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The kitten season is just that. Temperature determines when kittens are conceived. The majority of kittens are born in spring and summer.

This year WARL has been inundated with orphans that have been separated from their mothers either through accident or death. A truck came up from Long Island with a load of scrap metal. When it was unloaded in Worcester, there were kittens inside. Their mom is back in Long Island. Another mother cat was electrocuted on a transformer in Ashland. Her kittens were found next to her trying to nurse on her body. Another mother cat was killed by a truck at a Medway farm. Fortunately he farm owner knew where she’d left her kittens.

So far this season, WARL has placed 160 kittens (with or without their mothers) into foster care.

If you are able to help the shelter with donations of kitten formula, please drop off directly to the shelter between 8a.m. and 5p.m., 7 days a week. The shelter’s phone number is 508-853-0300; the general email is: petshelp@aol.com.

Professional wrestling fans can see this Sunday’s WWE pay-per-view
event, “Capital Punishment” at DRAFTERS SPORTS CAFE at Tri-State
Speedway, 35 Chase Ave in Dudley.

Shown on 4 Big Screen TVs & Projector Screen!
BEER, WING, AND DRINK SPECIALS!!!
Sunday, June 19, 8-11 pm

21+ Free Entry w/ 2 Drink Minimum
Under 21 – $5 Cover Charge
Get here early to reserve your seat!!!
Call 508-671-9030 or tristatespeedways.com for more info.

Ivania Nicole, Fashion Model & Owner of Exclusives Boutique, Launches 2nd Annual Miss Central Massachusetts and Miss Teen Massachusetts Beauty Pageant Winner will be eligible to participate in Miss Massachusetts USA in Las Vegas in September


Young ladies 21 and older and teens 13—17, have a chance again this year to enter The Miss Central Mass 2011 Beauty Pageant . Though you need to be a resident of Massachusetts, there are no height or size restrictions. And the winner will participate in the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant that takes place in Las Vegas in September.  This year’s event is hosted by Alida D’Angona Miss Massachusetts 2011, and Miss MA Teen International 2011Jazmin Hampton
Ivania Nicole Rosario, entrepreneur, professional model and event organizer has organized this event for the 2nd year coming off of a successful inaugural event in 2010.  Ms Rosario states, “Miss Central Massachusetts Pageant competition will give a beautiful, talented young Central Massachusetts Teen/ Young lady an opportunity to become the next Miss Central Massachusetts 2011!”  Rosario continues, “She will also receive a modeling package, lots of prizes and be introduced to the fashion, and pageant world. This competition is held in dedication to finding the ultimate local aspiring model to hold the title.”  The 2010 Miss Central Massachusetts, Allison De Jesus will crown the winner, and the pageant is being held in the historic  Mechanics Hall on July 9, (321 Main St., Worcester) at 5p.m.
About Ivania Nicole: After receiving her undergraduate degree from Anna Maria College, Ivania made Worcester her home.  Ivania has extensive experience in fashion, design, modeling and production, for many top designers as well for herself.  Recently she debuted Exclusives Fashion Boutique in Worcester, where “Music Meet’s Fashion”, and now serves as her world headquarters.  Ivania mentors many young people who are interested in the fashion industry and modeling.  Ivania’s greatest accomplishment is parenting her 7 year old son.

 The Collings Foundation opens its doors to the public June 18th and 19th Celebrating our 9th Wings and Wheels Open House.

 The Collings Foundation’s Wings and Wheels Open House exhibits New England’s finest collection of automobiles and aircraft in a true Living History Event. New England’s Best Kept Secret!

Nowhere else in the world will you be able to see Duesenberg’s 1932 Duesenberg, Al Capone’s 1940 Cadillac, Michael Andretti’s 1995 Lola/Ford XB race winning car all under one roof – then hop into a fully restored North American AT-6 Texan Fighter Trainer or PT-17 Stearman and take to the skies in a flight you will never forget. In addition to viewing the collection and flights we will have a very unique displays and exhibitions of past and modern tactical robots, steam machines, model aircraft, rocketry, historical fire equipment and more.

