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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

Personal tech help returns to the library, and so far the weather looks promising for tonight’s concert on the lawn

A number of residents received a flier in the mail on Friday bashing a cannabis location in Keri Plaza, in the spaces formerly occupied by a convenience store and Thai restaurant. This is the fourth, by our count, anonymous mailing asking residents to oppose one or another retail marijuana location. It’s also a particularly dumb use of time, money and trees because the Keri Plaza proposal was withdrawn and is not among the eight options in front of the Select Board tomorrow. 

“If I knew who sent that out, I would certainly not support them,” said one longtime resident. “Obviously it’s someone who is competing. That speaks to their ethics and moral fiber.”

On the bright side, gotta love the financial support for our US Postal Service.

The monthly DJ dance at the Senior Center is on July 31, and it’s a cookout menu. Entry for the dance only may be available at the door, but if you’d like to be sure you can enjoy a burger, dog and sides, get your ticket early. 

The Library has brought back 30-minute 1-on-1 tech help sessions. On Fridays, Reference Librarian Renee will provide assistance in the following areas: smartphone and tablet basics; hardware and software for desktops or laptops; email; and guidance on some of the library’s digital services, such as the Libby free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Find times on the library calendar, and sign up in advance.

Finally, the Big Wave Dog Rescue event planned for Wamesit Lanes yesterday was derailed by rain and tornado warnings. Watch this space for info on rescheduling.

Monday, July 17

Teen Movie Monday: The Greatest Showman (Grades 6-12)
When: 3 – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Library, Register here

Join us for snacks and a movie on the big screen as we watch The Greatest Showman! The Greatest Showman is rated PG and has a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12 only.

About the movie: Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum’s mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

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

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

Billerica’s market features an entertainment tent and kids’ activities. Find the full lineup.

Outdoor concert: Forever Fab
When: 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: Library back lawn or catch the concert on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

Enjoy a concert from the popular Beatles tribute band, 4EverFab. 4EverFab brings to life timeless Beatles music through brilliant lead vocals, precise three-part harmonies and true-to-the-record musicianship. 4EverFab will play this show “By Request” so that the audience will hear the songs that they want to hear.

Weather permitting, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council. To supplement the cost of next year’s concerts, the Friends of the Library will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations at a table near the stage.

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 from Tree House on its satellite parking and Holt & Bugbee on its lot-splitting proposal before picking up three retail cannabis continued site plan review hearings. Agenda

Tuesday, July 18

A Trip To Iceland with Jack Holmes
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual, Register

Iceland sits atop the North Atlantic Ridge halfway between America and Europe. Outside of Reykjavik, the country is sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful. Volcanoes under the glaciers make for interesting landscape and history. Travel with Jack in the south and west of this land of fire and ice. Holmes is a travel photographer and owner of “Images From Near and Far” at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. A retired high school teacher, he previously served as President of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association and Gallery Manager of the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell. Holmes regularly gives armchair travel presentations to senior centers and libraries in the area.

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

Kids Performer: Ed the Wizard
When: 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Where: Library, No Registration Required

Every Tuesday, we will have a different performer, just for you! This week, we will have Ed the Wizard! Join us for a magical experience that promotes and encourages the building of reading skills to all audience members.

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.

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

The CoA will discuss the August calendar of events and announce new elected officers. Agenda

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

Brothers Sports Bar and Grille, a popular spot for pizza in Dracut, will request a victualler’s license for 553 Main St., current site of Skybox. The Board will also set a date for October Special Town Meeting and warrant opening and closing and discuss committee assignments before continuing hearings for eight retail marijuana proposals. Agenda

Wednesday, July 19

At The Weather Station with NBC10 Boston & NECN’s Meteorologist Pamela Gardner
When: noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Virtual, Register

Meet Pamela Gardner, on-air meteorologist for NBC 10 Boston & NECN. Learn how Gardner got to where she is, what it takes to be a meteorologist in New England, and the current science around weather forecasting. 

School Committee Workshop & Meeting
When: 4:15 & 6 p.m.
Where: TMHS LGI1 or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will gather early for a workshop presented by MASC on development of goals. They will convene in executive session at 5:30 and then reconvene at 6 p.m. for the regular meeting. On the agenda are a recognition of the TMHS girls softball team, a read out of policies, including for social media use, and discussion of the 2023 superintendent evaluation. Workshop agendameeting agenda

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 has a full agenda, including notices of intent from Tree House, Holt & Bugbee, and the Residence Inn adaptive reuse proposal. The Commission will also discuss the proposal by David DiCenso to clear the lot at 1695 Shawsheen St. and address changes to the town’s wetland protection bylaw and regulations.  

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

Whatever your reaction to global warming or possible solutions, you’re invited to the virtual Climate Café. It’s a supportive, non-partisan, and hopeful space, help on the third Wednesday of 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, July 20

In-Person Teen Event: Fortnite Tournament (Grades 6-12)
When: 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Library; Register, only a few spaces left!

Game on! Get ready to compete against friends and see who is the ultimate Fortnite Champion! Join One Up Games and TPL for our very first Fortnite Tournament.  Fortnite is rated T for Teen. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

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

Find the food and vendor lineup here. There are always great food trucks and sweet vendors as well as crafts and community groups.

Nature Photography with Steve McGrath
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom, Register

Do you love to view and discuss nature photos? Do you want to learn a little more about nature photography? Join nature photographer Steve McGrath to view and critique fantastic nature photography. Please read the instructions for this meeting carefully so you can participate fully.

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

The Board of Health will discuss repeated priority violations of the food code by Jade East and hear updates from the Health Director. Agenda

Friday, July 21

Family Fun Friday: DIY Birdfeeders
When: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Library

Every Friday morning this summer, there will be an awesome program for kids! This week, join us to learn how to make your own birdfeeder. At the end of the program, you’ll have a birdfeeder to take home. Please make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. No registration required.

Coffee-Out at Aroma Joe’s for Strongwater Farm
When: All day
Where: 1583 Andover St.

Today Aroma Joe’s will donate 10% of all proceeds to Strongwater Farm, so swing by if you are in the area and mention that you appreciate their support. 🐴

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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