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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.

DRACUT OLD HOME DAY: Saturday, Sept 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dracut schools complex, Lakeview Avenue; fun family day with crafters, entertainment, food vendors, games, rides; for more information, visit www.dracutoldhomeday.com.

DRACUT ROTARY CLUB AND CRUTCHES 4 AFRICA: Dracut Rotary Club will kick off its latest international project, in partnership with Crutches 4 Africa, at Dracut Old Home Day, Saturday, Sept. 10; the club will be collecting used crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs for shipment to people who desperately need them; it will accept any usable mobility aids from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for additional information, contact Dracut Rotarian Chuck Moran at 978-935-1666; more information about Crutches 4 Africa can be found at http://www.crutches4africa.org/.

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.

PSYCHIC FAIR: Sunday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., American Legion Post 87, 684 Westford St., Lowell; free coffee; four psychic/tarot readers; readings $20.

TUFTS’ CANINE AND FELINE BREEDING AND GENETICS: Sept.15-17, the Omni Parker House with Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston; open to veterinarians, technicians, dog and cat breeders, and enthusiasts; course director Dr. Jerold S Bell, director of the Clinical Veterinary Genetics course at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and expert in breeding, pedigree analysis and genetic testing; contact Continuing Education Dept. at 508-887-4723; vetCEinfo@tufts.edu, website: www.tufts.edu/vet/ce.

WWII ERA-SOUTH PACIFIC 40S THEME NIGHT: Friday, Sept. 9, 5:30-8 p.m., VFW Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; Oriental menu includes Chinese chicken, chop suey, fried rice, stir fry, egg rolls, lo mein, etc.; also coffee, tea, soda, homemade desserts; all you can eat, plus 50-50 raffle and door prizes; dress as a soldier, nurse, in Oriental attire; best costume wins a prize; POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony will be performed; for advance reservations, call Dot & Gene at 603-635-7863, or email dac.epc@myfairpoint.net.

BENEFITS

MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday, Sept. 12, Meadow Creek Golf Club, Dracut; includes a box lunch, golf, cart, prizes, a cocktail reception and dinner; nongolfers can enjoy the cocktail reception and dinner only; the food bank provides food for pantries, shelters, day and residential programs in nearly 30 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; playing spots and sponsorships are available; contact Debbie Callery at 978-454-7272, or via e-mail at dcallery@mvfb.org before Aug. 19; for more information, or to register online, visit www.mvfb.org.

FESTIVALS

PIG N PEPPER, BLUES AND BREWS: Saturday, Aug. 20; Sunday, Aug. 21, noon-7 p.m., Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, Westford; www.pignpepper.com. Westford Rotary Charitable Foundation.

WICKED WINE AND BREW FEST: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-6 p.m., Mel’s Funway Park, Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, N.H.; benefits NH Food Bank; www.nashuatelegraph.com/wwb.

GROUPS

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, email Scoutmaster Grimard; troop83dracut@yahoo.com, http://troop83dracut.com, or on Facebook: Boyscout Troop Dracut.

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.

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

REUNIONS

DRACUT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1991: Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Parker House Grill, 101 Broadway Road, Dracut; $40 per person by Sept. 30; paypal payment: DracutHigh91@aol.com; email class photos to DracutHigh91@aol.com or on Facebook: Dracut High School Class of 1991; since the reunion is during the holiday season, we ask that you bring a canned good or unwrapped toy; for questions, contact DracutHigh91@aol.com.

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 call John at 978-957-3988.