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CHICKEN BARBECUE: Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m., American Legion Post 315, 574 Broadway Road, Dracut; includes fresh corn on the cob with melted butter, salad, beans, bread and butter and cupcakes; tickets ($10 per person) available in Legion’s Members Hall or by calling John Dyer at 978-458-0047.

DOG DAY FUN FEST: Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends Pet Care Center, 394 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; free event of fun and education in observance of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day; doggy games, activities and contests with prizes; demonstrations and advice on health, training and behavior, plus canine good citizen testing, micro-chipping clinic, pet adoptions, and kids safety workshops; for details, call 978-649-8585 or visit

DRACUT OLD HOME DAY: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Schools Complex, 1570 Lakeview Avenue; fun-filled day of activities, food and entertainment; for information, visit

GREATER LOWELL FAMILY YMCA PROGRAMS: Registration under way for fall programs, including Barracuda swim team and swimming lessons, which will be offered for all ages and abilities, from 6 months to seniors, at the Lowell YMCA and Greater Lowell Regional Technical School, Tyngsboro; Barracuda swim team is open to swimmers ages 5-18; focus is on technique and team-building; for class times or more information, contact the YMCA at 978-454 7825 or visit

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sept. 12, 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., Chelmsford; hosted by the VNA Hospice of Greater Lowell; open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one.

JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL CLUB: Sundays, 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 9, Polish-American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; for ages 18 and older; bring your own controller; watch the games and test your Madden skill against other players.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS: Sept. 11, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; orchestra invites classical musicians, particularly string players, to play at two open rehearsals to begin group’s 20th season; musicians should bring a music stand and their instrument; string students are encouraged to participate; if required, auditions will be scheduled; the orchestra is a volunteer group led by conductor Valerie Taylor, drawing members from eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; for more information, visit or call 978-703-0094.

MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA CASH BONANZA RAFFLE: Drawing Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Indian Ridge Country Club, Lovejoy Road, Andover; need not be present to win; first prize ($10,000), second prize ($2,000), third prize ($1,000), fourth prize ($500); tickets ($100) can be purchased at the Methuen YMCA or by calling 978-725-6681; proceeds benefit the YMCA’s “Reach Out For Youth” program.

PRAYER SHAWL TEA: Sept. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover; free and open to the public; knitters, crocheters, clergy, shawl recipients, supporters, and those interested in learning more are all welcome. This event is free and open to the public; hosted by Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies and health organizations; RSVP by Sept. 20 to Barbara at the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches at 978-686-4012 or e-mail Barbara at

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell will provide health clinics for seniors in September. A registered nurse will conduct the clinics. Services include medications review, weight and blood-pressure checks. No appointments are needed and no fees charged for those 60 and older. For more information, call the VNA at 978-805-2641. The clinics will he held at the following dates and times:

* Sept. 10, 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road;

* Sept. 17, noon-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road.

YMCA HEALTHY LIVING EXPO: Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; bringing together those over 55 to offer volunteer opportunities and wellness demonstrations (yoga, pilates, aerobics); bring a swimsuit and towel for free swim time in the therapeutic, warm water swimming pool; also healthy refreshments, chair massages and raffle giveways; free and open to the public.


ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK SHOW: Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Central Park, corner of Chestnut and Bartlet streets, Andover; hosted by the Andover Artists Guild; event served as group’s main scholarship fundraiser; approximately 100 artists will vie for prizes and ribbons in the categories of best in show, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media and graphics/drawing; free, open to the public; concessions stand; music by DJ Skot Pare; for more information, contact Diane Butler at 978-475-9342 or at

GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY HEART WALK: Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m., registration; 10 a.m., walk, Sampas Pavilion, Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell; held rain or shine; each step raises funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research, with this year’s goal set at $300,000; walkers raising $100 receive a Heart Walk T-shirt. Call 508-656-2022 or visit to find out how you can help save lives.