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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

Two chances to meet adoptable pups this weekend, but plan ahead if you want to bring one home

Foster-based Big Wave Dog Rescue Inc. will host two adoption events this coming weekend, but those hoping to bring a pup home with them need to apply ahead of time. On Saturday, July 15, potential adopters can meet dogs in need of families at Navigation Brewing Co., 22 Western Ave., Lowell. The event will run from 2 – 5 p.m.

On Sunday, July 16, the pups will travel to Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury, where you can join Big Wave on the patio from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who may be interested in adopting should submit an application on the group’s website in advance. Big Wave is a 501c3, and adoption fees for both dogs and cats are listed on the website and range from $200 to $575.

Tewksbury has a variety of real estate tax exemptions available to qualifying residents, including veterans and low-income seniors. The Assessor’s Office is now accepting Fiscal Year 2024 exemption applications. For more information, please visit the Assessor’s Exemption information webpage. If you qualify, applications are available online, or a hard copy can be picked up in the Assessor’s Office at 11 Town Hall Avenue.

To request an application by mail, please call 978-640-4330. Applications were mailed to applicants who received a Veteran Exemption for Fiscal Year 2023 on July 3, 2023.  All others will be mailed no later than July 14, 2023.

Residents who want to weigh in on the eight retail cannabis license applications under consideration by the Select Board should do so by this time next week. More info is here.

And finally, tonight’s community concert on the lawn has been CANCELLED. Hopefully the American Who will be rescheduled later in the summer.  

Monday, July 10

Consignment Boutique Intake
2 – 5 p.m.
Senior Center

Any resident can bring in like-new clothes, jewelry, home décor and decorations. Volunteers will help with pricing your items. Consignment sellers get 50% of the marked price when the item is sold, with the balance going to the Senior Center. If an item hasn’t sold in 60 days, the item becomes the property of the Senior Center, the price will be marked down and the Center receives all proceeds. After 30 additional days, marked-down items are donated to local charities. Learn more.

Beautification Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library Trustee Meeting Room

The Beautification Committee will review the mini-cleanup held on June 24 and reorganize committee officers. Agenda

Concert: The American Who
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Enjoy a concert from New England’s No. 1 The Who tribute band. The American Who is an incredible recreation of one of the greatest British rock bands from the 1960s to the present. American Who presents a virtual “who’s who” of both classic songs and deep cuts that bring back the memories of Leeds, Woodstock, Isle of Wight and other historic shows. 

Finance Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

After a committee reorg, the Town Manager will report on finances and transfers. Agenda

Tuesday, July 11

Kids Performer: Trevor the Games Man
When: 2 – 2:45
Where: Library

Every Tuesday there is a different performer. This week, it’s Trevor the Games Man. Have a blast seeing Trevor on stilts, playing cooperative games, and completing the craft/party favor “Project Ribbon Dancer.” This program is supported by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council and by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library

Children’s Fiction Book Club: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
When: 6 – 6:45
Where: Library

This month’s book is Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein. The book club will also review last month’s book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by the same author.

New members are welcome. This club is intended for children ages 8 to 11. 

Wednesday, July 12

Bookworm Wednesday Free Movie at Showcase Lowell
When: 9 a.m. every Wed. though July 26
Where: Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell

Each Wednesday through July 26, children who complete a book report at home can get free admission to a select children’s movie. Note that for 2023, tickets must be reserved in advance online or on the Showcase Cinema app, and seating is limited.  Tickets are not available at the box office. Accompanying parents and children under 6 receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. See the movie schedule.

Free Fun For Kids Lowell Summer Series – Hot Tamale Brass Band (all ages)
When: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Boarding House Park, Lowell

Since its inception in 1992, the Hot Tamale Brass Band has led the way in Boston for energetic, fun New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland and Second Line Music. They have performed at Mardi Gras, Boston First Night, the Honk! Festival, and over 800 times at Red Sox games at Fenway Park. They have appeared on Sesame Street. Get ready for a Kids Mardi Gras Parade! Back by popular demand! There are also free snacks, lunch and arts and crafts. Learn more.

Friends of the Library Book Donation Drive & Puzzle Swap
When: 3 – 6 p.m.
Where: Library

Join the Friends of the Library for their quarterly book donation drive & puzzle swap. If you are interested in donating books or DVDs in good condition, please visit the Friends’ table on the first floor of the library. All donations will be reviewed by a volunteer from the Friends of the Library. Accepted items will then be sorted and sold on the Friends’ ongoing book sale carts located on the first floor. For puzzles, please ensure that all pieces are in a sealed plastic bag and the boxes are taped shut. Puzzles may be swapped 1-for-1 or purchased for $1.00 per 100 pieces.

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

Family Game Night
When: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library

Bring the whole family down to the library for an hour of board game fun in the meeting room. We’ll provide the games, but you’re welcome to bring your own too. All ages are welcome. No registration required

Thursday, July 13

In Person Teen Event: Chill with Alpacas (Grades 6-12)
When: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

Learn about and hang out with alpacas from the Harvard Alpaca Ranch! Owners Matthew and Amy Varrell will teach us all about these awesome animals.  At the end of the presentation, each attendee will get a chance to visit with the alpacas if they’d like.  This event is open to teens entering grades 6-12 in September 2023. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

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

There are typically 30+ vendors, including several food trucks. Watch for a full lineup later in the week.

Friday, July 14

Family Fun Friday
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 Visit with Miss Frizzle. Learn about the Solar System with stories, songs and interactive activities, presented by Parties by Carole. No registration required.

Film Screening: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
When: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence. Starring Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Comedic drama. Doors will open at 1:15pm. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Register for the 1:30 p.m. screening here. This film will also be screened at the Tewksbury Senior Center today at 10 a.m. Contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register if you’d like to attend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Saturday, July 15

Pawtucket Canal Boat Tour
When: 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on many days throughout the summer
Where: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center

Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell’s remarkable waterpower system while riding along the historic Pawtucket Canal. Disembark at the historic Francis Gate and explore how mill owners and engineers harnessed and directed water through the city. Find out who is still “working the water” today. Canal tours include a short walk from the park Visitor Center at 246 Market Street to the boat landing at Swamp Locks. The walkway follows a gentle, paved slope. Please wear comfortable shoes. Francis Gate access is dependent on water levels and may not always be available. REGISTER HERE

Sunday, July 16

Adoption Event
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Where: 434 Main St.

On Sunday, July 16, adoptable pups will travel to Wamesit Lanes where you can join Big Wave on the patio from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who may be interested in adopting should submit an application on the group’s website in advance. Big Wave is a 501c3, and adoption fees for both dogs and cats are listed on the website and range from $200 to $575.

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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