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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 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.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR YARD SALE: Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham VFW, 6 Main St., Pelham; hosted by the John H. Hargreaves VFW Post 10722 and The Royal Red Hats of Pelham; tables are $10 each and are limited; if you do not wish to have a table but would like to donate items, you are welcome to drop them off at the VFW; drop-off days are Sept. 7 and Sept.15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; for more information, contact Terry at 635-1216 or e-mail Theresa491@msn.com.

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.

MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA EVENTS:

* $10,000 Touchdown for Kids Raffle; Thursday, Sept. 24; it will once again be hosted by the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence; we will have a DJ spinning the tunes, plenty of delicious appetizers and some great door prizes; purchase one of our $100 raffle tickets, which ticket price can be split amongst a group of people.

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.

OUTDOOR MOVIES AT MIDDLESEX C.C.: SEPT. 25, 7 p.m., Bedford campus quad; 591 Springs Road; free, open to the public; two new blockbuster hits will be featured; Disney Pixar’s UP, an animated comedy adventure, will begin at 7 p.m.; it will be followed by the space odyssey, Star Trek, at 9 p.m.; guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, sleeping bags and blankets; MCC will provide light refreshments; in case of rain, the event will move indoors to the campus cafeteria; for more information, contact Melissa Welch at 978-656-3363 or welchm@middlesex.mass.edu.

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”; no admission charge, but individual events are $30 for general public, $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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.