LOWELL -- The Merrimack Valley Harley Owners Group and Ladies or Harley will hold their 25th Annual Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday at the Heritage State Park Pavilion, with staging for the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. at High Octane Harley Davidson in Billerica, followed by a scenic ride through Billerica, Chelmsford, and Tyngsboro to the park in Lowell. Following the blessing, all are invited to High Octane for a free barbecue. The event is free and all motorcycles are welcome. For information, contact LOH Officer Diane Gillis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 781-354-252
Lil' Iguana opens resale store
NASHUA, N.H. -- The Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation, a local nonprofit focused on child safety education through music, has opened a resale store at 472 Amherst St., Suite 11.
Lil' Iguana Resale Store offers items given to the foundation over the years, including baby items, household items, antiques, glassware, electronics, furniture, toys, games, children's clothing, adult clothing, shoes and more.
Proceeds benefit the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation's efforts to educate young children and prevent child abduction, abuse and serious accidental injuries.
The store opened its doors on March 15, and also houses the administrative offices for the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation.
The Lil' Iguana Resale Store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Donations can be dropped off by appointment at 603-881-9805.
Boy Scout group to host pancake breakfast
CHELMSFORD -- The Friends of Boy Scout Troop 81 of Chelmsford will host their fourth annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton road. The event will feature breakfast, carnival games for children, a plant sale, and more than $1,000 worth of raffle items. Tickets are $8, $5 seniors and children under age 5, available at the door or in advance from a Scout. For information, or to purchase tickets online, go to www.friendsoftroop81.org.
Local artists' show to fund scholarship
METHUEN -- Mann Orchards, 27 Pleasant St. and the Arts Institute Group fo the Merrimack Valley will hold their annual spring art show on June 7-8. All of the artwork in the show has been created by artists of the Merrimack Valley. Admission to the family friendly event is free. Proceeds will benefit the arts group's yearly scholarship. For information, go to www.ArtsInstituteGroup.org.
Humane Society planning benefit walk
LOWELL -- The Lowell Humane Society will hold its sixth annual Steps for Pets benefit walk Sunday at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds in Westford, with registration at 11 a.m. and the walk beginning at noon. Registration is $10 per person for access to vendors, the kids' zone and demonstration. Highlights of the event will include the Be a Tree demonstration, music by DJ Hendo Solo, MSPCA Wag It Games, face painting, caricatures by Bill Bradbury, rescue groups promoting their adoptable pets, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit homeless pets at Lowell Humane Society.
Letter carriers' food drive set for May 10
LOWELL -- The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 22nd annual food drive on Saturday, May 10. All food collected in Lowell will benefit Central Food Ministries, Greater Lowell Catholic Charities, Mobile Pantry, Lowell Transitional Living Center and Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. All food collected in Chelmsford and Dracut will benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and the 109 hunger relief agencies served by the food bank. Please donate non-perishable food items and leave bags of groceries by the mailbox.
Hannaford honors CTI volunteer
LOWELL - A volunteer with Community Teamwork in Lowell has been selected by Hannaford Supermarkets as a "Hannaford Health Hero" for her dedication to increasing health and wellness awareness among local seniors.
Pat FitzGerald, 64, of Westford, serves as the volunteer leader in the Bone Builders program with CTI, where she organizes senior fitness classes focusing on balance and strength-building exercises and educates class attendees on osteoporosis-related topics, such as fall prevention and proper nutrition. FitzGerald was nominated by Joan Aseltine, Bone Builders coordinator for Community Teamwork
In recognition of the organization's commitment to health and wellness, Community Teamwork will receive a $500 donation from Hannaford Supermarkets. FitzGerald will also receive a $50 Hannaford gift card.
Cleanup planned along Merrimack River
LOWELL -- The Clean River Project and Middlesex Community College's Gulf of Maine Institute Team will host a cleanup along the Merrimack River from 2 to 5 p.m., meeting at the dog park on the northwest corner of the Route 38 bridge. Gloves and refreshments will be provided. Cleaning will take place along the bike path next to the river from Bridge Street to past Route 38 on the north side of the river. For information, contact Diane at 978-376-6574.
St. Margaret School to host benefit
LOWELL -- St. Margaret School will host its fourth annual Mane Event - A Nite at the Races and Silent Auction on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club, Staples Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. Highlights include the telecast of the Kentucky Derby, raffles, an auction, buffet and games. The event is 21+. For tickets and information, contact Danielle Caron, St. Margaret School, 978-453-8491.