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This Week in Tewksbury: Meet the Town Reception, Power of Flowers Workshop, Rabies Clinic

A Welcome to Tewksbury reception will be held tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Tewksbury Public Library. Enjoy conversation and light refreshments with other residents and meet approximately 50 representatives from town departments, community groups, schools, churches and businesses in Tewksbury.

See more below, including how to register.

The Tewksbury Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee has extended its anonymous survey to gather more responses from residents, business owners and people who work in town. The survey will be live through May and should take just 10 – 12 minutes to complete. Learn more or click over to the survey here.

Monday, April 11

Welcome Reception
Time: 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library

Attendees (one per household) will receive a “Welcome Bag” filled with information, coupons and gift items from the Wilmington Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, which is co-sponsoring the event. While the evening is geared towards residents who have moved to town since the last Welcome Reception in October 2019, ALL residents are welcome.

For planning purposes, registration is required. Please sign up here.

Planning Board
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Planning Board will welcome newly elected member Jim Duffy and reorganize before reviewing the new Zoning Bylaw article scheduled for Town Meeting. The Planning Board must make two votes to allow the Bylaw article to move forward. The board will also address a number of projects continued from March 28 and review a new concept plan for a multifamily development on the lot next to Donna’s Donuts. AGENDA

Tuesday, April 12

Anne Sullivan’s Time At Tewksbury Hospital & Perkins School For The Blind
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

This is the first in a series of three sessions on Anne Sullivan; there are additional programs on Wednesday and Thursday.

Many people know about Anne Sullivan’s role as Helen Keller’s beloved teacher, but not everyone knows that Anne Sullivan was herself visually impaired. From 1880 to 1886, Sullivan was a student at Perkins School for the Blind. Jennifer Arnott, the Research Librarian at the Hayes Research Library at Perkins, will explain how Sullivan came to Perkins as a student. Arnott will also detail Sullivan’s classes, cottage life, reading, and learning materials.

As an added bonus, Liz Robinson, a volunteer at the Public Health Museum, will briefly discuss Sullivan’s time at the Tewksbury Hospital, from 1876 to 1880, and share photographs of her intake records and other associated artifacts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Presented in collaboration with the Public Health Museum.

See the other two sessions and many more events happening this week on the Library events calendar.

Wednesday, April 13

Create A Bouquet with The Power Of Flowers Project
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Library meeting room 

In this make-and-take class, learn how to create beautiful bouquets. Participants will be provided with all the necessary flowers and supplies. Each participant will make two bouquets — one to take home and one to donate to a local care facility. The class will be led by volunteers from the Power of Flowers Project, a Tewksbury-based 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2009 with a mission to Share Hope and Happiness by providing a kind connection to seniors and veterans in care communities. Their dedicated volunteers repurpose donated flowers into bouquets and deliver these gifts to provide unexpected moments of joy. Limited to 20. Sign up here. 

School Committee
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will go into executive session at 5:30 then reconvene at 6 p.m. to reorganize. One highlight of a very full agenda is a report from the town’s MASC consultant, Dorothy Presser, about the candidates for Tewksbury’s new superintendent who were moved forward by the search committee. AGENDA

Thursday, April 14

Elementary School Building Committee
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall small meeting room

The Committee will hear updates on the progress of the new Center Elementary School as well as the plan for demolition of the old Center School. AGENDA

Sweet Charcuterie Board Workshop
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Open Space Gift Shop

Join Suzanne of Secret Stash Sweets for this fun, interactive course on how to arrange a Sweet Charcuterie Board. You’ll use your creativity and Suzanne’s easy to follow direction to arrange and package your creation to take with you. This session includes her artisanal caramels, dipped pretzels, signature sauce and an array of seasonal gourmet goodies. You will learn how to roll and decorate decadent Brazilian Truffles with gorgeous sprinkles.

Everything you need to arrange and decorate will be provided. Event is 21+ and costs $60. Register here.

Friday, April 15

Screening: Nightmare Alley
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room

**After a 25 month absence, film screenings at the library are BACK! And the library has a NEW and IMPROVED large movie screen, projector and sound system!** 

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films, Nightmare Alley, which was recently nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. Stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Rated R. 150 minutes. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the screening. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. REGISTER HERE

Saturday, April 16

Rabies Clinic
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Senior Center, 175 Chandler St.

A rabies inoculation clinic for dogs and cats will be held this Saturday; licensed veterinarians from Shawsheen Animal Hospital will provide the services.

Owners must bring their pet’s previously issued rabies certificate to the clinic so that veterinarians can determine whether the pet needs either a one- or three-year vaccination series. Pets that have previously received a three-year vaccination at any point in the past may receive another three-year vaccination.

All dogs must be kept on a leash. Cats must be either kept in a cage or box, or on a harness and restrained by the owner. The fee to receive vaccinations is $20 per dog or cat.

Manga Book Club (Grades 7-12)
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room

Teens in grades 7-12 can head to the Library to discuss the first three volumes of the manga Naruto. Register here.

Sunday, April 17

Happy Easter!

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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