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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.

INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES PRESENTATION: March 22, 6:30 p.m., M.G. Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut; “Identification, Dangers and Control,” by Randy Prostak, extension weed specialist, University of Massachusetts; sponsored by Dracut Open Space Committee.

LOWELL WOMEN’S WEEK BREAKFAST: Carole Cowan, president of Middlesex Community College, will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Lowell Women’s Week Breakfast Monday, Feb. 28, 7:30 a.m., Lenzi’s Millhouse, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut. Tickets are $25 (students $20). Call 978-937-5293 or e-mail aleksandrawt@acrefamily.org for tickets.

MCC PRESENTS IRIS GOMEZ: Wednesday, March 2, Federal Building Assembly Room on the Lowell campus, 50 Kearney Square; admission to hear the award-winning writer and respected immigration attorney is free and open to the public.

MEET THE NEW LIBRARY DIRECTOR: The Dracut Friends of the Library will host a reception with new library Director Randy Robertshaw on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Refreshments will be served.

NORTH REGIONAL THEATRE WORKSHOP REHEARSALS: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; preparing for spring production of Lerner and Loewe’s On Broadway; show dates are scheduled for April 29, 30 and May 1; for more information call Paul D Webster-Greene at 978-397-1481 or visit nrtwinc.com; you can also find us on Facebook.

SAINT PATRICK ANNUAL IRISH CULTURAL WEEK:

* Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m., Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, Irish variety show, “A Little Bit of Heaven”; $10 admission; proceeds donated to the Lowell Hibernians Mercy Drive.

* Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m., St. Patrick Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell; Opening Mass, with music led by Harpist Aine Minogue and Gaelic readings by Eileen Sullivan.

* Sunday, March 6, 11 a.m., from St. Patrick Church to City Hall, Irish Cultural Week Parade; raising of the Irish flag and laying of the wreath at the Irish Monument; flag raising by our Irish Person of the Year, Jack Flood,; Irish national anthem sung by Eileen Sullivan; United States national anthem sung by Edward “Bud” Caulfield; brunch immediately following City Hall ceremonies at St. Patrick Church Hall, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell; admission $5 adults, $3 children.

* Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m., Irish movie night, Beerworks, Lowell; critically acclaimed movie Omagh will be viewed; suggested donation $5.

* Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Room 222, O’Leary Library, UMass Lowell South Campus; “The Big Dig”; enjoy the results of a collaborative effort of St. Patrick Church historian David McKean, UMass Lowell and Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland; a presentation of the Big Dig on the church grounds, where artifacts from our Irish ancestors were unearthed, many of which will be on exhibit; free admission.

* Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m., Walking tour of the Irish Acre; led by the National Park Service St. Patrick Church’s Irish historian David McKean; this tour will take you through the streets that were part of the original acre of land allotted to the Irish immigrants; tour will meet and begin at National Park Visitors Center, Market Street, Lowell; free admission.

* Saturday, March 12, 3:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, Lowell; Irish organ music by Ginny Corcoran; music performed by St. Patrick Church adult choir; 4 p.m., memorial Mass; 6 p.m., dinner dance, Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell; admission $35; social hour with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

* Sunday, March 13, 2-6 p.m., Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell; Irish Folk Dancing.

* Thursday, March 17, 9 a.m., St. Patrick Church, Suffolk Street, Lowell; Mass of St. Patrick, followed by refreshments and entertainment by children of St. Patrick School.

BENEFITS

ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dracut High School, 1540 Lakeview Ave.; free admission; craft vendors, DJ, student ensembles, food, raffles, free face painting, and special guest appearances; benefits Dracut High performing arts; http://www.dhsmusic.com/.

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER DANCE: Lowell Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell, Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.-midnight; in memory of Pete and Richard Morrissette for LGH TeamWalk for CancerCare.

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 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.

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: Begins rehearsals on Monday, Jan. 17, at 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Park and Lawrence streets in Methuen; auditions are not required; the spring concert will be performed in May at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.

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.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS OF LOWELL: Accepting new members; no auditions required; for more information, call Heidi at 978-957-0802.

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

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 call John at 978-957-3988.

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.