13 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (December 10, 2016)

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are 13 things you need to know in Wilmington for Saturday, December 10, 2016.

#1) According to the National Weather Service, it will be sunny in Wilmington with a high near 28. At night, it will be mostly clear, with a low around 15 and a calm wind.

#2) The second annual Wilmington Santa Run (aka “Santa Parade”) will take place from 9am to 4pm.

Santa, traveling with a small parade of public safety vehicles, will be stopping at FIVE locations around town. Below is the schedule:

9:00am-10:00am — Shawsheen School – in the parking lot
10:30am-11:30am — Wildwood School – in the front of the school
12:00pm-1:00pm — Woburn Street School – side lot by the basketball courts
1:30pm-2:30pm —  North Intermediate – side lot (Ballardvale St. side)
3:00pm-4:00pm — Town Hall

Each stop, which lasts for one hour, will feature various Christmas activities, including a meet & greet with Santa; singing Christmas carols with Santa and friends; taking pictures with Santa and of the emergency vehicles & tow trucks; and writing a Christmas letter to Massachusetts soldiers overseas.  Santa’s Helpers will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Wilmington Food Pantry and new toys for the Wilmington Firefighters’ Toy Drive.

#3) Today’s Fitness Center (27 Normac Road, Woburn) is holding three classes — kickboxing at 7:30am, strength at 8:30am and DDP Yoga at 9:30am — plus stationary bike rides at 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am — to benefit Kelly Gonzalez, a Wilmington 11-year-old recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.  All participants are asked to donate at least $10.  Non-members of the gym are welcome to participate. To reserve your spot, call the gym at 781-935-5355. If you’d like to skip the gym and make a donation directly, click HERE.

#4) Boston Metro Hi-Railers Club will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 10am to 4pm at its club house (5 Waltham Street, Wilmington).  On display and running will be many of the 125 engines and 200 passenger and freight cars owned by members and the club itself. Admission costs $10 per family and $5 for single adults. Children under 10 free. Learn more HERE.

#5) The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Army-Navy Football Luncheon 2pm at the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill in Woburn, MA (15 Middlesex Canal Park). The luncheon will raise funds to support Operation Santa-Massachusetts through a partnership with Military Friends Foundation.  Attendees will watch the 117th Army-Navy football game in a larger than life experience on the Scoreboard’s nearly 50 HDTVs.  In addition, the event will feature a buffet lunch, live and silent auction and raffle. MAGIC 106.7’s David O’Leary, who is part of the Honorary Host Committee, will serve as celebrity auctioneer. Learn more HERE.

#6) Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will host the latest of his monthly office hours from 9am to 10pm at True North Coffee (204 Cambridge Street, Burlington). Representative Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.

#7) The deadline to donate to We’re One Wilmington’s Holiday Gift Program to assist Wilmington families in need is TODAY. Learn more HERE.

#8) Wilmington High School’s Soundscape will be caroling in the Wilmington area from 4pm to 8pm. For one night only, you have the opportunity to purchase a private concert for you and your friends. The group will serenade you and your friends for $10 per song.  Song options include: Deck the Hall, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Carol of the Bells, White Winter Hymnal, and Santa Claus is Coming To Town. Email advisor Colleen Inglis at colleen.inglis@wpsk12.com to set up a performance time.

#9) Boston Auctions (355 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly Indoor Flea Market from 8am to 4pm. Learn more HERE.

#10) Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.

#11) The Wilmington Youth Center (126 Middlesex Avenue, Villanova Hall) is open from 7pm to 9:30pm. The Center is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders who live in Wilmington.  Learn more about the Center, and how you can sign your child up, HERE.

#12) 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.

#13) 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.

(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)

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