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ACTIVITIES

AUDITIONS FOR NUTCRACKER BALLET: Sept. 14, New England Civic Ballet Studio, Dracut Street, Lawrence; New England Civic Ballet auditioning for roles in its annual production held in December at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover; $10 registration fee; for information concerning time of auditions, ages and proper attire, call 978-975-0289.

BALLROOM DANCING LESSONS: Fridays starting Sept. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; in this beginner-level class adults will learn the basic steps in salsa, tango, waltz, foxtrot, meringue, rumba and swing; singles and couples are welcomel taught by Instructor Tom Webster from Dance New England School of Dance in Chelmsford; $65 per person for YMCA members and $115 for nonmembers; register in advance at the YMCA’s Member Services Desk, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; for more information, contact Bobbi Berkenbush at 978-685-3541.

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

HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL EVENTS: 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.

* 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.

KEEPING FIT WHILE YOU SIT: Sept. 18, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen; free and open to the public; this talk is essential for any business with employees who spend a lot of time in the same positions or engage in work that involves repetitive motions; at the end of this talk, attendees with learn specific stretches and exercises they can do at work as well as tips to optimize their work environment and prevent/minimize the adverse physical effects of their jobs; to reserve a seat, call 978-683-9031 or e-mail healthy.hour@me.com.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER WORKSHOP: 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, www.cancer.org.

* Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m., Saints Medical Center, One Hospital Drive, Lowell; advance registration is required; to register, call Heidi Parker at 978-934-8473.

METHUEN YMCA FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN HOUSE: Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; meet the child-care staff and teachers for both school-age child care (after- school program) and full day, preschool child care; for more information, contact Jaime LaBelle at 978-683-5266.

METHUEN YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE’S MIKADO: Sept. 6, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen; tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children; tickets available at the Music Hall Saturday morning; they can also be reserved by phone by calling Mrs. Janet Jaber at 978-685-1690.

MONEY MANAGEMENT SEMINAR: Sept. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m, Moses Greeley Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut; free and open to the public; refreshments will be serve; space is limited; to reserve a seat, call 781-933-2067, ext.175; hosted by Cynthia Sadezwicz, financial adviser, Waddell & Reed.

MUZZLE-LOADING COURSE Sept. 5, Sept. 10, Sept. 12, 7-9:30 p.m., Methuen Rod & Gun Club, 240 Tyler St., Methuen; advance registration required; to register, call 978-632-7648.

NASHOBA VALLEY CHORALE EVENT:

* Sept. 8, First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton: Start of the chorale’s winter concert season; performing Brahms’ Schiksalsied (Song of Destiny) and Beethoven’s Mass in C on Jan. 11; new members always welcome; for more information, call 978-486-4036.

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 pelhamfarmersmarket@yahoo.com for more information.

PENNY SOCIAL: Sept. 20, 4 p.m. start, VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; sponsored by the Forest Union Church, Methuen; an evening of family fun, door prizes, a 50/50 and raffles; raffle tickets are 25 for $1, with 125 items available; pizza, hot dogs and other refreshments also available; for more information, call 978-683-8523 or visit www.foreststreetucc.org.

BENEFITS

ANNUAL CHICKEN BARBECUE: Sept. 7, 1-4 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, 574 Broadway Road, Dracut; bring your appetite and your family or group and have barbecue chicken — with that special Legion rub and flavor — fresh corn on the cob with melted butter, salad, beans, cornbread and dessert; dinner served upstairs in the main Legion hall; tickets ($10 per person) can be purchased in the Legion’s members hall or by calling 978-458-0047; proceeds benefit Legion and veterans programs; tickets are limited and may not be available on day of the event.

GROUPS

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 silart@comcast.net.

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 emma1@comcast.net.

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 www.ccfa.org 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 gertz@msn.com.

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 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 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.

SHEILA BRODIE-ZETLAN: Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital chapel, Cremin Suite, 70 East St., Methuen; free; welcomes women dealing with breast cancer; schedule is subject to change; before attending your first meeting,call Joanne Voigt at 978-687-0156, ext. 4179.

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.

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 EAKelloway@yahoo.com.

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.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux at 603-889-1775 for location.

VOLUNTEERS

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.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fundraising. Call 978-446-0703.

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.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell; other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park; projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times; opportunities include painting, park and canal cleanup, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events; call 978-970-5032.

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.

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; 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.