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Julius Caesar is credited as the father of leap year. The early Romans had a 355-day calendar, and a 22-23 day month was added so that the festivals of the early Romans occurred around the same seasons each year.

Council on Aging

Julius Caesar simplified this further by adding days to different months to create the 365-day calendar, but the actual length of the year is 365.242 days. Thus, leap year every four years adds the necessary adjustment to fix the problem in the calendar.

In Scotland, a law was passed in 1288 allowing women to propose marriage. The law also stated that any man who said no to the proposal must pay a fine. The fines were not steep, however, and the man got off easy. He could pay the fine with a kiss or payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves. So for all you single gals, Feb. 29 may be your chance to get a new silk dress.

On Feb. 14 at noon, we will celebrate the traditional month of love with our annual Valentine Day party.

* An AARP tax prep volunteer will prepare 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040 forms. For those who do not file with the state, you may be eligible for a refund check/tax credit if you meet the criteria for the Massachusetts “Circuit Breaker” tax program. Call for an appointment. This is a free service.

* Memory loss is a hot topic these days. Join us and D’Youville Senior Care on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. for a lecture.

* February is the month of romance. Join us for the movie of the month on Feb. 12 at noon, Music & Lyrics, starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

* All veterans and their spouses are invited to the monthly veterans beakfast on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.

* Quick trips are planned for Greater Lowell Technical High School on Feb. 8; T.J. Maxx Plaza and lunch at the Olive Garden on Feb. 15; the Christmas Tree Shoppe in Nashua on Feb. 18; and lunch at a local restaurant and Mystery Trip on Feb. 29.

* “Dancing with the Seniors” will be held on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. All students wishing to learn how to ballroom dance are urged to attend. This is a free class.

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council on Aging.