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ACTIVITIES

BLOOD DRIVE: Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Caritas Holy Family Hospital auditorium, 70 East St., Methuen; anyone 17 and older weighing at least 110 pounds in good health is eligible to donate; for more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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.

DRACUT OLD HOME DAY: Sept. 9, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Dracut schools complex, Lakeview Avenue; includes the Dracut Firefighters Activity Day, plus hundreds of vendors, demonstrations, entertainment and kids rides; booths are still available; visit our Web site (www.dracutoldhomeday.com) for more information.

LOWELL SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: All events held at Boarding House Park, French and John streets, downtown Lowell, at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted); rain location Lowell High School Auditorium; children under 12 admitted free; for more information, call 978-970-5200: Aug.18, Dar Williams; Aug. 19, Leahy Celtic music and dance; Aug. 26, Bruce Hornsby; Aug. 31, Dr. John; Sept.1, Los Lobos; Sept. 2, Spanish Harlem Orchestra; Sept. 8, Ben Taylor Band; Sept. 9, noon, banjo and fiddle contests.

PET ADOPTION DAYS: Aug. 20, 2-3 p.m., Dunkn’ Dogs, LLC, 57 Lowell Road, Hudson; Dog Rescue will be available with adult dogs and puppies for adoption; go to www.petfinder.com/shelters/NH88.html to view available dogs; for further information, call 603-881-3647; Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Congregational Church, Pelham.

SWIM LESSON

REGISTRATION: Aug. 26, 9 a.m., Greater Lowell Family YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell; offering lessons weekdays, afternoons, evenings and weekends at two locations, Greater Lowell YMCA and Shawsheen Technical School in Billerica; for further information, visit the “Y” Web site, www.greaterlowellymca.org, or contact Aquatics Director Laura Darling at 978-454-7825 or at ldarling@lowellymca.org.

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell will provide health screenings during August; a registered nurse will conduct the clinics, which include medications review, weight and blood-pressure check; no appointments are needed an no fee is charged to those 60 and older; the clinics will be held at the following locations: Aug. 21, noon-4 p.m., Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

BENEFITS

CELEBRITIES ON STAGE, THE EDWARDS TWINS: Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Andover; sponsored by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc.; tickets $35; direct from Las Vegas, the Edwards twins do impersonations, including Barbra Streisand, Cher and Elton John; proceeds to benefit the NECC Fund; for more information, call 978-556-3870.

STEVEN J. VERTUCCIO MEMORIAL RIDE: Fifty-mile motorcycle ride in memory of Steven J. Vertuccio, who died of cystic fibrosis last year; Aug. 19, 10 a.m. registration, Pro-Fitness, 333 Boston Road, Billerica; 11 a.m., depart for Everett, Mass.; 2 p.m., conclude with barbecue at the Pelham Fish and Game Club, Simpson Mill Road, Pelham; $40 donation includes barbecue and T-shirt; nonriders welcome to attend barbecue; all proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center.

ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Meetings held on the third Thursday of the month in April, May, June, September, October and November; held at the Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center, Methuen; meetings focus on art demonstration and art-related subjects; for more information, contact Silvana Siudut, president/founder, at silart@comcast.net or at 978-682-1352.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION: Leo C. Roth Post 315.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., April through December; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; call 978-957-1289.

DRACUT LIONS CLUB: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 6:30 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza,1067 Lakeview Ave.; new members are always welcome; for more information, call Sandi at 978-454-8829 or e-mail kc6813@comcast.net.

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: 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 at 603-635-7711 or Ginny at 603-635-7440.

METHUEN LADIES

AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $6, children $2; meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-687-9465.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: No regular meetings during the summer; meetings will resume in September on the first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen; for more information on our many summer activities, call Linda Yuele at 978-687-9892.

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, 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 COFFEEHOUSE: 61 Market St., Lowell (978-454-2739, www.brewdawakening.com): Aug. 18, 8 p.m., Amy Littlefield & Katie Karcz; Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Lowell Mower; no cover; all ages welcome.

REUNIONS

GR. LOWELL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL: The Greater Lowell Technical High School, Class of 1986, is seeking classmates for its 20th reunion; contact SteveLaduke@hotmail.com or www.voy.com/19099/.

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL: 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 jaboileau@aol.com and go to classmates.com to get more detailed information about the upcoming reunion.

TENNEY (METHUEN) HIGH SCHOOL: The classes of 1970 and 1971 will hold a combined reunion on Nov. 25 at DiBurro’s Function Hall, Bradford; for more information, e-mail Kathy O’Connell (1970) or Rick Beshara (1971) at tenney7071@yahoo.com.

VOLUNTEERS

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fund raising. Call 978-446-0703.