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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

The first local carnival of the summer opens this Thursday, and Matt Heaton returns on Friday

Saturday was the 14th Knights of Columbus GSP Knights prom, which this year brought more than 100 people with cognitive and physical disabilities together for food, fun and dancing. It was a team effort: For the sixth year, Tewksbury’s Fresh Looks Salon pampered 22 attendees with up-dos, manicures and makeup. Tewksbury Memorial High School hosted the event, with assistance from the Student Council and National Honor society. Anthony’s and Fuddruckers provided food, while DJ Alan Labella got attendees dancing. Organizers also thanked Trinity Ambulance and the Tewksbury Wilmington Elks. 

Above: Fresh Looks salon owner Sheryl Liggiero doing prom makeup for attendee Melaina. 

“We’re thankful for Fresh Looks,” said Melaina’s mother, Sandy. “Every year they donate their time to make everyone look wonderful.” 

There will be a Dine Out for TMHS Track from May 22 to May 24 at Wicked Cheesy. Mention Tewksbury track and the team will receive 20% of your order.

Did you know that Taps originated during the Civil War, in July 1862, when a Union general who disliked the “extinguish lights” call then in use summoned the brigade’s bugler to his tent and whistled the tune we now know as Taps? You can learn more about the history of Memorial Day and ways to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice from the U.S. Memorial Day Foundation.

Locally, the Tewksbury Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tewksbury Cemetery. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Town Hall. Check the event Facebook page for more details as they become available.

There are still spots open for the Ginny’s Journey Cornhole Tourney to benefit the National MS Society, at Wamesit Lanes. See the flyer, below, or check out the event website. In 17 years, Ginny Perron has raised over $300,000 to fight MS. Non-players are welcome to watch the action and check out the raffle items.

Finally, The Tewksbury Community Pantry is looking for sturdy cardboard beer flats to hold donations. Anyone with extra, clean flats, please put them in the food donation bins at the Pantry.

Monday, May 22

DJ Dance & Lunch
When: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The monthly luncheon dance is $8 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch. Lunch will be provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. May Menu: Traveling Chef carving station with turkey or roast beef, gravy, au gratin potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and chocolate mousse. Doors do not open before 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Dance begins at noon and concludes at 2 p.m. 

Job Seeker: The Benefit Of Being Overqualified
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Many seasoned job seekers find themselves being called “overqualified” because they have more years of experience than the job description calls for. Learn powerful strategies to overcome your interviewer’s misconceptions about you. In this seminar, you will learn: The REAL reason why recruiters and hiring managers are concerned about hiring overqualified applicants, how to change your cover letter and resume if you believe you are overqualified and more. Led by Abby Kohut, who is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby because she tells the absolute truth about the job search process.

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

The Planning Board will hear updates on economic development, housing and bylaw changes as well two retail marijuana presentations. Agenda

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

Tuesday, May 23

Explore The Lowell National Historical Park
When: Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation — including immigrant families and early female factory workers — into an uncertain new industrial era. Nearly 200 years later, the changes that began there still reverberate in our shifting global economy and serve as a living testament to the dynamic human story of the industrial revolution. Learn about this National Historical Park with Park Ranger Emily Donovan.

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

W.I.S.E. Favorite Things Swap
When: noon – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Bank, 18 Palmer St., Lowell

Join WISE (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) for lunch, networking and a fun swap. Bring one of your favorite things ($20-$25 value) and leave with what just may be your new must have item! Please bring your item unwrapped. Presented by the Greater Lowell Chamber, which serves Tewksbury. Learn more and register

Shawsheen Tech School Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: John P. Miller Conference room or YouTube 

The committee has a long list of new business items, including a vote on the superintendent’s contract. Agenda

Virtual: 50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

In this first-edition guide, Madeline Bilis shares her years of outdoors experience in the Boston area, providing 50 hikes for people of all skill and experience levels. While the Berkshires tend to get all the recognition when it comes to hiking in Massachusetts, the eastern part of the state is packed with treasures for lovers of the outdoors.

Wednesday, May 24

Workshop: Journey of a Caregiver
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Being a caregiver for a significant other, family member or very dear friend can take a toll on us physically and emotionally. When being a caregiver, it is very important to learn how to take care of ourselves as well as the ones we love. How have you been able to take care of yourself? This is one in a series of grant-funded workshops at the Senior Center.

Delegation Office Hours
When: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Senator Barry Finegold and Representatives Howard, Nguyen and Robertson will hold Tewksbury district office hours this week at the Senior Center. All residents are welcome to drop in and speak with members of our delegation.

IN PERSON Teen Movie: Shazam Fury of the Gods (Grades 6-12)
When: 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

Join us for snacks and a movie on the big screen as we watch Shazam Fury of the Gods! Shazam Fury of the Gods is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes.  This event is open to teens in grades 6-12 only.

About the movie: Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with their adult superhero alter egos. When a vengeful trio of ancient gods arrives on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Shazam and his allies get thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of the world. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

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

The ConCom will address an enforcement order for Foster Lane and discuss potential changes to wetland protection regulations, among other matters. Agenda.

Thursday, May 25

Billerica Lions Club Carnival
When: Today through June 4, hours vary
Where: 600 Technology Park, Billerica

The carnival will feature rides, games and food. Partial proceeds will benefit the Billerica Lions Club. Ride unlimited rides during our discount promotion days, enjoy the sights and sounds of the midway with our more than 15 rides and make memories with your whole family! For more information and to purchase discounted tickets visit the website.

Virtual: Explore America’s Military History with The American Heritage Museum
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Learn about America’s military history through this presentation from the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts. Designed to fully engage people in understanding our turbulent past, the Museum is a place to explore, study, and most of all, remember American history. Visitors explore America’s conflicts, from the Revolution to today, and interact with history, learning about the development of new technologies of warfare, and the impact of military conflict on humanity. Led by Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Museum.

Friday, May 26

Film Screening: Moving On
When: 10:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Library, register here

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Moving On. Two old friends reconnect at a funeral and decide to get revenge on the widower who messed with them decades before. Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Rated R. 85 minutes. Comedy. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Children’s Concert: Matt Heaton
When: 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: Library

Popular entertainer Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children AND parents. His songs blend mid-century American guitar styles: surf, rockabilly, western swing & soul, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Kids dance, laugh, and sing along. Grown-ups appreciate the Muppet-esque touches of humor and observations of kid behavior. Call it children’s music, family music, kindie or toddler-billy… it’s sure to please listeners of all ages! This program is sponsored by Community Teamwork Incorporated. No registration required.

Know Your Shopping Rights
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Have you ever had a negative shopping experience? Find out how you can get shopping problems resolved. Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will discuss support available to you regarding expressed and implied warranties; return policies; defective merchandise; pricing discrepancies; and shopping online, through mail or television. 


The Tewksbury Public Library will be closed this weekend in observance of Memorial Day. 

Brimfield North NH Largest Antique Flea Market & Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday & Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

The third Annual Brimfield Antique Shows Traveling Show will visit the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH, Saturday and Sunday. This year there will be a food truck festival. General admission begins at 9 a.m. on both days; tickets are $5. Kids 14 and under are free.  Early admission tickets to get in at 7 a.m. are $25 and include admission all weekend.

And finally, residents can attend the town’s Memorial Day observances on Monday or find other ways to commemorate from the U.S. Memorial Day Foundation.

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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