Theatre at the Mount will present The Fox on the Fairway in June. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf!Performances are June 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for the matinee, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://mwcc.edu/tam or by contacting the box office at 978-630-9388.
MWCC is hosting an Information Night for prospective students on Thursday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gardner campus. Details about academic programs, financial aid will be available. For reservations to the free event, contact the Admissions office at 978-630-9110.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc., in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State University and the Minority Coalition will host the “Poverty at Home/Reasons for Hope” symposium on June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree in Leominster.
The event will focus on current economic trends and causes of poverty in the region and provide inspiration to change the patterns that lead to poverty.
The North Central region is home to 26,889 people living in poverty and another 35,204 individuals who are classified as “low income” or living between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
“As concerned citizens of the North Central region, it is important that we come together to discuss the causes and effects of poverty and to take action toward the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating poverty in our community.” said Kathleen McDermott, Executive Director of the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
Sponsors of the event have assembled a cross section of practitioners, economists, researchers, policymakers and others for a discussion on how poverty impacts our community and innovative strategies for ending it. Featured keynote speakers include Congressman James McGovern, 2nd Congressional District and Ronald G. Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The luncheon keynote address will be given by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, Andrea Elliott of The New York Times. Ms. Elliott will highlight the living conditions of those living in poverty and how policy can have an impact on improving the lives of those impacted.
“It is heartening to see such a broad spectrum of community leaders, policy makers, educators and other committed partners gather to address the causes of poverty that persist in our country and in our region,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, who will be among the panelists.
“I am particularly encouraged by the mix of enthusiasm and expertise that participants are bringing to the table to collectively address the needs and solutions in our North Central Massachusetts community.”
The first panel session, “Where We Are: Faces of Poverty,” will include Noah Berger, President, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Kathleen J. McDermott, Executive Director, Montachusett Opportunity Council; and Janet Boguslaw, Research Scientist/Senior Lecturer/Associate Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. Topics of this panel will include: income inequality, minimum wage, local/state poverty statistics and health status indicators, health disparities and the role of public policy.
A second panel session, “Creating Hopeful Communities” will examine innovative methods of addressing poverty and highlight some examples such as collective impact models, neighborhood revitalization, education/job readiness, housing and homelessness and community development. Moderated by Tamar Kotelchuck, Director, Working Cities Initiatives, Regional & Community Outreach Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, panelists will include Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary, Department of Housing and Community Development; Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, President, Mount Wachusett Community College; Ascala T. Sisk, Director, Stabilization Initiative, Neighborworks America; and Emily Gorin Malenfant, Director, Foundation Strategy Group.
During the luncheon, the Reasons for Hope award will be presented to Ronald M. Ansin for his exemplary contributions to the community to improve the conditions of those living in poverty.
Tickets to the event are $36. To register, contact the Montachusett Opportunity Council at 978-345-7040, ext. 14.
MWCC’s 41st Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.
MWCC’s 49th Commencement will take place Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Marty Meehan, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will deliver the commencement address. Chevenee Reavis will be recognized as the Alumna of the Year and the Service Above Self Award will be presented to Charles A. Gelinas, Sr. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma honor societies are conducting the 11th annual “Project Graduation” food drive. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the rehearsal or ceremony, which will be donated to the Gardner Community Action Council’s food pantry.
MWCC’s Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program will be pinned.
The academic achievements of MWCC students will be celebrated Thursday, May 15 during the annual Evening of Excellence. The event will take place at the DoubleTree in Leominster and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony. Students will be honored with merit and scholarship awards during this special ceremony.
Do you uke? If so, or want to learn, don’t miss the Ukulele Union of Boston’s fourth annual Ukulele Melee, taking place Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner.
The festival will feature a variety of workshops, including two led by singer-songwriter and featured performer Victoria Vox, a ukulele flea market, sing-alongs, and an open mic. Pop-up jam sessions and performances are encouraged at anytime, anywhere, as long as they don’t interrupt other activities.
Each May brings National Play Your Ukulele Day, a chance to change the world four strings at a time by playing a ukulele, teaching others to play and enjoying ukulele fellowship. The cheery, budget-friendly instrument continues to grow in popularity among beginners and seasoned musicians of all ages, said Danno Sullivan of Harvard, one of the UUoB’s founding members and a ukulele instructor at MWCC.
Workshops include: songwriting and strum along, both led by Vox; songs of the British ukulele and banjolele comedic performer George Formby; hula; the 1920s; right hand strumming techniques; movable chords; singing; and harmonies. Seating is limited in some workshops. An open mic will run from 2:45 to 3:45, followed by Vox’s performance at 3:45.
Vox has performed in Australia, Europe and Canada, and across the U.S. Originally from Green Bay, WI and now a resident of Baltimore, MD, she began writing songs at age 10 and earned a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Advance registration is recommended. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through MWCC’s Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development at http://mwcc.3dcartstores.com/Ukulele-Melee_p_187.html, by calling 978-630-9525, or at the door.
MWCC’s Legal Studies Club is hosting a forum on the role of the attorney general in Massachusetts.
The forum will take place on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons area at MWCC’s Gardner campus. Attorney Warren Tolman, a former state senator and state representative and a 2014 candidate for the seat, will be a featured speaker.
The club, which represents students enrolled in the college’s Legal Studies program, invited candidates who have announced their bid for the seat being vacated by Attorney General Martha Coakely, who is running for governor. Candidates Maura Healey, former bureau chief in the attorney general’s office, and attorney John Miller, were not available to attend.
According to the state’s website, the attorney general serves as the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the state. The elected official serves as an advocate and resource for the state and its residents in a number of areas, including consumer protection, combating fraud and corruption, protecting civil rights, and promoting meaningful economic recovery.
The School of Liberal Arts, Education, Humanities and Communications will present its Spring Performing Arts Showcase on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the theatre. The free event will include performances showcasing faculty and student vocal and instrumental ensembles, theatre scenes and monologues, video and audio projects, photography montage, and dance.