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ACTIVITIES

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.

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.

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: Begins rehearsals on Monday, Jan. 17, at 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Park and Lawrence streets in Methuen; auditions are not required; the spring concert will be performed in May at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-687-9465.

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: No auditions; rehearsals Mondays, 7:15-9 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Park St., Methuen; the Methuen Community Chorus spring show will be held April 25, 26 at the Methuen Organ Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859. 

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, lower garden room, 305 Broadway; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda at 978-687-9892 or visit www.methuengardenclub.org.

MOMS TO MOM: Meets every other Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, Pelham; for more information, contact Cindy at ckyzer6@hotmail.com or ask for Cindy at the church phone, 603-635-1556.

PATCHWORK PALS OF GREATER LOWELL QUILT GUILD: Meets on the first Sunday of the month -- except for holiday weekends or Super Bowl Sunday; then meets on the second Sunday; Polish American Veterans, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; new members and visitors are always welcome; for more information, visit www.patchworkpals.org.

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.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS OF LOWELL: Accepting new members; no auditions required; for more information, call Heidi at 978-957-0802.

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.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux at 603-889-1775 for location.

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.

HOSPICE COMPANIONS: Allegiance Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to be companions for our patients diagnosed with terminal illness. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to have a rewarding and life-enhancing experience. Ongoing training is provided, with a weekly commitment of one to two hours; individuals who can serve in Greater Lowell, the Merrimack Valley and North Shore are needed; if interested, contact Amy Cirigliano at 877-255-4623, ext. 2352, or at acirigliano@allegiancehospice.com.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell; other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA's Resident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; for more information, call 978-686-6191.