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Blue Ocean Music Hall -- 4 Ocean Front, Salisbury. Polar Express Pajama Party & Brunch, Sun., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.; $35.

Discovery Museums -- 177 Main St., Acton (programs are free with admission unless noted). First Friday Nights Free; Dec. 1, 4:30-8 p.m. Everyday Engineering: Straw Structures; Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Upbeat Music; Thur., Dec. 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m.


Chelmsford Stamp Club -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road; meets first and third Mon. (Dec. 4), 7-9 p.m.

Dracut Community Band -- Christ United Church, 10 Arlington St. Rehearsals, Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m.; new members welcomed; 978-454-0055.

Dracut Community Chorus -- Dracut High School, 1540 Lakeview Ave. Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 6-8 a.m.

Community Service

MSPCA at Nevins Farm -- 400 Broadway, Methuen. Nevins Holiday Tree & Christmas Feast for the Horses; Sat., Dec. 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; help create a Christmas feast for horses by bringing carrots, apples and peppermints to place in the stockings of adoptable horses; Santa visit; 978-687-7453, ext. 6161, email


First Parish Church of Groton -- 1 Powderhouse Road. Messiah Sing to Benefit Loaves and Fishes; Sun., Dec. 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; $10; all proceeds goi to Loaves and Fishes; nashobavalleychorale.


Hellenic American Academy -- Indian Ridge Counttry Club, 73 Lovejoy Road, Andover; Benefit Auction; Sat., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; live and silent auctions; hors d'ouevres, pastries, cash bar; $40 ($30 by Nov. 17); benefits HAA; but tickets at

Lowell Community Health Center -- 161 Jackson St. LCHC Winter Mixer, Thur., Dec. 7, 5:30-8 p.m.; presented by Lowell CHC Developing Leaders Council; catered by UTEC, music by Harry and the Squires of Soul, raffles; benefits the LCHC's Teen BLOCK program;, 978.746.7891.

Westford Boy Scouts Troop 195 -- 99 Restaurant, 333 Littleton Road, Westford. Troop 195 Christmas Tree Sale; Fri., Dec. 2, Sat., Dec. 3, Fri., Dec. 9, Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; all proceeds to help make Scouting affordable to Westford youths.

Health & Wellness

Bridges by EPOCH -- 108 Littleton Road, Westford. Managing Challenging Symptoms; Tues., Dec. 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; Tuesdays through Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m.; 978-651-3034,

Merrimack Valley Hospice -- Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill. Candles of Remembrance; Wed., Dec. 6, 6 p.m.; brief service followed by candle-lighting in memory of loved ones lost; free but with $25 donation by Nov. 29, list a loved one's name in a Tribute Book.

Holiday Events

Central Congregational Church -- 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Annual Holiday Concert, Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m.; rehearsals Sundays, 12:30-2 p.m.

Dracut Rotary Club -- Harmony Hall, Lakeview Avenue. Annual Gingerbread House Competition; Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.;

First Parish Church -- 48 Main St., Westford. Community Christmas Chorus; rehearsals Sundays, 7 p.m., for Dec. 17 concert; adult and high-school ages; 978-692-8416.

First United Baptist Church -- 99 Church St., Lowell. Christmas Concert, Sun., Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. First United Baptist Church Choir and Chelmsford Community Band.

Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary -- Clark Auditorium, Main Campus, 295 Varnum Ave. Festival of Holidays; Thur., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; unique items on sale for holiday gift lists; benefits LGH Auxiliary.

New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus -- Celebrating the Holidays; Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Nashua;

Pelham Municipal Building -- 6 Village Green, Pelham, N.H. Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees; 978-566-1507, Thur., Nov. 30: Dance Concepts performs, 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 1: Pelham Memorial School Band performs, 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 2: $1 off admission for students; Pelham High School Band performs, 1-3 p.m.; visit with Santa, 2-4 p.m.

Shirley Meeting House -- 41 Brown Road. 14th Annual Candlelight Vespers Concert, Sun., Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.; admission is a donation to benefit maintenance of meeting house; 978-425-2600.

Ste. Marguerite d'Youville Parish Center -- 30 Goodhue Ave., Dracut. O Holy Night, Nativity scene featuring more than 200 pieces; Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.; Tues., Dec. 5, 6:30 8 p.m.; free.

Sales, Fairs

Aldersgate United Methodist Church -- 242 Boston Road, Chelmsford. Christmas Fair; Fri., Dec. 1 1-8 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; 978-256-9400, or,

Hudson Memorial School -- 1 Memorial Drive, Hudson, N.H. GFWC Hudson Junior Woman's Club 41st Annual Craft Fair; Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 603-595-9621, email

St. Casimir's Parish Center -- 268 Lakeview Ave., Lowell. Homecoming Dinner, Sat., Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m.; appetizers, baked ham, dessert; sing-along; $8 adults; 978-453-0742.

Saint Patrick Parish -- 12 Main St., Pelham, N.H. Annual Christmas Craft Fair; Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., crafters, baked goods, contests, raffles.

Westford Senior Center -- 20 Pleasant St. Christmas/Holiday Boutique; Thur., Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 978-692-5523.