DRACUT -- The Dracut Food Pantry will hold a "Stuff-A-Truck" food drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the DeMoulas Market Basket parking lot at 1201 Bridge St, Lowell.

With support from the dental office of Dr. Ian Barwick, Toupin Rigging Company and Demoulas Market Basket, Inc., volunteer staff will be taking donations of non-perishable food items, utensils and cleaning supplies from Market Basket patrons as they leave the store.

The food pantry was established by St. Francis Parish, Ste. Marguerite D'Youville Parish and Christ Church United, with town representation and opened in 2007 at Beaver Brook Mills is located in Beaver Brook Mills. It is located 1934 Lakeview Avenue, on the lower level behind Owen & Ollie's Restaurant. Look. The pantry welcomes any Dracut resident, or any non-Dracut resident referred by a Dracut church or organization, who is struggling to put food on the table.

Food is provided through food drives at schools, businesses and organizations, monetary donations from the community and from the Friends of the Dracut Food Pantry.

For information regarding the "Stuff-A-Truck" event, call the Dracut Food Pantry at 978-957-8600 or the office of Dr. Ian Barwick at 978-957-5511.

Local Hadassah to host heart health workshops

ANDOVER - The Merrimack Valley chapter of Hadassah will sponsor a series of workshops, "Ignite Your Heart," in conjunction with the national Hadassah initiative, "Every Beat Counts.



The programs are designed to help individuals focus on heart health and well-being, including both the spiritual and physical aspects. Each Sunday held program will be a self-contained event, but advance registration is required.

The first program, "Jewish Spiritual Meditation and Mindfulness" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Temple Emanuel 7 Haggetts Pond Road. Rabbi Miriam Phillips, lifelong learning director at the temple, will lead the workshop. The program is free but registration is required.

The second program, "Restorative Relaxation," will be held from to 5 to 6:15 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at HOME Yoga, 28 Chestnut St. Owner Kristin Olson will lead the class. No prior yoga experience is is required. There is a small fee and registration is required. Space is limited, and preference will be given to Hadasssah members.

The third and final program will be held in the Fall, 2014, and will continue the theme of heart health and well-being.

For information and registration, email hadassahmv@gmail.com.

Dinner to benefit Westford Historical Society

WESTFORD -- The Westford Historical Society will host Tastings of Westford from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road. The dinner, which will include four courses and dessert, will feature historical recipes as well as wine, beer and special drink parings.

The recipes will come from Westford families, including Hildreth, Day, Wilder, Nesmith, MacDougall, Hall, Fletcher, and Roudenbush. A special drink will be served from the dedication of the J.V. Fletcher Library in 1896. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

Tickets are $50 per person or $95 per couple and can be purchased online at www.westford.com/museum or at the Westford Historical Office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Proceeds benefit the Westford Historical Society.

Groton church to hold spring craft fair

GROTON -- Union Congregational Church of Groton, 218 Main St., will hosts its ninth annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and will showcase the talents of local artisans and crafters.

Items will include rocking horses, oil paintings, painted glassware, embroidered clothing and gifts, baby items, jewelry, soaps, painted wood, mandalas, photography, herbs, and so much more. All items are handmade. Admission is free.