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ACTIVITIES

CHOWDER FESTIVAL: Sept. 16, 4-7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; fish chowder, corn chowder, hot dogs, salad, bread and ginger bread with whipped cream for desert, with coffee, tea and milk; tickets ($7 adults, $3.50 children 6-12) can be purchased or reserved by the church office at 978-687-1240.

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: Sept. 8, Ben Taylor Band; Sept. 9, noon, banjo and fiddle contests.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Congregational Church, Pelham.

QUILT SHOW: Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Polish-American Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; hosted by the Patchwork Gals of Greater Lowell, featuring works by its members; for more information, call Dianne at 978-674-0137 or e-mail craftymamalou@msn.com.

METHUEN ARTIST’S EXHIBIT: Through September, noon-6 p.m. daily, Bridge Gallery, 113 Merrimac St., Newburyport; featuring recent works by Barbara Burns, includes local and New England landscapes and seascapes, scenes from her travels and some portraits; Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., gala reception; no admission; public is invited.

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.

COOKOUT AND HAWAIIAN LUAU: Sept. 8, 6 p.m.-midnight, Harris’ Pelham Inn, Pelham; hosted by the Pelham Police Relief Association; tickets ($35) can be purchased from any Pelham Police Relief Association member or at the Pelham Police Station.

GROUPS

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 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 978-957-1289.

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: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library’s lower garden room; Sept. 6 speaker is Kathy Thomas, president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call 978-687-9892 or visit www.methuengradenclub.org.

NEW GREELEY SINGERS: Seeking new members for the upcoming season under the direction of Peter Bedrosian and accompanist, Jeanne Bedrosian; rehearsals are on Sunday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 at the First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; for further information, call Peter at 603-893-6717 or Sandra at 978-970-5343.

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): Sept. 1, 8 p.m., Tim Bergeron; Sept. 2, 8 p.m., American Music Revolution; no cover; all ages welcome.

PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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, fundraising. Call 978-446-0703.

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.

YMCA ESL/GED PROGRAM: Volunteers are needed for the Lawrence branch’s program offered ‘Y’ residents. What started out as a program to assist 20 to 30 adults has grown in less than a year to more than 100 participants. Volunteers would assist in teaching multiple levels of ESL/GED classes. Classes are held mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. If you are able to help or would like to would like to refer someone to volunteer, contact Kathy Walton or Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191. The Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.