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ACTIVITIES

BromYoga classes: Ongoing yoga classes; for class times/information, visit http://www.bromyoga.com/ or call Jon at 978-852-2765.

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 www.bestfriendspetcare.com.

FIRE SAFETY OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Methuen Fire Department, 24 Lowell St.; firefighters will demonstrate how to escape from a smoke-filled room, plus cooking and fire-prevention safety tips; Sparky the fire safety mascot will interact with the children; for more information, contact Capt. Michael Buote at 978-983-8919.

FOREST STREET UNION CHURCH PENNY SOCIAL: Sept. 22, FW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; 4 p.m., ticket sales; 6 p.m., drawings begin; evening of family fun, door prizes, a 50/50 and other raffles; tickets: 25 for $1; 125 items available; pizza, hot dogs and other refreshments; for more information, call 978-683-8523 or visit us at www.foreststreetucc.org.

FRIENDS OF THE DRACUT LIBRARY SEMINAR: Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Moses Greely Parker Library, 28 Arlington St.; fall-planting seminar is the first in a series of seminars; Isabelle Flynn from the Dracut Garden Cluba will discuss fall-planting tips; for further information, call Betty Thompson at 978-4466-0703.

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 www.greaterlowellymca.org.

HARVEST DINNER-DANCE: Sept. 23, noon-1 p.m., dinner; 1-5 p.m., dancing; Polish-American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; sponsored by the Polish-American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary; $12 donation.

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.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; hosted by the Animal Rescue Network of New England; rescue groups that participate include Greyhound Pets, Libby’s Senior Rescue, Pelham First Responder, Basenji Rescue and Transport, Pets In Need, Greater Nashua Humane Society, Canine’s Creed, and For The Love of Dog’s Rottweiler Rescue of NH.

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 barbarapayson@conversent.net.

RAPE CRISIS COUNSELOR TRAINING: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m., Rape Crisis Service of Greater Lowell Inc., Suite 304, 144 Merrimack St., Lowell; free training to become a rape-crisis volunteer; as a volunteer counselor, you can support survivors of sexual violence on the 24-hour hotline, at the courts and hospitals, plus do community educating and outreach; those interested should call Trish at 978-452-7721.

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 SENIOR PROM: Nov. 3, 7-11 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; dance to the music of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s; tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door; tickets available at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Andover Senior Center and North Andover Council on Aging; sponsored by the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Friends of the Andover Senior Center and Friends of the North Andover Senior Center; ight refreshments, finger sandwiches, and punch; open to those age 50 and older.

“Y” SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Sept. 17, returning campers signups begin; Oct. 1, open signups for new campers; Merrinack Valley YMCA summer residential camps — Camp Lawrence for boys and Camp Nokomis for girls; both camps, located on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., offer fun-filled, educational experiences for youth ages 8-16; campers hail from as far away as Europe, as well as from all over the United States; enrollments are accepted in two-, four-, six- or eight-week periods only; both camps meet the American Camp Association’s standards for health, safety and program quality; applications are available by calling the YMCA at 978-975-1330 or by visiting the YMCA’s camping services branch office, 7 Ballard Way, Lawrence; applications for financial assistance are also available; for more information, contact the YMCA at 978-975-1330.

BENEFITS

CHRISTMAS FLORAL SHOWCASE: Oct. 26-28, Nov. 2-4, Nov. 9-11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Searles Castle, 21 Searles Road, Windham, N.H.; area florists decorate the Castle with Christmas silk floral arrangements; visitors can purchase or order displayed items; cash and checks accepted, but not credit cards; $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and children under 12; refreshments, bake sale and raffle of floral arrangement; proceeds benefit the Sisters of Mercy in their restoration of the Castle; for more information, call 603-890-0458.

DREAM FACTORY OF MERRIMACK VALLEY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Sept. 30; noon, lunch and registration; 1:15 p.m., tourney begins; Merrimack Golf Course, Howe Street, Methuen; $100 entry fee includes lunch and barbecue; awards and raffle at conclusion; proceeds will be used to grant wishes to children 3-18 with a chronic condition who are not eligible for a wish from any other organization; for more information about the Merrimack Valley Dream Factory or the golf tournament, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624.

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 that raise $100 will receive a Heart Walk T-shirt, call 508-656-2022 or visit www.merrimackvalleyheartwalk.org today to find out how you can help save lives.

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.

GROUPS

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 silart@comcast.net.

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 gertz@msn.com.

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.

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 kc6813@comcast.net.

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 www.methuengardenclub.org.

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.

PROGRAMS

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.

REUNIONS

ALVIRNE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’87: Nov. 24, Holiday Inn, Nashua; contact Beth or Jen at ahsreunion87@hotmail.com

KEITH ACADEMY AND KEITH HALL, CLASS OF ’57: Seeking classmates for October reunion; for Keith Academy contact Frank Furtado at 978-251-8944 or AnnF9@netzero.com; for Keith Hall, contact Eileen (Sullivan) Soucy at 978-957-4347 or soucytv@verizon.net

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’82: Seeking classmates for 25th reunion; contact mcquaide186@comcast.net.

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’83: June 21, 2008, Wyndham Hotel, Andover; seeking classmates; contact LHS1983-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

VOLUNTEERS

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.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell. Other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park. Projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times. Opportunities include painting, park and canal clean-up, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events. Call 978-970-5032.

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.