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REGISTRATION: KIDS, Inc. (Kids in Disability Sports). Registration sessions to be held Friday, May 4, 7 p.m., at the KIDS, Inc. Luau Dance, Lowell Lodge of Elks, 40 Old Ferry Road; Saturday May 12, 10 a.m.-noon, and June 23, 10 a.m.-noon, KIDS, Inc., 25 Central St., Lowell. Fee $25, covers all programs for season From Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2013. Fee will be waived for returning members bringing in a new member.
SPRING POPS CONCERT: Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell. $10 suggested donation. Light classical and pops favorites including Tchaikovsky's Waltz from "Sleeping Beauty," music from "Evita," Coates' Summer Day Suite, some J.P. Sousa, and more.
DAN KIROUAC AND DORETTE WELD: Owen & Ollie's Restaurant, 91 Mill St., Dracut, Sunday, May 6, 5-9 p.m. No cover. Adult rock and contemporary tunes.
SPRING GALA: Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities, Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah St., Lowell. Partners in Mission honoree, St. John the Evangelist Parish, North Chelmsford. For tickets, call 978-452-1421.
BOOK SALE: Friends of the Dracut Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut, Thursday, May 17, 5-7 p.m.; Friday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($5 per bag sale, 1-3 p.m.). For information, call 978-454-5474
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.
KIDS ADVENTURE FITNESS CLASS: Free class open to the community each Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m., for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Cleveland Health and Fitness, 17 Darrin Road, Dracut; space is limited; to register, call 978-957-8404.
SPRING GALA: Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah St., Lowell, Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities. 978-452-1421
SPRING INTO AUCTION: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. Friends of MRT. www.MerrimackRep.org or 978-654-7552
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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (adults $6, children $2); meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 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 email@example.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.
BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.
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.
NASHOBA VALLEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1985: Seeking classmates; Nvthsclassof85.myevent.com. Class of 1984, 1985 and 1986 sponsored by Class of 1985.
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.