LOWELL -- The Greater Lowell Family YMCA and Lowell General Hospital will host Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Y, located at 35 YMCA Drive. Activities will include a bounce-around, face paiting and more. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 978-454-7825 or visit www.greaterlowellymca.org.

Wish Project open house introduces recycling trailer

LOWELL -- The Wish Project Furniture Bank hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 1A Foundry St. Lowell, to launch its new Mobile Heat Sterilization Program for furniture. Thanks in part to a Lowell Community Development Block Grant, this 45-foot mattress recycling trailer can heat-sterilize up to 2 tons of furniture and goods in four hours. The Wish Project provides gently used furniture, clothing, home goods, electronics and baby gear to low-income clients moving out of homelessness. For information, go to www.thewishproject.org or call 978-441-9474.

Open Pantry to host open house

LOWELL -- The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell, 13 Hurd St., will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday to celebrate Community Development Week. The pantry, which has 50 volunteers, and one paid position, provides food to 17,000 hungry people each year. Community development funds pay for a significant amount of this food. On hand will be Tom Buretta, preside,t, Jody O'Hearn, vice president, and Geoff Bryant, executive director, as well as volunteers. Fr information, call 978-453-6693, email director@theopenpantry.org or info@theopenpantry.org or go to www.theopenpantry.org

Holy Trinity Church in Lowell presents food fest

LOWELL -- Holy Trinity Church, 340 High St., will hold its Annual Polish Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Parish Hall. The event includes a variety of homemade traditional Polish food, to eat in or to take out, a multi-ethnic Bake Table, and raffle prizes.

Women's club holding rabies clinic in Hudson

HUDSON, N.H. -- The GFWC-Hudson Junior Woman's Club will hold its annual Rabies Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Animal Control Facility, 6 Constitution Drive. Dr. Allen J. Conti, VMD, of the Hudson Animal Hospital will inoculate dogs and cats against rabies.

Any dog or cat owner in the Nashua/Hudson /Lowell area whose pet is in need of a rabies vaccination is invited to attend. Puppies must be at least six months old before they can be inoculated. Previously vaccinated pets may receive a three year shot if their owners can show written, dated proof of an earlier vaccination. Rabies collar tags are not dated and are not acceptable as proof of the earlier vaccination. A responsible adult must accompany every animal treated, and pets must be kept on a leash.

The fee for inoculation is $15 for each pet; proceeds will help to fund the Alvirne Vet Tech scholarship fund and other projects planned by the Hudson Junior Woman's Club.

'Stuff-a-Truck' event brings in 75 cases of food

DRACUT -- The Dracut Food Pantry's first spring "Stuff-a-Truck" food drive, held recently at the Bridge Street Market Basket brought in more than 75 large cases of non-perishable food items, kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies, in addition to more than $500 in cash.

With support from the dental office staff of Dr. Ian Barwick, the Toupin Rigging Company, Carbon Colors signs, WCAP's Warren Shaw and Demoulas Market Basket, volunteers received generous donations from Market Basket patrons as they left the store.

The Dracut Food Pantry, which serves nearly 300 people, welcomes any Dracut resident (or any non-Dracut resident referred by a Dracut church or organization) who is among those struggling to put food on the table. It is located in Beaver Brook Mills at 1934 Lakeview Ave., on the lower level behind Owen & Ollie's Restaurant. Look for the "Dracut Food Pantry" signs. For more information about the Dracut Food Pantry, call 978-957-8600.

Friendly's raising money for Easter Seals

Friendly's annual Camp Friendly's fundraiser is now under way to benefit Easter Seals youth leadership and summer camp programs. From now through Sunday, for each $2 donation to Easter Seals, children will receive their kids meal served on a Friendly's Frisbee. For a $1 donation, customers will get a discount card for 10 percent off all Friendly's purchases made through May 18.

Proceeds support Easter Seals Camp Friendly's programs up and down the East Coast. In Massachusetts, Camp Friendly's benefits the Easter Seals Youth Leadership Network for teens and young adults with disabilities, as well as Explorers Camp for children and teens with autism and developmental disabilities. For Friendly's locations, visit www.friendlys.com. For information about Easter Seals services, call 800-244-2756 or go to www.EasterSealsMa.org.