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Preschool crafts, painting pottery, college fair and soccer registration — pick and choose from this week’s array of events.
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
Where/When: Friday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury
Why Go: Grab your preschooler and head to the library on Friday to make a spring craft. This program is for children ages 3 to 6. No registration is required, just simply stop by during the hour to make the craft.
Where/When: Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m. Woburn Memorial High School, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn
Why Go: Fifteen colleges are expected to attend the fifth annual college fair for students with learning differences on March 24 at Woburn Memorial High School. This is the only event of its kind in the area. The colleges include: Bay State, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Berkshire Hills Music Academy, Bunker Hill, Curry College, Dean College, ITT Tech, Johnson and Wales, Landmark, Lesley University (Threshold Program), Lincoln Tech, Marshall University, Merrimack, Middlesex, and New England Institute of Technology.
Open to students, their families and teachers.
Where/When: March 25, 6-8 p.m. Magic Brush Pottery, 361 Main St., Tewksbury
Why Go: Drop off your child (ages 6 and up) for two hours and let them have some fun painting. Paint an Easter egg plate any design you would like and learn a new technique. Snack is included with class.
Pricing: $20 each. For more information, visit www.magicbrushpottery.com.
Where/When: Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell
Why Go: Fitness for a Cure is a one-of-a-kind event that raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It is a year-long effort culminating in two unique events held on the same day at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
The family event begins at 1 p.m. and provides adults and kids with an afternoon of fun, fitness and philanthropy. Guests will enjoy a special fitness show featuring the talent of younger St. Jude Performance Team members. Families can participate in other kid-friendly activities including face painting and more.
The main event begins at 6 p.m. and is a semi-formal gala featuring a live and silent auction, fitness show and entertainment. Special guest Micky Ward and live performance by the Flutie Brothers Band.
Pricing: Family event: $35 for adults and $15 for children. Gala event: $150 per person. Visit www.fitnessforacure.com for more information.
Where/When: Registration is ongoing. Visit Friends of Special Ed Kidz web site at www.fosek.org for registration information or call
Why Go: Friends of Special Ed Kidz is a non-profit organization founded to organize sports leagues for special needs and special ed children, ages five to 12 years old, in Tewksbury and surrounding communities in the Merrimack Valley. Registration is now taking place for the spring soccer season which begins on April 9 and runs until June 4.
Pricing: $30 for one league.