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ACTIVITIES BROMYOGA CLASSES: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., 119 Gallery,119 Chelmsford St. (Route 110), Lowell; for more information, call 978-852-2765 or visit

CAMP MASSAPOAG OPEN HOUSE: April 21,10 a.m.-2 p.m., 234 Hall St., Dunstable; day camp operated by the Greater Lowell Family YMCA; new families who sign up will receive free registration and can enter a drawing to win a free week at camp; the coed day camp, located on 42 wooded acres, serves youngsters 5 to 15 each week beginning June 18; for more information about camp, additional open house dates or directions, contact camp director Karen “Cookie” Provost at 978-649-7521 or visit the Web site at

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.

DAY OF PRAYER: April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Franciscan Retreat Center, 459 River Road, Andover; hosted by the Greater Lowell League of Catholic Women; guest speaker, Sister Catherine Hannigan of the Center for Religious Development; $10 admission includes lunch; for further information, contact Marcia Venskus at 978-458-9715; members encouraged to bring guests.

FINANCIAL FITNESS TRAINING: April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; May 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Nashua, 63 Temple St. Nashua; classes to cover landlord training; To register or for more information, call Mary Febonio 603-882-2077.

“KNOWING IS HEALTHY”: April 20, 9:30-11 a.m., Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 11 Lawrence St., Lawrence; learn more about the free testing services that will be taking place for a variety of sexually transmitted infections beginning April 23; educational materials and information will be offered for a variety of disease, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C; 12:15-1:30 p.m., vaccinations for hepatitis A and B will also be available; all services and educational materials are provided free of charge on a conidential basis in both English and Spanish.

“LET’S GO FISHING” SEMINAR: April 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pelham Fish & Game Club, Mill Road, Pelham; sponsored by the N.H. Fish & Game Department; includes fishing after the forum; children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; register by calling Jack at 978-459-9113; for futher information, visit

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT: May 4, 8 p.m., Sullivan Middle School, 150 Draper St., Lowell; features winners of orchestra’s 2007 Jeanne Selander Memorial Student Concerto Competition; winners, both high school juniors, were chosen from a pool of 20 young musicians in grades 3 to 12 who auditioned in February; they will perform a solo with the orchestra, which will also play a selection of light classical favorites; free, open to the public; ample free parking; for more information, visit or call 603-262-1519.

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

MAY BREAKFAST: May 5, 7:30-11 a.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford St., Chelmsford; menu items starting at $1.50; handicapped accessible.

MICROCHIPPING AND RABIES CLINIC: April 28, 9-11 a.m., Pelham fire station; sponsored by the Animal Rescue Network of New England and the Windham Animal Hospital; rabies vaccine, $15; microchip, $25; proceeds to benefit homeless animals.

SEN. SUSAN TUCKER’S OFFICE HOURS: April 23, 7-8 p.m., Moses Greeley Parker Library, Dracut; any town resident is invited to drop by; constituents can also contact Sen. Tucker at the Statehouse by calling 617-722-1612 or by e-mail at

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC: May 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon, playground and fields, Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; for preschoolers and families; bring along your favorite teddy bear and a picnic lunch; “Y” will provide snacks and drinks; in case of rain, event will be held in the gym; free for members; $10 for nonmembers; for more information, call 978-683-5266.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY: April 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; 1-3:30 p.m., Lawrence YMCA, 40 Lawrence St,; 1-4 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; annual day of family, fun and fitness; healthy refreshments, sports clinics, arts and crafts projects, games, aerobics demonstrations, face painting, plus family fun swim in Andover and Lawrence; free, open to the public; for more information, call Elizabeth Covino at 978-725-6681.

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


ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF 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

DRACUT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4225: Meets the first Tuesday of the month; 7 p.m., Dracut Historical Society Building, Lakeview Avenue; new members welcome: for more information, 978-458-2667 or 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.


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 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

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: 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

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.

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.

WALKER-ROGERS POST LADIES AUXILIARY: 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets 7 p.m., second Tuesday of the month; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.


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

MATURE WORKERS: 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.


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.

DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

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.

GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU: Knowledgeable, friendly volunteers to work at the Massachusetts Tourist Information Center on Interstate 495, Chelmsford. Should enjoy working with people, know the Greater Lowell area and be able to give directions. Call 978-250-9704.