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Discovery Museums -- 177 Main St., Acton (programs are free with admission unless noted). Upbeat Music, Thur., Dec. 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Take-Aparts, Fri., Dec. 8, 2-4:30 p.m. Doggy Days: Winter Storytime, Thur., Dec. 14, 10-11 a.m.


Aldersgate United Methodist Church -- 242 Boston Road. "Silent Night" worship service, Tues., Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m.; special music, prayers and scriptures that speak of God's presence and light.


Chelmsford Stamp Club -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road; meets first and third Mon. (Dec. 18), 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.


Animal Rescue Network of New England -- Pelham Congregational Church, 3 Main St. Pet Adoption Day; fourth Sat. each month (Dec. 18), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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;

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

Health & Wellness

Blaire House -- 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury. Take a Night Off; Blaire House offer its services free Friday, Dec. 8, 4-8 p.m., so that caregivers can drop their loved ones off while they enjoy dinner or shopping or holiday-themed activities; register by Dec. 1. 978-851-3121, 978-382-8741,,

Westford Health Department -- Parent Support Group; for parents of children with mental-health issues; Dec. 12, Jan. 9, 7-8 p.m.; Millennium School, 23 Depot St.,, 508-566-3189.

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center -- 219 Littleton Road. Divorce Matters -- Untie the Knot, workshop to help people untie the knot of legal, financial, family and personal issues often encountered during divorce; Sat., Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-noon; $30;

Holiday Events

Blue Ocean Music Hall -- 4 Ocean Front, Salisbury. Nutcracker Ballet Show & Brunch, Sun., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.; $35.

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

Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- 1 North Road; Home for the Holidays with Carrie Marshall, Fri., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; $20 general, $15 students/members. Santaland Diaries, Sat., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; adapted from David Sedaris' book; $10.

Chelmsford Senior Center -- 75 Groton Road. Holiday Concert, Sun., Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.; free show by Chelmsford Community Band.

Dracut Community Band -- Christ United Church, 10 Arlington St. New Horizons Community Band Christmas Concert, Sun., Dec. 10,, noon; free.

Dracut Community Chorus -- Holiday Concert, Sun., Dec. 10, 2 p.m., 1540 Lakeview Ave.

Dunstable Town Common -- Live Nativity, Sat., Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.; ongoing 20-minute walks, followed by refreshments.

First Parish Church -- 89 Main St., Westford. Community Christmas Chorus Concert; Sun., 7-9 p.m.; $5, $15 family, plus items for Westford Food Pantry; 978-692-8416.

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.

Mount Pleasant Country Club -- 141 Staples St., Lowell. A Cappella Christmas Cabaret; Sat., Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m.; caroling by the Gentlemen Songsters, Fireside (Regional Champions Quartet), Hawkapella (from UMass Lowell) and The Thursdays (from Chelmsford High School); free cookies, beverages and cash bar; $20 adults, $10 students, 8 and younger free;, 978-267-1644.

St. Louis School -- 77 Boisvert St., Lowell. Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concert, Sat., Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children and students; sponsored by Enterprise Bank.

Songs for the Season -- Choral music, Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., at United Methodist Church,10 Church St., Westford; and Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road, Chelmsford.

Trinity Episcopal Church -- 81 Elm St., Concord. Celebremus: A Season of Song, by Concord Women's Chorus; adults $25, seniors/students $20, 12 and under $5; or at the door.

United Methodist Church -- 10 Church St., Westford. Holiday Concert, Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Parker Memorial Library -- 28 Arlington Ave., Dracut. Holiday Music Then and Now, Tues., Dec. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham shares her own arrangements of various holiday pieces both traditional and popular.

Pelham Public Library -- 24 Village Green. Book Signing. Sun., Dec. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.; "Titus" by Titus Plomaritis. Quilling Workshop, Sun., Dec. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; free; must register at 603-635-7581.

Pollard Memorial Library -- 401 Merrimack St., Lowell. Babytime, Thur., Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., ages 18 months and younger.


Recreation Department -- 274 Main St., Townsend. DIY Cigar Box crafts, Sun., Dec. 10, noon-2 p.m.; $13;

Sales, Fairs

Western Avenue Studios -- 122 Western Ave., Lowell. Handmade Holiday Shopping Night, Thur., Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m.; unique, handmade gifts and art from more than 30 local artists