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What to Know This Week in Tewksbury: Giving Trees, Concert & Consignments

The Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring a toiletries drive to benefit women and children residing in a local shelter. A donation bin is located at the Library, and TDTC members will collect and drop off items through January 31. The group is also accepting contributions through its ActBlue, with all donations between now and 1/31 going to the shelter. Learn more.

While at the Library, you can also select a tag from the Tewksbury State Hospital giving tree, donate a food item for the Community Pantry and make a donation at the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library tree.

There are four Shawsheen Tech subcommittee open meetings this week, for policies, facilities, budget or curriculum. Meetings are in-person only at the school.

Monday, Dec. 5 

Consignment Boutique Intake
When: 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The boutique generates funds to cover the operating expenses of the Tewksbury Senior Center and for programs for our seniors. Consignors have an opportunity to turn items they no longer use into profits for themselves and for the Senior Center. Items not sold after a specified period of time are donated. Want more info? Call the Senior Center at 978-640-4480.

Tewksbury Genealogy Group: Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way (To Find It)
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

If you are not using probate records in your research, you are missing out on records that not only can help link generations, but which also can provide details on their occupation, religion, literacy, military service, hobbies, and socio-economic status. Join us for a gentle introduction to the genealogical use of probate records. After a quick review of the laws and lingo related to probate, learn how to find these records, how to navigate index books, and how to interpret individual records.

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

1-on-1 Tech Help
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library

The Tewksbury Public Library is now offering 1-on-1 tech help to seniors. Drop-in on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Visit the second-floor Reference Desk to check in. Sessions will last up to 30 minutes. No registration required. First come, first served.

The library’s technology volunteer Renee can provide assistance in the following areas: smartphone basics; tablet basics; basic use of hardware and software for desktops/laptops; email; and guidance on some of the library’s digital services, such as Libby (free eBooks and eAudiobooks). Please bring your device with you, if you can. Please note Renee is not a technology professional, but she hopes to provide answers to tech questions and help solve problems. 

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

One highlight of a lengthy agenda is a presentation by the Trahan & North St. School Reuse Committee on its recommendations for these properties. The board will also hear from DPW director Brian Gilbert on snow & ice and water improvements and vote to renew licenses.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Class of 2024 Dineout at Kyoto
When: 11:30 a.m. to close
Where: Kyoto

Show the flier, below, and Kyoto will donate 15% of your food purchase to the Class of 2024. Organizers encourage community members to share the flier with friends, family and neighbors. 

School Committee
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will hear the results of the TPS privacy audit report and discuss the pending move to the new Center Elementary School, including naming of key areas within the school.

Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom

The Friends’ monthly meetings will be online for the winter. Please email friendstplibrary@gmail.com for login information.

Meat Bingo Benefit
When: 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: T.J. Callahan’s

The Tewksbury Lions are hosting meat bingo at Callahan’s. You could win an 8-pound lobster! For more information contact Kathleen Descoteaux at 978-996-4338 or al.kathy@verizon.net.

Music Bingo Benefit
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Warp & Weft

Please join Alternative House for a fun night of music bingo & trivia. Music bingo will be $1 per card, with all proceeds going to Alternative House. Bingo will run from 7 – 7:30 p.m., but you can stick around for weekly trivia and to meet some of the AH staff.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Elementary School Building Committee
When: 5 p.m. / 6 p.m.
Where: Center Elementary School & Town Hall

The ESBC will walk through the new school at 5 p.m. then reconvene at Town Hall to review progress on movement of staff and students.

Friday, Dec. 9

Golden Age Club Holiday Party
When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Chinese luncheon buffet, raffles and great entertainment by Tony Funches, former lead vocalist for “The Platters” who will be singing all the golden hits! Purchase your tickets at the reception desk on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Film Screenings: Don’t Worry Darling
When: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Where: 10:30 at Library, 1:30 p.m. at Senior Center

In Don’t Worry Darling, a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets. Rated R. 123 minutes. 

Library showing: Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Register here.

Senior Center showing: Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Please contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register.

Weekend

All Ages Reading Rivals Patron Appreciation Event
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Library

After 7+ weeks of fierce competition, the second annual Reading Rivals competition with Wilmington Memorial Library has come to an end! With a team of 649 readers, Tewksbury took home the win this year. The final score was 1,614,802 minutes to 1,338,218 minutes. To celebrate the exciting conclusion of this annual challenge, stop by the library’s lobby for refreshments. This event is open to all ages and does not require registration. Refreshments are available while supplies last, beginning at 9 a.m. Please stay tuned for details on the unveiling of the Reading Trophy. 

Mini Holiday Craft Fair
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Open Space Gift Shop & Creative Studio

There will be seven makers joining the event, and the shop has more that 60 local makers on the shelves.

One Joy Of Christmas
When: Sunday at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Williams

One Joy Of Christmas is the concert by the Tewksbury Interfaith Choir on Sunday, December 11, at St. Williams Church at 7:00PM. 20+ of our neighbors have been rehearsing some of the holiday’s favorite songs that range from No School Tomorrow to O Holy Night. The concert is free as always, so quite a Christmastime bargain — although there is a free-will offering. So mark your calendar, and escape from the holiday pressure as some local folks share their talent.

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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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