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10+ Things To Know This Week: Halloween Happenings

Strongwater Farm invites residents to drop in and meet King and Twinkle

This year’s Applefest Fair was Saturday at the High School. Many student groups sold items to fundraise, painted faces and helped out in the cafeteria. Above, the TMHS Theater Company sold tote bags and reminded attendees of the fall show, High School Musical. The dates are Nov. 17, 18 and 19, and tickets are now on sale. The troupe’s spring show, Mamma Mia, sold out, so grab your seats early. 🎭

Tickets are also now on sale for the annual Garden Club Gala, which the Carnation considers the official kickoff to the holiday season. This year’s presenter is one of New England’s leading floral designers for Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. For tickets, see any Garden Club member or email the club.

Tewksbury Families for Recreation members showed up at Fall Town Meeting and helped vote in new pickleball courts and improvements at the ball fields, while leaders advocated for a fully staffed recreation department and town-led programming. Watch their statements here. Kate Bugda Gwilt, group founder and chair, says the town is actively working to reinstate Sports Zone programming to start this winter. A nonprofit Friends of Tewksbury Rec group is also in the works to help with fundraising. Learn more and get updates.

If you are in need of assistance with Christmas gifts, Sun Santa applications are open Oct. 30 for one week only, and Toys for Tots applications are open Nov. 1, also for one week. Community Teamwork is offering assistance with applications. Please visit the CTI website and look for the popup for more information.

The 37th Annual Greater Boston Sports Collectors show is this weekend at the Shriners, with 350 card dealers and dozens of autograph guests, including Terry Francona. Learn more.

Finally, note that today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Lions Club Princess Harvest Ball. Learn more.

See even more upcoming events in our new community calendar.

Monday, Oct. 30

DJ Dance & Lunch
When: Doors open 11:30 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

The monthly luncheon dance is $8 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch, and there is no discount for tickets purchased without the meal, which is provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. This month’s menu includes German meat pie, mashed potatoes, green beans and apple strudel. The dance runs from noon to 2 p.m.

Spooky Strongwater Open House
When: 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Strongwater Farm, 500 Livingston St.

Drop in for a magical Halloween Open House at Strongwater Farm, hosted by resident horses King and Twinkle. Dive into festivities, meet the team and embrace Strongwater’s equestrian charm! 🐎🎃

Planning Board
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (6) or Verizon (33)

The Planning Board will hear a presentation on the MBTA Communities law and consider a sign special permit for Planet Fitness, which expects to open in the former Crunch Fitness location next to Ocean State Job Lot. As of now, Holt & Bugbee is due to present. Tree House, Tewksbury Dental, 1167 – 87 Main St. and the 913 East St. self-storage project are punting to Nov. 13. Agenda

In Person Craft & Chat
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

A few spots are left for this week’s adult craft and chat, which features a Thanksgiving-themed Pie Day banner to take home. All craft supplies provided. Led by longtime crafter Rachelle Toth, host of the local access TV show “Crafts ‘n’ Stuff.”

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

Tuesday, Oct. 31

All-Day Library Trick or Treat & Spooky Story Time
When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for trick or treat, 11 – 11:30 a.m. for stories
Where: Library

Children of all ages are encouraged to come to the Library in costume on Halloween. They can trick or treat at all service desks — the Front desk, the Children’s desk, the Teen desk and the Reference desk. Treats (both allergy-friendly candy and small toys) will be available. From 11 – 11:30 a.m. there will be a spooky Halloween-themed story time with stories and songs. This event is for all ages. No registration is required.

Tewksbury Trick or Treat Hours
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: All over town!

If you must be on the road between 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, please watch for trick or treaters.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
When: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap or recently retired and looking for your “encore career,” this networking group program is for you.

Field Trip To Strongwater Farm
When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Strongwater Farm

For over a decade, Strongwater Farm — located at 500 Livingston St. — has improved the quality of life and health for thousands of children and adults with special needs in the greater Boston area by providing professionally supervised, equine-assisted activities and services. Take a tour of the facility with Kassandra Carefoot, program manager and riding instructor. Only a few spaces left. Sign up here. 

Conservation Commission
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (6) or Verizon (33)

The ConCom has a full agenda, including notices of intent from Tree House, Tewksbury Dental, 1167 – 87 Main St. and the 913 East St. self-storage project and a return visit from Kevin O’Brien to continue the Foster Lane saga. Agenda

Friends of the TPLibrary Meeting
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library Meeting Room

Monthly meeting of the fabulous Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.  All are welcome to attend and learn about upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities. Email questions to:

Thursday, Nov. 2

20s and 30s: Pints + Pages Book Group
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Horseshoe Grille, 226 Main St., North Reading

This social book group geared towards readers in their 20s and 30s meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Tewksbury Public Libraries. Meeting location rotates. This month’s book is We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. If you have an MVLC library card, you can pick up a copy at the Tewksbury Public Library. Registration is required.

Friday, Nov. 3

Film Screening: Barbie
When: 10 a.m. – noon at Senior Center / 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Library

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases, Barbie. Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 54 minutes. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Please note that events held at the Senior Center are for individuals age 55 and over. Register by contacting the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 or here for afternoon showing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. Please note the library will screen Barbie again on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Adult Feast Mode Trivia Night
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

When Thanksgiving rolls around, do you go into FEAST MODE? Join us for a night of pizza, prizes and food-themed trivia. This trivia night is in-person and after hours at the library.  Please register so the library can plan how much food to get. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Saturday, Nov. 4

Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Town Hall

The Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee will meet this Saturday. All residents are invited, and any registered Democrat living in Tewksbury may join the committee as an associate member. Learn more here. TDTC meetings are a chance to hear directly from the town’s representatives — Vanna Howard, Tram Nguyen and David Robertson often attend — as well as special guests. 

20s & 30s: Brunch & Board Games
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Library

Join in for a light brunch and fun board games in the meeting room. All board games will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own if you’d like to share. Coffee and tea will be available as well as light snacks. This is a drop-in event, so no registration is required. 

Music and Movement with Jennifer Gadbois
When: 11 – 11:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Kids are invited to a Music and Movement class with special guest fitness and movement teacher Jennifer Gadbois. This program is sponsored by Community Teamwork Incorporated.

Benefit Comedy Night
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks

Join the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library for their Comedy Night fundraiser. The event is for 18+ and will feature three performers. Tickets for this event are available online only at the Friends website. Learn more.

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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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