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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

Annual Memorial Day observance begins at 10 a.m.; inaugural Pride event will host Code 1 BBQ

The Memorial Day observance to remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom starts today at 10 a.m. at the Tewksbury Cemetery on East St. There will be a salute by the Tewksbury VFW, and Select Board Chair Todd Johnson and other officials will speak. A parade follows. Learn more.

For those who may have added a U.S. flag display, the American Legion Flag Code provides detailed answers to flag etiquette questions. For example, flags should be displayed only from sunup to sundown unless illuminated and should not be allowed to get wet unless they are specifically designed as all-weather. Many American Legion posts conduct Disposal of Unserviceable Flag Ceremonies on June 14, Flag Day, each year. The site also has fun facts, myths and FAQs.

This is a quiet week in town meetings — with the exception of the School Committee, which has a full agenda, including awarding of the Ginsburg Family and Krissy Polimeno Outstanding Educator awards and recognitions of outstanding Tewksbury Public School volunteers.

South Tewksbury residents, note that there will be paving operations May 30 and 31. Residents can find a full list of streets to be resurfaced here.

This week also marks the town’s first Pride festival, on Friday. Watch for more details from organizers.

Finally, budding paleontologists may want to drop into Dino Safari at Faneuil Hall. It runs through Sept. 4, but will be less crowded before school lets out. General entry starts at $16, and there are discounts for educators, seniors and military. Learn more.

Monday, May 29

Town offices, the senior center and the library will be closed to observe Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday Family Swim at Lowell YMCA
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Lowell Y

Enjoy family swim time in the Lowell YMCA’s indoor pool. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you do not need to be a member. Children under 6 years old must have an adult in the water with them. Children 7-12 years old must have a parent on deck or in the pool viewing room. Any child who wears flotation must have an adult in the water with them. Only members 13+ are allowed to use the pool area without an adult present. Learn more

Children’s Fiction Book Club: Matilda
When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Library, no registration required

This month the group will talk about the classic book Matilda by Roald Dahl. This ongoing fiction book club is intended for children ages 8 to 11. 

Wednesday, May 31

School Committee
When: 5:30 executive session; 6 p.m. open meeting
Where: TMHS LG1 or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will hear travel and student handbook updates, recognize outstanding volunteers and announce the Ginsburg Family Award and Krissy Polimeno Outstanding Educator Award recipients.  Agenda

Program: Inside ‘Mommy Influencer’ Culture
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Sara Petersen will discuss her new book, Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture, with Cloe Axelson, the senior editor of WBUR’s opinion page, Cognoscenti. The book addresses how on Instagram, the private work of mothering is turned into a public performance, generating billions of dollars. Linen-clad momfluencers hawking essential oils, parenting manuals, and sponsored content make us want to forget that the reality of mothering in America is an isolating, exhausting, almost wholly unsupported endeavor. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, June 1

Pride Month BBQ Celebration
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The monthly RAINBOW SOCIAL, facilitated by Christina Hess and sponsored by AgeSpan, is a lunch and social gathering for LGBT+ folks and friends. This event has been taking place the third Thursday each month — please note that this group meeting date has changed to the first Thursday of each month beginning on June 1. We are planning a Pride BBQ for our meeting on June 1. RSVP to Chaz at 978-946-1476. A special thank you to AgeSpan for sponsoring the monthly Rainbow Socials.

Native Americans of New England: History, Colonial Legacies and Survival
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

While this program will not turn a blind eye to the impact that colonization, dispossession and racism had on the story of Indigenous peoples in New England, it will also explore Native American resistance, adaptation and survival, under often harsh and unfavorable circumstances. Moreover, the speaker will examine some of the colonial legacies that still shape the views and (mis-) perceptions about Indigenous peoples to this day. Led by Christoph Strobel, a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Friday, June 2

Pride Lights Event
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Town Common

Organizers announced that Code 1 BBQ and The Stand lemonade will attend. There will be music from local band Tee and the Gents as well as student performers, swag and the first lighting of the town gazebo in Pride colors. Businesses and town groups are invited to set up tables, and all residents are welcome. Rain or shine. Contact TDEIAC Chair Jayne Wellman with questions.


Grecian Festival
When: June 2 – 4
Where: Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, Lowell

Families can experience the best of Greek food, dancing, shopping and culture and discover the rich traditions of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Cooking demos, guided church tours, raffle prizes, live music, and more. Free admission and ample free parking. Event is rain or shine. Learn more, and don’t miss the gyros.

Billerica Lions Club Carnival
When: 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 more than 15 rides and make memories with your whole family! For more information and to purchase discounted tickets visit the website.

Tewksbury Historical Society Annual Board of Directors Meeting
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Library

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host two guest speakers. One will discuss how families and Revolutionary War soldiers cooked and ate, the other will discuss “the lost railroads of New England.” All are invited. Learn more.

Free Outdoor Film Screening: The Princess Bride
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Kerouac Park, Lowell

Join lala books and the Lowell Film Collaborative for a free, public outdoor screening of “The Princess Bride,” presented as part of the “Book to Film, Volume I” Event Series, which showcases popular novels and their film adaptations. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Pack a picnic!

Cornhole Tournament to Benefit MS Research
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.
Where: Wamesit Lanes

There are still spots open for the Ginny’s Journey Cornhole Tourney to benefit the National MS Society, at Wamesit Lanes. 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. We’ve seen some nice baskets on social media!

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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