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BEAN SUPPER: May 6, Methuen VFW Auxiliary, 26 River St.; ham. hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, coffee and dessert.

FREE CLASSICAL FAVORITES CONCERT: May 5, 8 p.m., Sullivan Middle School, 150 Draper St., Lowell; the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents a delightful mix of popular and classical favorites; featured soloist will be Justin Chew, 16, a junior at Phillips Andover Academy; families are most welcome; parking is available behind the Sullivan School; for more information, visit or call 603-488-1473.

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: The Greater Lowell Technical High School, class of 1986, is seeking classmates for its 20th reunion; contact or

LAS VEGAS NIGHT: May 5, 7:30 p.m., Guesthouse Suites Inn, 159 Pelham St., Methuen; all proceeds to benefit the Marsh School PTO; for more information, contact Lori Smerdon at 978-794-0483.

LOWELL HIGH CLASS REUNION: The Class of 1976 is planning its 30th reunion on Nov. 4 and needs to know where to send your invitation; if you are a member of the Class of 1976 or know someone who is, contact Judy at and go to to get more detailed information about the upcoming reunion.

MOMS CLUB YARD SALE: May 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine; St. Patrick School’s Trolley Barn, Pelham; MOMS Club of Pelham yard sale and bake sale; no early birds.

PAMPER MOM DAY: May 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Babies R Us, 447 South Broadway, Salem, N.H.; for moms of all ages — expectant moms, new moms and grandmothers; activities include informal seminars, product displays and demonstrations, plus lots of games and fun; for more Information, contact Mary Ellen Hollins at Babies R Us (603-893-2614).

SCRAPBOOKING SESSION: May 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mary Church Parish Hall, 25 North Road, Chelmsford; $20 admission buys space, time, expert advice, demonstrations, breakfast and lunch; students through seventh grade admitted free; bring your own supplies and any scrapbooking task you’re currently undertaking; register by May 14 by calling the St. Mary Youth Ministry at 978-256-3541 and receive a free gift.

SWIMMING LESSONS: The Greater Lowell Family YMCA Barracuda swim team will also be offering a youth stroke clinic for children ages 6 to 18 beginning the end of March and running until early May. The program will run evenings Monday to Friday. We are currently accepting registrations. You can register in person at the YMCA or by phone (978) 454-7825.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPRING CONCERT: May 13, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2 Main St., Pelham; an exhilarating evening of inspiring music by the New Greeley Singers, under the direction of Peter Bedrosian with accompanist Jeanne Bedrosian; admission: $6 for adults, children under 10 free; for tickets, call Nancy Katin at 978-458-1684.

YOGA MEDITATION COURSE: 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell; all welcome, free; for more information, call 978-771-8712 or 978-844-0058; for more Information about sahaja yoga, visit


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

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION: May 20, 1 p.m.; Leo C. Roth Post 315 will hold election 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

DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: 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 second Monday of the month, 7-10 p.m.; variety of games played; all ages welcome; for more information, call Jackie (603-635-7711) or Ginny (603-635-7440).

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: Meers second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.