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What to Know This Week In Tewksbury

The annual TPD Bike Rodeo is Sunday, with food, fun and a DJ

Tree House Brewing Co. opened its main clubhouse on Friday. The former TCC Tavern that was used for the beer garden is now closed for renovations. It’s a good idea to purchase drink tickets online before heading out, otherwise you’ll need to stop at a kiosk before entering. There is a golf theme running through the facility, and the rumor (totally unsubstantiated) is that the course will open by August. 

This week the 100 People Who Care Tewksbury giving circle marks its two-year anniversary. The 100 Who Care Alliance giving circle launched in June 2021 at TJ Callahan’s and has since raised well over $100,000 for local nonprofits. As it enters its third year, group co-chairs Brent Conway and Krissy Polimeno invite interested residents to drop by the Wednesday meeting at Wamesit Lanes to hear from Blanket Me, Community Giving Tree and the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. Social hour starts at 6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a Tewksbury Pride sign, you can now pick one up at the Open Space Gift Shop, across from Tree House, after paying for the sign at the dedicated Givebutter link.

The next Pines Cemetery walk is Saturday — it’s an informative and easy hike, about 1.5 miles. Reserve a spot here.

The TPD’s annual Bike Rodeo is Sunday, June 25. This is always a great time for all ages. See the flyer, below. Wednesday is the last day of school for Shawsheen Tech; it will be a half day.

Finally, remember that trash pickup will be delayed one day this week due to the holiday.

Monday, June 19

Town offices, the Library and the Senior Center are closed to celebrate Juneteenth. 

Billerica Farmer’s Market Opening Day
When: 3 – 7 p.m.
Where: 793 Boston Rd., Billerica

There will be entertainment by DJ Dave, special character appearances including Wally the Green Monster plus more than 40 vendors at the market’s new location at the old Ditson school. Learn more and see a list of vendors.

Tuesday, June 20

Ryan School Ice Cream Dine-Out Fundraiser
All day!
Where: Mac’s Dairy Farm

Mac’s will donate 15% of your purchase to the Ryan PAC, but you must mention the Ryan School when ordering. Organizers thank Susan and the entire Mac’s staff for their support.

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

The Council on Aging will review the July calendar of events, reappoint members to the board, elect officers and discuss the new opening hours for the center. Agenda

Kids Performer: Rockabye Beats
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Library

Every Tuesday there will be a different performer. This week: Rockabye Beats! Come sing, dance and get a little silly. This program is supported by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. This program is also supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library.

Galilee Cafe
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

Every third Tuesday of the Month, the members of Tewksbury Congregational Church invite all to a free community dinner from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinners are served in the Fellowship Hall, and you may eat in or take a meal to go. All are welcome to drop by; the TCC is accepting donations for the Tewksbury Community Pantry. Donations are accepted but not required. Contact with any questions. This month’s menu includes barbecue chicken. 

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

The Select Board has already heard from six of the eight applicants for retail cannabis licenses. At this meeting, Bella Luna and Carbonear will make their cases to open shops at 890 East St. and 2186-2196 Main St., respectively. Both must still receive signoffs from the Planning Board.

Explore Massachusetts — Off The Beaten Path
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Maria Olia will discuss her new book, Massachusetts Off the Beaten Path. Discover some of Massachusetts’s unique offerings with this guide: Visit a wooden-boat shop that has been in business since 1793, admire the pressed-glass galleries at the Sandwich Glass Museum, or travel back in time at the nineteenth-century Old Sturbridge Village. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, June 21

Workshop: Awakening to Joy
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

So often we seem to focus our thoughts on what we do not have versus what we do have. To be able to bring joy into our lives brings a renewed spirit of life, value, purpose and love. This workshop will explore ways in which we can bring a sense of joy back into our lives.

When: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library 

Calling all knitters, crocheters, needle workers, beaders, and colorers! Bring your own craft project to the Library and work on it while enjoying conversation with other crafters. (Please, no crafts involving glue or paint.) Take advantage of the many books available at the library to get ideas for your next project or to explore a new craft. We will be meeting in person. No registration required.

Hidden Battles Ice Cream Social
When: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Farm Ice Cream in Lowell

Annual fundraiser for Hidden Battles’ kayaking team. There will be cornhole and raffles. See more Hidden Battles events.

100+ People Who Care Meeting
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Wamesit Lanes Patio

This marks the two-year anniversary of Tewksbury’s local giving circle. If you may be interested in joining, please drop in, no obligation and no need to make a donation unless you wish to. Social hour is from 6 – 7 p.m. Presentations from our nonprofits start promptly at 7 p.m. Food and drinks are available off the menu, and residents who decide they wish to join may do so on the spot. Learn more on the group’s website or Facebook page.

Lego Club (kids 6 – 11)
When: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room

Join Miss Kat for Lego Cub every other Wednesday night. We’ll provide the Legos, and you can build whatever you can dream up in sixty minutes. This program is intended for kids ages 6-11. No registration is required. 

