Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing or by regular mail to: What’s Happening, The Valley Dispatch, c/o David McArdle, P.O. Box 1477, Lowell, Mass., 01853.


BALLROOM DANCING: First Saturday of the month with Chet Harden and third Saturday of the month with The Come Back Kids; 7:30-11 p.m.; Acacia Club, 247 Sladen St., Dracut; complimentary coffee and doughnuts; singles welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4740.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Louis School cafeteria, Boisvert Street, Lowell; proceeds will help support the school through development, enhancements and scholarships; money prizes, plus merchandise for adults and children, craft items, gift certificates, bottles of cheer and Lottery tickets; all sponsor names will be posted at the fair; to donate an item or for more information, call Danielle Caron at (978) 934-9914 or Tina Savard at (978) 441-1055.

CHRISTMAS GIFT, CRAFT FAIR: Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; great selection of handcrafted items and specialty gifts; raffles and bake sale; refreshments served all day; for more information, call 978-452-6611.

COMIC BOOK SHOW: Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua (Exit 4 off Route 3); some of the industry’s top talent scheduled to appear; tickets: $11 per person for a weekend pass, $7 per person for a single-day pass; children 10 and under free; for additional information or to order tickets, visit or call (978) 388-7658.

CRAFTERS WANTED: The GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club’s annual craft fair; Dec. 3; Hudson Memorial School, Central Street, Hudson; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; event attracts approximately 130 crafters from all over New England; fair’s proceeds benefits the Hudson Junior Woman’s Club’s scholarship fund; applications being accepted for table space; to reserve space or for more information, contact Debbie Dunn at 603-594-0332, or e-mail her at

HOLIDAY BAZAAR, PENNY SALE: Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. Kathryn Parish Hall; Dracut Road, Hudson, N.H.; tons of homemade candies and chocolates, plus baked goods, bountiful theme baskets and a huge assortment of penny-sale items; 50/raffle; Jolly old St. Nick will be entertaining the children; grand prize, $1,000; second prize, JVC 32-inch stereo TV; third prize, two nights at Haven by the Sea in Wells, Maine; Mastercard is now accepted; if anyone would like to donated a theme basket or penny sale, call Chris at 603-883-3499.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Butler Middle School, 1140 Gorham St., Lowell; craft tables, country store, Butler Cafe, raffles and more; table space is available for $25; for more information, call (978) 937-0215 or (978) 970-5496.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: St. Patrick Clubhouse, 12 Main St., Pelham; meets third Thursday of the month, 7-10 p.m.; variety of games played; for more information, call 603-635-7711 or 603-635-7440.

SUPER SPORTS COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, 777 South St., Tewksbury, Mass.; 70 tables of dealers from all over New England will be present with old and new sportscards, memorabilia, nonsportscards, starting lineup figures, wax boxes, sets, autographed items, and NASCAR; $50 customer door prize drawing every hour; anyone wishing to set up with these items, and especially comics, should contact Bob at 603-880-7528 or e-mail; adult admission $2; children 12 and under free; bring this announcement for one free admission; no copies.

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT: Nov. 5; registration, 6 p.m.; play starts, 7 p.m.; Maxamillians Billiards, 315 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; donation: $75 per player, no rebuys; must be 18 or older to play; free food, 50/50 raffle; for tickets or more information, contact Russ Ryan (978-697-3191) or Dave Leboeuf (508-826-1188).

”TRAILS OF TERROR:” YMCA Camp Massapoag, 234 Hall St., Dunstable; “terrifying” tours through a maze of spookiness with shocking and fearsome sights and sounds; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., beginning Oct. 7 and running through the end of the month; not recommended for children under 8; admission: $10 per person; all proceeds help support YMCA programs; for more information, contact Karen Provost at 978-649-7521.

UTEC HOME BENEFIT: Dec. 8; 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Lenzi’s grand ballroom; Route 110, Dracut; kickoff campaign for permanent home; semiformal dinner-dance and silent auction; for more information, contact


DRACUT COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets first and third Wednesday of the month (except July, August), 1 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; coffee hour with the director, fourth Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; poetry class, Mondays, 9:30 a.m.; art class, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; call 978-957-2611.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., April through December; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; call 978-453-9694 or 978-453-0038.

DRACUT EXCHANGE CLUB: Meets first and third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza, 1067 Lakeview Ave. Active in the prevention of child abuse and promotion of patriotism and student of the month in local schools; guests welcome; for more information, call (978) 934-6990.

GREATER LOWELL KENNEL CLUB, INC: Meets fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Lowell Humane Society Building, corner of Broadway and River streets, Lowell; breed-handling classes held each Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

LADIES AUXILIARY: Walker Rogers Post 662, 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road; Halloween party, Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m.


AVENUE PUB & GRILL: 1629 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; Fridays, Acoustic with Rob Breton; Saturdays, Karaoke with Carmen and Henry.

THE BREWERY EXCHANGE: 201 Cabot St., Lowell, (978) 937-2690, fax: (978) 934-0097.

CAPPY’S COPPER KETTLE: 245 Central St., Lowell, Fridays and Saturdays, J.C.’s Golden Oldies.

LIVINGSTONE’S RESTAURANT: 56 Chelmsford Road, Route 129, Billerica; Saturdays, Bob Gauvreau.

MAMBO GRILL: 129 Merrimack St., Lowell; Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., open mike night; jazz every other Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.

NASHUA GARDEN PUB: 121 Main St., Nashua, N.H.; Thursdays, bluegrass open mike/jam.

TRAIN VIEW PUB & GRILL: 1018 Gorham St., Lowell; karaoke contest with Chris through July 28; Fridays, acoustic rock happy hour, 5-8 p.m.

WORTHEN HOUSE: 141 Worthen St., Lowell; Tuesdays, live jazz/open mike; Wednesdays, open mike with Willie D. and Triana; Thursdays, DJ/hip-hop music; Sundays, Euro Night.