Happy Beltane! There’s a lot to do this week in town, none of it involving bonfires
Town Meeting is tonight! Say hi to Team Carnation. We’ll be in our usual spot on the bleachers near the Select Board. Learn more here.
Congratulations to the TMHS Theatre Company for selling out its production of Beauty and the Beast. Photo of cast and crew courtesy of Kerry Gibson.
Tewksbury Chief of Police Ryan Columbus announced open registration for the third annual Junior Police Academy. This free program is open to incoming fifth to eighth graders. To enroll, a student must be a Tewksbury resident. Topics will include physical fitness and health and wellness classes, cyber safety, CPR and first aid, drug and alcohol awareness, the K-9 Unit and more, with hands-on activities. The deadline to register and submit the waiver is May 9.
The Golden Age Club advises those who wish to attend the ham & bean luncheon on May 12 to purchase tickets by May 3. The cost is $10. Tickets are also on sale for the monthly DJ Dance and Luncheon on May 22 and for the Senior Center’s first spring trip to Foxwoods. See the May Senior Center calendar here.
Potholes? Water leaks? If you need to place a DPW service request, as of today, OpenGov will replace the old service request form. Please use this link to submit. If you have questions, contact the DPW at 978-640-4440.
And speaking of the DPW, don’t forget Town Cleanup Day on Saturday. The weather looks ideal — 60s and partly sunny. The VFW will be working in the Tewksbury cemetery, while the group dedicated to saving the Tewksbury Hospital Pines Cemetery will meet at the gate at Livingston and East.
And please be extra careful driving as residents will be working along the roadsides.
Monday, May 1
Buried in Treasures
When: 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Senior Center
Town nurse Ashley Pavlakos is partnering with Maria Ruggerio from TPD for a grant-funded “Buried in Treasures” workshop to help those with hoarding issues start decluttering. It begins May 1 and runs once per week on Mondays for 15 weeks at the Senior Center. If you are interested, call Ashley at 978-640-4473 to see if space is still available.
Consignment Boutique Intake
When: 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Senior Center
Find yourself cleaning out your closets? The Senior Center is always looking for donations for the Upscale Boutique Consignment Shop. If you wish to make a donation or would like to become a consignor, contact Diane at 978-640-4480 or email email@example.com. All items must be clean and “like new.” Currently accepting only spring/summer items. The shop is also always seeking volunteers. Please contact Jan, Diane or Tammy if you are interested.
Annual Town Meeting
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS Gym or watch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)
The Carnation encourages all residents to attend Town Meeting — decisions made there affect everything from how much money is spent on schools to whether our recreation areas are maintained to how land near your home can be used. Find our FAQ on how TM works here (scroll down). Check out the warrants, handout and other info here.
Can’t make it? Team Carnation will be there live Tweeting, so follow us. You can also watch Tewksbury TV’s broadcast, but there is no remote voting.
Tuesday, May 2
TMHS Boys’ Tennis Dineout at Café Sicilia
When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Café Sicilia
The Café is donating an unspecified portion of today’s revenues when diners mention the TMHS Boys Tennis Team. Eat in or take-out.
TMHS Softball Dineout at Pushcart
When: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Please consider grabbing lunch or dinner at The Pushcart Cafe on Tuesday — 20% of your purchase will be donated to the TMHS softball program. Eat in or take-out.
Girls Who Code
When: 6 – 7 p.m. over multiple weeks
Where: Library Craft Room – OPEN TO ALL KIDS GRADES 3-5 – REGISTER HERE
Join Miss Haley to build the foundational skills and understanding of computer science concepts and sisterhood through a reading discussion and coding activities. Each session we will read excerpts from Learn to Code and Change the World, practice new skills by completing fun and simple coding tutorials, and make connections with club members through interactive team-building exercises. A copy of Learn to Code and Change the World will be available for each member at the end of the first meeting. Although this club is “Girls Who Code,” we welcome all kids grades 3-5. Registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Haley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 3
HYBRID: The Armchair Detectives Mystery Book Group — Under Lock & Skeleton Key
When: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library or Zoom
Do you love a good mystery? Join the library’s “The Armchair Detectives!” book club. The current book, “Under Lock & Skeleton Key,” layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. Copies of the book are available at the library. The group will meet in person, but will have Zoom up for anyone who can’t make it. Please email Jeanne at email@example.com and she will send you the link to the meeting.
See all the events for kids, teens and adults at the Tewksbury Public Library here.
Wellness Advisory Committee
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS Meeting Room 4
The Wellness Advisory Committee is headed by TPS school nurse Kelly Constantino. The group will review policies and discuss town and school events. Agenda
Special Town Meeting
When: 7 p.m.
Key items on the Wednesday night warrant, articles 4, 5 and 6, establish an Opioid Settlement Stabilization Fund for the specific purpose of receiving receipts from settlements on behalf of the Town with persons and entities involved in the sale, distribution and manufacture of opioid products. The fund will launch with $111,715 to be expended for public safety. See the full warrant here.
Thursday, May 4
VIRTUAL: What’s Wrong With My House Plant?
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here
As with our outdoor gardens, many things can go wrong when you grow plants indoors. Learn the factors that make for happy houseplants, including light, water, and soil…and how to provide them. Common houseplant pests and diseases are also on the agenda, as well as how to treat them. Led by Bonnie Power, a Massachusetts Master Gardener since 2016 and a serious outdoor/indoor gardener most of her life.
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Oakdale Liquors
Join the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library for a wine tasting hosted by Oakdale Liquors. Advance tickets are $15, a $5 savings over paying at the door. Purchase here.
Lowell Writers Group Open Monthly Open Mic
When: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: lala books
Monthly spoken word open mic. Bring a few minutes of material and share it with Lowell. Every month has a feature followed by an open mic where those in attendance are invited to share their stories, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and other spoken word works.
An Evening with Nobel Laureate MIT Economics Professor Peter Diamond
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Nobel Laureate MIT Professor Peter Diamond will discuss his life journey, search theory, Social Security and contemporary macroeconomic issues. Diamond received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Yale and Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He was an assistant professor of economics at U.C. Berkeley before returning to MIT as an associate professor. He retired from MIT in 2011, having taught there for more than 40 years. Aside from the development of economic search models that incorporate “real-world frictions,” he has taught and worked on public economics throughout his career, including analyses of taxes, government spending, and the public debt
Friday, May 5
Film Screenings: 80 For Brady
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:45 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 — 80 For Brady. A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady. Starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Drama. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.
Senior Center showing: Doors will open at 1:15 a.m. Sign up online at myacvecenter.com, in person at the senior center or by calling 978-640-4480. Limited to 25 seats.
TMHS Band & Chorus Spring Concert and Art Show
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for concert, 7 – 9 p.m. for concert
The art show is also open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the flyer below.
Expanded Spring Cleanup Day
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Where: All over town!
The Tewksbury Beautification Committee invites residents to sign up for the 2023 Spring Town Clean Up Day. This year there will be an expanded food collection effort, document shredding and electronics and textile recycling. You can sign up to clean a certain area of town here or simply pick up bags, gloves and other supplies at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, then collect trash anywhere and drop bags at the DPW. If you have a lot of bags or run across larger items, like furniture, volunteers will come out with a truck. Learn more.
Music and Movement with Jennifer Gadbois
When: 10 – 11 a.m.
Kids are invited to a Music and Movement class with special guest Jennifer Gadbois! This program is being sponsored by Community Teamwork Incorporated. No registration required.