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ACTIVITIES

CONTEMPORARY DANCE FAVORITES: First Saturday of the month with Dennis Desrosiers; second Saturday of the month with the Comeback Kids Combo; third Saturday of the month with Vince and Joan; 7:30-11 p.m.; Acacia Club, 247 Sladen St., Dracut; complimentary coffee and doughnuts; singles welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4740.

ART EXHIBIT: Through December; Borders Bookstore at The Loop; photos and paintings of Methuen artist Maureen DeSisto; Dec. 15, opening reception, 7-9 p.m.

CRAFTERS WANTED: The GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club’s annual craft fair; Dec. 3; Hudson Memorial School, Central Street, Hudson; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; event attracts approximately 130 crafters from all over New England; fair’s proceeds benefits the Hudson Junior Woman’s Club’s scholarship fund; applications being accepted for table space; to reserve space or for more information, contact Debbie Dunn at 603-594-0332, or e-mail her at debbieandjeff1@aol.com

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m., The First Congregational Church, Pelham; The New Greeley Singers present inspiring music directed by Peter Bedrosian, accompanied by Jeanne Bedrosian; featuring pianists Danielle and Stephanie Winn; admission: $5; children under 10, free; complimentary refreshments.

UTEC HOME BENEFIT: Dec. 8; 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Lenzi’s grand ballroom; Route 110, Dracut; kickoff campaign for permanent home; semiformal dinner-dance and silent auction; tickets: $75 in advance or $100 at the door; sponsored table for 10, $500; for more information, contact fundraisingPR@utec-lowell.org.

PELHAM SCHOOLS WINTER CONCERTS: Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Pelham High School cafeteria; featuring high-school instrumental and choral groups; Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Pelham Memorial School gymnasium; Nutcracker Suite and other selections; donations: $3 for adults, $2 for students; Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m., Pelham Elementary School, featuring the school chorus and fifth-grade Beginning band.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dec. 18. 3 p.m.; St. Joseph The Worker Shrine, 37 Lee St., Lowell; featuring the Spindle City Singers; free admission; donations will be accepted.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: St. Patrick Clubhouse, 12 Main St., Pelham; meets third Thursday of the month, 7-10 p.m.; variety of games played; for more information, call 603-635-7711 or 603-635-7440.

GROUPS

DRACUT COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets first and third Wednesday of the month (except July, August), 1 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; coffee hour with the director, fourth Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; poetry class, Mondays, 9:30 a.m.; art class, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; call 978-957-2611.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., April through December; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; call 978-453-9694 or 978-453-0038.

DRACUT EXCHANGE CLUB: Meets first and third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza, 1067 Lakeview Ave. Active in the prevention of child abuse and promotion of patriotism and student of the month in local schools; guests welcome; for more information, call (978) 934-6990.

GREATER LOWELL KENNEL CLUB, INC: Meets fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Lowell Humane Society Building, corner of Broadway and River streets, Lowell; breed-handling classes held each Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

LOWELL LADIES AUXILIARY: Walker Rogers VFW Post 662, 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; meet raffle every Saturday, 2 p.m.; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-688-3075.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road; Halloween party, Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m.

TYNGSBORO WRITERS GROUP: Meets Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Littlefield Library, 252 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; group provides support and critique of beginning writer’s fiction; call (978) 649-7132, or (978) 649-2282.

NIGHTSPOTS

AVENUE PUB & GRILL: 1629 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; Fridays, Acoustic with Rob Breton; Saturdays, Karaoke with Carmen and Henry.

THE BREWERY EXCHANGE: 201 Cabot St., Lowell, (978) 937-2690, fax: (978) 934-0097.

BREW’D AWAKENING COFFEEHAUS: 61 Market St., Lowell (978-454-2739), www.brewdawakening.com; Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Living in Dreamtime; Dec. 3, 8 p.m., OUtlET Performance Group; Dec. 4, 5 p.m., movie (Eraserhead).

CAPPY’S COPPER KETTLE: 245 Central St., Lowell, Fridays and Saturdays, J.C.’s Golden Oldies.

FORTUNATO’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE: 44 Palmer St., Lowell, Fridays and Saturdays, live entertainment in the lounge.

LIVINGSTONE’S RESTAURANT:: 56 Chelmsford Road, Route 129, Billerica; Saturdays, Bob Gauvreau.

MAMBO GRILL: 129 Merrimack St., Lowell; Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., open mike night; jazz every other Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.

NASHUA GARDEN PUB: 121 Main St., Nashua, N.H.; Thursdays, bluegrass open mike/jam.

TRAIN VIEW PUB & GRILL: 1018 Gorham St., Lowell; karaoke contest with Chris through July 28; Fridays, acoustic rock happy hour, 5-8 p.m.

WORTHEN HOUSE: 141 Worthen St., Lowell; Tuesdays, live jazz/open mike; Wednesdays, open mike with Willie D. and Triana; Thursdays, DJ/hip-hop music; Sundays, Euro Night.