WHAT:  The Collings Foundation is opening its doors during the Wings and Wheels Open House, June 18th and 19th. See the incredible collection of over 90 automobiles, carriages, racecars, military equipment and airplanes. We will be offering T-6 Texan and PT-17 Stearman rides for those who want a birds-eye view of the event! One hour Texan flights are $450 and half hour Stearman flights are $230. Watch the R/C planes perform their incredible aerobatics, and get a close view of many operational historical jewels and see the unique robot displays and exhibitions from Nashoba High School FIRST program and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. WWII Veteran presentations and displays – A great time for all. Food will be available.

WHERE: The Wings and Wheels Open House will be held at the Foundation’s Headquarters: 137 Barton Road, Stow MA. For a detailed map go to: http://www.collingsfoundation.org/directions.

WHEN: The Wings and Wheels Open House takes place over Father’s Day weekend: June 18th and 19th, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Entrance fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger.

WHO: The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. In addition to a large collection of vintage automobile and aircraft, the foundation operates the Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, which is in its 22nd year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 & and P-51 display at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.

On Thursday, May 26, 2011 and for four days, the Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton, Alexander the Great, is pleased to host the 65th Annual Pan-Macedonian Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Heart of New England, and the host site of the national convention. The annual convention has been hosted in many cities across the United States, Canada, and Greece, and draws thousands of people. This year’s event also promises to have guests local and from a distance enjoying the sites, history, culture, dining and entertainment that comprises the eclectic tapestry of Worcester, MA. In addition, for the first time in Worcester, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will be making a special visit and attending the activities. He will also be presiding at the Divine Liturgy Service, at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, on Sunday, May 29, joining His Eminence Methodios, Metropolitan of Boston, Father Dean Paleologos, Parish Priest and Father Gregory Christakos, Associate Parish Priest.

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Worcester welcomes the Ciclovida Tour bringing the award-winning documentary Ciclovida: Lifecycle this week on Wednesday, May 4th, at 7:30 PM in The Grind at Clark University, hosted by Cycles of Change, Clark student cycling and bike share club. Only having screened in three festivals so far, the film has already won top prizes, including “Best Environmental Film” at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia and the same prize at the Green Screen Film Festival: http://www.electriclodge.org/environment/green_screen.cfm. The movie premiered at Clark last fall and is excited to return, this time with the protagonist Brazilian farmers and activists, film-maker, and special live music and poetry acts.

The film follows a group of farmers from northeast Brazil who traverse the entire South American continent by bike in search of natural seeds. The dynamic protagonists inspire viewers with stories of sustainable agriculture projects while exposing the devastating effects of industrial agriculture. Ciclovida: Lifecycle takes you along on the musical voyage, through the storms, family separation, and bouts of isolation on a road filled with seeds of hope.

The film recently had its World Premier in a film festival in Los Angeles, CA and has already garnished praise. Mira Tweti, Festival Director, Blue Planet Film Fest state, “Ciclovida is an official selection of the 2010/11 Blue Planet Film Fest because it is a film everyone should see, farmer or non, and regardless of where you live. It is a road trip on a road map to sustainable living in a world of worsening effects from environmental destruction and an ever lessening supply of fossil fuel.” And film director Craig Saddlemire of Round Point Movies praises Ciclovida: “Terrific! An honest film told by the people whose lives are deeply impacted by corporate agribusiness. It’s a must-see movie for bicycle-lovers, food growers, and activists alike.”

“I am excited to see how the film will help boost movements for local food and natural farming, environmental justice, and truly sustainable energy options, ” says filmmaker, Matt Feinstein. While agrofuels (or with their misleading, green-oriented name, biofuels) grow as a supposed solution to oil and climate crises, the voices of those most immediately affected, displaced farmers and indigenous peoples, are drowned out. Ciclovida: Lifecycle contributes to a global movement working to take back peoples’ control over their seeds, food, and lives, by exposing the impacts of the large-scale biofuel industry and inspiring individuals to take action and question the current trends in agriculture.

The event will feature radical folk singer Evan Greer, the Readnex Poetry Squad, as well as the filmmaker, Matt Feinstein and protagonists featured in the film, Inácio do Nascimento and Ivánia Cavalcante. Other guests include local organizational representatives from Worcester Earn-A-Bike and Worcester Roots Project’s Toxic Soil Busters Co-op. Ivania de Alencar and Inacio do Nascimento are the landless-farmer-protagonists, co-directors, and camera operators of the Ciclovida: Lifecycle project. As dynamic and passionate speakers and musicians, they are the main inspiration for the film and the tour. Matt Feinstein is the filmmaker, and an organizer for social and environmental justice based in Worcester, MA.

