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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.

MARTIAL ART CLASS SIGNUP: Offered by the Pelham Parks and Recreation Department; registration for half-hour weekly introductory classes for children 4 to 6 who have not previously participated beginning May 4; no experience or equipment is needed; cost is $20 per child child; lessons at the Family Martial Arts Studio on Bridge Street by instructor Bert Cunningham; forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office at 6 Village Green Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at

RABIES CLINIC: March 31, noon-3 p.m., Dracut Public Works Annex, 156 Pleasant St., Dracut; $10 for one-year vaccine; all dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers; for more information, call the animal control officer at 978-459-0691.

YMCA DAY CAMP REUNION: March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Merrimack Valley YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; $35 admission includes lunch; open to any Camp Otter camper from last summer; space is limited; call the YMCA camping services office to register at 978-975-1330.

YMCA SWIM ACTIVITIES: The Greater Lowell Family YMCA will hold swim-lesson registration for all levels and all ages on April 14 at both the ‘Y’ and Greater Lowell Technical School in Tyngsboro; the spring session runs from April 23-June 10; visit for a list of class times and level descriptons; on April 14, 6:30 p.m., the ‘Y’ will hold next “Flick ‘n’ Float”; admission is free for members, $5 for nonmember adults and $3 for nonmember children; for more information, visit or contact Laura Darling, aquatics director, at 978-454-7825 or by e-mail


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; April 21, 1 p.m., will hold nomination of officers.

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

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 VFW Post 9307: Meets the third Saturday of the month,11:30 a.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road; new members welcome.

DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: 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

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.