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Pageant is Festival Appetizer

June 11, 2018

LOWELL -- A pageant affiliated with the 2018 Lowell Puerto Rican Festival will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 16 at the Armand P. Mercier Community Center, 21 Salem St., Lowell. The event is free to the public and three girls will be chosen at the end of the night, according to Wanda Melendez, vice president of the Lowell Puerto Rican Festival.

This year’s Lowell Puerto Rican Festival is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the JFK Plaza in Lowell.

-- AMARIS CASTILLO

Berry-good arts festival

WESTFORD -- The Strawberries ’N Arts Festival returns to the Town Common next weekend for the 43rd year, bringing art, music and, of course, strawberries.

More than 90 craftspeople will set up stations around Westford’s Town Common on Saturday, June 16, selling items such as jewelry, glassware and photographs. Musicians will perform on the Common’s bandstand.

Food will be a key focus of the event as well, particularly the homemade strawberry shortcake -- using more than 350 quarts of fresh strawberries -- prepared by First Parish Church United members.

The festival begins at 12:30 p.m. If canceled due to extreme weather, it will be made up on Sunday, June 17.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Learn signs of Alzheimer’s CHELMSFORD -- In an effort to inform the public on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association will present a program on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m., at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters addresses the difference between typical aging and memory loss and behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life. The program can help determine if it’s important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.

To reserve your spot or for more information call 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/MANH .

-- SUN STAFF

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