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ACTIVITIES

BEAN SUPPER: Jan. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; ham, hot dogs, cole slaw, potatto salad, bread and butter, coffee, and pastry; admission: $6 for adults; $2 for children under 10; for more information, call 978-687-9465.

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.

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; donations welcome.

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 VFW: Post 9307: meets the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Dracut American Legion Post 315 on Broadway Road. New members welcome.

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.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; next meeting Jan. 4; for more information, call 978-682-1541.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.

TYNGSBORO WRITERS GROUP: Meets Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Littlefield Library, 252 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; support and critiques of beginning writer’s fiction; 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; Friday, Dec.9, 8 p.m.: live music with Alley; Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.: live music, Shazaam; Sunday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m.: movie, This is Spinal Tap.

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; 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.

PROGRAMS

ADULT SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; the Chelmsford Senior Center offers supervised day programs for seniors; transportation options available; call 978-251-8880.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Offered by the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell; third Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell; call Marie at 978-459-9343, ext. 2783.

BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM: Saints Memorial Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, 978-934-8584.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: First Thursday of the month, 9 a.m.-noon, Chelmsford Town Hall, 50 Billerica Road; 978-250-5241.

BONE AND JOINT CENTER SEMINARS: Saints Memorial Medical Center, 1 Hospital Drive, Lowell, offers seminars on knee and hip pain the second and fourth Thursday each month. Registration required. 978-446-2902.

COMMUNITY TABLE: Lowell YMCA, YMCA Drive, Lowell; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

COMPANION-RESPITE CARE: Respite Care offers companions on a temporary or permanent basis, to stay with elderly or disabled people in the Chelmsford and Westford area; $8 an hour. Call Patty Keane or Lucille Alcorn, 978-251-8491.

FREE LEAD SCREENING: Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m., Mercier Center, 21 Salem St.; the Lowell Health Department and Department of Planning and Development lead screening for children under age 6; 978-446-7117.

MATURE WORKERS PROGRAM: Job opportunities available for those 55 and over; a variety of jobs at area nonprofits and/or town government offices. For a listing of available jobs contact Eileen at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 800-892-0890, ext. 463.

LEGION: Nabnassett American Legion 437: 114 Dunstable Road, Westford; serving lunch, Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 978-692-7400.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux @ 603-889-1775for location.

STRETCH, STRENGTHEN AND UNWIND: Yoga, Mondays, 7 p.m., 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell; Tuesdays, 7 p.m., the Pawtucket Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; call Jon, 978-852-2765, or jon@bromyoga.com or www.bromyoga.com.

SINGLES

DANCE: Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight. Couples welcome. 781-595-0235.

DANCE: Friday Night Singles Dances: American Legion Post 221, routes 4 and 225, Bedford, every Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight.781-275-3140.

MEET: The Single Life, 45 and up; weekly meetings and organized social activities. 978-557-9311 or thesinglelife.org

SINGLES IN THE SUBURBS: Nonprofit club for singles ages 21-45. Call 781-721-4220.

SINGLESCLUB.ORG: Weekly events held at various locations. www.SinglesClub.org

Volunteers

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 Georgia, 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fund-raising, monthly book sales. 978-454-5474.

GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU: Knowledgeable, friendly volunteers to work at the Massachusetts Tourist Information Center on Interstate 495, Chelmsford. Should enjoy working with people, know the Greater Lowell area and be able to give directions. 978-250-9704.

LOWELL ASSN. FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell. Other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

PINES OF TEWKSBURY: Assisted living facility, 2580 Main St., Tewksbury; seeks volunteers for entertainment, educational and social functions. Flexible hours; nights and weekends especially appreciated. Marti, 978-657-0800.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park. Projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times. Opportunities include painting, park and canal clean-up, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events. Call 978-970-5032.

VNA CARE HOSPICE: Vistiting Nurses Association Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, is seeking volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Training provided. For information call 888-663-3688, ext. 3471, or 978-777-6100, ext. 3471.

WESTFORD SUPPORTIVE DAY PROGRAM: Seeking volunteers who can assist at the Supportive Day Program at 65 Tadmuck Road, Westford. Assist in activities on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; hours flexible. Call Kathy Mull, 978-692-0803.