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ACTIVITIES

CHRISTMAS GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR: Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. St. Francis Parish; 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; more than 30 crafters and vendors, chocolate shoppe and baked goods, breakfast and lunch, kids korner and raffles; free admission, plenty of parking; for directions, go to ww.saintfrancis.net.

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.

HALLOWEEN AT THE YMCA: Oct. 28, noon-3 p.m. (Methuen); Oct. 28, 3-6 p.m. (Andover, North Andover); Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Lawrence); The Merrimack Valley YMCA is again offering an imaginative Halloween experience, a day for little goblins and their families to enjoy in an environment that’s both caring and safe.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND PENNY SALE: Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 12, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; St. Kathryn Parish, 6 Dracut Road, Hudson; homemade crafts, candy, goodies made by several parishioners and a large assortment of penny sale and theme baskets; a 50/50 raffle; handmade quilt will be raffled; other prizes include $1,000, JVC 32-inch stereo TV, two nights at Haven by the Sea in Wells, Maine; for more information, call the office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. at 1-603-882-7793 or contact Chris at 1-603-883-3499.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; visit with animals and their rescuers, view photos of pets looking for homes, and to learn about how everyone can help these wonderful animals, including dogs, cats, birds, and bunnies; check our Web site (http://www.ARNNE.org) for information about specific pets and other upcoming events.

SPOOKY GHOST TOURS: Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m., Lawrence Street Cemetery, Methuen; sponsored by the Methuen Historical Society; $5 admission; parking available in St. Monica’s lot; rain date Oct. 29.

WINE TASTING: Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m., St. Joseph The Worker Shrine reception room, Lee Street, Lowell; hosted by the League of Catholic Women; sample various varieties of wine and cheese; members are encouraged to bring guests; for more information, call 978-458-9426.

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell provides senior health clinics at various locations during October. A registered nurse will conduct the clinics and no appointments are needed and no fee charged for those 60 and older. For more information, call the VNA at 978-805-2641.

The clinics will be held on the following dates and times:

* Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

BENEFITS

ART AT THE LIBRARY: Nov. 8-Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Friday, Saturday); closed Nov. 11 and Sunday; Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen; annual fundraiser for The Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley’s scholarship program; show and sale of original paintings, photography, prints and cards; free, open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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.

GREATER LOWELL LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Any Catholic woman 18 and older is eligible to join; membership drive is still ongoing; for more information, call chairwoman Bonni Dinneen at 978-937-7933.

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.

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 haven’t previously been granted a wish from any other foundation; for more information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561.

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 (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.; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda Yuele at 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., 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.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS OF LOWELL: Accepting new members; if you have a love for music, we’d ove to have you join us; no auditions required; for more information, call Heidi at 978-957-0802.

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).

PROGRAMS

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

MATURE WORKERS PROGRAM: Job opportunities available for those 55 and over; a variety of jobs at area nonprofits and/or town government offices. For a listing of available jobs contact Eileen at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 800-892-0890, ext. 463.

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.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976: Nov. 18, Pat’s Function Halls, Haverhill; tickets $45 per person; for more information, contact Sharon (McCarthy) Walsh by e-mail at Sharon21377@comcast.net.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1981: Nov. 24, Harris’ Pelham Inn; for more information, contact Michelle Charest-Keegan by e-mail at m.michellekeegan@comcast.net.

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.

ELDER SERVICES OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Seeking Volunteers for a number of activities related to helping elders; volunteer drivers are needed to drive elders to medical appointments and to work as companions for elders living alone who may need help with day-to-day tasks; mileage reimbursement is available; orientation, training and ongoing support provided; more than 20,000 elders throughout the 23 cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley annually receive assistance from the programs offered by Elder Services; for further information, call 800-892-0890, ext. 380.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell. Other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

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.

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.