Wait, how are we going to power film projection and musical performance with bicycles and solar panels? Scott Guzman of Flintstone Car (http://flintstonecar.com ) has begun working with Ciclovida: Lifecycle to design a portable human and sun powered system that will generate sufficient electrical energy to power a projector and sound system, plus enough to charge video equipment. We will need people to actually pedal on stationary bikes during the show – another opportunity for participation! There are several models that we are using to base our design on including a bike-touring band called the Ginger Ninjas and a Tech collective called the Green Guerillas. The touring equipment also includes an extended rear for maximum cargo through a generous sponsorship from Xtracycle (http://www.xtracycle.com ).

The event will be in The Grind, in the University Center, at Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA. This event is co-sponsored by International Development Community and Environment Department, Global Environmental Studies, Political Science, Student Alliance for Vegan and Vegetarian Youth, Clark University Geography Association, Clark Sustainability Initiative, and Food Truth. More information is available at http://ciclovida.org and on facebook at: http://on.fb.me/jt5lgM

WELCOME A FRESH AIR CHILD INTO YOUR HOME

In the past Worcester Mag has done a few stories on this program, and we’ve shown what a great experience you can offer an inner city child. Consider opening your home to a Fresh Air Child this summer?


ENJOY A PICTURE-PERFECT SUMMER: WELCOME A FRESH AIR CHILD INTO YOUR HOME!
You can enjoy a picture-perfect summer this year by inviting a Fresh Air child into your home! Close to 5,000 New York City children visit volunteer host families every summer through The Fund’s Friendly Town program in communities from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Hosting a child does not take much – just a little room in your heart and your home – but the experience creates friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

“A child taking a walk in the grass barefoot, gazing at the stars, being outdoors and enjoying a slower pace – that’s what it’s all about,” explains one host parent about the Fresh Air experience.

Residents in and around the  area can help light up the face of a Fresh Air child this summer by hosting through The Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, New York City children growing up in low-income neighborhoods have been able to experience simple summer pleasures in rural and suburban communities. By welcoming visitors into their homes during the summer, host families give Fresh Air children an opportunity to escape the sometimes dangerous, hot and crowded city streets. First-time Fresh Air children are between the ages of six and 12. Many families find their hosting experiences so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with the same host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, please contact Victoria Cox-Lanyon at 508-476-1194 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003.  You can also visit The Fund’s website at http://www.freshair.org

Brew-Woo at DCU 4.23.11

Looking for something to do next weekend? Check this out – brews and local bands at the DCU!

WHO:               Brew-Woo

WHAT:              Four local bands will take the stage at the SMG-Managed DCU Center during Worcester’s First Annual Craft Beer Festival, Brew-Woo presented by KJ Baaron’s Fine Wine & Spirits, on Saturday, April 23rd.  Members of Sunlea and Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse together (3:30PM), Jason James and the Baystate House Rockers (4:30PM), Hard No. 9 (5:30PM) and One Step Further (6:30PM) will all play a combination of original and cover songs from their catalogs. Ranging in genres from rock to jam/groove, these bands have all performed all over Greater Worcester and have been recognized as great local talents.

Scheduled to appear alongside WAAF at Brew-Woo is GrillSeekers TV®; A 30 minute reality lifestyle program, hosted by Michael Petit, created to showcase the grilling rituals of today’s sports and food fanatics. GrillSeekers will premiere in May 2011 on NESN. Brew-Woo will feature a Wachusett Brewing Bar-BREW-Que, where each entrée on the Bar-Brew-Que menu will be made with a different style of beer as one of the main ingredients.

The seminar schedule will include a Q&A Session with brewers from Wormtown Brewery, Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery and Tenth & Blake (4:00PM), Brew & Cigar Pairing by KJ Baaron’s (5:00PM), Beer Education & Dessert by Wormtown Brewery, Build a Better Brew and Sweet of Worcester (6:00PM), and conclude with a presentation about Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Beer by Tenth & Blake (8:00PM).

