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What To Know In Tewksbury the Week of April 16

Trash pickup delayed in observance of Patriot’s Day, ice cream for dinner, bus driver info session

Parents looking for activities to do with kids can check out an exhaustive list of local activities here. And, tickets are still on sale for the annual Shriner’s Circus, running Wednesday through Saturday this week. Tickets start at $20 and are available online. 

Registration for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) is now open. The cost is $100, which includes breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks; transportation; and a fun week of camp. YPSA does offer a limited number of scholarships for families that are experiencing financial challenges. Find more information here.

Note that trash pickup will be delayed one day, and the Prescription Drug Take Back day is on Saturday, hosted by TPD. This week is also the first meeting of the Board of Health post-election, on Thursday. 

Monday, April 17

Town Offices, Senior Center and Library are closed for Patriot’s Day. Here’s what else is closed, and open.

Tuesday, April 18

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

The COA will hear from reps of Eastern Bank and Tewksbury Credit Union on fraud prevention, and discuss policies and procedures for after-hours use of the building. Agenda

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

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

Every third Tuesday, the TCC serves a community dinner at the Galilee Café. You may eat your home-cooked meal there or pick it up to take away. All are welcome. For more information, email café

Wednesday, April 19

Wellness Workshop: Taking in the Good
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Savoring the good in our lives can be hard to do sometimes, especially if we feel forgotten, alone or perhaps not seen. Refocusing on the good in our lives can help promote healing and a deeper sense of contentment. Let’s explore the good things together!

School Bus Driving Information Session
When: 10 a.m.
Where: 555 Whipple Rd.

Are you interested in becoming a school bus driver? Join Tewksbury Transit to learn about what it takes to become a school bus driver and the requirements for this important job. A team of experienced drivers will be there to answer any questions you may have and provide information about the training process.

Spellman Museum Free Admission
When: noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Weston

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, at 241 Wellesley St. in Weston, will be open to the public free of charge on Wednesday, thanks to The Highland Street Foundation. The museum is on the campus of Regis College. Anyone interested in stamps will enjoy this museum, which was called “a hidden gem” and selected as “One Of The 1000 Best Places To Visit in Massachusetts” by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The Spellman Museum was selected as one of Nickelodeon’s top museums for children in the Metrowest area.

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

ConCom has a fairly full agenda, including violation notices for River Rd. and William G Drive. Agenda

TPL Community Garden 2023 Season Kickoff Meeting
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Stop by to meet fellow TPL Community Garden Members as we ramp up for the new season!  This meeting will include a review of the Garden’s mission, guidelines, responsibilities, and expectations for the 2023 season. Please bring any questions you may have! Refreshments will be served. 

This event is intended for those who have been assigned a plot in the Community Garden or those who plan to volunteer this season. All plots for the 2023 season have been claimed, but if you are interested in learning more about the Community Garden, joining the waitlist or volunteering, please visit or email Assistant Director Nicole Goolishian at 

Here’s more information on the Tewksbury Public Library’s Community Garden.

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

Class of 2024 Ice Cream for Dinner Dineout
When: 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Mac’s

Please grab some ice cream after or for dinner at Mac’s on Wednesday night and support the Class of 2024. Mac’s will donate 15% of sales during that time.

Thursday, April 20

Perkin’s School Visit
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Drop by for a discussion on the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library! The mission of The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library is to promote literacy and build a sense of community and works to promote literacy and accessibility by providing braille, audio and large-print reading material to people who are blind or have low vision, individuals with reading or learning disabilities and those who are otherwise unable to access traditional print material due to a disability. Perkins School’s Library Outreach Coordinator Erin Fragola will explain the accessible library services available for free through the Perkins Library and other accessible resources.

Rainbow Social
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

This is a lunch and social gathering for LGBTQ+ folks and friends. RSVP to Ron at 978-946-1476.  The monthly Rainbow Social is sponsored by AgeSpan.

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

The BoH will welcome newly elected member Kate Bugda Gwilt, then reorganize. There will be a keeping of animals permit request for 31 Fieldstone Circle and information presented on Lisa’s Pizza and Jade East, both of which were shut down by the board for unsanitary conditions. Agenda

Friday, April 21

Voter Registration Session
When: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Friday at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 1009 Main St. This is the final day for residents to register if they wish to be eligible to vote at the May 3 Special Town Meeting.

To be eligible to vote at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 1, you must have registered by March 22, 2023.

Film Screenings: All Quiet On The Western Front (2022 version)
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 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 — All Quiet On The Western Front (2022 version). A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I. The film received nine Oscar nominations this year. Starring Felix Kammerer. Rated R. 148 minutes. Doors will open at 15 minutes ahead. A small donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

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

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

Silvertones Dance
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Come listen and dance to the sounds of the Silvertones! 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 are served during the break.


20s and 30s: Brunch & Board Games
When: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Library Meeting Room

Join Tewksbury Public Library on Saturday morning for a light brunch and fun board games in the meeting room! Board games will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own if you’d like to share! Coffee and tea will be available as well as light snacks. This is a drop-in event, so no registration is required. This event is for those in their 20s and 30s and is sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

Prescription Drug Take Back 2023
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Police Department

The Tewksbury Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Police Headquarters at 918 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Residents are asked to remove pills from prescription bottles and seal them in a plastic “Ziploc” type bag before arriving at Police Headquarters. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. Please ensure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. NO SHARPS will be allowed to be disposed. For more information on how or where to dispose of sharps, please contact the Board of Health at (978) 640-4473.

How The Food We Eat Affects Our Environment: An Earth Day Webinar
When: Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: Online, register here

About The Book: Have you ever wondered who picked your Fairtrade banana? Or why we can buy British strawberries in April? How far do you think your green beans traveled to get to your plate? And where do all the wonky carrots go? Above all, how do we stop worrying about our food choices and start making decisions that make a difference? Author Louise Gray will discuss this and more along with her new book, Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From.

New Worship Service
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

The Tewksbury Congregational Church will start a new worship service today. It will be an informal, relaxed worship environment led by a contemporary praise-style band. The TCC will start with once-a-month services with an intention to go to a regular weekly service after Labor Day. On these mornings, anyone can join for coffee hour around 10:15 a.m. prior to the beginning of the new service at 11 a.m. The traditional service will continue to occur at 9 a.m. every Sunday. All are always welcome!

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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