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ACTIVITIES

ANNUAL GREATER LOWELL GOOD FRIDAY WALK FOR HUNGER: April 22, registration (8 a.m.), walk (9 a.m.), St. Mark Church, corner of Cold Spring and Graniteville roads, Westford; the walk is a 13-mile scenic course consisting of two loops (4.2, 8.8 miles) between St. Mark’s in Westford, and West Chelmsford United Methodist Church, with convenient stops to rest and hydrate; one may walk one or both loops with van transportation, courtesy of the Westford Senior Center, available at any time for a ride back to St. Mark’s; proceeds distributed locally to the Alternative House, House of Hope, Lowell Transitional Living Center, Greater Lowell Open Pantry, Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry, and the food pantries in Westford and Chelmsford and nationally to Sharing, Inc; the Walk distributes 99 percent of all funds raised and is entirely volunteer driven.

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.

DENIM & DIAMONDS, GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Friday, April 1, Presentation of Mary Academy-Methuen, Dupre Center; enjoy a night of shopping, vendor displays, munchies, and good old-fashioned fun with your friends; sponsored by the PMA Alumni Council, but is open to all; tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door; for tickets or vendor information, contact Paula Mansor-Laliberte at plaliberte@pmamethuen.org.

HYPNOSIS PRESENTATION: April 12, 7 p.m., MG Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut; whether you want to shed weight, gain weight, start a new career, stop smoking, heal emotional issues, overcome habits or fears, achieve more in sports, business or in school or be supportive of your children, you’ll discover how hypnosis can let you make these changes quickly, more effectively, and less stressfully; for more information, call 978-957-8081.

MIDDLESEX MUSIC FACULTY CONCERT: A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’a free spring concert series, continues with an MCC music faculty concert, on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road; program will include works by Bach, Schumann, Villa-Lobos and Bernstein, plus a new composition by Mark Berger; for information call 781-280-3923.

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.

RABIES, MICROCHIP CLINIC: Saturday, April 16, 8-11 a.m., behind Pelham Police Dept. (use park entrance); rabies ($15), microchipping ($35); nail clipping ($10); dog licenses for Pelham residents; bring proof of current rabies certificate for three-year shot.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: “Reflections of Time”; Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m., St Joseph the Workers Shrine, 37 Lee St., Lowell; free admission; all welcome.

SPRING FISHING DERBY: April 16-17, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, Centralville Sportsman’s Club, 308 Wheeler Road, Dracut; two stocked ponds available; fishing licenses are not required; bait available; prizes for tagged fish; raffles throughout day; bass catch and release only; breakfast 6-11 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; adults $20 for Saturday and Sunday or $10 for Sunday only; children up to age 15 $10 for Saturday and Sunday or $5 for Sunday only; for more information or directions, call 978-452-8095; www.centralvillesportsmansclub.org.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fridays in Lent — March 18, 25, April 1, 8, and 15 — at 6 p.m. at Sainte Therese Church, 1340 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. All are invited to partake of soup and bread in the church hall after the stations, followed by a guest speaker.

BENEFITS

ELECTRONIC AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE FUNDRAISER: Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saint Marguerite Parish parking lot, 1340 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; items should be emptied, i.e. no gas, oil or water left in them; monitors, computers, stereos, radios ($5 each); dishwashers, stoves, washer, dryer, water heaters, microwave, refrigerator, lawn mowers, snowblowers, exercise equipment, AC units, dehumidifiers, small engine iItems, exercise equipment ($10 each); less than 20-inch TVs ($10 each); more than 20-inch TVs ($15 each); console and wood TVs ($20 each); car batteries will be collected and recycled atno charge; residents and nonresidents welcome.

GROUPS

AMYOTROPHIC LATERIAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) SUPPORT: Last Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen, first-floor board room; free; open to patients, caregivers and friends; registration is required; for more information and to register, call the ALS Association at 781-326-8884 or 888-287-3257.

ANGELA PISICK CANCER SUPPORT: First, third Wednesdays of the month, 6-7 p.m., Holy Family Cancer Management Center, main lobby, 70 East St., Methuen; free; before attending your first meeting, call 978-687-0156, ext. 2021.

ARTS INSTITUTE OF MERRIMACK VALLEY: Meetings held on the third Thursday of the month in April, May, June, September, October and November; held at the Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center, Methuen; meetings focus on art demonstration and art-related subjects; for more information, contact Silvana Siudut, president/founder, at silart@comcast.net.

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.

CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA: Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, first-floor board room, 70 East St., Methuen; free; contact the New England Chapter of CCFA at 800-314-3459, ext. 13, or visit www.ccfa.org before attending your first meeting.

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.

LIONS CLUB OF LOWELL: Dedicated to helping the visually handicapped, as well as other charities; meets the first and third Tuesday of the month; those interested in joining can call 978-458-6211.

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; for more information, visit www.lowellsc.org.

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.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (adults $6, children $2); meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-687-9465.

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.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, lower garden room, 305 Broadway; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda at 978-687-9892 or visit www.methuengardenclub.org.

MOMS TO MOM: Meets every other Thursday, 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.

PATCHWORK PALS OF GREATER LOWELL QUILT GUILD: Meets on the first Sunday of the month — except for holiday weekends or Super Bowl Sunday; then meets on the second Sunday; Polish American Veterans, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; new members and visitors are always welcome; for more information, visit www.patchworkpals.org.

PELHAM COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets the first Thursday of the month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; meetings open to the public and begin with an open forum.

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.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

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.

SHEILA BRODIE-ZETLAN: Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital chapel, Cremin Suite, 70 East St., Methuen; free; welcomes women dealing with breast cancer; schedule is subject to change; before attending your first meeting,call Joanne Voigt at 978-687-0156, ext. 4179.

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.

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.

REUNIONS

NASHOBA VALLEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1985: Seeking classmates; Nvthsclassof85.myevent.com. Class of 1984, 1985 and 1986 sponsored by Class of 1985.

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.

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.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell; other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park; projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times; opportunities include painting, park and canal cleanup, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events; call 978-970-5032.

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.