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What to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Finally, a sunny Monday — drop by tonight’s outdoor concert on the lawn

The Lowell Folk Festival kicks off on Friday evening. Most of downtown Lowell becomes Festival grounds for three days, with multiple performance stages, a family activities area, crafts, demonstrations, ethnic foods and much more. The performances and activities within the Festival are free. Check the website for a full schedule. Photo: Lowell Folk Festival

The DPW reminds residents that there is an online service request form to report tree hazards, necessary roadway or sidewalk repairs, and issues with town water, sewer, or drainage systems. The form uses the town’s new OpenGov system; you will need to set up an account.

And, the Senior Center reminds those who want a BBQ lunch at next Monday’s DJ dance to get tickets this week.

Monday, July 24

Outdoor Concert Series: The BackTrack Band
When: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Back lawn of the Library

Monday looks like a great day for an outdoor concert. Grab a chair, a sandwich and a few bucks for the Friends lottery ticket raffle and enjoy the songs of 60’s girl groups, including the Crystals, the Shirelles, The Ronettes, Leslie Gore, and the British Invasion bands. Learn more. Can’t make it to the library? You can watch this program live on Tewksbury’s YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, July 25

Mobile Bag Pickup
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Senior Center

Drop in to the Senior Center for AgeSpan’s lunch program, originally called the “Brown Bag program.

Kids Performer: Animal Adventures
When: 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Where: Library

Every Tuesday afternoon during the summer there is a fun family performance. This week is Animal Adventures. Meet and greet exotic animals like an alligator, hedgehog, blue tongue skink, and more. Free, no registration required, just drop by!

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

MassHire Event: Chelmsford Public Schools
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Chelmsford Town Hall

MassHire holds a range of employment fairs and informative webinars. Today, they host a hiring event for many specialties, including board certified behavior analysts, foreign language teachers and ESL instructors, extended day counselors, food service general helpers, subs and aides. Learn more and register.

Wednesday, July 26

The Story of Betty White — The First Lady of Television
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom, Register here

Betty White had the longest career in television history, spanning seven decades beginning at the advent of the medium in 1949. Join this webinar to learn this fascinating and inspiring story of the beloved author, humanitarian, and — of course — actress

Greater Lowell Chamber Workshop: Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business
When: 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual, Register

Interested in establishing or sponsoring a retirement plan for you and your employees but aren’t sure which plan fits your needs? This Employee Benefits Security Administration workshop will help small businesses and plan service providers understand the types of retirement plans available, the tax benefits and consequences of each, along with the federal law governing these type plans.

Thursday, July 27

Fandom Fest: Star Wars
When: 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: Library craft room

Join Miss Haley in the craft room to celebrate your favorite fandom with crafts, science projects, games and more. This Thursday, the Jedi Order (and all casual Star Wars fans) are welcome to come down to the library to practice using the force, to make their own lightsabers, to receive a Jedi certificate, 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.

New England Classic Car Show
When: 3 – 8 p.m.
Where: Main St., Andover

The second annual New England Summer Classic Car Show will fill the streets with 1989 and earlier classic cars, hot rods, customs, cycles and much more, with a focus on Mustangs. Last year’s event drew 200 classic cars and over 2,000 spectators. This event is free to spectators and the public. Learn more.

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

Drop in for 30+ vendors, community groups, food trucks and sweets. Visit the Tewksbury Community Market’s website to learn more. Follow the Tewksbury Community Market’s Facebook (@TewksburyMarket), Twitter (@TewksburyMarket), and Instagram (@TewksburyCommunityMarket) for additional market updates throughout the season. 

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 lone item on the ZBA’s agenda is the adaptive reuse project for the former Residence Inn at 1775 Andover St. At the last ZBA meeting, town staff as well as a number of Cardigan Rd. residents spoke in favor of this project, saying it will provide needed affordable housing while helping keep the town above the 10% level required to head off a new 40B at Ames Pond or elsewhere in town.

Public meetings may be added after this posts, so check the calendar of events for a full list.

Friday, July 28

Family Fun Friday: Monarch Ranch Butterfly Party
When: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Community garden behind the Library

Every Friday morning this summer, there will be an awesome program for kids! This week, join us for a Monarch Ranch Butterfly Party to learn all about Monarch butterflies and caterpillars, while you explore the library’s garden. No registration needed.

In Person Film Screening: She Said
When: 1:30 – 3:30
Where: Library, Register

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases, She Said, about reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s quest to break the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes. Drama. Doors will open at 1:15pm. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Saturday, July 29

MWRC Spicket River Walk
When: 9 a.m. – noon
Where: Methuen

Highlights of this three-mile hike include the Spicket Falls Dam, the Methuen Rail Trail and Nevins Bird Sanctuary. Free, but registration is required. For more info and to sign up go here. The rain date is July 30.

Lowell Folk Festival Kickoff
When: 6:35 p.m.
Where: Lowell

There are acts for everyone plus food and other entertainment. Check out the website for a full schedule.

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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