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What To Know This Week in Tewksbury

Twice a year since 2014, volunteers have fanned out across Tewksbury to participate in the Beautification Committee’s town cleanup days. In 2020, about 100 adults and kids gathered 205 bags of trash and more than 100 tires. Volunteers filled an entire kiddie pool with nips — with overflow, not shown.

Fall 2022 cleanup is this Saturday, Sept. 24. You can sign up to focus on a specific area of town, connect with local organizations to do a group cleanup or just show up and pick a spot that morning. Grab bags and supplies at Town Hall between 9 a.m. and noon, collect trash until 2 p.m. and return bags to the DPW, at 999 Whipple Road.

Groups are welcomed and community service hours are available. The event is also supported by the Open Space and Recreation Committee and the Town of Tewks­bury. A food pantry donation is suggested, and Mass Mosquito Control will be at the DPW to collect off-rim tires, free of charge. No commercial tires. Residents only. Questions? Email Clean.up.Tewksbury@gmail.com.

Monday, Sept. 19

DJ Dance and Traveling Chef Lunch & Dance
When: 11:40 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch. Limited to 90 participants. Lunch will be provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. Please note: Doors do not open before 11:40 a.m. for lunch. Dance begins at noon and concludes at 2:00 p.m.

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.

Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, Register here

Have you ever passed on a job because it required public speaking? Or felt self-conscious when part of a meeting or conversation or interviewing for a job? Why do some of us gladly step forward while others shy away, despite having something to say? If you’ve ever watched others take the stage — on video, at conferences, in meetings or even at your sister’s wedding — and yearned for the confidence to do the same: you can. In this transformational talk, speaking confidence coach Linda Ugelow delivers a holistic methodology that gets to the root of what’s stopping you from sharing your voice with confidence. 

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

DPW/School Maintenance Facility Presentation
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

Residents are invited to attend a public forum at Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Town Manager and Department of Public Works Director will discuss the current plan for the construction and renovation of the facility, which will remain at the current Whipple Road site. Learn more.

Tewksbury Historic Commission
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Conference Room

The Historic Commission agenda includes a bylaws review. The group’s website provides a list of the historic properties in town. Agenda.

Public meetings may be added after this posts, so check the calendar of events for a full list.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Tewksbury Congregational Church Galilee Cafe
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: 10 East St.

Tewksbury Congregational Church invites all members of the community to come out for a FREE dinner on the third Tuesday of each month. The menu will change each month, and you can eat there or take dinner to go.

100+ People Tewksbury Quarterly Meeting
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Wamesit Lanes Patio

After a social hour, members and guests of the 100+ People Who Care Tewksbury giving circle will hear presentations from Catie’s Closet, the Tewksbury Community Pantry and Strongwater Farm, along with a return visit from Plummer Youth Promise, which received the group’s Q2 Impact Award.

Fresh Looks Salon and Kyoto are sponsoring the Q3 event. Interested residents are invited to drop by, with no obligation to donate. Memberships will be accepted before and after the business meeting. Learn more.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

TMHS Track & Field Applebees Dine to Donate
When: 4 – 9 p.m.
Where: Applebees

Drop into Applebees for dinner tonight, or order takeout, and show the flyer at the bottom of this post to the server to get 15% of the bill donated to our high school track and field team.

School Committee
When: 6 p.m.
Where: TMHS or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (32)

The School Committee will be in executive session from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and then reconvene to hear updates on the DPW/School Maintenance Facility and AlphaBEST.

Tewksbury Conservation Commission
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The ConCom has a full agenda, with 16 hearings for properties including Frasier Lane, Whipple Rd. and the warehouse project on Commerce Way. Agenda

Squirrel Tea Party
When: 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Where: Children’s Room @ TPL

Waddle into some fun and join Miss Kat for a squirrel-themed tea party! We will have a craft, a story and a snack.  No need to sign up; please drop in.

