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April’s rain brings a freshness that is welcomed like an old friend.

It washes away winter’s remains and brings forth the first flowers of spring. Urging us to start anew, we can now open our windows and let spring come in.

It’s the perfect time to brush away the cobwebs, and declutter those areas in your home where we have accumulated more than we need.

You can bring your slightly used clothing, household items and bric-a-brac to our Second Hand Thrift Shop. All proceeds benefit the Friend of the Dracut Elderly Inc. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the senior citizens of Dracut. They raise funds solely for the DCOA to supplement classes, programs, volunteer events and the needy elderly. If you would like to join, the annual donation is $3; any contribution is appreciated. Receive a “I support the Friends of the Dracut Elderly” decal while supplies last.

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Dracut Elderly Inc. at DCOA, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut, MA., 01826. The Friends will be sponsoring a breakfast on Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. as we honor our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Did you know that in 2009, it was reported that 63.4 million Americans have participated in some form of community service, contributing 8.1 billion hours of service with a a dollar amount of $169 billion.

COA volunteers gave 23,678 hours of service in 2010.

The second annual Talent Show, celebrating the 1950s and 1980s hosted by HomeInstead Senior Care, will be held on May 4 at noon. Categories are in singing, solo, group or duets, play an instrument, dance, and costume. Luncheon will be served at noon, with presentation awards to follow. Sign up with DCOA’s Donna Houston by April 25 if you would like to participate, and also if you need musical accompaniment. In order to attend the talent show, you must also sign up by April 25.

An informal meeting with the Friends of a New Dracut High School will be held Thursday, April 14, at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in learning more about the proposed renovation/addition to the high school are urged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The movie of the month is the award-winning The Fighter, which will be shown Tuesday, April 12, at noon. Please note The Fighter is rated R, with language that may be offensive to some.

The veterans breakfast will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 9 a.m. A video of Bob Hope entertaining the troops will follow.

Coffee with the director is on Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the Dracut Council On Aging, The Best Place In Town.”

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council On Aging.