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What To Know Thanksgiving Week In Tewksbury

Gobble up some raffle tickets to benefit the Friends

Decorations for the Tewksbury Open Space & Recreation Plan Committee Winter Tree Walk popped up this weekend at the Chandler Well Fields, Pinnacle St. Trails and Rogers Park. There are at least five trees at each area decorated by groups from the Baldwin Girl Scouts to Womens Money Matters. Above is the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee’s tree at Chandler.

If you’re not up for a trail walk, you can head to the two-lane indoor track at TMHS beginning next Monday, Nov. 27. The track will be open from 4 – 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, excluding days the schools are closed, including for snow. You will need to sign in and out. To preserve the rubberized track covering, sneakers or appropriate footwear only.  No cleats, pets, unattended children, strollers, bikes or other items with wheels.

The Friends of the Library will draw the first winner in their annual Mystery Gift Card Raffle on Dec. 1. Residents can purchase raffle tickets now for $5. Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, someone will win a gift card worth at least $10. Winning tickets go back in the mix, so you can win more than once. Tickets are sold online or at the library (cash only) on Nov. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday is an early release day for schools, and town facilities will be closed on Friday. The library reopens on Saturday with a puzzle race.

Looking to cut down a fresh Christmas tree? Here’s a list of area farms, including one right down the road in Billerica.

Monday, Nov. 20

Bereavement Support Group
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

It can be a difficult time of year for those who have lost loved ones. The Senior Center will hold a peer support group today.

An Evening with Bestselling Authors Tess Gerritsen & Paul Doiron
10 Ingredients Of A Successful Mystery with Bestselling Author Gary Braver

When: 7 p.m.
Gerritson & Doiron – Virtual, register here
Gary Braver – Library, register here

Mystery fans, take note: You can hear from multi-award-winning authors on Zoom or head to the library and learn the 10 must-haves for writing your own mystery. 

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Council on Aging
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The COA will discuss financials and the December calendar of events. Agenda

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

After canceling its meeting last week for lack of a quorum, the Select Board will welcome members of the town’s state delegation. The board will also hold the annual tax classification hearing. Last year, the residential/commercial tax shift moved from 1.56 in FY21 to 1.59 for FY22 while the assessor noted a 5% year-over-year jump in value for an average single-family home. Agenda

Wednesday, Nov. 22

Reading Rivals Wraps Up
When: noon
Where: Virtual

If you’re signed up for this year’s Reading Rivals Challenge, today at noon is the deadline to log your minutes. Learn more.

Fuel Her Fire Auction
When: All day
Where: Virtual, see items here

Find unique items and support Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell in the group’s annual online auction. Girls Inc. provides after-school care, school vacation programs, summer day camps, in-school outreach, and academic enrichment. 

Thursday, Nov. 23

Friday, Nov. 24

Castleberry Fair
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Shriners Auditorium

The 28th annual Castleberry Faire returns to the Shriners Auditorium on November 24, 25 & 26 with more than 250 craftspeople showcasing their American-made works.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Puzzle Race & Swap
When: 10:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Library, register here

Assemble your team for a chance at puzzle victory! The first team to complete a special 500-piece puzzle will take home all the glory and a prize. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring your own puzzles for a puzzle swap to take place immediately afterwards, at noon.

Small Business Saturday
When: All day
Where: Tewksbury

Remember to shop local!

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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