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20+ Things To Know This Week In Tewksbury

From breakfast for dinner to a prom dress drive to a scholarship event for a town treasure, here’s what’s up and where we’ll be

Once a year, Vic’s Waffle House opens its doors for dinner to benefit the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. Monday is that night. More details below.

Other items of note: Wednesday is the last day to register to vote if you want to take part in the April 1 town election. And Saturday is the deadline for any Tewksbury graduating senior — regardless of school — to apply for the Lion’s Club Scholarship. Learn more and get the application. 

When you see a 🌺 that means a member of Team Carnation plans to drop by. We hope to see you!

Monday, March 20

How To Start & Grow Your Own Business with the SBA
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Learn how the Small Business Administration can assist your dream of starting your own business. General information will be provided on the following programs and services: Counseling/Technical Assistance through SBA resource partners; SCORE; Small Business Development Centers; Center for Woman & Enterprise Access to Capital; SBA Advance Loan Guaranty Program; and Government Contract Opportunities. Led by Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA.

🌺 Tewksbury Housing Authority
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle Community Building

The Tewksbury Housing Authority is responsible for the town’s affordable housing units. This meeting will cover vacancies, roof and window updates and a five-year plan for CFP (capital fund program) investments. Agenda

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

🌺 Breakfast for Dinner to Benefit the Library
When: 4 – 7 p.m., eat in or take out
Where: Vic’s Waffle House

The popular Vic’s Dineout is back! For the second year, Vic’s Waffle House is staying open late to benefit the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. No reservations or early purchase are required. Just drop by, eat in or take out breakfast for dinner, and a portion of the sale will go to helping the Friends fund over $30,000 worth of Library programs and services annually that are not covered by the town budget.

Can’t drop by? Make a donation here.

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

The Finance Committee will review the May 2023 Town Meeting Warrant Articles and answer questions on reviewed budgets. Agenda

Book Launch For Tewksbury Author Rich Borgatti
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

Tewksbury author Rich Borgatti will celebrate his book, Epic Training: A Comprehensive Guide to Obstacle Course Race Training, at this book launch event. Rich invites his family, friends, acquaintances and the general public to the event where he’ll discuss why he wrote the book and answer audience questions. Refreshments will be served. Autographed copies of Rich’s book will be available to those interested. Rich owns and operates the Mountain Strength Fitness gym in Winchester. An early adopter of CrossFit and Obstacle Course Racing, Rich has been referred to as “one of the first OCR coaches in the world.” He lives in Tewksbury with his wife, two boys and dog Torch.

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

Tuesday, March 21

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

The CoA does a lot to support Tewksbury seniors, including the recent corned beef dinner, lunch and learns, and outings. At this meeting, the CoA will discuss the April calendar of events and an educational program on banking. Agenda

🌺 Free Community Dinner
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: 10 East St.

Everyone is invited to the Tewksbury Congregational Church’s monthly Free Community Dinner.  This month’s menu is Irish Beef Stew and Soda Bread.  

From the organizers: We host a meal every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  This is for everyone. Maybe you and your family could use a free meal. Maybe you would enjoy some company. Maybe you want to come serve others. Whatever your interest is, come and join us. We collect a free-will donation that is given 100% to the Tewksbury Community Pantry, but don’t feel obligated to bring anything other than yourself.

The Galilee Café is funded through private donations of TCC members and, for 2023, a grant through the Winchester Hospital Community Benefits program.

Greater Andover Indivisible Climate Forum
When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Andover

Tewksbury residents are invited to join GAI for Climate Forum that will feature speakers and informational tables related to climate sustainability and justice. This event is open to the public, and people may drop in for as much or as little time as desired. The speaking part of the program will start at 5:50 and continue until about 6:30. Participating organizations include the MA Climate Action Network, Pollinator Pathways and Mass350 North Shore. Postcards provided by Beyond Plastic. Learn more and register.

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

The Select Board will consider a license transfer to reflect the change in ownership of the hotel at 4 Highwood Dr. from a Holiday Inn to a Hilton Garden Inn. It will also discuss accepting 2347 Main St., a wooded area near the South Fire Station, as conservation land and review an updated entertainment licensing process. Agenda

Shawsheen Tech School Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Shawsheen Tech or YouTube

The Shawsheen Tech School Committee will hold a public hearing on its FY24 operating budget and hear from the facilities/capital planning subcommittee on a statement of interest for a new facility. Learn more about that plan or check out the agenda

Wednesday, March 22

Register to Vote or Get Your Absentee Ballot
When: All day
Where: Town Clerk’s office or online

This is the last day to register to vote if you wish to take part in the April 1 town election. Learn how. Note that while there is no in-person early voting, you can vote by mail or absentee. Here’s how, along with deadlines.

