and includes skate rentals. Receive a $5.00 discount if you bring your own skates. Kids 6 and under skate free. Admission for the movie is free. 

Click here for more information 

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Give Money to Salvation Army

Throw some money in the Salvation Army kettle. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. The person who stands outside ringing the bell is often there for long hours.

Even if it's just some change, smile at them and wish them a happy holiday.  

 

PHOTO: j_lai/ Flickr
 

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Secretly Pay it Forward

Standing in line at a local coffee shop waiting to order can be a long wait at times.

Make the day of the person behind you by paying for their coffee. It will put a huge smile on their face, and on your face as well.

But shhh don't tell them. 

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Call Long Lost Friends or Family Members

On the phone -- not a Facebook post, not a text. Let them hear your voice. Find a way to reconnect on a personal basis.

Find out how they're doing.  Make plans to catch up in person. But whatever you do, remember, texting doesn't count!

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Spend Time With an Elderly Relative

The actual day when the family is around can be hectic. Before then, go have a cup of tea, bring some cookies, and find out what holiday traditions they enjoyed. 

Give the gift of time.

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Start Thinking About Your New Year's Resolutions

Don't wait until December 31 to promise you'll drink less and work out more.

Take stock of your life, figure out what's important to you, and what you want to accomplish in the New Year and start jotting stuff down. 

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You Must Watch Home Alone

While it may not be your traditional Christmas movie, it certainly brings home the holiday spirit.

Home Alone is an all-time classic that simply must be watched. 

Enjoy!

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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

You must watch the Festivus episode of Seinfeld, it is one of the most famous episodes of the entire series. 

Laughter is the best medicine, after all. 

When you finish the episode, be sure to celebrate Festivus on December 23.

Happy Festivus! 

 

PHOTO: Matt Keef/Flickr

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Get Those Decorations up

Get those decorations up early this year and go all out, go to the extreme with the decorating. 

Why not be the talk of the neighborhood?

Add to the holiday cheer.  

 

PHOTO: Romeo Banias/Flickr

 
 

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