TOWNSEND RECREATION: Offers the following classes at Squannicook Early Ed Center, 66 Brookline Road: Summer Playschool (ages 3-5), each Mon., July 7-Aug. 4, 8-10:30 a.m., $100; American Sign Language Summer Session (ages 8+), each Wed. & Fri., July 9-Aug. 6, noon-1 p.m., talent show performance, Fri., Aug. 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m., $70. Register via email: email@example.com. Call Emy Hoff at 978-597-0790 with questions.
HOME BUYER TRAINING: The Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership will hold home buyer training classes, $100 per household, in English, Mon.-Thurs., July 14-17, 6:30-9 p.m. Visit mvhp.org or call 978-459-8490 for registration.
ATHM SUMMER CLASSES: The American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell, will offer classes Mon.-Fri., from 9 a.m.-noon, for children in grades 2-12: Introduction to Puppet Arts, July 14-18; Hands On Design, Aug. 4-8; Fiber Arts Fun, Aug. 11-15. Cost is $125/student per class, or $225/student for two classes. Visit athm.org or call 978-441-0400, ext. 262, for information and online registration.
UML STRING PROJECT REGISTRATION: Students can register for the UMass Lowell String Project on Sat., July 26, 5-7 p.m., at UMass Lowell, Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St. Rental and tuition fees are due at registration. Beginning string classes on violin, viola, and cello are scheduled each Tues. and Thurs., 5-6 p.m., at Durgin Hall. More advanced groups rehearse each Tues. and Thurs., 6-7 p.m. (Sinfonia), or 7-8:30 p.m. (Youth Orchestra). The UMass Lowell String Project has two annual concerts which participants are required to attend. Scholarships are available. Visit http://www.uml.edu/research/string-project/.
ADULT SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM: The Chelmsford Senior Center offers supervised day programs for seniors Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. "No fail" programs of activities build confidence and self-esteem. Transportation options available. Call Colleen at 978-251-8880.
ADULT SUPPORTIVE DAY PROGRAM: Offered Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Westford Council on Aging, 20 Pleasant St. Programs are safe, fun and nurturing. Transportation provided. Call 978-692-0803.
BEDFORD COUNCIL ON AGING: Offers the following ongoing programs: Giving Hands able to assist elders in need with gift cards; Fix it Shop, open every Tues.-Wed., 9 a.m.-noon. Call Bedford Council on Aging, 781-275-6825.
BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE: Bring empty bottles and cans to the Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, second Sat. each month through Oct., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England. Visit www.stonezoo.org.
DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE: The City of Lowell has a federally funded program for down payment and closing cost assistance, providing four percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000. Participants must complete a pre-application interview, before making an offer on a Lowell property. Call 978-459-8490 to schedule an appointment. Visit Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership at www.mvhp.org for more information.
DROP-IN COMPUTER HELP: The Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson, N.H., offers computer help each first and third Tues., 7 p.m., and each second and fourth Tues., 1:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Visit www.rodgerslibrary.org.
DUNK N' DOGS VACCINE CLINICS: Dunk N'Dogs, 57 Lowell Road, Hudson, N.H., will offer monthly vaccine clinics for dogs and cats from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The clinic receives many animals from the Lowell Humane Society and will offer vaccines at a discount fee. For more information call 603-881-3647 or 603-595-2287.
ENGLISH CONVERSION, CITIZENSHIP AND DRIVING PERMIT PREPARATION: Free classes are offered at Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, each Sun., 10 a.m.-12 noon. Call 978-407-3925 or 781-273-9752.
FAMILY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION: The Family Child Care Association provides education, support and referrals to families and licensed child care providers in the greater Billerica area. All of our EEC licensed providers offer smokeless environments, attend regular trainings and workshops, and are CPR and first aid certified. Most offer full- and part-time care and have indoor and outdoor facilities. For more information, call 978-663-6738 or email FCCA1979@yahoo.com.
FUEL ASSISTANCE: PACH Outreach is booking appointments to help with the application for The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) -- Fuel Assistance. Appointments are scheduled each Mon. & Wed., 5-6:30 p.m., and each Thurs., 2-3:30 p.m. Call PACH at 978-925-9770. Leave a message with your name, preferred appointment time & phone number.
FUEL ASSISTANCE FOR BEDFORD RESIDENTS: The Commonwealth's Fuel Assistance program invites Bedford residents of all ages to apply, providing a benefit to those who meet income guidelines to help pay fuel bills. Those who enroll may be automatically eligible for a free home weatherization program, free heating system repair or replacement, free energy-saving devices and discounts for many utilities. To apply, Bedford residents under age 60 should call Bedford Youth and Family Services at 781-275-7727, over 60 should call Bedford Council on Aging at 781-275-6825.
KITCHENWARE DONATIONS: Christ Jubilee Church, 101 Smith St., Lowell, is seeking donations of pots, pans, frying pans, utensils, serving trays, bakeware and misc. kitchen items for church suppers, bake sales and other church events. All donations are tax-deductible. Call 978-452-9977 or 978-423-6246.
LINK TO LITERACY: Non-profit, volunteer-run organization has free tutors available to help adults who have joined us from other cultures to read, write and speak American English more effectively. For a student application or more information, contact Information Services Department at J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford, 978-399-2309 or www.westfordlibrary.org.
LOS PREMIOS CHAROLO: An organization that assists parents and interested people to provide academic and vocational information and education for young people ages 4-25. Welcoming all parents to participate in current programs for "Citizens of Tomorrow." Call 978-452-1068.
LOWELL CATMOBILE: In collaboration with the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society's Catmobile, the Lowell Humane Society is offering $20 cat sterilization for all cats living in Lowell or Dracut, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. Residents living in Lowell or Dracut must call 978-465-1940 for a required appointment for this discounted service which includes a brief exam, spay/neuter, rabies vaccination for cats over 12 weeks of age, flea treatment and nail trim. Residents of other cities may also utilize The Catmobile for discounted services, priced at $100 for females and $80 for males. For information, visit websites at mrfrs.org/catmobile and lowellhumanesociety.org.
SECOND SATURDAY BINGO: The Hudson Lions Club will hold Second Saturday Bingo, second Sat. each month, 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Hall, 14 Melendy Road, Hudson, N.H.
TAKE A LOOK MORNING: Applewild School, an independent school for grades K-8, hosts an open house the first Thurs. each month, 9-11 a.m. Prospective parents meet at the Crocker Building, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, to tour the school and see students and teachers in action. No RSVP necessary. For information, call 978-342-6053, ext. 110, or visit www.applewild.org.