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ACTIVITIES

AMERICAN LEGION CHICKEN BARBECUE: Sept. 13, 1-4 p.m., 574 Broadway Road, Dracut; chicken grilled outside and then served upstairs in the air-conditioned main room; tickets $11 per person, available from Legion members or in the members lounge.

FALL ROWING REGISTRATION: Essex Rowing Club is continuing registration for the upcoming fall season for middle-school, high-school, and adult programs; for more information and registration details, visit www.essexrowing.org or call 978-208-4617.

GIANT FLEA MARKET AND YARD SALE: Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, Chelmsford; in addition to tables and spots both inside and outside, there will be hot dogs. sandwiches, snacks, punch board, and raffles; delicious breads and desserts will be available at the bake table; pots/tables are available for $25 by calling Marcia at 978-256-0720.

INTERFAITH PRAYER SHAWL TEA: Sept. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Augustine Parish, Center for Education and Ministry, 35 Essex St., Andover; hosted by Communities Together, Inc., formerly The Greater Lawrence Council of Churches; join us for tea and pastry as we celebrate the Prayer Shawl Ministry in this area, offer shawls for a blessing by clergy, honor knitting groups, and share stories of how the shawls touch live; knitters, crocheters, clergy, shawl recipients, supporters, and those interested in learning more are all welcome; free and open to the public.; please RSVP by Friday morning, Sept. 11, to Barbara at the Communities Together office: 978-686-4012 or ctstaff@conversent.net.

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.

BENEFITS

FRIENDS OF PELHAM HIGH HOCKEY COMEDY NIGHT: Friday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Harris’ Pelham Inn; night will consist of comedians, a DJ, and raffles; tickets are $25 per person;. for more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail friendsphshockey@aol.com.

PSYCHIC FAIR: Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut; hosted by the Friends of the Dracut Elderly; featured event, 1-3 p.m., “Talking to Heaven,” with Diana Harris, conversations with the other side, similar to John Edwards’ “Crossing Over”; $30 general admission, $20 for seniors; advance registration highly recommended; event also includes card readers, pet communications, aura readings, tuning forks, reiki, singing bowls, shamanism, ghost-hunting talks and energy work; refreshments available; please bring a nonperishable food item for the Dracut Food Pantry; for more information, call the Dracut Council on Aging at 978-957-2611.

SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER PLAY: The Pelham Council on Aging and the Pelham Senior Center will be presenting three productions of C. B. Gilford’s Stage Play, Any Body for Tea?, to benefit the Pelham Senior Center Building Fund; the performances will be held at the Sherburne Hall in the Pelham Municipal Center, Village Green, Pelham; the productions wll be held Sept. 18, 7 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; play is a mystery/comedy and is performed by our own seniors and is suitable for all audiences; tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nahsua Road, Pelham; or by calling 603-635-3800 or 603-635-3307.

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 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.

BREAST FEEDING 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.

CAREGIVERS OF THE MENTALLY ILL: Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (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 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 p.m., March through December; 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.

ENLIGHTENMENT: Meets every other Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Studio 269, 269 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; free, but offerings will be accepted to help defray the cost of the space; for more information, contact Priscilla Griffin, LMHC, at www.Lightworkers-United.com or call 978-640-3858.

FRANCO-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS POST 4: Meets third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Centralville Social Club, 364 West Sixth St., Lowell; for more information, call Roland at 978-957-2577.

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.

JAPA MEDITATION: Meets every other Sunday, 10-11 a.m., Studio 269, 269 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; free, but offerings will be accepted to help defray the cost of the space; for more information, contact Priscilla Griffin, LMHC, at www.Lightworkers-United.com or call 978-640-3858.

LOWELL SPORTSMAN’S CLUB: 50 Swain Road, North Chelmsford; trap/skeet Wednesdays, 9 a.m., Sundays, 1 p.m.; public welcome; NRA basic pistol classes, plus fishing. archery, and other shooting sports; new members welcome; for more information, visit www.lowellsc.org.

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 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.

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.

MOMS TO MOM: Meets every other Thursday Sept. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, Pelham; for more information, contact Cindy at ckyzer6@hotmail.com or ask for Cindy at the church phone, 603-635-1556.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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: VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo, volunteer coordinator, at 888-663-3688, ext. 4271. For more information about VNA Care Network & Hospice, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org or call 800-728-1862.

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.