Public Information Meeting for the Burns Bridge Replacement Project – July 10

via MassDOT; I will try to be there to take notes:

Upcoming Public Information Meeting for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: Worcester Technical High School – Conference Center, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester MA

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the construction plans and traffic impacts for the replacement of the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, which carries Route 9 (Belmont Street/Turnpike Road) over Lake Quinsigamond between Worcester and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will lead a discussion to answer questions.

The Burns Bridge Replacement is part of the $3 billion Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program, which restores, repairs or replaces structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Burns Bridge project includes the complete replacement of the bridge substructure, superstructure and deck.

During construction, two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes will be available at all peak travel times. Work is expected to begin in July, 2012.

CWW: Big Dipper Festival on Saturday

2012 Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Elm Park, Worcester
$5 for ages 10 and up
$1 for ages 4 – 9
FREE for 3 and under

The ice cream is such a good deal and there are a lot of activities for the kids.  Highly recommended.

(Photo: Scoops, a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licensed image from LA Wad’s photostream.)

Guide to Cheap Worcester

I’d been thinking about putting together a guide to being cheap in our fair city for some time, especially for the items that don’t fit neatly into the Wednesday format.

So I’ve started a subpage for the Guide to Cheap Worcester (which can be found on the side menu of the blog).

We have three categories so far — Kids Eat Free locationsMuseums, and Movies — and I hope to add a category a week until I have imparted all my cheapness to the masses.

Suggestions for categories and venues are welcome and appreciated!

CWW: Out to Lunch Concerts

Every Friday from this Friday, June 29, through August 31, the Out to Lunch Concert Series will be happening on Worcester Common.

June 29: Linda Dagnello Jazz Quintet

July 6: Dom

July 13: Twangbusters

July 20: Delta Generators

July 27: Dale LePage and the Manhattans

August 3: Stone Clovers

August 10: Boogaloo Swamis

August 17: Grupo Fantasia

August 24: Dis-N-Dat

August 31: SPF-4

Full concert schedule here.

Also, on Wednesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 8, Mechanics Hall will be hosting the Summer 2012 Worcester Organ Concerts.  More information here.

(Image: class assignment 11/01/06, a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic image from Claudia Snell.)

CWW: Free Fun Fridays, Week 1

Every year, the Highland Street Foundation offers free admission at different museums and cultural venues on Fridays in the summer.

This Friday is the first Free Fun Friday, and offers admission to the following venues:

CWW: Neighborhood Nature Programs

via Mass Audubon:

There are going to be a few great (and free!) programs at Worcester parks this summer for parents and children.

Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park

Wednesdays, June 27 – August 22 / 1:00-4:00 pm
Fridays, June 29 – August 24 / 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks.

Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games.

Neighborhood Nature on the Water at Green Hill Park

At Green Hill Park Pond

Fridays, July 13 – August 24 / 2:00-5:00 pm

Open to families with children ages 6 and up

Description: Join the fun in our canoes and learn about the wildlife that depend upon this park. We provide canoes, paddles, personal flotation vests, and basic canoeing instruction. You provide the enthusiasm and interest! Swimming skills are required.

An adult must accompany all participants under 18 years.

Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please call 508-753-6087 to check program status. When there is a line, we ask participants to limit the ride to 20 minutes.

Naturalist’s Nook

Saturdays, June 30, July 28, and August 25 / 10:00 am-noon

Drop by and chat with a naturalist before heading out on the trails to see what’s happening in the sanctuary. Each session will feature a different seasonal topic with things to see and do. Whether it’s birds, bugs, or frogs, Broad Meadow Brook is hopping all through the summer.

Instructions and Directions: Free with sanctuary admission.