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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.

HAM-AND-BEAN SUPPER: Saturday, Oct. 23, 4-6:30 p.m., Centralville Social Club, 364 West Sixth St., Lowell; adults $6, children $3; tickets available at the door.

HARVEST ON THE HILL FESTIVAL: Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut. 978-452-6611.

MEADOW CREEK COUNTRY CLUB: 80 Meadow Creek Dr., Dracut; Sinatra to Doo Wop and more with Bob Gauvreau, every Friday, 8-11 p.m. 978-455-2775.

MCC CONCERT SERIES: A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s free fall concert series, begins with “Improvisations for Saxophone,” a concert by Lowell saxophonist/composer Demetrius Spaneas, Sunday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m., in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell; admission is free and open to the public; for information, call 781-280-3923 or visit http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/events/WOM/.

BENEFITS

ANNUAL HUNGER/HOMELESS COMMISSION: Spaghetti dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m., East End Club, West 4th St., Lowell. 978-454-7272.

MERRIMACK VALLEY START! HEART WALK: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Sampas Pavilion, Merrimack River, Lowell. www.MerrimackValleyHeartWalk.org.

TYNGSBORO TROT 5K RUN/WALK: Saturday, Oct. 16, Tyngsboro Elementary School parking lot, Norris Road; Education Foundation for Tyngsboro. Register at www.coolrunning.com or www.EFTyng.org.

“THANKS-4-GIVING” 5K RUN/WALK AND 10K RUN: Thursday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m., Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell; sponsored by Alternative House, a nonprofit, comprehensive battered women’s organization; free pies to all who participate; entry fee for both races, $20 (advance), $25 (race day); call Alternative House at 978-937-5777 or go to www.thanks4giving.org for a registration form.

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.

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.

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; fo

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.

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 Barry at National Senior Network, 978-946-1240.

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.