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ACTIVITIES

BONE-BUILDERS PROGRAM: Developed in conjunction with Tufts University researchers; free classes held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road; classes focus on strength training, balance exercises, and education about osteoporosis and fall prevention; registration required; for more information, call Judy at 978-957-2611.

DRACUT HIGH CLASSES OF 1963-168 REUNION: On Sept. 18, 2010, former students from DHS classes of 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 will gather at the Long Meadow Country Club, Havilah Street, Lowell; there will be a cocktail hour (6-7 p.m.), followed by a buffet dinner and dancing; tickets are $20 per person; RSVP to Cathy (Koutrobis) DeFabio, 551 Hildreth St., Unit 18, Dracut, MA 01826; spread the word to everyone you know and ask them to do the same and to reserve as soon as possible; the hall only holds 160 people; committee members include Bill Koutrobis, Cathy (Koutrobis) DeFabio, Ann (Koutrobis) Shanahan, Joanne (Piekarski) Daileanes, Mary (Bernier) Power.

GREATER LAWRENCE COMMUNITY BOATING: The Abe Bashara Boathouse, located on Eaton Street on the banks of the Merrimack in Lawrence is the ideal location for outdoor fun and adventure; the boathouse has expanded the length of its season and its programming to include an outdoor adventure for every age and ability; visit www.boatingprogram.com and learn how you can get involved in one of our rowing, sailing, fitness or educational programs today; memberships are available for individuals and families and include full use of the boathouse and grounds for nine months of the year.

MERRIMACK VALLEY PADDLE & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL: Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse; free and open to the public; activities include kayaking film festival, learn-to-row opportunities; free demos, including flatwater, whitewater, sea kayaks and stand-up paddle surfing; food and fun; for more information, contact Peter Murray at 978-934-2327 or Peter_Murray@uml.edu.

MERIMACK VALLEY “Y” CAMP OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; boat departures for camps Lawrence and Nokomis, at Bear Island, Y Landing, Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith, N.H.; designed so new campers and their parents can tour the property, meet the staff members and ask questions; each roundtrip is approximately 3 1/2 hours; please call our registration office at 978-975-1330 to reserve the date and time of your choice.

* Tuesday, June 1, 6 p.m., 66 Hooker Farm Road, Salem, N.H.; for Camp Otter at Captain’s Pond; designed so new campers and their parents can tour the property, meet the directors and ask questions; please call our registration office at 978-975-1330 to reserve the date and time of your choice.

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 St., Methuen.

BENEFITS

CHURCH’S ANNUAL YARD SALE : Saturday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; tables for nonmembers, $20; bring your own for $15; games, prizes face painting; bring a nonperishable food item, can goods, toiletries or paper goods to play free game; food drive benefits the Dracut Food Pantry.

YARD SALE FOR DOG RESCUE: Saturday, June 5, First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham; all proceeds from the Animal Rescue Network of New England (ARNNE) table will go directly to our cause of rescuing dogs; please stop by and help us to help them; to learn more about our rescue efforts, please visit www.arnne.org.

MV CATHOLIC CHARITIES 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE: Wednesday, June 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell; tickets $75 per person and may be purchased by calling MV Catholic Charities main office at 978-452-1421 or by visiting its website at http://www.ccab.org/merrimack90.

GROUPS

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

DRACUT COMMUNITY CHORUS: Rehearsals each Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Dracut High School Music Room, Lakeview Avenue, Dracut; all adults welcome; no audition required; call 978-501-3016 for more information.

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 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 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.

DRACUT SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: This social club meets the 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; you need not be a Dracut resident; annual dues are $2, payable on meeting days; for further information, call Lorrette Vengren at 978-957-7457.

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.

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 617-699-3805.

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.

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.