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BROMYOGA CLASSES: Ongoing yoga classes; for class times/information, visit or call Jon at 978-852-2765.

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.

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

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.

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: 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.


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 today to find out how you can help save lives.

LITTLE BATTLERS 5K ROAD RACE AND CARNIVAL: Oct. 6, 11 a.m.. St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; also one-mile fun run.

PUMPKIN PATCH: Oct. 14, 21, 28, noon-5 p.m.; Oct.15-19, Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 20, 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Forest Street Union Church grounds, 15 Forest St., Methuen; pumpkin sale/community outreach program that has enjoyed nationwide success; portion of proceeds benefits Church programs; special events for children and grownups on weekends; for more information call 978-683-8523 or visit


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 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

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.

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.

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.