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ACTIVITIES

COUNTRY KICKIN’ DANCING: Fridays, 7-11 p.m., Acacia Club, 247 Sladen St., Dracut; featuring White Buffalo DJ Nick Diamond; $5 per person; singles always welcome; for more information, call 978-957-3209.

EIGHT-MINUTE DATING: Jan. 9, 7 p.m., The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua; for ages 25-35 and 30-45; meet someone you want to see again, or your next event is free appetizers and a cash bar; one lucky participant, from each age group, will win a $25 gift certificate; advance registration required; sign up at www.8minuteDating.com; for further information, call or e-mail Jerry Creteau at 603-888-1873, Jerry.Creteau@8minuteDating.com.

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell provides senior health clinics at various locations during December. 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:

* Jan. 8, 1:30-4 p.m., Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

* Jan. 22, 1:30-4 p.m., Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

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; for more information, call chairwoman Bonni Dinneen at 978-937-7933.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., Broadway Road; new members welcome.

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; for more information, 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, 11:30 a.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, 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., Nevins Memorial Library, lower garden room, 305 Broadway; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda at 978-687-9892 or visit www.methuengardenclub.org.

METHUEN MUSIC HALL SCHOLARSHIPS: The trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall are seeking applicants for two $1,000 scholarships; applicants must be graduating high-school seniors from the Merrimack Valley area who are accepted to college for the next year and are planning to major in music; to apply, send name, address, telephone number, history of your education and transcript of grades, outline of musical studies and activities, college plans, a statement from one or two music teachers, an essay of your goals, and how your plans for music fit in to Mr. Richard Ouellette, 39 Everett St., Beverly Farms, MA, 01915-2111 by May 15.

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; 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); 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.

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.

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.