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FAMILY FUN DAY 2008: March 1, Greater Lowell Family YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell; 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., arrival and Applebees; 12:45-1:30 p.m., slam-dunk contest; 1:30 -2:30 p.m., lucky slam-dunk show; 2:30-3 p.m., announcement of raffle/auction winners; entrants for child and adult basketball contests cost extra; $10 a ticket for Applebees and lucky tickets available now at the YMCA front desk; Visa/AMEX/Mastercards accepted.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER SEMINARS: A free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments; seminars will be held at the following locations:

* March 3, 7-9 p.m., Lowell General Hospital, Cancer Center conference room, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell; advance registration required; to register, call Colleen DeBuc at 978-937-6519.

* March 10, 4-6 p.m., Saints Memorial Medical Center, Route 38, One Hospital Drive, Lowell; advance registration required; to register, call Heidi Parker at 978-934-8473.

MCC’S ONE WORLD SERIES: Feb. 27, 11 a.m., Bedford Campus Center’s student lounge, 591 Springs Road, Bedford; Kevin Roberts, known to TV fans as The Food Dude; free and open to the public; program will feature The Food Dude mixing up some fun with a little cooking, some nutrition information, a variety of food facts and fallacies — and lots of eating; Roberts has appeared on more than 100 local and national TV shows, including ESPN’s Cold Pizza; Roberts is also the author of Munchies, an eclectic cookbook for the young; for more information, contact Rebecca Newell, MCC’s director of student leadership and student activities, at or 781-280-3763.

PENNY SALE/SPAGHETTI DINNER: March 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., spaghetti dinner; 1 p.m., penny sale, Holy Family Parish Center hall, 122 Andrews St., Lowell; many special items, including theme baskets and gifts for all ages, will be available; for more information, call the parish office at 978-453-2134.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church hall and grounds, Main Street, Pelham; sponsored by the Animal Rescue Network of New England; meet adoptable pets in person and through photos and networking; some of the rescue groups that participate in Pet Adoption days include Greyhound Pets, Libby’s Senior Rescue, Basenji Rescue, Pets In Need, and For The Love of Dog; for more information, visit

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

“Y” SWIM LESSONS REGISTRATION: The Greater Lowell Family YMCA will begin accepting registrations for Winter Session II — Feb. 25-April 13 — on Feb. 16 at the Greater Lowell YMCA; lessons are offered for swimmers of all abilities and ages — from 6 months to seniors; for class times, or to check out the other programs offered, visit or call 978-454-7825; financial assistance is available to those who qualify.


DINING IN DRACUT: March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lenzi’s Millhouse, 810 Merrimack Avenue (Route 110), Dracut; tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door; tickets available at Abdinoor’s Carpet Craft, Alexander’s Pharmacy, Dracut Hardware and Kenwood Hardware; proceeds go to local charities; for more information, e-mail

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, 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; contact Melissa O’Brien at 978-725-6681.


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 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

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 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.

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.

PELHAM COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets the first Thursday of the 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.

WOMEN’S VETERANS GROUP SEEKING MEMBERS: The Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Chapter 14 is seeking new members to join its mission of community service for women veterans across the state; Bay State Chapter 14, the Massachusetts arm of the National WAC Veterans Association, is heavily involved in serving women veterans in four Boston-area veterans hospitals; contributes to the Army Women’s Museum, supports scholarship efforts and the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project, among other activities; membership open to women who served honorably or are serving in the following military organizations: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, Women’s Army Corps, Army, Army Reserve, National Guard and Army Nurse Corps; anyone interested in joining or learning more about opportunities to serve may write or call Ethel LaSalle, Chapter 14, 2nd vice president and membership chairman, 128 Hampshire Road, Methuen, MA 01844, at 978-687-3135 or e-mail at


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: Visiting Nurses Association Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, seeks volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley; training provided; 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; volunteers would assist in teaching multiple levels of ESL/GED classes, which 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.