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What To Know This Week in Tewksbury

Harry Potter superfans event, Sweet Paws Rescue adoption meetup

The Tewksbury Lions Club held its annual Ride for Sight yesterday. The Club expected 30 to 50 riders to follow a scenic course though Groton, Carlyle, Chelmsford and Tewksbury. Riders, many of whom return every year, left TJ Callahan’s at 11:30, visited American Legion Post 313, then ended up back at Callahan’s for food, music and raffles.

The Lions Club, a nonprofit, raises money for eye research, local charities including the food pantry and library, scholarships and youth programs. Many members will also help out at today’s Into Action Recovery golf tournament.

“We welcome new members,” said Loretta Ryan, vice president of the Club. They meet every third Wednesday of the month at TJ Callahan’s and will host a Meat Bingo event on Sept. 13. Learn more.

Tewksbury’s July 4 celebration will be held on July 3 at Livingston St., beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast sponsored by Donna’s Donuts and the Tewksbury Rotary Club and ending with a DJ from 6 – 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. There will be games and contests during the day. A full schedule is available here.

For those who can’t get enough fireworks, Wilmington will have displays on both July 1 and July 2, with entertainment from bands including the Island Castaways and 7 Day Weekend. There are also community meals, a 5K & family fun run, a carnival, an antique car show and a cornhole tournament. Learn more at the Wilmington Apple.

And on July 4, Lowell holds its fireworks display at Boardinghouse Park. 

Monday, June 26

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

$8 per person admission. Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch, which is provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. June menu: Grilled chicken kabobs with summer squash and zucchini, rice pilaf, ratatouille, pita bread and berry parfait with lemon pudding for dessert. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Dance begins at noon and concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie Monday: The Hate U Give (Grades 6-12)
When: 2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Library, Register here

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

About the movie: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

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

Strawberry Festival at the Billerica Farmers Market
When: 3 – 7 p.m.
Where: 793 Boston Rd.

Join the second market of the season to celebrate the bounty of the strawberry harvest in New England with strawberry specials from our vendors and more.

Sweet Paws Rescue Adoption Meet & Greet at Mad Maggies
When: 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: 1025 Osgood St., North Andover

Adoption event — Sweet Paws Rescue dogs will be in attendance, and approved adopters may go home from the event with their new family member along with some delicious ice cream. Submit an application today to begin the process. Dogs available for adoption. Note that while only approved adopters will be able to take an animal home from the event, the event is open to the public. You can begin an application here. 

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

Town Planner Alex Lowder will present her Housing Production Plan and details on an approval not required plan for 1167 – 1187 Main St., the site of MacLellan Oil. Tree House Brewing Co. will return to further discuss its overflow lot, and three of the eight retail cannabis applicants are back seeking the site plan approvals that are a prerequisite to being awarded a license. The Holt & Bugbee site plan review has been continued to July 1. Agenda

Tuesday, June 27

Kids Performer: Professor Bugman
When: 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Where: Library

Every Tuesday, we will have a different performer, just for you! This week, we will have Professor Bugman! Join us for the Arthropod Petting Zoo. You’ll discover amazing creatures with amazing adaptations through a hands-on experience with a whole zoo of exotic invertebrates. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. No registration required.

Children’s Fiction Book Club: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
When: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library craft room

This month we’ll talk about Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. This program is intended for children ages 8 to 11. No registration required.

Rep. Tram Nguyen Birthday Bash
When: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Luna Rossa

Tewksbury Representative Tram Nguyen invites friends and supporters in the district to catch up and kick off summer.

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

After discussing a liquor license application for Taste of the Himalayas,the Select Board will hear the Town Planner’s Housing Production Plan. The board will also formally appoint School Committee member Katie Anderson to the TDEIAC and hear from Town Manager Richard Montuori on the appointment of a deputy police chief. Agenda

Virtual: The Original Dropkick Murphy with The Boston Globe’s Emily Sweeney
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Author Emily Sweeney will discuss her new book, “Dropkick Murphy: A Legendary Life,” in this Zoom webinar. The book chronicles for the first time the unbelievable life of Dr. John “Dropkick” Murphy, a professional wrestler who put himself through medical school during the Great Depression and then opened Bellows Farm, a one-of-a-kind institution that served as both a facility where elite athletes could train as well as a secluded place where down-on-their-luck alcoholics could go to sober up discreetly. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, June 28

Estate Planning Seminar
When: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Bayberry at Emerald Court

The public is invited to a seminar led by estate planning expert Attorney Cynthia C. Romero, Esq. This seminar will cover a range of topics such as wills, trusts, probate, Medicaid planning and estate taxes. We’ll provide an overview of each topic and delve deeper into specific areas that are relevant to your unique situation. To RSVP or for more information, call Brenda at 978-640-0194.

The Page-Turners Fiction Book Group — Before the Coffee Gets Cold
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library

This month, join us for a discussion of Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. New members are always welcome! Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk one month prior to meeting. Available in eBook format through the Libby app and OverDrive. No registration required.

Thursday, June 29

VIRTUAL: What To Look For When You Look At Art
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Learn the basic principles of how to approach, analyze, and appreciate great works of art the way an artist would. Included are discussions on viewing art as both a physical object and the expression of an idea, art in the context of its time, and the elements of composition. Led by Gene Wisniewski, author of The Art of Looking at Art. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

In Person Teen Event: Bullet Journals
When: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Get your inspiration flowing with Casual Study! They’ll be teaching all about bullet journals and bringing supplies to create one of your very own! Supplies will be provided. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

In Person Fandom Fest: Harry Potter
When: 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: Library

This Thursday, we’re calling all witches, wizards, muggles, and casual Harry Potter fans to come to the library to create their own potions, to be sorted into their houses, to make a quill, and more! This program is intended for children ages 7-12. No registration is required, but all supplies are first come, first served. Children are welcome to come dressed up in fandom attire.

Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration & Carnival Kickoff
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Varies

The carnival opens at 5 p.m., with a Rotary cookout at 6 p.m. Find a full schedule at the Fun on the 4th website.

Zoning Board of Appeals
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The ZBA will consider variances for properties at 92 Tyler Rd. and 30 Carter St. before hearing from the developer converting the former extended stay Residence Inn at 1775 Andover St. into housing in an adaptive reuse project. The concept was approved unanimously by the Select Board in October.

Friday, June 30

Family Fun Friday: Paint Party
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 Paint Party! Please make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on, and get ready to get messy! No registration required.

In Person: Film Screening — Living
When: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Living. In 1950s London, a humorless bureaucrat decides to take time off work to experience life after receiving a grim diagnosis. Starring Bill Nighy, who received a 2023 Academy Award nomination for this role. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes. Drama. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

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

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 parent or guardian

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

American flag at Tewksbury Public Library

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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