PELHAM PARKS & RECREATION: Offers the following programs: Equestrian Instructional Classes, beginners each Wednesday, Oct. 26-Dec. 7, advanced each Thursday, Oct. 27-Dec. 8; Learn Photography (ages 18 & up), each Tuesday, Nov. 15-Dec. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.; Winter Theater: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf (ages 6 & up), each Tuesday, Nov. 15-Jan. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Boys Winter Lacrosse, each Sunday beginning Nov. 25; Youth Basketball, signup deadline Friday, Nov. 18. Call 603-635-2721 or email Visit

CARING WELL INSTITUTE: Saints Medical Center, 1 Hospital Drive, Lowell, offers the following events: Plastic Surgery: How You Look & Feel, Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. Call 978-934-8591 or visit

BLOOD DRIVES: The American Red Cross is holding blood drives in Nashua at: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Thursday, Nov. 3 and 17, 2-7 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; St. Christopher Church, 62 Manchester St., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Infant Jesus School, 121 Allds St., Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; St. Patrick Parish, 220 Main St., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Immaculate Conception Gathering Hall, 216 East Dunstable Road, Fri., Nov. 25, 1-6 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

NEW BODY WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The Lowell YMCA offers eight weeks of small group personal training, Oct. 24-Dec. 17, Monday-Friday, 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or Saturday, 9 a.m. Unlimited workouts, nutritional guidance, $320/Y members, $370/program members. Call Lenny, 978-454-7825.

PARENT MEETING: ALLERGIES: On Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., speaker Phyllis Lang, RN, will present Food Allergies at School: How to Work Well with Your School Nurse to Create a School Health Plan for your Child at Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Pre-registration is not required. For info, call 781-444-7778 or visit

CHELMSFORD COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross and the Rotary Club of Chelmsford are sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 27, 1:30-7:30 p.m., at Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road. Donors from all communities are invited. No appointment necessary. Call 978-256-3604 for information.

HOT TOPICS IN CRITICAL CARE: Acute & Critical Care Nursing Education sponsors this program, presented by The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Westford Regency. $75/MVC-AACN members; $100/non-memebers. For info, contact

JAZZERCISE OPEN HOUSE: Jazzercise Middleton will host an open house on Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m., at Uechi Karate Academy, 215 S. Main St., Middleton. Visit

ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER: VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and well provider, is providing stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment. Must be a resident of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. Funded by a grant from the Mass. Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan, 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or