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, "We Bought a Zoo," Thurs., Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Community Room; "Sally Palmer Field, New England Quilter," by Judy Buswick, Tues., Nov. 27, 7 p.m.; "How to Research Your Historic Home," Fri., Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-noon; "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.

HUNGER/HOMELESS BENEFIT: Spaghetti dinner, raffles, 50/50, Polish American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell, Wed., Oct. 17, 4:30-7 p.m. $5/person, $12/family. Personal items and canned foods needed and gladly accepted. Forn information, call 508-982-3444.

"THANKS-4-GIVING" 5K RUN/WALK AND 10K RUN: Thurs., Nov.


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22, 8 a.m., Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road. 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.

KIDS ADVENTURE FITNESS CLASS: Free class open to the community each Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m., for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Cleveland Health and Fitness, 17 Darrin Road, Dracut; space is limited; to register, call 978-957-8404.

RECRUITMENT NIGHT: Boy Scout Troop 83, Christ Church United, Arlington Street, Dracut, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Join us to scuba, canoe, hike, bike, climb, ride horses, white water raft, fire rifles, shoot arrows, and camp out.

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 COUNCIL ON AGING: Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; group offers transportation to medical appointments, social services, outreach for the homebound; registered nurse on premesis Thursdays, 1:30-3:45 p.m.; for more information, call 978-957-2611.

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 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4225: Meets the first Tuesday of the month; 7 p.m., Dracut Historical Society Building, Lakeview Avenue; new members welcome: for more information, 978-458-2667 or e-mail gertz@msn.com.

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.

DRACUT SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: This social club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 1-3 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; a bingo game follows the meeting, plus various other social functions; anyone 60 or older is invited to join; you need not be a Dracut resident; annual dues are $2, payable on meeting days; for further information, call 978-453-0969.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE: Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road, Dracut; new members welcome.

PELHAM COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets the first Thursday of the month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; meetings open to the public and begin with an open forum.

PERINATAL LOSS SUPPORT: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital chapel, Cremin Suite, 70 East St., Methuen; free; offered to parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth; welcome any and all parents; group aims to provide comfort and mutual support; additional information available; before attending your first meeting, call 978-687-0156, ext. 2240.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

RICHELIEU CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., Cobblestones restaurant, Lowell; focus on preserving French traditions, culture and language; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4010.

SHEILA BRODIE-ZETLAN: Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital chapel, Cremin Suite, 70 East St., Methuen; free; welcomes women dealing with breast cancer; schedule is subject to change; before attending your first meeting,call Joanne Voigt at 978-687-0156, ext. 4179.

WALKER-ROGERS POST LADIES AUXILIARY: 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets 7 p.m., second Tuesday of the month; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.

PROGRAMS

BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.

EARLY ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP: The Community Family is hosting a support group for individuals and families who have recently experienced a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other form of memory loss. The groups will meet beginning in late August or September at The Community Family Adult Day Health Center, 236 Broadway St., Lowell. Call Maria at 978-458-4844 for information.

VOLUNTEERS

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Seeking volunteers to assist from three to six hours at area blood drives in the registration or canteen. Transportation necessary; call Doreen at 617-699-3806.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to help with fundraising, planning events, promoting speakers, general help with the annual book and bake sale; if you would like to participate in this community-centered activity, please call John at 978-957-3988.

ELDER SERVICES OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Seeking Volunteers for a number of activities related to helping elders; volunteer drivers are needed to drive elders to medical appointments and to work as companions for elders living alone who may need help with day-to-day tasks; mileage reimbursement is available; orientation, training and ongoing support provided; more than 20,000 elders throughout the 23 cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley annually receive assistance from the programs offered by Elder Services; for further information, call 1-800-892-0890 and ask for Eileen at extension 463 or Jerry at extension 445 and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

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