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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Basil Salvatorian Center, 30 East St., Methuen; anyone 17 and older weighing at least 110 pounds is eligible; for more information, call 1-800-448-3543.

ANNUAL STEER ROAST: Aug. 23, 11 a.m. start, Centralville Sportsman’s Club, 308 Wheeler Road, Dracut; food, raffles, entertainment and activities for children; for tickets, call 978-452-8095.

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


* Aug. 20. Sept. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital auditorium, 70 East St., Methuen; Senior Supper: $5 per person; reservations necessary as tables fill quickly; call toll-free at 1-800-488-5959, ext. 375.

* Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen; Care for Cancer Walk: Holy Family Hospital invites you to participate in its annual 3-mile walk/fun run, featuring an all-you-can-eat family barbecue; proceeds benefit the William L. Lane Cancer Management Center; for sponsorship and registration information, contact the foundation office at 978-687-0156, ext. 2104; our steps will honor and remember loved ones.

HOLY FAMILY TRAVELERS EXCURSIONS: All trips depart from the Holy Family Parish Center, the former Sacred Heart School, 122 Andrews St., Lowell; for further information or to make reservations, contact Lee Furtado at 978-453-1432.

* Aug. 16; trip to Boston for dinner at the Old Country Buffet before attending the musical, Shear Madness; price is $83 per person;

* Sept. 19; a cruise on the Cape Cod Canal and a stop at the Bourne Scallop Festival; rice is $62 person; menu choice is fried scallops or glazed apricot chicken.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER WORKSHOPS: The American Cancer Society will host two seminars this month; Feel Better is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments; wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care, and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit; cosmetologists certified and trained by the American Cancer Society will conduct the seminars; for more information on local programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services or to find additional Look Good Feel Better sites throughout Massachusetts, contact the American Cancer Society’s cancer information line, 1-800-ACS-2345, and Web site,

* Aug, 4, 7 p.m., Lowell General Hospital, Cancer Center conference room, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell; advance registration is required; to register, call Colleen DeBuc at 978-937-6519.

* Aug.11, 4 p.m., Saints Medical Center, One Hospital Drive, Lowell; advance registration is required; to register, call Heidi Parker at 978-934-8473.

METHUEN YMCA FAMILY LUAU: Aug. 21, 5-8 p.m., 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; bring the whole family for a trip to paradise; enjoy tropical food and drink, games, prizes; we’ll have a dunk tank and tethered hot-air balloon rides; wear your favorite island attire; cost is $5 per family; for more information, call 978-683-5266.

PELHAM FARMERS MARKET: Mondays through Sept. 28, 4-7 p.m., St. Patrick Parish, 12 Main St., Pelham; fresh local vegetables and fruits, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts will be offered; contact 978-500-0023 or for more information.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN JAMBOREE: Aug. 11-15, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; for children 3-5; curriculum includes story time, worship, outside play, crafts, old-time gospel music and a kazoo-washboard band; free; all are welcome; to register, call the church at 978-459-2022; registration deadline is Aug. 5.

SUMMER BAND CONCERTS AT GREYCOURT PARK: Behind the Searles Building, 41 Pleasant St., Methuen; 6 p.m., park opens; 7 p.m., concerts begin; free and open to the public; bring your own chair; parking at City Hall and St. Basil’s.

* Aug. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Donna Byrne, vocalist and recording artist with the Marshall Wood Quartet.


FRIENDS OF JACK DITILLIO GOLF TOURNAMENT: Aug. 4, Meadow Creek Golf Course, Dracut; fundraiser in memory of Jack DiTillio; all proceeds to benefit local charities and scholarships; golf activities include a scramble tournament and several other competitions, including closest to the pin, hole-in-one and longest drive; tournament winners awarded prizes; if you don’t golf, you may buy tickets for the luncheon at the Harris Pelham Inn, Pelham, after the tournament; also raffle and silent auction; call 978-957-0001 for registration and sponsorships.

PELHAM JUNIOR LEADER CAR WASH: Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham Fire Station; free; donations will be accepted; all proceeds go to the junior leader summer camp program for teen volunteers.


AMYOTROPHIC LATERIAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) SUPPORT: Last Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen, first-floor board room; free; open to patients, caregivers and friends; registration is required; for more information and to register, call the ALS Association at 781-326-8884 or 888-287-3257.

ANGELA PISICK CANCER SUPPORT: First, third Wednesdays of the month, 6-7 p.m., Holy Family Cancer Management Center, main lobby, 70 East St., Methuen; free; before attending your first meeting, call 978-687-0156, ext. 2021.

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

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Thursday evenings, Holy Family Hospital, cafeteria conference room, 70 East St., Methuen; support for spouses under the age of 65 that are dealing with the loss of a loved one; for more information, contact Louis LaBella at 978-552-4522.

CAREGIVERS OF THE MENTALLY ILL: Sponsored by the National Association of the Mentally Ill (NAMI); for caregivers, friends, and family of people suffering from severe mental illnesses; for more information and to register, contact Karen at 978-725-2537 or by e-mail at

CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA: Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, first-floor board room, 70 East St., Methuen; free; contact the New England Chapter of CCFA at 800-314-3459, ext. 13, or visit before attending your first meeting.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., 574 Broadway Road; new members welcome.

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 COUNCIL ON AGING: Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; group offers transportation to medical appointments, social services, outreach for the homebound; registered nurse on premesis Thursdays, 1:30–3:45 p.m.; for more information, 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.

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.

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.

PERINATAL LOSS SUPPORT: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital chapel, Cremin Suite, 70 East St., Methuen; free; offered to parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth; welcome any and all parents; group aims to provide comfort and mutual support; additional information available; before attending your first meeting, call 978-687-0156, ext. 2240.

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.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB OF DRACUT: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month 1-3 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; a bingo game follows the meeting, plus various other social functions; anyone 60 or older is invited to join; for further information, call Ed Bishop at 978-453-0969.

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.


BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients; to donate blood, call 978-934-8584.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Seeking volunteers to assist from three to six hours at area blood drives in the registration or canteen. Transportation necessary; call Georgia at 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

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

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.