13 Moons: A History of Wampanoag Culture
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual. Register here

The Wampanoag Culture has been a part of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island region for thousands of years. During this presentation, Darius Coombs — a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen and the Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Education Department — will explore Wampanoag history through the centuries. Learn about when the Wampanoag culture thrived, when it was disrupted and the many successful efforts to keep the culture alive today, including the recovery of the language, material culture, self-pride and more. 

Thursday, Sept. 22

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

Only two more markets left! Each market features 35-40 vendors selling food and non-food products. Check the Carnation or the Market’s website on Thursday for a complete list of vendors. 

The Tewksbury Community Market is organized through the Library and the office of the Community/Economic Development Planner, in cooperation with the Health Department and Town Manager’s office. Have a question about the market? Contact Community Outreach Librarian Robert Hayes at 978-640-4490 x 205 or rhayes@tewksburypl.org. 

Intellectual Freedom & You — A Banned Books Week Webinar
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, Register here 

Book bans are on the rise across the country as states seemingly compete to see who can place the most restrictions on free speech. As this latest wave of censorship activity continues to build, what is your role as a library user? In this interactive webinar during Banned Books Week, you’ll learn about why intellectual freedom is important and what you can do to support libraries, library workers and free expression during these challenging times. Presented by Martin Garnar, PhD, director of the Amherst College Library, chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Committee and editor of the 10th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual. 

Friday, Sept. 23

Film Screenings: Where the Crawdads Sing
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Library, 1:30 p.m. at Senior Center

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Where The Crawdads Sing. A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. A mystery thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith. Rated PG-13. 125 minutes.  

Library 10:30 showing: Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $2 donation is suggested. Register here.

Library 7 p.m. showing: Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Pizza & water will be served. A $2 donation is suggested. Register here.

Senior Center 1:30 p.m. showing: Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Candy & water will be served. A $2 donation is suggested. Contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register if you’d like to attend.

Weekend

Tewksbury Fall Cleanup Day
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: All over town

See above for details, and remember to bring a food pantry donation. Sign up here. Questions? Email Clean.up.Tewksbury@gmail.com. Organized by the Tewksbury Beautification Committee, Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee and the Town of Tewksbury.

Hidden Battles Family Day & Cornhole Tournament
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: US Bunting & Cricket Club, 449 Boylston St., Lowell.

Hidden Battles Foundation will host its 6th annual Pitch for Prevention Cornhole Tournament and Family Day this Saturday. Sign in at 11:30, bags fly at noon! 

This event is a FREE day where families can enjoy Touch-A-Truck, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses and more while raising awareness of first responder, nurse and military/veteran suicide and PTSD. Individuals or teams can sign up for the cornhole tournament at the organization’s website, or email Chris Hurst with questions.

Beep Ball
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Livingston

The Lions will host a Beep Ball game — that is, baseball for blind individuals — on Sept. 24 at Livingston St. park, beginning at 1 p.m. The goal is to raise funds to send the Boston Renegades to the 2023 Beep Ball World Series, which will be held in Oklahoma.

There are no ticket sales for the event. Residents are encouraged to come by, make a voluntary donation, purchase some refreshments and cheer on the Tewksbury Fire Department and the Renegades. The organizers thank sponsors Tewksbury Federal Credit Union, Firefighters Union 1647, Enterprise Bank, Edna Peters Insurance, Tewksbury Florist and Greenery and Tewksbury Transit.

TDTC Unity Breakfast
When: Sunday, 9 a.m.
Where: Tewksbury Country Club

The Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee will hold its annual Unity Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Tewksbury Country Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Local reps Barry Finegold, Vanna Howard, Tram Nguyen and David Robertson will speak along with Congressman Seth Moulton, candidate for auditor Diana DiZoglio and DA Marian Ryan. You never know who will drop by this event.

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite for $40 pp, or you can email Cathy Dwyer, chair of the TDTC, to reserve a spot and pay at the door. The TCC serves a great breakfast, and this will be the last time this event happens at the venue.

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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