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ACTIVITIES

PARKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 28 Arlington St., Dracut. Local Author Series, Mike Johnson, Lawless in Brazil, Tues., Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Community Room; An Afternoon with Author Jane Brox, Sat., Nov. 10, 2 p.m., in Community Room. Family Movie Night, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Thurs., Oct. 11, 6 p.m., Community Room; We Bought a Zoo, Thurs., Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Community Room; Ice Age: Continental Drift, Thurs., Dec. 13, 6 p.m. Community Room.

ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE DAY: Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Marguerite d'Youville Parish, 1340 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. $4 for electronics such as computers, dcanners, copiers, etc.; $10 for appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, stoves,micowaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, small engine items; $10-$25, TVs; all batteries free. For information, contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513 or at denwaynewood@yahoo.com

CRAFT FAIR/POLISH FOOD FEST: Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 3 p.m., St. Casimir's Parish Center, 268 Lakeview Ave., Lowell.

"THANKS-4-GIVING" 5K RUN/WALK AND 10K RUN: Thurs., Nov. 22, 8 a.m., Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road.


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Entry fee 5K race/walk $20 pre-race; 10K, $25 pre-race. Proceeds benefit Alternative House. For registration form, call 978-937-5777 or go to www.thanks4giving.org.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: All Dracut creatives, professional and amateurs alike are invited to participate in "Art in Harmony," an art fair at Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Avenue on Sat., Nov. 17. If you are from Dracut, live here, work here, if it (Dracut) is the subject of your work or if you have significant ties to Dracut you qualify to participate. All disciplines welcome. Tables are available for show and sales. Or you can just submit work for the competition. Cash prizes. Supported in part by a grant from the Dracut Cultural Council. For an application or information email ArtinHarmony@mindspring.com or call Lisa At 978-758-0529.

THE MAGIC OF COLE PORTER: Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, Nov. 2-4 and 9-11. Evenings 7 p.m.; matinees 1 p.m. $45 dinner & show. Reservations required. Call ACTORS inc at 978-984-3151.

BONE-BUILDERS PROGRAM: Developed in conjunction with Tufts University researchers; free classes held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road; classes focus on strength training, balance exercises, and education about osteoporosis and fall prevention; registration required; for more information, call Judy at 978-957-2611.

GROUPS

BOY SCOUT TROOP 83: For boys 11-17 who like camping, boating, animal care, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and a week of summer camp; meet Wednesday nights, 7-8:30, at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; for more information, email Scoutmaster Grimard, troop83dracut@yahoo.com, http://troop83dracut.com, or on Facebook: Boyscout Troop Dracut.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., 574 Broadway Road; new members welcome.

DRACUT COMMUNITY CHORUS: Rehearsals each Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Dracut High School Music Room, Lakeview Avenue, Dracut; all adults welcome; no audition required; call 978-501-3016 for more information.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the Month, 7 p.m., March through December; Moses Greeley Parker Library, 28 Arlington St.; for more information, call 978-454-6165.

DRACUT LIONS CLUB: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 6:30 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza, 1067 Lakeview Ave.; new members are always welcome; for more information, contact the Dracut Lions Club, P.O. Box 310, Dracut MA 01826.

DRACUT VFW POST 9307: Meets the third Saturday of the month,11:30 a.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road; new members welcome.