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.


ANDOVER ARTISTS GUILD EXHIBIT: Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m., North Parish Church, corner of Academy and Great Pond roads, North Andover; demonstration of pastel and art therapy by North Andover artist Andrea Hart and expressive acrylic painting by Andover’s Jane Trumbore; for more information, contact Val at 978-658-4693.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE FAVORITES: First Saturday of the month with Dennis Desrosiers; second Saturday of the month with the Comeback Kids Combo; third Saturday of the month with Vince and Joan; 7:30-11 p.m.; Acacia Club, 247 Sladen St., Dracut; complimentary coffee and doughnuts; singles welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4740.

PET-ADOPTION DAYS: Feb. 26, noon-3 p.m.; Dunk N’ Dogs, 57 Lowell Road, Hudson; for the Maine Coonhound Rescue (; shelter volunteers will be available with their homeless dogs, looking for homes; the self-service wash will also be open for service; for more information, call 603-881-3647 or e-mail,


ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Monthly meeting Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center; Methuen; the meeting focuses on art demonstration and art-related subjects; guests and prospective new members are welcome; for information, contact Fred Cochrane at or at 978-975-1526.

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 VFW: Post 9307 meets the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Dracut American Legion Post 315 on Broadway Road. New members welcome.

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.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, 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.

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.

LOWELL LADIES AUXILIARY: Walker Rogers VFW 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.

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.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; next meeting Jan. 4; for more information, call 978-682-1541.

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.


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.

BREW’D AWAKENING COFFEEHAUS: 61 Market St., Lowell (978-454-2739), Music: Feb. 10, 8 p.m., A New Way Out; Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Funky Fred; Art: Feb. 12, 6 p.m. UMass Lowell Art Show, open reception; no admission.

LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM: 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell (, 978-454-2299).


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Offered by the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell; third Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell; call Marie at 978-459-9343, ext. 2783.

BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM: Saints Memorial Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, 978-934-8584.

BONE AND JOINT CENTER SEMINARS: Saints Memorial Medical Center, 1 Hospital Drive, Lowell, offers seminars on knee and hip pain the second and fourth Thursday each month. Registration required. 978-446-2902.

COMMUNITY TABLE: Lowell YMCA, YMCA Drive, Lowell; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux @ 603-889-1775 for location.

STRETCH, STRENGTHEN, UNWIND: Yoga, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., The Club Fitness, 80 Middlesex St., Lowell; For more information, call Jon, 978-852-2765, or or

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: A registered nurse will conduct the clinics. Services include medications review, weight and blood-pressure check. No appointments are needed and no fees charged to anyone 60 or older. The clinics will be held on the following dates:

* Feb. 13: 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

* Feb. 27: 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.