5 Things To Know In Wilmington On Saturday, August 7, 2021

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Saturday, August 7, 2021:

#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Tennis Open

The Third Annual Wilmington Tennis Open is rapidly approaching, and after a year’s hiatus, interest in the event is at an all-time high. The Open, which was cancelled last year due to COVID, will make its much-anticipated return on Saturday, August 7, 2021, with a rain date of August 8, 2021.

Tournament Directors Rob Mailey, Matt Hackett, and Kathleen Reynolds are excited to host the event at the Wilmington High School and Boutwell School Tennis Courts.

The tournament will feature several different divisions, including singles for girls and boys from grammar school to high school seniors, as well as doubles for adults over high school age.

Cost of the Tournament is $25 per player, with all proceeds going to support Friends of Wilmington Tennis (FWT).

To register, email friendswtennis@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Player’s Name
  • Player’s Age
  • Player’s Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • If Applicable: Partner’s Name, Age, Email Address & Phone Number

You may also call or text 978-729-3600.

Checks can be mailed to: Friends of Wilmington Tennis, 2 Isabella Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Please note, that on the day of the tournament, all players must bring a can of new hard court/extra duty tennis balls. Also, all players must know how to serve and keep score.

#2) Wilmington Residents To Participate In Today’s Pan-Mass Challenge 

On August 7, 2021 and August 8, 2021, more than 6,000 riders, including eight participants from Wilmington, will take part in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a two-day 211-mile bike-a-thon across Massachusetts, with the goal of raising $52 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber).

The PMC is the nation’s single most successful athletic fundraiser, donating 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to Dana-Farber as its largest single contributor, accounting for 64 percent of its Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. For the first time since 2019, more than 6,000 riders from 47 states and 11 countries will once again hit the road together during the first weekend of August with the common goal of making an impact in the fight against cancer. In 2020, the PMC raised an impressive $50 million through its summer-long Reimagined campaign, bringing its 41-year contribution to $767 million.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring our passionate PMC riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors back together in person for PMC Ride Weekend this year,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “With fully supported routes and Reimagined options, everyone can customize their PMC experience to join us in the fight against cancer. Cancer doesn’t stop for anything, even a global pandemic, and funding for research, treatment and care is as critical as ever.”

PMC 2021 will include 16 routes – from 25 to 211 miles – designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability, including Reimagined options for those who prefer to complete their PMC ride on their own. Most participate in honor of a family member or friend fighting cancer and more than 950 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients, considered Living Proof® of the PMC mission. More than 150 Dana-Farber employees are committed to the cause as riders and volunteers as well, in some cases to fund their own cancer research.

Registration for PMC 2021 is open through June 30. Join in the fight against cancer by registering for one of the following featured routes still available:

  • 25 & 50-Mile Routes (1-Day 25 or 50 Miles; Sunday, August 8):
    • Starting and finishing in either Wellesley or Foxboro, these Sunday routes are perfect single day options for those passionate about giving back.
  • Wellesley Century Ride (1-Day, 100 Miles; Sunday, August 8):
    • NEW this year, the Wellesley Century route is a popular option for riders looking to challenge their endurance in a single day format while making an impact in the fight against cancer.
  • Reimagined Ride (Rider’s Choice Mileage/Timing):
    • PMC Reimagined riders can ride wherever and whenever they want – except for the PMC routes on PMC weekend. This option is intended to provide flexibility for those that want to contribute to the fight against cancer without specific time or mileage constraints.

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or to register as a rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2021 on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you to the following participants from Wilmington:

  • John Bertolami
  • Lewis Forman
  • Frank Haubner
  • Nicholas Jannone
  • David Lozzi
  • Michael Milano
  • Susan Spousta
  • Chad Stalker

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the organization’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $767 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause, generating 64 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors, all of which are essential to the PMC’s goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift each year. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit http://www.pmc.org.

#3) Town’s Yardwaste Center Is Open

The Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, will be open twice this August:

  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 8am to 2pm
  • Saturday, August 7, 2021: 9am to 4pm

Wilmington residents only may use the center to drop off leaves and brush.

In order to use the facility, residents must purchase a $15 punch card at the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Town Hall. The card has no expiration date and is good for 5 visits to the facility. Residents will be asked to show the punch card and an ID at the entrance to the facility.

No grass clippings may be disposed at the recycling center due to the odors they create. Stumps will not be accepted. NO CONTRACTORS or COMMERCIAL VEHICLES are allowed.

For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2021 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.

#4) Wilmington’s Children’s Theatre Workshop Presents GODSPELL

The Children’s Theatre Workshop presents Godspell this Friday, August 6, 2021 at 6pm and this Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 6pm outside the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

Tickets cost $10 at the door. Bring a lawn chair. This fun show, with lively music, is produced and directed by Joanie Walsh.

#5) Book Store Next Door Open

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.

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