*More participants just announced- 50 Back Brewery, Offshore Ale, Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery and Watch City Brewery
All Participants:

*50 Back Brewery, Anheuser-Busch, Atlantic Brewing Company, Atlas Distributing, Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Cape Ann Brewing, Consolidated Distributing, D L Geary Brewing Company, Goose Island, Harpoon Brewery, Ipswitch, Long Trail Brewing Company, Magic Hat, Mercury Brewing, Narragansett, New England Coffee, *Offshore Ale, Olde Burnside Brewery, Original Sin Cider, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Peak Organic Brewing Company, RedBull, Red Hook, Sherwood Forest Brewers, Shipyard Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Tenth and Blake, The Boston Beer Company, *Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery, VitaCocoa, Wachusett Brewing Company, *Watch City Brewery, Woodchuck, Woodstock Inn Brewery and Wormtown Brewery.

WHEN:             Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 3:00PM to 9:00PM

WHERE:           DCU Center, Worcester, MA – Convention Center Exhibition Hall

TICKETS:         $30.00; $25.00 in advance
                        Ticket price includes souvenir glass and 10 drink tickets.
Additional drink tickets will be for sale on-site.
                        This is a 21+ event.

WOO CARD:     Brew-Woo ticket holders who show their WOO Card on-site upon entry into the event will receive a $5.00 voucher that may be used at a SAVOR… concession stand.

DETAILS:         Tickets are on sale now and available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. Visit <http://www.dcucenter.com> for up-to-date information on participating breweries, bands, seminars and more.


CAPOEIRA BATIZADO CELEBRATES BRAZILIAN CULTURE

Students learning the Brazilian martial art of capoeira will celebrate their batizado in a three day event from April 7th to April 9th, 2011. A capoeira batizado, literally translated as “baptism,” has no religious meaning, but is a graduation ceremony in which students are awarded their next level “cords,” or belts. Capoeiristas, performers of the art form, will travel to WPI in Worcester to show their support for the students of Instructor Morcego of Capoeira Luanda and to partake in capoeira workshops.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music, and fighting skills. Capoeira was developed secretly by African slaves on Brazilian plantations, with practitioners pretending to dance, when in fact they were training attacks and evasions. Thus, there is also a whole style of capoeira music which goes along with the martial arts culture. It has recently been featured on American Idol, The Biggest Loser, and America’s Next Top Model. On his latest trip to Brazil, President Obama was entertained by a capoeira performance as well.

The schedule of the event includes workshops by Instructor Piao, Professor Gafanhoto, and Professor Esquilo Preto, all former performers in Dance Brazil who now practice capoeira in Gainesville, FL, New York City, and Miami, FL , respectively. There will also be an African drum and dance workshop with Mohamed Kalifa Kamara, an assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music. Saturday, Mestre Jelon Vieira will teach a workshop on capoeira. Mestre Jelon is a recipient of a 2008 National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts. He is one of the pioneers of capoeira in the United States as well as the founder and choreographer of Dance Brazil. Some of his dancers, who will be performing in MA that weekend, will also be in attendance.

Workshops are open to the students of WPI and Clark as well as the general public. The batizado on Saturday is open to spectators for $2. Events are sponsored by Capoeira Luanda, SOMA, WPI, and Clark University.

Instructor Morcego has worked with children through workshops at the KIPP School in New York City, at Assabet Valley High School in Marlborough, at the Fenn School in Concord, and at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham. He also currently teaches a children’s class at the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest in Framingham and one at the Broadway Bound Dance Center in Natick. In addition, he provides classes for SOMA (Society of Martial Arts) at WPI and for the capoeira club at Clark University. He currently teaches both children and adult classes at Salsa Storm, 9 Harrison ST., Worcester, MA.

Capoeira Luanda is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in order to spread and promote the art of Capoeira and all aspects of the Afro-Brazilian Culture throughout the world. Under the supervision of Mestre Jelon, Instructor Morcego provides regular capoeira classes for all level of students in Worcester, MA. The local group’s website is http://www.masscapoeira.com.

 

For more information visit www.masscapoeira.com; SOMA: http://users.wpi.edu/~soma/contact.html; Clark capoeira: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clark-University-Capoeira/126488384085641