THE VALLEY DISPATCH , 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.

ART EXHIBIT: Through Dec. 2; Arthur J. Garrone’s “Greater Forces … Not Yet Explained”; McQuade Art Gallery, Merrimack College, North Andover.

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.

PRE-CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: Nov. 27, 11 a.m., Lenzi’s Catering, Route 110, Dracut; sponsored by the League of Catholic Women; cost: $25; members are requested to make reservations by Nov. 13; nonmember guests are welcome; for further information, call Mae Sayer at 978-452-7596.

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; tickets: $75 in advance or $100 at the door; sponsored table for 10, $500; 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.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; meet raffle every Saturday, 2 p.m.; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-688-3075.

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; Saturdays, Karaoke with Carmen and Henry.

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

BREW’D AWAKENING COFFEEHAUS: 61 Market St., Lowell (978-454-2739),; Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Trivia night; Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Singer/Songwriter Chris O’Brien; Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Movie at Dusk,

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