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 number of routine requests for determination, but there are a few notable matters, including a notice of intent for the Tree House overflow lot, the cannabis proposal at 1695 Shawsheen and the new warehouse on the Holt & Bugbee site at 1600 Shawsheen. Kevin O’Brien will also return to discuss an enforcement order for Foster Lane.

Climate Cafe
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Asthma from Canadian wildfire smoke — and from our own stoves — is a present-day impact of fossil fuels. Whatever your responses to global warming or possible solutions, they are welcome at the Climate Café. It’s a supportive, non-partisan, and hopeful space on the third Wednesday each month. The Climate Café is for concerned people who are not activists, for activists too, and for everybody in between. There’s no recruiting, just learning from each other. The discussion is co-facilitated by a Tewksbury resident.

Thursday, June 22

Cybersecurity and Fraud Awareness Guide for Seniors
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

In this workshop, Kevin Gillis of KBG IT Services and Arthur Costa from Eastern Bank will highlight the importance of fraud awareness. Emphasis is on the importance of keeping devices updated and enabling two-factor authentication and the importance of being vigilant with phishing scams and phone fraud as well as other ways that personal information should be protected. Light refreshments will be served. 

Note that the monthly lunch and D.J. dance is June 26, and early signup is encouraged.

Firefly Fun with the Mass Audubon
When: noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

There is a lot of science behind the magic of fireflies. Learn how and why lightning bugs light up, about the different species of fireflies, and how these beetles can be identified by their flash patterns. These brilliant insects can also help us learn more about a wide array of environmental issues, including climate change, habitat loss, light pollution and pollinator protection. You’ll also hear about Firefly Watch, a nationwide community science project run by Mass Audubon. 

Exploration Station: Camping (age 2 – 4)
When: 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Where: Library craft room

Join Miss Haley every other Thursday in the craft room to complete a craft, do four cool activities and sing a song! This Thursday, we’ll explore camping. Craft: Make Your Own S’more Activities: Graham cracker sensory bin (sensory play), light up lightning bugs (hand-eye coordination), marshmallow painting (art), and Feed the Bear game (fine motor skills). Song: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This program is designed for little ones ages 2- 4. No Registration Required

Tewksbury Community Market
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Livingston St.

More than 1,000 people attended opening day last week. This week Aeronap Cellars will attend. Find out more.

Elementary School Building Committee
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Center Elementary School

The Tewksbury Elementary School Building Committee will gather in the Center Elementary School music room at 6 p.m. On the agenda are the gym floor, building security and the PA and HVAC systems.

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan at Billerica Library
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Billerica Library, 15 Concord Rd.

There are a few spaces left to see Hank Phillippi Ryan, the USA Today bestselling and five-time Agatha Award-winning author of 14 thrillers who’s also won 37 Emmys for television investigative reporting. Her newest novel is The House Guest. Copies of Ryan’s books will be available for sale after the event. This program is sponsored by the Billerica Public Library Foundation as part of the Foundation Program Series.

Friday, June 23

Family Fun Fridays: Matt Heaton
When: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Library

Every Friday morning this summer, there will be an awesome program for kids! This week, join us for a concert with Matt Heaton. Matt 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

Pokemon Club
When: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Library craft room

Calling all Pokemon trainers: TPL Is starting a Pokemon Club for fans like you. Bring your cards to trade* and show off! Battle a friend! Learn to draw Pikachu! No registration is required, please just come on by. *All trades must be approved by a parent or guardian. No registration required.

Saturday, June 24

Pines Cemetery Walk
11 a.m.
Where: Leave from State Hospital

Explore the history of the Pines Cemetery with a knowledgeable tour guide. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles and plan for at least 90 minutes. Sturdy footwear (closed shoes) and long pants is advised and walking sticks may be helpful. Tour will be cancelled for inclement weather. Reserve a spot here.

20s and 30s: Online Dating Profile Photoshoot
When: noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room, Register here

Don’t have a recent photo to use on your profile? Stay away from selfies and come to the Tewksbury Public Library for a fun photoshoot. Feel free to dress up or down as much as you’d like. We’ll provide a small selection of props. Photos will be taken on a professional camera, an iPad and a GoPro. They will be made available via a Google drive link the following Monday (June 26). 

20s and 30s: How to Make Your Online Dating Profile Stand Out with Profile Writer Lydia Kociuba
When: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room, Register here

Join expert dating profile writer Lydia Kociuba in the meeting room to learn about the do’s and don’ts of creating your online dating profile and how to make your profile stand out among all the rest. Lydia runs Hidden Gem, a professional online dating profile writing service, and she has seen it all. Her mission is to help people make a better first impression, especially in a time when people meet each other more on dating apps than in real life. She’ll share her best tips and tricks for crafting the perfect profile, so you can leave the presentation prepared to put your best foot forward. 

These programs are for those in their 20s and 30s. 

Sunday, June 25

Lion’s Club Ride for Sight
When: Registration 10 a.m., kickstands up at 11:30 a.m.
Where: TJ Callahan’s

The Tewksbury Lions Club annual motorcycle run Ride for Sight starts and ends at TJ Callahan’s. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. There will be food and raffles, and residents are welcome to drop in whether or not they go on the ride.

TPD Bike Rodeo
When: 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: TMHS

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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