12 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (November 5)

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are 12 things you need to know in Wilmington for Saturday, November 5, 2016.

#1) According to the National Weather Service, it will be partly sunny in Wilmington, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39, at night.

#2) The 31st Annual Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Show will take place on Friday, November 4 (noon–7pm), Saturday, November 5 (9am-5pm), and Sunday, November 6 (9am-3pm) at the Shriner’s Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). General admission is $8. Seniors and children under 12 are admitted for free.

More than 150 sports card and memorabilia dealers are scheduled to appear (listed at the bottom of this page), along with more than 35 athletes, including several legends and hall-of-famers.

Today’s highlights include: Sam Horn, Rico Petrocelli, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson and “Irish Thunder” Micky Ward.

#3) The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2016 Induction Ceremony at 6pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading (149 North Street).

The following Wilmington High School athletes will be inducted:

  • Keith Arnold (1964)
  • Lindsay Bruno (2000)
  • Anne Butters (1935)
  • Lani Cabral-Pini (2005)
  • Joe Herra (2006)
  • Sean Murphy (2006)
  • 1997 Boys Soccer Team

In addition, the following Wilmington High School coaches and benefactors will be inducted:

  • Jim Gillis (Coach & Benefactor)
  • Ed Harrison (Benefactor)
  • Steve Scanlon (Coach)

Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner cost $40 per person and must be purchased in advance. Contact Jack Cushing at 978-658-2170 for tickets.

#4) The Shawsheen/West PAC is hosting its Annual Holiday Fair from 9am to 3pm, at the Shawsheen Elementary School (298 Shawsheen Street).

The event will feature raffles, a kids holiday shop, face painting, a bake sale, and a gift card sale, plus lots of vendors. Some of the participating vendors include: Honey Pot Farm, Lu La Roe, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Wickless Candles, and many more.  Come by and start your holiday shopping!

The Fair is one of the PAC’s largest fundraisers, allowing it to support enrichment events, field trip subsidies, and supplemental purchases at the Shawsheen and West schools.

#5)  The public is invited to the Wilmington Senior Center’s 4th Annual “Wilmington Has Talent,” an afternoon of music and dance featuring Wilmington seniors at 2pm in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium (25 Carter Lane).

Tickets cost $7 and are available at the Wilmington Senior Center and at the door. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Senior Center’s Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund. The event is organized under the direction of Wilmington senior Audrey Reed.

#6) The fifth annual Battle of the Bands will take place at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium. Be there as local bands — “Humans And Us” and “Rapture” — compete for cash prizes and the coveted first place title. Wilmington Sons of Italy and Alpha Omega Music Studios sponsor the competition.

Back by popular demand, Wilmington High School’s improv troupe – “One Minute Too Many” — will also perform. This group of talented performers is an audience favorite, delivering the laughs while acting out skits and games. Don’t miss this night of music and comedy. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Come out and support the WHS performing arts. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the WHS scholarship and supplemental production equipment and materials fund. Battle of the Bands is presented by the Wilmington High School Choral and Theater Support Group (WHS CATS).

#7) The Wilmington Knights of Columbus is holding a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Saturday, November 5 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  Doors open at 6pm.  Show starts at 7:15pm. Tickets cost $20 each. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, contact Jim DeFeo at 978-658-6507. Funds raised will benefit the organization’s Capital Improvement Fund. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks. The event will also include a cash bar, raffles, and 50/50 drawing. The show promises to feature some of the area’s best comedians and is being organized by Funny4Fund$.

#8) There is a yard sale at 30 King Street from 10am to 2pm today and tomorrow. Learn more HERE.

#9) The Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a meeting of its Writing Group at 9:15am. Learn more HERE.

#10) The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.

#11) The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.

#12) Several Wilmington High School sports teams are in action:

  • 9:30am — BOYS JV Football vs. Winchester High (at Wilmington High School)
  • 10am — BOYS & GIRLS Varsity Cross Country members compete at Wrentham

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