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Spread the Joy Lunch on Oct. 17

September 27, 2018

TEWKSBURY -- The Power of Flowers Project is hosting its fourth annual Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Tewksbury Country Club, located at 1880 Main St. Money raised at the event will support the nonprofit organization. The Power of Flowers Project takes lightly used flowers, from events like banquets and weddings, to create bouquets they deliver to seniors, homebound individuals, veterans and more people in various communities. The luncheon will also include a raffle and silent auction. Raffle items include trips, vacation homes and handmade items. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person.

For information, visit www.pofproject.org .

-- KORI TUITT

Vigil for substance-abuse victims

DRACUT -- The Dracut Board of Health is hosting the town’s Annual Substance Abuse Vigil next week. The event featuring several speakers is 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the gazebo outside Englesby Elementary School, 1580 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. The vigil is to honor and remember those lost and to show support to those fighting addiction. For information, contact the Board of Health at 978-453-8162.

-- AMARIS CASTILLO

Advocacy awards coming in Oct.

LOWELL -- Eastern Bank will host the 2018 Community Advocacy Awards on Oct. 23 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. The event will honor U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, according to a flyer. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and the program begins at 8:15 a.m. Those interested in attending must RSVP by Oct. 17. There are three ways to RSVP: through the web at https://caa_merrimackvalley.eventbrite.com , by calling Denise Parker at 603-606-4705, and by emailing De.parker@easternbank.com .

-- AMARIS CASTILLO

Orchestra tribute to Bernstein

LITTLETON -- The Orchestra of Indian Hill will launch its 44th performance season with a tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein. Maestro Bruce Hangen will conduct the symphony orchestra when it opens its year on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Littleton High School Performing Arts Center. Hangen, who was once a student of Bernstein’s, will deliver a talk at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available online at www.indianhillmusic.org or by phone at (978) 486-9524.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Boy Scout troops pitches in

BILLERICA -- Area Boy Scout troops collected $87.25 for victims of the Lawrence gas explosions at the Yankee Doodle Homecoming. The money was sent to the Lowell Wish Project.

-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS

Yard sale aids Benchmark One

BILLERICA -- A yard sale benefiting Benchmark’s One Company Fund is scheduled for 10 to 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Billerica Crossings, 20 Charnstaffe Lane. The fund is a grant all Benchmark staff can apply to in times of financial hardship, like a flooded apartment. Money from the fund does not need to be repaid to the company.

-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS

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