TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury Public Library is hosting a prom-dress drive. The library is seeking donations of "gently worn or new prom dresses" for teens who want to attend their prom. The library will be accepting donations until Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. All sizes and styles are welcome. On Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., teens will have the opportunity to pick out their dresses at the library, located at 300 Chandler St. For more information, contact the teen librarian.

-- KORI TUITT

A rally for women in Lowell

LOWELL -- Members of progressive advocacy group Solidarity Lowell are planning a Rally for Women in downtown Lowell later this month.

The event is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Ladd and Whitney Memorial in front of City Hall. Solidarity Lowell, a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, organized the rally to coincide with the Women's March.

Several prominent female leaders will speak, including Lowell City Councilor Karen Cirillo and Yes on 3 Greater Lowell Program Lead Pat Taber.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Student loan program at JDCU

LOWELL -- Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union has partnered with Gradifi to launch its Student Loan Pay Down Program for employees. JDCU will make monthly payments of $125 of up to $10,000 on each loan of participating employees. Eligible participants are employees who have been with JDCU for at least six months.

-- KORI TUITT

Girls Inc.


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LOWELL -- Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell will host a country music-themed fundraiser next week. The "Denim & Diamonds" event aims to bring in money for the organization by hosting a concert of Boston-based group The Porch Party Mamas and by offering a live auction. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lenzi's in Dracut. Tickets are available online.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Westford seeks to stop bullying

WESTFORD -- Westford Public Schools will present "Stop The Cycle Of Bullying" on Thursday, Jan. 17 (snow date, Wednesday, Jan. 30), from 7 to 9 p.m., at Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way. Elizabeth Englander, founder and executive director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will present techniques that parents can use to support their children's social and emotional well-being. The event is free. -- STAFF REPORT

Gala, auction helps Catie's Closet

ANDOVER -- Tickets are on sale for the Catie's Closet annual gala and silent auction. A Night to Open Doors is March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. Catie's Closet is a nonprofit that has distribution sites located inside roughly 65 schools stretching from the Merrimack Valley to Boston. The organization helps roughly 37,000 students below the poverty line. Tickets are available for $125. To purchase tickets, visit catiesscloset.org/gala2019 or call 978-957-2200.

-- AARON CURTIS