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This Week In Tewksbury: Hidden Battles Support Group, Soap Making Demo, Points of Light Celebration

Tuesday marks the beginning of site visits and interviews for the School Committee as they consider four candidates for Tewksbury’s new superintendent. The full schedule is here, and the short-list candidates are here.

Parents and community members may attend meet & greets with all candidates from 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday (Nan Murphy), Wednesday (Darcy Fernandes) and Thursday (Brent Conway). Brenda Regan will be interviewed on May 3. The Carnation will not cover individual interviews, and they will not be televised, so that later candidates don’t receive an advantage.

And, there’s still time to grab tickets for the TMHS Theater Company’s production of Mamma Mia, running April 28 through 30. Team Carnation will be in attendance on Friday. 

Monday, April 25

Job Seeker’s Network: What’s New With Job Negotiation
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Due to COVID-19, the job market has embraced the world of remote work and productivity. There are new laws, new places to find opportunities and new ways to negotiate your contract. New research has brought surprising changes to both businesses and job seekers. Attendees will learn about an overview of changes during COVID-19, new laws, new ways to negotiate and when NOT to negotiate. Led by Dr. Marcia LaReau, PhD, a career strategist, job search expert, workforce consultant, executive coach, author and speaker. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. REGISTER HERE.

Select Board
Time: 6:30
Where: Town Hall small meeting room or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Select Board will be in executive session from 6:30 to 7 p.m. discussing collective bargaining. On the public meeting agenda are liquor license applications for Cracker Barrel and a wine vendor for the Community Market, a change in plans for the proposed Mike’s on Main restaurant, warrant articles for Town Meeting and Elementary School Building Committee appointments. AGENDA 

Planning Board
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall large meeting room or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (8) or Verizon (32)

The Planning Board will address a request for a new family suite and hear an update on the ongoing project at 940-960 Main St., between the Foster apartments and an existing boarding house at 970 Main St. The development consists of eight residential units and a 2,400 sf commercial space. No tenants have been announced. AGENDA

Tuesday, April 26

Council on Aging
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center conference room

The COA will discuss the calendar of events, the policy on use of the meeting room and election of new officers, among other matters. AGENDA

Hidden Battles Heroes Support Group
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: YMCA Dr, Lowell

This new mental health support group is open to all first responders — police, fire, nurses, EMTs, corrections officers — and veterans. It will be held at the Greater Lowell YMCA. Sponsored by Hidden Battles. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 27

Armchair Travel: The North of Ireland
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Zoom

Visit Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, scenic glens, and coasts of the Great Atlantic Way in this virtual armchair travel presentation from Jack Holmes, a travel photographer and owner of “Images From Near and Far” at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. REGISTER HERE.

See what else is going on this week at TPL on the library events calendar.

Baby-Sitters Club Book Club
Time: 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Library

Calling all fans of the BSC! Join us on Wednesday, April 27, for our Baby-Sitters Club Book Club meeting!  Pick up a copy of the sixth graphic novel in the series, Kristy’s Big Day, in the Children’s Room and join us to talk about the book.  We are going to hold this event in person, in the library’s craft room. Please register to let Miss Kat know you’re coming!

Finance Committee
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual; take part by calling 978-771-0819 or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Finance Committee will review Town Meeting warrant articles that it previously deferred and discuss representatives to other committees, including the Elementary School Building Committee and Green Committee. AGENDA

Thursday, April 28

Repurpose “Old” Jewelry Workshop
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Open Space Gift Shop & Creative Studio

Do you have a pile of old tangled costume jewelry that you never wear? Is some of it broken? Do you love the colors of the beads and charms but the pieces just are not working for your style anymore? Join Kristen, from KC StYleS, and let her help you turn your old costume jewelry into something you will wear. Participants only need to bring their old jewelry with them. Kristen will provide the tools and supplies.

Each participant will be able to turn their jewelry into 3 pairs of earrings and either 2 bracelets, 1 bracelet and 1 pendant necklace or 2 pendant necklaces. Kristen will also provide a few beads and charms to add to your items. $35, Advance registration required.

Soap Making Demo with Soak It In Artisan Soap
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Learn how to make your own cold processed soap in this demonstration led by Tewksbury resident Theresa Fitzpatrick, owner of Soak It In Artisan Soap, one of the vendors at the Tewksbury Community Market. The Tewksbury Community Market will run on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 16 through September 29, in the parking lot behind the Recreation Center at Livingston Street. Limited to 30 seats, plus a 5-person waiting list. Please note this is a demonstration, and not a workshop. Attendees will NOT make bars of soap to bring home. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. REGISTER HERE.

Friday, April 29

Screening: Licorice Pizza
Time: 2 p.m. to 4:15 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 — Licorice Pizza, which was recently nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, and Sean Penn. Rated R. 133 minutes. Doors will open 15 minutes ahead. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. REGISTER HERE.

Lowell’s Independent Bookstore Weekend
Time: All weekend
Where: Downtown Lowell

Celebrate Lowell’s independent booksellers during the last weekend in April. Participating bookshops will be running in store raffles and invite you to take part in a social media scavenger hunt to support the books and bookstores you love. LEARN MORE

Saturday, April 30

Points of Light Lantern Celebration
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Ecumenical Plaza

Experience the unique Lowell event floating hundreds of lanterns in the Western Canal.

Points of Light is a spring celebration of unity and renewal that brings together the food, music, and traditions of Lowell’s diverse cultures. The centerpiece of the night is a special ceremony in which participants personalize water lanterns that will be released onto the Western Canal, creating hundreds of floating points of light. Find the full schedule.

Sunday, May 1

Touch a Truck
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Billerica Elks Pavilion

Join us for a fun family event at the BIllerica Touch -A- Truck Fundraiser. Bring the kids to see & explore these awesome & essential vehicles up close! Construction trucks, fire truck, police cruiser & motorcycle, ambulances. Food trucks, music, raffles and more.

The kids will love the hands-on, educational experience of climbing up into the driver seats of the vehicles they see around them every day. Parents, don’t forget your cameras — there are sure to be some picture worthy moments! $10 per person, children two & under free. Tickets sold at the event (cash or venmo) or in advance. Proceeds to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

In-Person Foster Parent Community Information Session
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church, 10 East St.

The Tewksbury Congregational Church is pleased to host an In-Person Foster Parent Community Information Session on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm. For more info or to register, please contact Brenda.Fitzgerald@mass.gov. All are welcome!

Lorna is a 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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