First Thursdays – September 1st – Light Up The Locks!!

First Thursday

From Waterways Vitality Project Facebook Invite:

Join us during Downtown Lowell First Thursdays in September for a lighting up of The Swamp Locks next to Point Park in Lowell.

The Waterways Vitality Project is excited to collaborate with First Thursday’s for an event like no other!

The City of Lowell is providing complimentary parking over at the Canal Street lot near Point Park for all event attendees. So – enjoy free parking, a peaceful stroll with friends and community, and cheer on the momentum in rejuvenating the beautiful Lowell canalways.

Program Lineup Below:

September 1 – 5pm to 9pm
Downtown Lowell First Thursdays Grand Finale: Arts and Culture Expo located at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub – 1st Floor, 110 Canal St.
Come celebrate the vital community of Lowell artists and collaborators, our rich history and most important, our exciting future!
From the Parks to the Canals to the myriad Art Associations, there is a lot to like about Lowell.

• Music, Art and displays of the cultural resources of Lowell on the first floor of the renovated 110 Canal St. factory.
• Views of the Locks Lighting and Veils installation.
• Film interviews by Lowell Technology Corp.
• Live music from the Big Daddy Band.
• Live art by Appleton’s Jeffrey Lipsky.
• Sneak a peek at a vehicle under development for the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race on Sept. 24.
• Experimental films from Walter Wright, and much more.
Made In Lowell brings their food truck night market and craft beer garden to the Swamp Locks from 6 to 9pm.
• The Swamp Locks lighting happens at 7:35 PM.

Strive For Change Lifestyle will perform Dance, HipHop, Parkor and more at Swamp Locks from 6pm to 8 pm.

Downtown Lowell First Thursdays, Greater Merrimack Valley, Made In Lowell and Lowell Waterways Vitality Project invite you to explore downtown and the Swamp Locks for the final First Thursday of the season!


If you’re thinking food – thank Phoenix Rising Pizza, Mediterranean Home Cooking, Vulgar Display of Poutine and Galeria Cafe for providing a delicious array of creative foods and beverages. In addition – Galeria De Los Andes will be attending to showcase their unique product line and beautiful jewelry.

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Rally for Civic Engagement – City Hall Plaza, Friday, September 2nd – 6:30PM


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Lowell NHPS Party continues Saturday Starting with Lowell Walks

You may have heard the National Park Service is celebrating their Centennial. We’ve got lots of reasons (and opportunities) to celebrate right here in Lowell.

This Saturday join Lowell National Historic Park Superintendent Celeste Bernardo and Dick Howe on the final Lowell Walks tour of the summer, about the history of the park in Lowell. The tour starts at 10am at the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street.

Then from 11am-3pm you should head to Boarding House Park (400 French St) for entertainment by DJ Shyhai, food trucks, community art-making, resource fair, world premiere dance performances, story-time, and cake!

Also the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St) is FREE thru Sunday August 28th.

For more info, call 978-970-5000, find LNHP on Facebook or online at

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Non-Fiction Book Club to discuss “Happy City” by Charles Montgomery – Thursday, September 8 – 6:30PM (LOWELL READS 2016 Kick-off Event)

Our group is free and open to the public. Copies of books up for discussion are available for patrons to borrow on a first come first serve basis at the 1st Floor Information Desk. You may also reserve a copy by calling the Community Planning Department at 978-674-1542. For more information about this group please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning, at or 978-674-1542.


From Book Jacket:

“After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resourse crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car dependence of the suburbs?
The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness. On his exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities, he meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogota; the architect who brought the lessons f medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods.
Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience, and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world—and we can all help build it.”



photo by Elizabeth Borne

About the Author:

Charles Montgomery is an award winning journalist and urban engagement specialist, and the author of The Shark God, which won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction under its Canadian title, The Last Heathen. Find him at and

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Summer Olympics 2016: A New World

Are you hungry for gold?  Or at least for some fun?  Kids in Kindergarten and older are invited to join us on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 AM for our “Silly Olympics.”  Compete in various events such as “Pass the Lifesaver,” “Scoop It Up,” “Defy Gravity,” and lots more.  This program requires sign up and there are still some spots left.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call 978-674-1529 to sign up.

Good luck and may the silliest win!

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