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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

Wicked Cheesy fundraiser for TMHS Track runs through Wednesday

Happy first day of Chanukah to those who celebrate the festival of lights. Hope to see you on the Common on Wednesday.

Residents considering running for office can take the first step in that journey on January 3, when nomination papers become available. Watch for more information from the Town Clerk on Wednesday, after the Select Board votes on putting unfilled Housing Authority and Planning Board terms on the ballot.

If you need last minute Chanukah or Christmas gifts, the popup local crafters market is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 24. Located between Job Lot and Papa Gino’s, the shop features goods from local crafters, from pom-pom hats to goat milk soap to homemade candies. And it’s dog-friendly! 

Monday, Dec. 19

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

The monthly luncheon dance is $8 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch, which is provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. Menu: breaded chicken with Mediterranean sauce, pasta, garlic green beans, Vienna bread and apricot cup.

Note that the Senior Center is closed on Monday, Dec. 26.. 

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.

TMHS Track Dine-Out
When: Dec. 19 – 21
Where: Wicked Cheesy

Order food from Wicked Cheesy on December 19, 20 or 21, mention that you are supporting TMHS Track & Field and they will donate 20% of your purchase to support our athletes. Wicked Cheesy is a very generous local business and is offering this fundraiser during ALL hours that they are open, so grab lunch or dinner. No need to show a flyer, just mention TMHS Track. 

The Fascinating Stories Behind Our Favorite Christmas Traditions
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Brian Earl will deliver a presentation based on his new book, Christmas Past: The Fascinating Stories Behind Our Favorite Holiday’s Tradition. In this Zoom webinar, Earl reveals the surprising, quirky, mysterious, and sometimes horrifying stories behind the most wonderful time of the year. 

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

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Council on Aging
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The COA will preview the January event calendar and review November’s financials. Agenda.

Galilee Cafe Community Dinner
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

Every third Tuesday of the month, members of the Tewksbury Congregational Church on East St. serve a free dinner. Everyone is invited. Word is, December is ham month.

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

The Select Board has a full agenda, with discussions of NMCOG MBTA communities and digital equity, a request for a proclamation for Arbor Day and Tree House’s application for 30 one-day liquor licenses for January. The Planning Board will join the Select Board for a discussion of MBTA communities. 

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

Wednesday, Dec. 21

When: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library

Calling all knitters, crocheters, needle workers, beaders and colorers: Bring your own craft project to the Library and work on it while enjoying conversation with other crafters. (Please, no crafts involving glue or paint.) Take advantage of the many books available at the library to get ideas for your next project or to explore a new craft. In person, no registration needed.

Menorah Lighting
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Town Common

Join Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center of Merrimack Valley to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah, the festival of light and warmth that reminds us that life’s darkest moments and greatest challenges can be brightened with steadfast faith and determination. The menorah lighting on the Town Common is open to all.

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

The ConCom will address more than a dozen requests, including for nine lots on Vale St. Agenda

Thursday, Dec. 22

Merrimack Valley Celebration of Lights
When: 5 – 7 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m. with last admission at 8:15 p.m.
Where: Mann Orchards, 445 Merrimack St., Methuen

Runs through Dec. 30. Over one mile of roadway has been transformed into a glittering display of over 1 million LED lights — featuring the longest tunnel of lights in New England. Listen to music played through FM radio in your own vehicle during this safe, holiday experience.

Cost: $21.99 (online purchase) per car, $30 on-site or $40 per limousine, 12/15 person passenger vans, small bus

Friday, Dec. 23

America’s Favorite Holiday Movie — A Look Inside ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
When: 2 – 3 pm.
Where: Virtual, register here

Learn how this movie became the ultimate portrayal of holiday goodwill and cheer. Led by Brian Rose, a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies.

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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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