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15+ Things to Know This Week in Tewksbury

Trash pickup is delayed due to the holiday

A three-day TMHS Class of 2024 dine-out kicks off Monday and goes through Wednesday at Wicked Cheesy. Mention “Class of 2024” when ordering lunch or dinner — dine-in or takeout — and 20% of your purchase will be donated.

There’s also an opportunity to help Catie’s Closet by dropping off winter hats, coats, gloves, scarves and other warm items in a bin outside the office at TMHS. Catie’s Closet, which recently received a $10,000 award from Tewksbury’s 100+ People Who Care Group, provides free, in-school access to clothing and basic necessities to improve attendance. That drive runs through Feb. 10.

Did you receive your town census last week? Here are six reasons you should return it. If you didn’t get a census in the mail, check in with the Town Clerk.

Note that the second floor of the Library will reopen on Thursday. Until then, carpet installation is ingoing. Learn more.

Finally, get your tickets now for the TMHS Drama Club showing of A Grand Night for Singing, which will be presented at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 & 4. 

Monday, Jan. 16

Town offices, the Library and the Senior Center will be closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash pickup will be delayed this week.

Speaking of MLK day, have you seen The Embrace, the new sculpture just unveiled on the Boston Common?

Tuesday, Jan. 17

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

The CoA will discuss February events, emergency medical procedures at the Senior Center and possible lunch-and-learn events and a chess club. Agenda.

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.

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

The Tewksbury Congregational Church invites all members of the community to come out for a FREE dinner on the third Tuesday of each month. This month’s menu includes baked ziti, meatballs, salad and bread. The church will also collect items for the Tewksbury Community Pantry.

Discover Why You Like The Music You Like with Brain Scientist Susan Rogers
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Susan Rogers will deliver a presentation based on her new book, This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You, in this ZOOM webinar. Rogers, a legendary record producer–turned–brain scientist, will explain why you fall in love with music. Her talk promises to refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favorite artists and change the way you listen to music.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Coffee with the Chamber | Chamber 101
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Revolution Mortgage, 725 Main St.

Come join the Tewksbury/Wilmington Chamber for coffee & donuts and learn how to maximize your Chamber benefits. This workshop is great for new members as well as a valuable refresher for seasoned members to make sure you’re making the most of your membership. Limited to 15 so register now.

Open Meeting: Board of Assessors
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Annex (the building across from Town Hall, next to the Center Fire Station)

This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the Board of Assessors. Topics could be the assessed value of a property, but this board can also field questions on the ownership of various lots. Besides determining values, the assessor’s office is tasked with administering senior and veteran tax relief programs and maintaining all property-tax-related records. Residents may see the assessed value, sales history and many more details of any property online. If you check info on your home and something seems off, this is an opportunity to ask about it.

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

Friends of the Library Book Donation Drive & Puzzle Swap
When: 3 – 6 p.m.
Where: Library

Join the Friends of the Library for their quarterly book donation drive & puzzle swap. If you are interested in donating books or DVDs in good condition, please visit the Friends’ table on the first floor of the library from 3pm to 6pm. All donations will be reviewed by a volunteer from the Friends of the Library. Accepted items will then be sorted and sold on the Friends’ ongoing book sale carts located on the first floor. For puzzles, please ensure that all pieces are in a sealed plastic bag and the boxes are taped shut. Puzzles may be swapped 1-for-1 or purchased for $1.00 per 100 pieces. Learn more. 

Career Night Open House
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Shawsheen Tech

Shawsheen’s annual Career Night Open House will be held in-person. This two-hour open house is intended for prospective students interested in learning about Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. Prospective students, alumni and family & friends are all welcome. This open house is designed to showcase the academic, career and vocational-technical programs offered at Shawsheen. Parents and students will have the opportunity to speak with teachers, coaches and club advisors, and can participate in self-guided tours. Vocational programs will have hands-on activities for guests, and will showcase some of the projects current students have been working on. Visit to learn about various district programming as well as student-run school services that are open to the public. 

Climate Café
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

A Tewksbury resident is a volunteer on the 350 Mass Climate Café Zooms, which offer a supportive place for those concerned about climate change or interested in climate activism to connect with like-minded individuals from across the state.

Thursday, Jan. 19

NEW: Preschool Playgroup
When: 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Where: Library

Introducing the TPL’s brand new Thursday morning Preschool Playgroup! Learn some literacy skills and have some fun. This program is cohosted by Community Teamwork.

Small Business Program: Canva 101 Online Training
When: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Virtual, register here 

Did you know Canva can help with your small business marketing? Canva is a user-friendly tool where you can create custom postcards, business cards, social media templates, flyers, emails and more. The best part? It’s free to get started. In this Canva 101 session, Cara Chatellier, founder and Creative Director of Bubbly Creative, will go over the Canva basics to get you started on your way to making amazing graphics for your small business. Presented by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

Open Meeting: Board of Health
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

Based on the sparse agenda, the Board of Health will revisit tobacco regulations and hear about grant opportunities. Since Massachusetts’ Open Meeting Law requires posting an agenda at least 48 hours in advance that lists all topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed, sounds like this will be a short meeting.

Rainbow Social
When: Senior Center
Where: 12:30

This month’s LGBTQ+ Rainbow Social will feature refreshments and a fun activity. For details or to sign up, contact the Senior Center. Sponsored by AgeSpan.

Friday, Jan. 20

Film Screenings: The Banshees of Inisherin
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 — The Banshees of Inisherin. Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them. Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Rated R. 114 minutes. Dramatic comedy. Doors will open at 10:15am. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register if you’d like to attend the 1:30 showing.

Library showings: Register here for 10:30 a.m. or register here for 7 p.m.

Chamber Programming: How to Pay for Long-Term Care
When: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: 500 West Cummings Park, Suite 2350

Join estate planning and elder law specialists, Attorney Michael Monteforte for a FREE seminar! Learn how to pay for long-term care services either at home, at an assisted-living facility, or in a nursing home. Learn how to keep your money in your own pockets, so Uncle Sam doesn’t get it all. Learn more and register.

Silvertones Dance
When: 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The Silvertones are back! Purchase tickets at the door for $10 per person. This is not a BYOB event. Door prizes this month: two tickets to a future Silvertones dance. Soda & bottled water will be available for purchase. Coffee/tea and cake will be served at the break.

Weekend

Lowell Writer’s Group — Monthly Meeting
When: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: lala books

Please feel welcome at this monthly writers workshop. A congenial, kind and thorough group of all sorts of writers discuss their latest work, the business of writing and their process. Writers often share short pieces of work and request specific types of feedback. 

Suburban Boston Spring Home Show
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Shriner’s Auditorium

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. Free passes. 

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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