DRACUT — Our fifth annual Legacies Contest begins this month. For those of you who don’t know about this contest, it is a writing competition open to all seniors. Tell us a story from your life experience.

The five essay categories are:

* Veterans’ memories;

* A challenge in your life;

* A story for your great-grandchildren;

* A spiritual experience;

* A funny or sentimental story.

Entries must be typed or be on a floppy disk or CD, and be up to three letter-sized pages. Entries must include your name, phone number and category in which you’re writing.

Submit entries to the Dracut Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut, MA 01826. Deadline for entries is March 23. All contestants are invited to attend the April 6 awards ceremony and luncheon.

All entries will be included in an anthology published by the Dracut Council on Aging.

The warning signs of a stroke will be discussed on Feb. 12 at noon. Nurse Charlene Muscato will show a video and discuss the signs of a stroke. In addition to our stroke awareness, Lifeline Screening will host a stroke prevention event on Feb. 23. Tests will be offered that can help save your life. The screenings will include stroke screening/carotid artery, AAA screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm and PAD (peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis screening). Please call the senior center for advance registration information and cost.

AARP is providing us with a trained tax preparer who will do your taxes for free. For more information, please call the senior center.

The Annual Valentine’s Day Party will be held on Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Dracut Council on Aging, “the best place in town.”

Joyce H. Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council on Aging.