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

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Dracut Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut; hosted by the Dracut Senior Citizens Club; prizes, raffles, jewelry, hand crafts, food, white elephant table.

HOLIDAY FAIR: Dec.1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Evangelical Congregational Church, Main Street, Dunstable; breakfast and lunch available; crafts, silent auction and bake table; hosted by the Sunshine Girls; to rent a table, call 978-649-6750.

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 FREE CONCERT: Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra starts its 20th season featuring solo concerto movements by its principal players; for information, directions, and parking details, visit or call 978-703-0094.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AT METHUEN ‘Y’: For fifth- and sixth-graders; come to the Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen, from 6-9 p.m. and participate in weekly themed activities, including a Dance Dance Revolution tournament or rock out during Guitar Hero night; you can also spend your time in the teen center, game room, Internet Café, gym, grab a snack at the Snack Shack or head out on an adventure with the youth & teen director; $45 for a Saturday Night Live membership, good from Nov. 17 to April 26; for more information, contact Stacha Bomba at 978-683-5266.

SILVER BELL CHRISTMAS FAIR: Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Holy Trinity Polish Parish, 340 High St., Lowell; visit with Santa.

TURKEY RAFFLE: Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, 700 Broadway Road, Dracut; prizes, a good time and a great way to start the holidays; will raffle 70 12-14 pound turkeys; for information and tickets, call the Post at 978-452-8800, John Dyer at 978-458-0047 or e-mail:

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 YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Merrimack Valley YMCA, 40 Lawrence St., Lawrence; season begins Dec. 1; program for boys and girls ages 5-15; league stresses development of the child rather than competition; main goals are skill development, personal development, fair play, fitness, character development and fun; no scores or standings kept; made up of five divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15; players in 13-15 division cannot be on a high school team; games played Saturday mornings; practices held one night a week; special events include photo day, bake sale, family trip to the Boston Celtics, and season-ending banquets; financial assistance available to those who qualify; for more information, contact Doug Currier at 978-686-6191.

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: Open signups for new campers; Merrimack 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: 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.

THANKS-4-GIVING 5K ROAD RACE/WALK: Nov. 22, 8 a.m., Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell; sponsored by Alternative House, a nonprofit organization for battered women; free pies for all participants; $17 (advance), $22 (race day); proceeds to benefit Alternative House’s transitional housing program; for more information or a registration form, call 978-937-5777 or go to


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.

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; Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m., McDonald’s, 110 Pleasant St., Methuen; fundraiser with games and giveaways; 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Dream Factory of the Merrimack Valley; for more information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624.

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.

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 COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets first Thursday of the month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road; open to the public.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

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.


ALVIRNE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1987: Nov. 24, Holiday Inn, Nashua; contact Beth or Jen at

DRACUT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1977: Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., Lo Kai restaurant, Lakeview Avenue, Dracut; For more information call, 603-889-2737.

KEITH ACADEMY AND KEITH HALL, CLASS OF 1957: Seeking classmates for October reunion; for Keith Academy contact Frank Furtado at 978-251-8944 or; for Keith Hall, contact Eileen (Sullivan) Soucy at 978-957-4347 or

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1982: Seeking classmates for 25th reunion; contact

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1983: June 21, 2008, Wyndham Hotel, Andover; seeking classmates; contact


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.

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.

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.