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ACTIVITIES

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: April 25, 8 p.m., Café East, Middlessex Community College’s Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road; eight local bands will be playing a variety of music on two stages; open to the public; free for MCC students and $5 for others; bands battling for a first prize of $400; performing will be Red in Reverse, Or Nothing, The Lambs, Force the Fallen, Hello Ninja, Lincoln Beard, Nocturnal Sunshine and The Outside Inn; for more information, call Melissa Welch, MCC’s coordinator of student activities, at 978-656-3363.

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

COUNTRY STORE: April 27, noon, doors open; 1 p.m., store open; Polish-American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary; refreshments available.

ELDERCARE RESOURCE FAIR: May 15, 4:30-6 p.m., Saint Michael Church Parish Hall, 196 Main St., North Andover; hosted by Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations working together to serve elders and caregivers; do not miss this opportunity to learn about the vast array of resources and services available in our communities; representatives from assisted-living facilities, adult day health programs, companion programs, transportation services, Medicaid planning services, caregiver assistance programs, senior centers, and skilled nursing and personal care providers will be available to explain eligibility guidelines and answer all your questions; free and open to the public; for more information, call Jean Guyer at 978- 686-4050.

HANNAH DUSTIN QUILT SHOW: May 2, 2 p.m.-8 p.m., May 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hudson Community Center, Lions Avenue, Hudson; members’ quilts will be professionally judged on request; more than 150 quilts on display; hall air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible; portion of the proceeds will be donated to David’s House and the New England Quilt Museum; general admission $5, children and seniors $4.

LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA: May 5, 12:30 p.m., Middlesex Community College’s Federal Building assembly room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell; moderated by Brooke Katz, RN; free and open to the public.

MCC SPRING CONCERT SERIES: April 18, 8 p.m., Middlesex Community College Concert Hall (Building 6), Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road; an evening of chamber music, featuring Igor Zubkovsky, cello; Mark Berger, viola; and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano; free and open to the public; program will include works by Gabriel Fauré, Rebecca Clarke, Francis Poulenc, Eugene Ysaye and Michael Glinka.

PET ADOPTION DAY: April 26, 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; public is invited to bring pets on leashes or in cages for microchipping and rabbies shots as well this month; 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 www.ARNNE.org.

PET ADOPTION FEST: May 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Best Friends Pet Care, 126 Killam Hill Road, Boxford; For Love of Dogs, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and other local rescue groups will be looking for homes for pets throughout the event; prospective adopters will be able to meet the pets, talk with rescue group volunteers and complete applications to adopt; for directions, call 978-887-5760 or visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com.

“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.

BENEFITS

BUFFET DINNER-DANCE, RAFFLE: May 2, 7-11 p.m., French Social Club, 120 Broadway, Lawrence; hosted by the Merrimack Valley Dream Factory; proceeds will be used to grant wishes to children 3-18 with serious chronic conditions that are not eligible for a similar benefit from another organization; for more information, contact Anne Winn at 978-685-9561 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624.

YARD SALE: May 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; proceeds to benefit the Senior Center’s building expansion fund; price for an 8-by-8 foot space $15; for an additional $10, a table will be provided; space is limited; there will also be a book sale, and the Penny Pincher Barn will be for browsing; a raffle will also be held, and refreshments — including grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks and blueberry cobbler — will also be available; for more information, call 603-635-3800; rain date May 4.

WHISKER WALK: June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lancaster Fairground, Route 117, Lancaster; a walk-a-thon for pets and their owners; proceeds to benefit homeless pets; walkers can form a pack of their friends and secure pledges or walk as individuals; $25 minimum fee to walk; to sign up, print a pledge sheet or for more details, visit www.sterlingshelter.org.

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 AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., 574 Broadway Road; new members welcome; upcoming events: April 19, regular meeting and nomination of officers; May 17, regular meeting and election of officers; membership card required to vote; June 21, regular meeting.

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 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 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.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT: Thursdays, March 27-April 24, 6:30-8 p.m., Saint Michael Church Parish Hall, 196 Main St., North Andover; offered by Merrimack Valley Hospice and Saint Michael Parish, North Andover; for all those who have experienced the loss of a loved one; explore the definition of grief, bereavement and mourning; theories about stages of grief; common signs of grief response including physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual; myths about grief; healing, reintegration and transformative grief; open to the public; for more information or to register, call Jean Guyer at 978-686-4050.

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 of the month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; meetings open to the public and begin with an open forum.

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.

HOSPICE COMPANIONS: Allegiance Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to be companions for our patients diagnosed with terminal illness. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to have a rewarding and life-enhancing experience. Ongoing training is provided, with a weekly commitment of one to two hours. Individuals who can serve in Greater Lowell, the Merrimack Valley and North Shore are needed. If interested, contact Amy Cirigliano at 877-255-4623, ext. 2352 or at acirigliano@allegiancehospice.com.

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, call 978-686-6191.

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, call 978-686-6191; the Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.