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Ayer Lofts Gallery -- 172 Middle St., Lowell. Gray Words: The Dark and Light of Jack Kerouac; exhibit of abstract images by Lowell artist Barbara Gagel; reception Fri., Oct. 6, 4-7:30 p.m.; www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org/festival.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- 1 North Road. Portals; hours are Sat. and Sun., 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Get Yourself Painting, with artist-in-residence Trina Teele, basic concepts of drawing, color, value, light and composition; Mondays, Oct. 16,23,30 and Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
First Saturday Open Studios -- Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, first Sat. each month (Oct. 7), noon-5 p.m.
High Five Arts -- Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., fifth floor. Tierna Tierra, sculptures and drawings by Estafania Puerta, through Sat., Oct. 28; firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-335-5390.
Lawrence Library -- 15 Main St., Pepperell. Jacqui Hawk "Experiential Journey" Art Exhibit; Sun., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; www.jacquihawkart.com.
Dracut Community Band -- Christ United Church, 10 Arlington St. Rehearsals every Thurs., 6-7:15 p.m.; new members welcomed; 978-454-0055.
Luna Theater -- Mondo Monday Comedy, Mon., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St.
Olympia Restaurant -- 453 Market St., Lowell. One-Two Punch Comedy Show, Fri., Oct. 6, 9 p.m.; featuring Dan Frigolette and Rob Crean, hosted by Erik Anker; $10; for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/860391030784835/?ti=as; for tickets, visit http://m.bpt.me/event/3095912.
Tupelo Music Hall -- 10 A St., Derry, N.H. Derry Police Association Comedy Night, Thur., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., featuring Mark Riley, Chris Pennie, Kennedy Richard, $25. Night of Comedy, Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., featuring Graig Murphy and Paul Keenan, $18.
Films, Books, Lectures
Concord Bookshop -- 65 Main St. Authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, Thur., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., autors of "Last Christmas in Paris."
First Congregational Church Pelham UCC -- 3 Main St., Pelham, N.H. Women's Rights in Islam, Thur., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Hearing Room -- 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. Choose Your Adventure Reading and Discussion Group. Mondays, 6-7 p.m.; discuss books you have read with others.
Pelham Public Library -- 24 Village Green. Book Discussion: "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry; Thur., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.
American Training Inc. -- Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Annual Life Matters Awards Gala: Gatsby's Back!, Fri., Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m.; honoring Life Matters Award Recipients Andover Fire Rescue and Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield; $75 ($500 for table of 8); americantraining.com/event/GatsbyGala, 978-685-2151, ext. 6816.
Ancient Order of Hibernians -- Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Show, starring Deirdre "Dee" Reilly, Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., at Lowell Lodge of Elks, 40 Old Ferry Road, $25, benefits AOH and LAOH Scholarship Fund; 978-251-8923, 978-204-4723, 978-459-7303.
Animal Rescue Network of New England -- Pet Adoption Day, Pelham Congregational Church, 3 Main St., fourth Sat. each month (Oct. 28), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Armenian Friends of America -- HYE KEF 5, dance featuring John Berberian (oud), Mal Barsamian (clarinet) Ara Dinkjian (keyboard) and Ron Tutunjian (dumbeg), Sat., Oct. 14, at DoubleTree Andover, 123 Old River Road, $65, $50 for students 21 and under no tickets at door; 603-560-3826, 978-683-9121, 978-375-1616, 978-808-0598; benefits Armenian Churches of the Merrimack Valley, St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of North Andover, Armenian Apostolic Church of Hye Pointe in Haverhill, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church of Chelmsford, Ararat Armenian Congregational Church of Salem, N.H.
Chelmsford High School Performing Arts Center -- 200 Richardson St. An Evening of A Capella, Sat., Oct. 14,7-9 p.m.; featuring Northeastern Univeristy Award-winning the Nor'easters; for tickets, visit https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=2188ff2266fb86a99aee17a0f0d53f59; benefits CHS All Sports Boosters Club.
