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10+ Things to Know This Week In Tewksbury

TMHS Theater Company seeks “key” music lovers plus the ‘Souper Bowl’ returns

Hopefully everyone’s pipes survived the cold. This week will bring above-average temperatures — up to 53 degrees on Friday! 

This week is the first movie in a three-part Black History Month series, presented by the Tewksbury DEI Advisory Committee with Tewksbury Public Schools and the Library. See the full schedule below.

The Tewksbury High School Theatre Company is looking for 88 music lovers to sponsor a piano key for $10 (or more) to help hire professional musicians to accompany the spring musical, Beauty and The Beast. The orchestra will be the biggest single expense this spring, and a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. “Key player” donors will be recognized in the spring program booklet. Donations via check may be made out to “THMSTC” and mailed to Tewksbury High School c/o Tewksbury Drama Department, 320 Pleasant St. or sent via Venmo to @Jeannette-Waugh. 

Friday is the deadline to turn in nomination papers if you are interested in running for one of nine open town government seats. There are currently no candidates for Board of Health or one Library Trustee slot.

Monday, Feb. 6

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

Find yourself cleaning out your closets? The Upscale Boutique is always looking for donations for consignment. What sells best are “like new” clothing and apparel items. Donations can be brought to the center the first Monday of each month from 2 – 5 p.m. What a great way to recycle and maybe earn a profit too!  

Find a calendar with all this month’s happenings at the Council on Aging web page!

Housing Authority
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle

The Tewksbury Housing Authority will discuss DHCD guidance on the new Federal Poverty Guidelines used to determine eligibility for emergency assistance. For a family of four, that comes to $2,875 per month. The HA will also discuss unit vacancies, construction projects, an ARPA-funded update to fire alarms, an audit and other topics. Agenda

Beautification Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The committee will discuss the date for the annual spring cleanup and select a new secretary.

Finance Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

Town Manager Richard Montuori recently presented a budget overview to the Select Board. On Monday, Montuori will dig into departmental detail and assign representatives to subcommittees. Agenda 

Residents may also access detailed budget documents on the town website.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Virtual Job Fair for Veterans
When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Through a partnership with RecruitMilitary, DAV sponsors job fairs, including virtual events, to connect veterans with employers nationwide who are committed to hiring them. The event is free to veterans, spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve. Check out the list of presenting companies here.

Black History Month Film Series Screening: Harriet
When: 6:30
Where: Library

As part of the Town’s Black History Month film series, enjoy a screening of Harriet. The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Starring Cynthia Erivo. Rated PG-13. 125 minutes. Biographical drama. Light movie refreshments will be served. Register here.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Teen Event: Scrabble Coasters (Grades 6-12)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Join us for a hands-on craft where you will learn how to make your own scrabble coasters.  You can use similar techniques to make different coaster designs. Register here.

School Committee Meeting & Budget Public Hearing
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: LG1

The School Committee will be in executive session 5:30 to 6 p.m. then open its regular monthly meeting. Agenda. It will also review the FY24 budget tonight and on Wed., March 8. Residents can preview TPS budget documents here.

Select Board
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The Select Board will convene a working session. While an open meeting, it will not be televised, and there are no public hearings scheduled. The Select Board’s next regular meeting is Feb. 15.

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

The commission has a light agenda that includes just two items. Agenda

The History Of Chocolate In Massachusetts
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Most Boston visitors and students of American history know the story of the Boston Tea Party. But did you know that when the colonists stopped drinking tea due to taxation they instead turned to drinking chocolate? Infamous American patriot Paul Revere even crafted dedicated drinking chocolate pots that can be seen on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about this sweet history with Victoria Kichuk, a chocolate sommelier, writer and tour guide, who previously worked for Lindt Chocolates and Hotel Chocolat (UK), and who co-organizes the New England Chocolate Festival.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Educational Wellness Workshop: No More Regrets
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Focusing on past regrets can rob us of our happiness. Join us for this workshop, and hopefully you will learn new ways of staying in the joy of the present and put the past behind you.

The Life & Works Of Vincent Van Gogh
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Van Gogh’s life is one of the most dramatic, romantic and tragic stories in all of art history. His paintings are passionate, beautiful and they succeed in sharing with us, briefly, the experience of his madness. Join us for a look at his work and the brief but brilliant flame that was his life. Led by art historian Jane Blair, founder of ArtMatters. 

Elementary School Building Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The new Center Elementary School is open, but the ESBC’s work continues. The committee will discuss the recent ribbon cutting and open house and review punch list items. Agenda

Friday, Feb. 10

Covid Vaccine Clinic
When: 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

To make an appointment call 978-640-4473. Leave a message and someone will get back to you to arrange an appointment.

Movie: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: 10:30 and 7 p.m. at Library, 2 p.m. at Senior Center 

A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. Starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert. Rated PG. 115 minutes. Drama/comedy

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Senior Center showing: Sign up online at myactivevecenter.com, in person at the senior center or by calling 978-640-4480. Limited to 25 seats. Candy & water will be served. 

Library showings: Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Register for the 10:30 showing or for the 7 p.m. showing.

Weekend

The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts
When: Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Rebecca Hall will discuss her book, Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, in this Zoom webinar. Named a ‘Best Book of the Year’ by NPR and The Washington Post, and a finalist for the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards and the Pen American Open Book Award,  Wake — part graphic novel, part memoir — is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the powerful story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record.

Chocolate Festival Benefit
When: Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Wilmington United Methodist Church

Fill a box for $10. From cookies and fudge to the always popular whoopie pies, there is something for every sweet tooth.

Souper Bowl
When: Sunday, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Wilmington United Methodist Church

It’s back! 🏈 THE SOUPER BOWL 🏈 Come by Tewksbury Congregational Church between 10-11:30 a.m. on Sunday 2/12 and purchase some homemade soups and chilis to support our 2024 Youth Mission Trip.

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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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