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A CONVERSATION WITH PAUL SULLIVAN: Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m., Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road, Bedford; The U.S. Constitution: A Conversation with Paul Sullivan, is free and open to the public on a space-available basis; Sullivan, a WBZ Radio talk-show host and Middlesex adjunct professor, MCC history and government professor David Kalivas and judge Robert A. Barton, who before his retirement issued a controversial ruling in the Fells Acres Day Care Center case, will discuss the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment and hot-button issues; Sullivan is the also political editor of The Sun newspaper.

ANDOVERS ART IN THE PARK: Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park, corner of Chestnut and Bartlett streets, Andover; more than 100 artists from all over New England and New York state will exhibit a variety of fine arts, graphics, and photography; music provided by DJ Scot Pare; free, open to the public; rain date Sept. 17; for more information, contact Diane Butler at 978-475-9342 or at

BALLROOM DANCING: Sept. 30, 7:30-11 p.m., ballroom social, Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, 1201 Westford St., Lowell; admission: $10 per person; 7-7:30 p.m., free lesson; for more information, call 978-452-1111 or visit www.steppinoutdance-lowellcom.

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.

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.

COUNTRY/WESTERN DANCE: Oct. 7, 8 p.m.-midnight; East End Social Club, 14 West Fourth St., Lowell; snacks and door prizes; tickets ($6) available at the door.

FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., Methuen YMCA; pumpkin carving, face painting, and arts and crafts projects; refreshments will be served; admission: family/general YMCA members free, nonmembers $10 per family; for more information, call call Melissa O’Brien at 978-683-5266.

MARCH AGAINST CANCER: Sept, 24, Abe Bashara Boathouse, Lawrence; registration: 9 am, start time for 4-mile walk: 10 a.m.; followed by food, entertainment and raffles; organized by the local Department of Social Services branch to honor two of our colleagues, Jamie, 27, and Ceylin 24, who both fought recurring bouts of cancer; Jamie eventually died in May; half the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the other half Jamie’s son, Richard; for more information, call 978-557-2549.

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.

NORTHEAST REGION 4H FALLFEST: Sept. 30, Berry Pond, Harold Parker State Forest, Andover; open to all boys and girls ages 5-19; $6 per person, $12 per family; to register or to volunteer, call Diane McGary at 978-686-5189 or at

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


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.


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 or at 978-682-1352.

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

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.

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.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Middle School, 150 Draper St., Lowell; open rehearsals; community orchestra has openings in all sections, and student musicians are encouraged to join; led by conductor Valerie Taylor, the orchestra, which draws its members from eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, performs four to six concerts each year; for more information, call 603-262-1519 or visit

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (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; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call 978-687-9892 or visit

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


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, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., Amy Petty; Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Jillian Santella; no cover; all ages welcome.