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10 Things to Know This Veterans Day Week

The Senior Center will host a breakfast for Tewksbury vets and spouses this Wednesday

Victoria Bambino, Northern Miss Massachusetts, shared her crown at yesterday’s Tewksbury Lions Club Princess Harvest Ball. Organizer Kelly Farias said 170 K-2 princesses and their princes attended the first session, with 150 scheduled for the grades 3-5 session. Farias thanked the Elks for donating the hall and TJ Callahan’s for cookie dough and hosting a baking session.

Remember that the overnight and snowstorm street parking ban is in effect through the end of March. Cars need to be off the street between midnight and 6 a.m. and during any snow or ice storm that may require plowing. A violation will get you a $25 ticket or towed.

November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring and current authors are encouraged to write 50,000 words in 30 days. If you haven’t started yet, the library has a number of programs to get you caught up.

The annual Senior Center Gingerbread House Decorating Party hosted by the TMHS Girls Basketball Program will be Monday, Dec. 11. This is a free event, but space is limited, so early sign up is suggested. This week is also the first of two wellness workshops to be held this month. These workshops are grant-funded and provide expert advice and a chance to connect with peers facing similar challenges. Sign up for “Coming to Terms With Your Past” and “Sober for the Holidays: Tips and Tricks” online, in person or by calling the Senior Center at 978-640-4480.

Schools, town offices, the Library and the Senior Center are closed on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

Monday, Nov. 6

Consignment Boutique Intake
When: 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Bring in your 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.

Meet Julia Child!: A One-Woman Performance
When: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

Meet Julia Child, the beloved French chef, in this live performance featuring Lynne Moulton of the Delvena Theatre Company. Learn more about Julia’s life, from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food, except for eating what the family’s private chef prepared, to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Register here. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tewksbury Beautification Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The Beautification Committee will discuss the next mini cleanup event, scheduled for Nov. 18, and the upcoming tree walk. Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Tewksbury Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The TDEIAC will welcome new members and discuss the hate-filled letter recently sent to Rep. Tram Nguyen. Agenda

Henna For Adults
When: 7 – 8:45 p.m.
Where: Library

Henna Artist Mandy Roberge, owner of Wicked Good Henna, will offer henna to up to 50 patrons. Registration is required — attendees will receive a numbered ticket in the order they arrive. While you wait your turn, sit at a table, enjoy light refreshments, listen to some soothing music, and socialize with others. Register here. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library through a generous donation from 100+ People Who Care Tewksbury.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Veterans Day Breakfast
When: 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

A breakfast and free raffles for veterans and surviving spouses. Reservations were due on Friday, but check with the veterans agent to see if there is space, and if you need a ride, call the Senior Center Transportation Line at 978-40-4480 x 292. Learn more.

Native American Code Talkers of World War I and II
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual

Join the Middlesex Community College Veterans Resource Center for a virtual presentation by Dr. William Meadows, University of Missouri, as he discusses the origins and evolution of Native American Code Talking, the use of Native American languages in the US military, through both World Wars to contemporary recognition. The development of this tactic, different types of Native coded communications, code and alphabet formation, the over thirty groups that participated, their post-war recognition, and popular myths about code talking will be covered. This presentation is based on the speaker’s 30+ years of fieldwork and archival research, including his contributions to the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.  Learn more and register. 

Proposed Tewksbury Wetland Protection Bylaw & Regulations Update
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual

Town staff will be holding a virtual meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the Bylaw & regulations. Details on how to access the meeting can be found on the Conservation Commission’s page of the town website or learn more here.

Annual Garden Club Gala
When: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: Elks

The annual Garden Club gala, themed “Blueprint for the Holiday,” will be held this year at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks on Wed., Nov. 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes a dessert buffet. Floral designer Michelle Nestor will demonstrate how to get your home ready for the holidays, from the front porch to the dining room table centerpiece. There will be refreshments, a gift basket raffle and more. For tickets, contact any Garden Club member, email or call Tammy Ministeri at 978-455-8446.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Write In
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Can you write 50,000 words in 30 days? Why not give it a try? That’s the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. Every November, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world attempt this very thing, and you can do it too! This year, Tewksbury Public Library will offer two Write In events. Join us and members of the Lowell/Merrimack Valley chapter of NaNoWriMo and put pen to page or fingers to keyboard for writing sprints, discussion, inspiration, and snacks. This event is drop-in — no registration required, and you can stay for as long as you like. Just bring a laptop or notebook and join in!

Thursday, Nov. 9

Mammography Van
When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The Dana Farber mammography van will be making a “house call” to the Tewksbury Senior Center. Their friendly, professional staff will provide easy access to this vital screening, and the entire process takes less than 20 minutes. This is being hosted in conjunction with the Tewksbury Health Department. Pre-registration is required, and most forms of insurance are accepted. Learn more and register.

Wellness Workshop: Coming To Terms With Your Past
When: 9 – 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

We all have our pasts, where we made some good decisions and maybe some not so good decisions. What is in your past that you may have been struggling with, and how will your decisions affect your future? Sign up online, in person or by calling the Senior Center at 978-640-4480

An Evening to End Youth Homelessness
When: 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Mill No. 5

Community Teamwork’s Youth Services and Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau will host a gathering with music, beer & wine, small bites and an opportunity to support and learn about important youth services programming in Greater Lowell. $65 per ticket, sponsorships available. Learn more.

Beer Hiking In New England
When: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Author Carey Kish will discuss his new book, Beer Hiking New England: The Tastiest Way to Discover Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Discover some New England hikes that are perfect for beer lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Each hike leads through stunning scenery, and features a nearby brewery or a brewpub where a refreshing local craft beer awaits. 

Friday, Nov. 10

Holiday Market at Snowport 2023 Opens
When: Hours vary, through Dec. 31
Where: 100 Seaport Blvd., Boston

They may be small, but local businesses bring our community to life in a big way. In its third season, The Holiday Market at Snowport features 120+ makers, a tree market for all your evergreen needs, more food than ever before, with a custom cocktail bar from Tuscan Kitchen, and festive decor including a mistletoe arch, and winter wish wall. Learn more.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Happy Veterans Day!

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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