Merrimack Premimum Outlets -- 90 Premium Outlets Blvd., Merrimack, N.H. Pink Event to Support Susan G. Komen, Sat. Oct. 7, noon-4 p.m.; modeling, samples, swag bags; donate $10 to Komen Fund and get $25 one item from participating retaliers; 603-424-6287, www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet.merrimack.
Strongwater Farm -- 500 Livingston St., Tewksbury. Country and Western Harvest Hoedown; Sunday, Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m.; family-friendly, music, barbecue, Ipswich Ale products, games; $49.94 adults, $25 ages 5-23, free under 5; 078-851-5540, www.strongwaterfarm.org/harvest-how-down/; benefits Strongwatere Farm's therapeutic equestrian services.
Vandenberg Esplanade -- Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell. Fifth Annual Merrimack Valley Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk; Sat., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-noon; benefits local and national suicide-prevention and awareness programs; 978-764-8525, AFSP.ORG/merrimackvalley.
Health & Wellness
Bridges by EPOCH -- 107 Littleton Road, Westford. The Different Forms of Dementia, Thur., Oct. 5, noon-1 p.m.; 978-692-9541.
Circle Home Health & Hospice Care -- 847 Rogers St., Suite 201, Lowell. Savvy Caregiver Program, 6-week interactive training for friends and family of those with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia; 6 Tuesdays, Oct. 31 to Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m.; 978-651-3034, www.healthyliving4me.org.
Journey Church on the Common -- 9 Academy St., Chelmsford. Alzheimer's and Dementia Workshops, 6:30-8 p.m.; free, co-hosted by D'Youville Life & Wellness Community; 978-256-0855, www.journeychurchonthecommon.org; Oct 10, Overview of Alzheimer's Disease; Oct. 24, Communication; Nov. 14, Home Safety and Activities; Nov. 28: Practical Approaches to Challenging Behaviors.
Nashoba Valley Medical Center -- 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Annual Breast Health Day, Thur., Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; walk-in mammogram appointments, give-aways, breast-heath information, refreshments, free raffle; 978-784-9272. Weight Loss Information, Wed., Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., free; www.nashobamed.org/events, 978-784-9313.
St. Theresa Parish Center -- 796 Boston Road, Billerica. Bereavement Ministry, support group for those who have lost a loved one; meets biweekly starting Thur., Oct. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.; registration is required; 978-663-3624, Adrienne.email@example.com.
Blue Ocean Music Hall -- 4 Ocean Front, Salisbury. Robert Cray, blues, Thur., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., $49. Wynonna & The Big Noise, country, Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., $65.50.
Bull Run -- 215 Great Road, Shirley. The Garcia Project, Jerry Garcia tribute, Thur., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., $22. Maria Muldaur & Her Bluesiana Band, classic pop, Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., $25. Words Change Everything, poetry; Sat. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., $5. Blue Coupe, classic rock, Sun., Oct. 8, 7:30, $24. Liz Longley, singer-songwriter, Thur., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., $22.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- 1 North Road. Deep Blue "C" Studio Orchestra Plays Bacharach and David, Sun., Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m.; $20 general, $18 members/seniors, students $15, 978-250-3780. Nick Goumas Quintet, Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; $15, cash bar.
Chelmsford High School Performing Arts Center -- 200 Richardson St. An Evening of A Capella, Sat., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m.; featuring Northeastern Univeristy Award-winning the Nor'easters; for tickets, visit https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=2188ff2266fb86a99aee17a0f0d53f59.
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom -- 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, N.H. Steel Panther, rock, Thur., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., $22. Jonny Lang with Guthrie Brown, blues, Sat., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., $21-$46.
Jocko's Jazz at the Sahara -- 34 Bates St., Methuen. Donna Byrne with the Marshall Wood Trio, Tues., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. Jetro da Silva Trio, Tues., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Jason Anick Gypsy Jazz Quartet, Tues., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tucker Antell Quartet, Tues., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Riverwalk -- 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, N.H. Maria Muldaur with Jonah Tolchin, classic pop, Thur., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., $28/$35. The Wild Ponies with Goldenoak, Americana, Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Echotest with The Humans Being, rock, Sat., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Odds Bodkin: Heartpounders, Celtic, Sun., Oct. 8, 7 p.m., $10/$13.
