The Wilmington Insider For November 10, 2018

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, November 10, 2018:

Happening Today:

Weather: Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 46. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 9am to 4pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.

In The Community: The Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury’s Charities Committee is conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need within the St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s parishes. Donations can be left inside the entrances of both St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.

In The Community: Join Wilmington Boy Scout Troop #136, in support of the Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans, from 11:30am to 3pm, at the Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) for an afternoon of community, celebration and support of our veterans and active duty wounded soldiers. Stop by or spend the afternoon writing letters of encouragement and cards with holiday greetings. This is a time to celebrate and say thank you to our veterans that have sacrificed so much.  All card and letter writing materials will be supplied. Refreshments and “light bites” provided. RSVP to or 978-758-0412.

Also during the event, World War 2 Veteran John Katsaros will be presenting a book talk and signing on his book – Code Burgundy – The Long Escape based as his experience as a 20 year old aerial gunner who was shot down and seriously wounded. He escaped capture with the assistance from the Free French Resistance. In addition, local beekeeper Adele Passmore will have a demonstration on the art of beekeeping and will have local honey samples and available for purchase.

In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting a breakfast for all veterans to enjoy at 8am in Fellowship Hall. Come on by and enjoy the morning with free food and other veterans. RSVP with Susan at 978-658-4519.

In The Community: Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) will host a firearm and knife show, featuring 500 tables, on Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9am-3pm. Participants can buy, sell and trade sporting, antique, and collectible firearms; custom and high quality knives; and various militaria. The general admission fee for adults is $12. Children 12 and under, with an adult, are free. Parking is also free. Learn more HERE. A $1-off coupon can be found HERE. The event is hosted by New Mart Promotions of Massachusetts and promoted by the NRA-affiliated Westchester Collectors Club.

In The Community: The Shawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming “Winter Learn to Swim” Program. Stop by the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School pool on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17, from 9:30am to 12:15pm, to register your child for the program. Lessons run on Saturdays from December 8 to February 9 with no classes on December 22 and December 29. Visit the Pool’s website for more information and to download the registration form HERE. Follow the pool on Twitter at @Shawsheen_Pool.

In The Community: 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.

In The Community: 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.

In The Library: SAT Practice Test at 12:30pm. Pop Up Board Game Afternoon with Jeff Johnston at 2pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]

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

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