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ACTIVITIES

COLLAGE, PAINTING EXHIBIT: Feb. 11-March 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; Henderson Hall Gallery, Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road, Bedford; Meredith Fife Day, artist-in-residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, has exhibited work for three decades, most recently at Boston’s Soprafina Gallery, The Whistler House Museum, Wheaton College, and New Hampshire’s Kimball Union Academy; for more information, contact Margaret Swan, Henderson Hall Gallery director, at 781-280-3803 or swanm@middlesex.mass.edu.

MCC’S ONE WORLD SERIES: Feb. 11, Middlesex Community College’s Lowell Campus; Julie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor was Divine; free and open to the public; author’s novel inspired by the experience of family members who were detained in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II; for more information, contact Brenda Loucks at 781-280-3511.

MCC’S A WORLD OF MUSIC SERIES: Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Concert Hall (Building 6) Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road; music from the East and West performed by marimbist Fumito Nunoya; free and open to the public; program will feature a wide repertoire, from Chinese and Japanese folk tunes to Johann Sebastian Bach; for more information, call 781-280-3923.

PELHAM LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUP DATES: Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pelham Memorial School; mail-in registrations will be accepted through Feb. 29; mail-in registrations received after Feb. 29 will be placed on stand-by status; all inquiries should be directed to the league’s Player Agent Ed Gleason at 603-635-8071, 603-508-0536 or by e-mailing Ednmaryg6@msn.com; registration particulars, as well as mail-in registration instructions, can be found on the Pelham Little League Web site, www.pelhamweb.org/littleleague.

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 to April 26; for more information, contact Stacha Bomba at 978-683-5266.

“THE LITTLE LEFT OF CENTER FEST”: Feb. 7-9, 7 p.m., Middlesex Community College Theatre, 5 East Merrimack St., Lowell; an evening of one-act plays, featuring short works that will provide an evening of edgy, thought-provoking entertainment, from a witty play about love and romance, to reflections on one of the greatest tragedies our country has known; several works will be under the direction of MCC students; general admission, $9; MCC students and seniors, $5; tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door; for more information, call the box office at 978-458-5429.

TOPS OPEN HOUSE: Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., St. Michael Church basement, Sixth Street, Lowell; Lowell Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house for new members; men and women welcome; dues are $2 weekly.

VALENTINE’S DINNER-DANCE: Feb. 10, noon, dinner; 1-5 p.m., dancing; Polish-American Veterans Club, Coburn Street, Lowell; hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary; donation, $12.

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: 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:

* Feb. 21, 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut

* Feb. 28, 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut

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.

BENEFITS

CONSERVATION FUNDRAISER: March 14, 6 p.m., Diburro’s function facility, 887 Boston Road (Route 125) Ward Hill, Haverhill; proceeds aid the North East Massachusetts chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation; open to the public; door prizes, raffles, silent and live auctions; $35 admission includes full-course dinner; for further information, contact Bill Tatro at 866-466-1123 or Real Jussaume at 603-635-8684.

MERRIMACK VALLEY DREAM FACTORY: Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m., British Club, 80 Cambridge St., Lawrence, Valentine’s Day party; $5 per child; parents and children under 3 free; face painting, games, crafts, prizes and refreshments; for more information, call Ann Winn at 978-685-9561 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624; all proceeds used to grant dreams to local children 3-18 with a serious chronic condition.

“REACH OUT FOR YOUTH” AUCTION DONATIONS: The Merrimack Valley YMCA needs raffle and auction items from area merchants for its annual “Reach Out for Youth” auction, to be held March 8 at the Wyndham Andover Hotel; donations can include skis and bindings, golf equipment, condominium weekends, concert tickets, signed sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, cycling equipment, resort vacation weeks, limousine service and sporting equipment; proceeds from this annual event go to the the YMCA’s “Reach Out for Youth” campaign, which supports YMCA community programs, including the YMCA’s financial assistance program, youth and camp scholarships, local outreach services, and the ongoing development of special youth programs; for further information, contact Melissa O’Brien at 978-725-6681.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER: Feb. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell; hosted by the Middlesex Community College Foundation; $125 per couple; proceeds benefit the MCC Foundation Scholarship Fund; evening will feature romantic piano music and begin with a champagne toast; choice of beef tenderloin with fresh herb butter; spinach and Marscapone stuffed salmon; or stuffed chicken breast with fontina, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes; food prepared by Bianco’s Catering; champagne toast and cash bar will be provided by Backstage Concessions; to make reservations by Feb. 7, call Maureen Spinney at 978-458-3722.

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.

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 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 www.methuengardenclub.org.

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

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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 1-800-892-0890 and ask for Eileen at extension 463 or Jerry at extension 445 and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

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 Kathy Walton 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 at 978-686-6191. The Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.