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Activities

day trip to newport: The Holy Family travelers group is planning a trip to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant on July 15.; the trip will include a buffet lunch, and the comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner ; the day will conclude with cabaret entertainment before heading home; $75 per person; for further information or to make a reservation, call Lee Furtado at 978-453-1432.

Free MCAS Prep Classes at MCC: Offering free MCAS preparation classes to any high school student (from the classes of 2003 through 2010) who has not passed the math or English portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam; classes will be held July 6-30, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, on Middlesex Community College’s Lowell Campus; classes are supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education; refreshments and bus tokens will be provided; rregistration deadline is June 1; to register, call Colleen Cox at 978-656-3284.

Methuen YMCA’s Child-care programs: Registration currently under way for toddler, preschool and after-school programs; for children 15 months-12; programs run 7 a.m.-6 p.m. to assist working parents.; financial assistance is available and state vouchers are accepted; for more information, contact Child Care Director MaryEllen King at 978-683-5266; the YMCA is located at 129 Haverhill Street, Methuen.

Reach Out for Youth & Families Golf Tournament: July 13, Merrimack Golf Course, 210 Howe St., Methuen; Merrimack Valley YMCA’s 15th annual event; shotgun start; scramble format; registration, 7-8 a.m.; $75 per player cost includes greens fees and cart, dinner, 10 raffle tickets, one mulligan, string mulligan, closest-to-pin holes, long drive, hole-in-one, and putting contests; gift bag to all, includes golf shirt, balls, tees; for more information, contact Melissa O’Brien, director of Special Events, at 978-725-6681 or mobrien@mvymca.org.

PELHAM SENIOR CENTER STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL : June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; there will be a Tiger Bounce Room for the children to enjoy along with children’s games and prizes; clowns, balloons and face-painting. Music will be provided by the Canobie Lake Ramblers; baskets, including a basket full of gift cards, will be raffled at 3 for $1.00; there will also be chances sold for a week’s vacation in Pompano Beach, Fla., sold at $5 each or 3 for $10; the Penny Pincher Barn will be open and there will be a book sale and puzzles sold; refreshments available include grilled hot dogs, chips, yummy strawberry shortcake and hot and cold drinks; come and bring the family for an enjoyable fun time; this event will be held rain or shine.

vacation bible school: Grace Bible Church, 517 Methuen St., Dracut, is holding its annual school, entitled Polar Extremes, June 22-26, 9 a.m.- noon; for children 4-12, this free program includes singing, Bible stories, crafts and games; for more information, call 978-453-7546 or visit www.gracebibledracut.com.

benefits

c ancer research WALKATHON: Aug. 2, 11. a.m., East End Social Club, 15 West Fourth St., Lowell; for application, go to our Web site, eastendclub.com, and click on link Charitable Foundation; volunteers needed; e-mail eastendclub1@comcast.net.

GRoups

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.

Breastfeeding help and support: La Leche League of Lowell; meets the first Thursday of the month,10 a.m., Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, 101 West Forest St.; all women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend; for more information, call Danielle at 978-957-6418.

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 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 978-454-3371.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., September through June; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; for more information, call 978-454-6165.

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, contact the Dracut Lions Club, P.O. Box 310, Dracut MA 01826.

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.

Dream factory of the merrimack valley : Provides grant wishes to area children ages 3-18 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 Community Chorus: No auditions; rehearsals Mondays, 7:15-9 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Park St., Methuen; the Methuen Community Chorus spring show will be held April 25, 26 at the Methuen Organ Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.

Patchwork Pals of Greater Lowell Quilt Guild: Meets on the first Sunday of the month — except for holiday weekends or Super Bowl Sunday; then meets on the second Sunday; Polish American Veterans, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; new members and visitors are always welcome; for more information, visit www.patchworkpals.org.

Richelieu Club: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., Cobblestones restaurant, Lowell; focus on preserving French traditions, culture and language; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4010.

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.

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

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY : Need volunteers to help with fundraising, planning events, promoting speakers, general help with the annual book and bake sale; if you would like to participate in this community-centered activity, please e-mail dmastroianni@mvlc.org or call Sandra at 978-957-9140.

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.

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