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ACTIVITIES

COME JOIN BOY SCOUT TROOP 83: For boys 11-17 who like camping, boating, animal care, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and a week of summer camp; meet Wednesday nights, 7-8:30, at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; for more information, contact Scoutmaster Jim Carey at 978-682-6165s or at carey.jim@comcast.net.

KIDS ADVENTURE FITNESS CLASS: Free class open to the community each Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m., for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Cleveland Health & Fitness, 17 Darrin Road, Dracut; space is limited; to register, call 978-957-8404.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: May 30, 11 a.m., starting from the Greenmont Avenue School.

VETERANS BREAKFAST, EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ON VETERANS BENEFITS: June 21, 9 a.m., breakfast; 9:30 a.m., workshop, Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut; sponsored by Senior Helpers and Bayberry at Emerald Court.

BENEFITS

A NIGHT AT THE RACES: St. Margaret School Hall, 486 Stevens St., Lowell, Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m. 978-453-8491.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Tyngsboro Country Club, Saturday, June 11, 7 a.m. Tyngsboro Post 247 Baseball Team; 978-649-7540.

MARK BALLAS CONCERT UNDER THE STRAWBERRY MOON: Friday, June 24, 6 p.m., St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 978-452-6611 or www.saintfrancis.net.

POW-WOW OAK BENEFIT CONCERT: OLE, 76 Merrimack St., Lowell, Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Pow-Wow Oak Protectors Fund Drive. www.tewksburyhistoricalsociety.org or http://pow-wow-oak.com.

SEARLES ESTATE LEGACY TOURS: June 11, June 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Searles Estate at Presentation of Mary, 209 Lawrence St., Methuen; $15 per person or two for $25; proceeds to benefit Presentation of Mary Academy; tickets available at the Nevins Library, Methuen, and PMA school office (978-682-9391, ext 100).

WALK THE WALK FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN: Sampas Pavillion, Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell, across from Heritage Farm Ice Cream, Saturday, July 11. My Father’s House. www.mfhwalk.org.

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.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE: Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road, Dracut; new members welcome.

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.

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.

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; 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.