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ACTIVITIES

ANDOVER ARTISTS GUILD PAINTING CRITIQUE: April 23, 2-4 p.m., North Parish Church, corner of Academy and Great Pond roads, North Andover; artists are asked to bring a finished or unfinished painting for critique; for more information, call Val at 978-658-4693.

CLASSIC COLE PORTER: April 28-29, 8 p.m.; April 30, 2 p.m.; Great Hall, Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen; presented by the North Regional Theater Workshop, under the direction of Paul D. Webster-Greene; an unforgettable musical extravaganza celebrating the music of Cole Porter; tickets (all reserved): $25 main floor, $20 balcony; no returns, no refunds; for more information, call the ticket line at (978) 658-0192.

GROUPS

ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Holds its monthly meeting at the Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center, Methuen. The meeting focuses on art demonstration and art-related subjects. Guests and prospective new members are welcome. For imore nformation, contact Fred Cochrane at fcochrane@cochraneartworks.com or at 978-975-1526.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION: April 15, 1 p.m., Leo C. Roth Post 315 will be holding nomination of officers during the regular monthly meeting.

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.

DRACUT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Meets the first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut Historical Society Building, Lakeview Avenue; new members welcome; for more information, call (978)458-2667 or e-mail gertz@msn.com

DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Monthly meeting April 10, 7 p.m., 46 Salem St., Methuen; The Dream Factory provides grant wishes to area children ages 3 to 18 with chronic or permanently life-altering conditions who have previously been granted a wish from any other foundation; for more information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, 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.

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.

MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER SOCIETY: April 15, 10 a.m., Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell; The Friends Of Major General Benjamin F. Butler Society holding spring meeting; anyone interested can participate; there will be discussions about Major General Butler’s life and planning for our annual ceremony at his grave site on Nov. 5; for more information, call 508-966-0684.

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; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-682-1541.

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

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

NIGHTSPOTS

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: April 7, 8 p.m., Live Music: Matthew Joy Good; April 8, 8 p.m., Live Music: Saint Joe Hazelwood (no cover).