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What to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Residents won’t see the North and Trahan School Reuse survey until next week, but the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is asking citizens to weigh in on their priorities for outdoor recreation in the Commonwealth. Your response will help shape how federal land and water conservation fund grant dollars are invested over the next five years. 

There’s significant funding: More than $100,000,000 has been awarded to projects in every county in the state for the acquisition of conservation and park land, development of new parks and renovation of existing parks since 1965. Help make sure Tewksbury gets its opinion heard! 

The survey is open until Oct. 1.

Remember that kids are back to school, so be careful driving. If you need supply lists, bus routes or any other info, check out our Back to School guide.  And today is Primary Day in Massachusetts, where citizens will decide who gets on the ballot in November.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Mass. Primary Voting Day
When: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Polling locations

If you’re unsure where to vote or have any other questions, check out this Know Before You Go Q&A.

The History of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

In the late 1960s, Disney acquired 25,000 acres of swampland in Florida. Over the next two years, part of the land was transformed into the world’s leading theme park resort. It wasn’t an easy job. In this presentation, the secrets of the construction of the Magic Kingdom will be revealed. Viewers will also take a virtual tour around the park as it currently stands and discuss some of the most popular rides and attractions.

See all the events for kids, teens and adults at the Tewksbury Public Library here.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Tewksbury Conservation Commission
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting and managing Tewksbury’s conservation land and open space and ensuring applicable laws are followed. They will consider a violation notice on Andover St. and hear about wetland protection funds and mosquito control. Agenda.

Open Space & Recreation Plan Committee
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The committee will discuss its mandate, outreach opportunities and parcels in town that could be turned into open space for community use. 

Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library Monthly Meeting
When: Library meeting room
Where: 7 – 8 p.m.

This meeting of the Friends is open to all residents who are interested in helping the group fundraise to provide the $20,000 in extra programs, museum passes and supplies not covered by the town. Learn more.

Thursday, Sept. 8

Virtual Tour: Amsterdam
When: 11 a.m., arrive 30 minutes early for refreshments
Where: Senior Center. Cost $5.00, Sign up online or at reception desk

Itinerary: Our virtual tour guide, Mark will show you around the gorgeous old town of Amsterdam. Our tour will begin at the mouth of the Amstel River and then weave around the Red Light Area, Sea Dike, through China Town, to the Nieuwmarkt Square. From there we head to Dam Square, where it all started and dip into the city’s famous and beautiful canal belt. The views are great and the stories along the way are a good introduction to Amsterdam’s history and culture. 

Plus: If you plan to attend the monthly DJ dance on Sept. 19 and wish to have lunch, please sign up by Monday, Sept. 12. Tickets are also available for the Silvertones on Sept. 16.

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.

Tewksbury Community Market
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Livingston St.

The Community Market runs through the end of this month. Each market features 35-40 vendors selling food and non-food products. Each week’s vendors are listed on the Market’s website. 

Elementary School Building Committee
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The ESBC will discuss the budget, change orders and the planned history wall at the new Center Elementary School, among other topics. Agenda.

North & Trahan School Reuse Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Police Station Meeting Room

The Reuse Committee will put the final touches on the survey to be released next week and discuss public outreach sessions, among other topics. Agenda.

Friday, Sept. 9

Alert: Stuffed Animal Sleepover Dropoff!
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Library

The kids get to have all the fun — now it’s the stuffed animals’ turn! Bring in one of your best huggable friends to have a sleepover at the library. They will get to stay up late, read books and have a wonderful time. Watch for photos on the library website!

Please note: Stuffed animals will spend the weekend at the library (no kids allowed!) so please drop off a friend you can be without for a couple nights. Stuffies may be dropped off at any point on Friday, Sept. 9, and can be picked up at any time on Monday, Sept. 12.

PuzzleMania
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Library

Calling all jigsaw puzzle fanatics! Come meet fellow jigsaw puzzle lovers, discuss all things jigsaw puzzles, participate in fun jigsaw puzzle challenges, and take part in a jigsaw puzzle giveaway. Led by Sue Pedersen, an unabashed jigsaw puzzle addict who organizes the library’s quarterly jigsaw puzzle swaps. Register here.

Weekend

Lowell Craft Fair
When: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Shedd Park

Space is still available for crafters. Learn more. 

Taste the Acre
When: Saturday, noon – 4 p.m.
Where: The Acre

Taste and explore the diverse restaurants and food-related businesses in Lowell’s Acre neighborhood.

14th Annual Reading Fall Street Faire
When: Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Reading 

Featuring vendors, community organizations, live entertainment, NFL tailgate, Cornhole tournament & more! Learn more.

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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