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Great Strides in Chelmsford

May 13, 2019

CHELMSFORD -- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host its 7th Annual Chelmsford Great Strides walk on Saturday, May 18 at the Chelmsford High School Carson Track.

Registration is $10 per person and begins at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. There will also be a vendor event and food donated by Dunkin Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Popeyes Chicken and Bentley’s Famous BBQ.

Contact Eleanor Spinale at espinale5472@gmail.com for further information.

-- ALANA MELANSON

Bike Rodeo and Health Fair

TEWKSBURY -- The annual Bike Rodeo and Health Fair is coming back to town on June 9. The aim of the rodeo is to help ensure children’s safety. Participants will go through an obstacle course, get their bike checked, enjoy giveaways and enter to win donated prizes. There will also be dancing, helmet decorating and food.

The Tewksbury Police Department and Tewksbury Board of Health are co-hosting the event and local businesses and community groups will also be participating.

According to a press release from the police department, 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries and 250 children in the United States die each year from bicycle crashes. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of injury by up to 85%.

The event will be held at Tewksbury Memorial High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Community Service Officer Jennie Welch at 978-851-7373 ext. 230.

--EMMA R. MURPHY

Songs, stories at Folk Alley

SHIRLEY -- Enjoy an evening of songs, poems and stories on May 18. The Shirley Meeting House is hosting “Folk Alley”, which will include fascinating tales from storytellers Mary Ellen Jones and Mark Jeffreys, original songs from singer/songwriters Kevin Keady, Nancy and Mark Karuzis, Gregg Sullivan and Holly Hasse.

Admission to the event is $5. All proceeds will support preservation of the Shirley Meeting House on Brown Road. The event will start at 7 p.m.

--EMMA R. MURPHY

Garden Club plant sale

TEWKSBURY -- Celebrate the warming weather at the Tewksbury Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 18. The sale will include everything from perennials and annuals to herbs and vegetables. There will also be a raffle featuring plants and outdoor accessories.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Tewksbury Public Library grounds.

--EMMA R. MURPHY

Help with home improvement

LOWELL -- The City of Lowell Rehabilitation Program is designed to help residents upgrade their homes and improve living standards, according to a press release from the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership. The program is available to low- to moderate-income earners.

According to the release, homeowners use the program for combined or single projects such as electrical upgrades, plumbing and heating systems, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, roofs, flooring and windows.

For more information on the application and qualification process, please contact Ed Alcantara at 978-459-8490 or Ed@mvph.org .

-- AMARIS CASTILLO