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

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.

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.

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.

RWANDA GENOCIDE SURVIVOR IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA: May 1, 7 p.m., Presentation of Mary Academy, 209 Lawrence St., Methuen; featured on 60 Minutes, hear her amazing true story of failth, survival and courage; general admission $10 (advance), $12 (at the door); seniors, students with ID, $8 (advance), $10 (at the door); for tickets or more information, call 978-682-9391, ext. 116, or visit

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


CELEBRATING PMA’S LEGACY: May 10, 6:30 p.m., Presentation of Mary Academy, 209 Lawrence St., Methuen; honoring Presentation of Mary Academy’s tradition of educating young women; includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, Legacy Awards presentation; tickets $20, business casual dress; proceeds help fund school scholarships and student programs; to purchase tickets or reserve a table for 10, contact Elizabeth DeMarco at 978-682-9391, ext. 116, by May 1.

HAIR OF THE DOG WINE AND BEER TASTING: May 4, 4-9 p.m., May 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Essex Art Center, 60 Island St., Lawrence; includes live music and art show; tickets $20 (advance), $25 (at the door) can be purchased at Shawsheen Village Liquors, 4 Poor St., Andover; MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, or online at; all proceeds from ticket sales, along with 10 percent of the wine and art sales, go directly to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm; for information, call Michael or Sheri Helman at 978-475-3636 or visit

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS CONCERT: May 5, 7:30 p.m.; May 6, 4:30 p.m., Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen; includes show tunes, pop medleys, gospel and contemporary music; proceeds will be donated to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for this involuntary muscle spasm disorder; tickets ($10) can be purchased by e-mailing or at the door.


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.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., Broadway Road; new members welcome; May 19, 1 p.m., will hold election 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.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Resident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; for more information, contact Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191.

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.