🌺 Prom Dress Collection
When: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: TMHS

The TMHS International Club is collecting new or gently used prom dresses to support Belle of the Ball, a nonprofit dedicated to providing students with formal dresses for school occasions. Dresses may be dropped off at TMHS during school hours or contact A collaboration with Anton’s Cleaners, Enterprise Bank, and Jordan’s Furniture. Visit for more information. Collection runs until March 26 at Anton’s.

Educational Workshop: Adjusting to Changes in Your Living Environment
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Change is never easy, and when we have to make a change to our living situation, that can be very stressful. This workshop will help to provide ways to adjust to those changes to hopefully make the transition easier.

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

The Conservation Commission will discuss violation notices for properties on Bemis Circle and River Road and consider a request to amend the order of conditions for 30 Commerce Way, a warehouse project that the Planning Board took up last week. Agenda

Thursday, March 23

Your Nutrition Facts Label Reimagined
When: noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Discover the nutrition facts you need to know for maintaining a healthy weight throughout your life. When you understand these nutrition numbers, you will be able to create a balanced, sustainable eating plan. Led by Kristen Herlihy, health coach, psychotherapist and owner of Refine From Within. Herlihy has a passion to help overwhelmed, overtired women create healthy lifestyles through psychology, nutrition and fitness.

🌺 Tewksbury Candidates Forum
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the event on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

All candidates on the 2023 ballot for the April 1 election have been invited to take part in a televised Q&A moderated by Robert Hayes, editor of the Wilmington Apple, and sponsored by the Tewksbury Town Crier and Tewksbury Carnation. Learn more about how to submit your questions here. Please get all questions in by Tuesday. 

Tuberculosis In Children: A Century of Progress, but a Global Threat Remains
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

In 1890, almost one in three children in the U.S. died before the age of 5. A prime cause? Infectious diseases. Join the Public Health Museum and Dr. Vandana Madhavan, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Mass General Hospital and Salem Hospital, for an exploration of TB programs in the US and abroad. Learn about the North Reading Sanitarium, hear how community-based organizations opened fresh-air camps for children, and get an overview of tuberculosis in children today.

Friday, March 24

Film Screenings: A Man Called Otto
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: 10:30 and 7 at Library, 1:30 p.m. at Senior Center

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — A Man Called Otto. Otto is a grump who’s given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around. Starring Tom Hanks. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Comedic drama. Doors will open at 10:15am. Refreshments will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Senior Center showing: Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register if you’d like to attend

Library showings: Doors will open 15 minutes ahead. Register here for the 10:30 a.m. showing. Register here for the 7 p.m. showing. 

🌺 Dr. Sandy Johnson Creamer Foundation Fundraiser
When: 7 – 11 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury / Wilmington Elks

This is the first annual fundraiser for The Dr. Sandy Johnson Creamer Foundation. The primary purpose is to provide scholarships to deserving Tewksbury Memorial High School seniors who plan to continue their education in an accredited post-secondary nursing program.

Tickets at the door, suggested donation $10. Raffles, food and DJ! If you’re unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you can send it through PayPal. 


Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
When: Saturday & Sunday
Where: Shriners

Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show is the largest and longest-running model train and collectible toy show in the country. The show is geared towards the general public and towards modelers and hobbyists, featuring hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. Learn more and get discounted tickets. 

Mapping out the Brewing Process with Navigation Brewing Co.
When: Saturday, 3:15 – 4 p.m.
Where: Navigation Brewing, Lowell

Join Tewksbury Public Library at Navigation Brewing Co. in Lowell to learn about the brewing process, their brewing company and their brews! This event is intended for people in their 20s and 30s. All attendees must be 21 or older to register. Register here, limited space

🌺 TMHS Class of 2024 Mattress Fundraiser
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Wynn School

Need a new mattress? Hold out till Sunday and you can shop for new bedding at the Wynn Middle School. Here’s last year’s lineup of more than 25 Beautyrest mattresses that will be available to try, along with bases and accessories. A portion of each sale benefits students.

And, as a bonus, The TMHS Class of 2024 is partnering with The Wish Project to provide an option for anyone who buys a new mattress at the fundraiser and wishes to help someone in need by donating their old mattress. The Wish Project accepts all size mattresses and box springs (except king) as long as they are free from rips and stains.

There will be more information at the event on how to donate your old mattress. 

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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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