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What to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Thank you to everyone who pitched in to clean up our town on a beautiful Saturday

The Beautification Committee’s Spring Cleanup Day was Saturday. The weather cooperated and well over 100 people turn out to make Tewksbury shine. Many families, individuals and groups including the Boy Scouts, TMHS International Club, TMHS boys and girls lacrosse teams, Rep. Vanna Howard and the Lowell Litter Krewe and the Tewksbury Democratic and Republican town committees filled 250 bags of trash — straws, take-out trays, car parts, scratch tickets and way too many nips.

“The town looked so much better this afternoon thanks to your great work,” said Beautification Committee chair Jenni Kenney. “The food pantry collected more than three giant bins of food plus cash donations, and the textile donation, paper shredding and electronics recycling were well utilized. Special thanks to all the students who came out to help at the Pines Cemetery, the high school, Pinnacle Trails and more. Thanks for making Tewksbury ‘green and clean.'”

Keep an eye out for pop-up cleanup events throughout the summer and the date for Fall Cleanup.

Above: The Marino family cleaned the Town Hall Annex parking lot.

Golfers and businesses are invited to sign up to play in or sponsor the sixth annual Into Action Recovery golf tournament. This year the group, which helps those struggling with addiction, can accommodate 146 golfers on an 18-hole course. The tournament will be at Four Oaks in Dracut on Monday, June 26. Tee off is at 7 a.m., and an Italian luncheon is included. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the luncheon only for $40, and the $10,000 putting contest has returned. Download sponsorship and golfer forms below or email Mary-Ellen at

If you’ve been trying to get a spot in Adult Craft Night, there are a few spaces available for the May 22 session. There are also some spots left in Wednesday’s teen squishies decorating event.

Monday, May 8

Job Search Help — Online Reputation Management
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Employers use technology to learn as much as possible about job candidates hoping to avoid making a “bad hire.” As a result, some of us disqualify ourselves because of our online activities. In this session, learn how to manage your online reputation to minimize mistakes that may cost you opportunities. Led by Susan Joyce, President of NETability, Inc. and the former Publisher/Editor of

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

Housing Authority
When: 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle

The Tewksbury Housing Authority will hear updates from DHCD and the executive director, including updates to the roof and showers on Delaney Drive. Agenda

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

Tewksbury’s Community/Economic Development Planner Alex Lowder will share updates on new business in town and bylaw changes and present the housing production plan that will be voted on next month. The Planning Board will also hear an update on the proposed dispensary at 1 Main St. Agenda

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

An Evening with Bestselling Cozy Mystery Author Sarah Graves
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here and please say you’re from Tewksbury

Bestselling author Sarah Graves will discuss her brand new cozy mystery, Death by Chocolate Marshmallow Pie. About The Book: Summertime in the quirky island village of Eastport, Maine, is full of delights — including delicious treats from The Chocolate Moose, the waterfront bakery run by Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and Ellie White. But these amateur sleuths are in for a rocky road when a chocolate shop rivalry turns deadly in the newest Death By Chocolate Mystery.

Tuesday, May 9

Barks & Books with Benny
When: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Have you met service dog Benny? While not as famous as Officer Waffles, Bennie helps kids — especially those struggling with reading –in one-on-one sessions. Each session lasts for 15 minutes in private — just you, Benny, and his human Mom, Melanie. Bring your own book or borrow one of ours to read. This is a great way to build literacy confidence and fluency with a non-judgmental canine reading partner! Sign up for one of many 15 minute time slots online or by calling the Children’s Room Desk at 978-640-4496.

Board of Library Trustees
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Library Meeting Room 

The Trustees will welcome several newly elected members and review policies around use of meeting rooms, exhibits and programming. Agenda

Wednesday, May 10

Healthy Mind, Body & Soul
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Having a healthy mind, body and soul keeps us active. Learning how to do this is a challenge for many of us and can seem overwhelming at times.  We all have wisdom and knowledge, so let’s share our tips with each other. This is a grant-funded educational workshop.

When: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Library Meeting Room

Calling all jigsaw puzzle fanatics! Come meet fellow jigsaw puzzle lovers, discuss all things jigsaw puzzles, participate in fun jigsaw puzzle challenges, and take part in a jigsaw puzzle giveaway. Led by Sue Pedersen, an unabashed jigsaw puzzle addict who organizes the library’s quarterly jigsaw puzzle swaps. Register here.

Tewksbury Backyard Hen Group
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Library

Anyone who cares for backyard hens, or is thinking about it, is invited to an informational session hosted by Animal Inspector Pam Thomas. There will be a guest speaker and door prizes.

School Committee
When: 6 p.m.
Where: High School or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

After a 30 minute executive session beginning at 5:30, the School Committee will hear from Brook Bunyon, winner of the VFW Post 8164 Voice of Democracy essay competition. Chair Bridget Garabedian will also announce appointments to various town committees. Agenda 

Lion’s Club Meat Bingo Fundraiser
When: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: TJ Callahan’s Pub

Meat Bingo is exactly what it sounds like — drop in, purchase a Bingo card to benefit the Tewksbury Lion’s Club, and you could win various bundles of meat, just in time for cookout season. The big (literally) prize is an eight-pound lobster. Questions? Contact Kathleen Descoteaux at 978-996-4338.

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 full agenda culminating in an enforcement order request in regard to Foster Lane. Town Meeting attendees will recall that an article relating to that matter was withdrawn on Monday by the Select Board. Agenda

Thursday, May 11

100 People Who Care Tewksbury Pickerwheel
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Tewksbury’s 100 People Who Care giving circle will select the three nonprofits to present at the Q223 meeting, which will be held at Wamesit Lanes on Tuesday, June 20. All members are welcome to attend the pickerwheel spin; email for the link. Residents interested in meeting new and old friends and hearing from great nonprofits serving our area are welcome to attend the meeting at Wamesit, with no obligation to join or donate. Members can check their current nominees here or on the website.

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy — Starting The Conversation About Mental Health with Kelly Jensen
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences? Join Kelly Jensen, editor of the book (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health, for advice on how to talk openly about mental health topics. Presented in collaboration with the Wilmington Memorial Library

Friday, May 12

In Person: Film Screening — Jesus Revolution
When: 10:30 and 1:30
Where: Library and Senior Center

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Jesus Revolution. The true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California. Starring Joel Courtney and Jonathan Roumie. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes. Drama. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Register here for the 10:30 a.m. screening. 

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

Ham & Bean Luncheon
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Senior Center, $10 per person

Last year’s Ham and Bean Luncheon Event was such a big hit that the Golden Age Club is doing it again! The luncheon will be prepared by our fabulous volunteers led by our own chef, Nick Deshaies. Menu will include: ham, baked beans, coleslaw, breads & butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Following our delicious lunch we will play some Buffalo Bingo! Cost to play: $3 in nickels.  Tickets may be purchased at the reception desk on Tuesdays and  Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m.


Power of Flowers Bloom Festival
When: Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Grow Greenhouses

Support the Power of Flowers project by purchasing a variety of annuals and perennials, as well as artisan goods and gifts. There will be a food truck and a chance to win a $250 Mahoney’s gift card. Learn more.

In Person for 20s & 30s: Intro to D&D
When: Saturday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Join Dungeon Master Matt for an introduction to Dungeons and Dragons. Matt has over nine years of experience playing D&D and enjoys designing new campaigns, worldbuilding and creating 3D sets and minifigures in his free time. During the presentation, Matt will guide you through everything you need to know to feel comfortable playing your first D&D campaign, including the rules, the character classes and more. There will be time for questions at the end. Register here.

Download forms for the Into Action Golf Tournament:

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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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