LOWELL -- The Middlesex Community College Foundation will host a family holiday portrait session at the historic John Nesmith House.

A 20-minute family portrait session with a professional photographer, with a maximum of 10 people in the photo, is available for $100. Checks should be made out to the Middlesex Community College Foundation. All proceeds benefit the Middlesex Community College Foundation - Student Success Fund.

The portrait sessions will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the John Nesmith House, 229 Andover St. Schedule the photo session by by Nov. 26 by contacting Maureen Spinney, director of historic homes, at 978-458-3722 or email spinneym@middlesex.mass.edu. All photos will be available in an online image gallery or sent to you on a CD-rom by Dec. 6.

Shirley church to hold annual Christmas fair

SHIRLEY -- St. Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall. The selection of handmade crafts includes woodcrafts, quilted items, country crafts, many Christmas items, rag bags, glassware and jewelry. The fair will also feature new children's toys, books, games, puzzles, and gently used Christmas decorations and gifts. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Emerson Auxiliary tree lighting set for Dec. 5

CONCORD -- The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony on at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The public is invited to join Emerson staff and patients for a brief program in the hospital's Cheney Conference Room, followed by the tree lighting in front of the White House.

A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Cheney Conference Room, where the Holy Family Bell Choir will provide entertainment. Parking will be validated. Lights may be donated in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special person or to celebrate a special event.

Each light on the tree costs $10 and a star is $25. Checks payable to the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary may be mailed to Denise Haartz, P.O. Box 1596, Concord, MA 01742. The deadline is Dec. 15. For a donation form or more information about the Tree of Lights, contact Donna Grinnell at 978-263-9830 or donnagrin@aol.com.

Lowell church raising funds for African water project

LOWELL -- Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church is participating in an effort to provide water to villagers in Mpolonjeni, Swaziland, in southern Africa. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is raising funds to complete a water project in Mpolonjeni that will facilitate other development in the village.

The Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church in Lowell recently raised $4200 directly from contributions of the congregation toward this endeavor. The expected need is $65,000. To make a donation, checks should be made payable to World Vision and sent to Water for Africa, Lawrence Street PM Church, 1189 Lawrence St., Lowell, MA 01852. Contributions will be forwarded to World Vision specifically for this project. Please provide your name and address in order to receive a card acknowledging your gift for the holidays or as a gift in name of a friend or family member. For information, contact Cindy Wilkening at wilkening@123mail.net or call Pastor David Allen at 978-453-2052.

Pop Warner team raising funds for playoffs

DRACUT -- Dracut's Pop Warner Middies C team is raising money for a possible trip to Florida the second week of December to compete for the national Pop Warner title. The team has advanced to the semifinals of the regional championship on its way to a possible berth in the national playoffs. Football players and staff will be accepting donations on behalf of the team. For information or to make a donation, contact Brian Martin, vice president of Dracut Pop Warner at 978-580-0586 or Jenn Sawyer (sweetnurse1977@comcast.net) at 978-857-0456. Dracut Pop Warner appreciates the support.