Tsongas Center -- 300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, www.tsongascenter.com. Chris Tomlin with Matt Maher, contemporary Christian; Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tupelo Music Hall -- 10 A St., Derry, N.H. JJ Grey and Mofro, soul rock; Wed., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $40-$55.
Wilmington Middle School -- 25 Carter Lane. "The Singing Trooper" Returns to Wilmington; Sgt. Dan Clark in concert, Fri., Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m.; free; presented bySarah D.J. Carter Committee.
Hearing Room -- 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. Reading Group, each Mon., 6-9 p.m. Open Mike, each Tues., 7-10 p.m. Open Figure Drawing, each Wed., 7-10 p.m. Mostly Acoustic Jam, each Thur., 7-10 p.m.; Bluegrass Jam, third Fri. (Oct. 20), 7-10 p.m. Songwriter's Club, second and fourth Sat. (Oct. 14), 1-5 p.m. Community Sing & Jam, every other Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Mushroom Musicians Presents!, first Fri. (Oct. 6), 8-10 p.m., $5 suggested. Weisstronauts and The Farewells, rock, Sat., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Let's Have Words, open mike, Fri.. Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Thirsty First -- 280 Central St., Lowell; Open Mike; nightly, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Dracut High School Class of 1972 -- 45th Reunion, Fri. Oct. 27, 7 p.m.-midnight, Lo Kai, 1655 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; graduates from 1969-1973 welcome; donations accepted.
Keith Academy/Keith Hall Class of 1967 -- 50th Reunion, Sat., Oct. 14, 6 p.m., at Vesper Country Club; 978-808-8414.
Tewksbury Memorial High School -- 45th Reunion, Sat., Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Long Meadow Golf Club, Class of 1972, $45, includes buffet dinner and DJ; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andover Farmers' Market -- Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St. Sat. through Oct. 21; http://andoverhistorical.org/farmer-s-market-2017.
Billerica Access Television -- Town Common. BATV's 30th Birthday Celebration, Sat., Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; music, hot dogs, cake, Animal Adventures; free.
Cameron Senior Center -- 20 Pleasant St, Westford. 2nd Annual Small Appliances and More Sale, Thur., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Harvard Schools Trust -- Annual Columbus Day Weekend Harvard Flea Market, Sat. Oct. 7 (rain date Sun., Oct. 8), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bromfield School; co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Harvard; $3 adults/seniors, $1 ages 6-12, $5 early birds (7-9 a.m.); benefits Harvard Schools Trust.
Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church -- 1189 Lawrence St., Lowell. Annual Craft Fair, Sat., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-noon; 978-453-2052.
Museum of Russian Icons -- 203 Union St., Clinton. Museum Benefit Used Books & More Sale, Thur., Oct. 5, 4-8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; email@example.com, 978-598-5000, ext. 115.
Reed Homestead -- 72 Main St., Townsend. Fall Open House, Sat., Oct. 7, and Sun., Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m.
St. Mary's Women Club -- 796 Boston Road, Billerica. Autumn Craft Fair, Sat., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free.
Tewksbury Fall Harvest Festival -- Livingston Field. Sun., Oct. 15, noon-5 p.m.; free; sponsored by Tewksbury Public Events and Celebration Committee; 781-866-9892, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tewksbury Farmer's Market on the Common -- 1009 Main St. Tuesdays through Oct. 31. Alley Cat Crafts, every Tues.; Deano's Pasta, every Tues.; Fundraising Travel, Tues., Oct. 24; Girl Scouts, Tues., Oct. 24; KC Styles, Tues., Oct. 17; Lowell Lettuce & Bad Rabbit Farm, every Tues.; NYR Organics, Tues., Oct. 17,31; Tewksbury Engineering Department, Tues., Oct. 24; Tewksbury Florisst & Greenery, every Tues.; Tewksbury Public Library Community Garden; every Tues. Wilder Wood Works, Tues., Oct. 17.
Merrimack Repertory Theater -- 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell; 978-654-4678, box_office@,ert.org. The Royale, through Oct. 8. Silent Sky, Oct. 18-Nov. 12.