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.


ABSTRACT OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION: Nov. 19, 2 p.m., North Parish Church, Academy and Great Pond roads, North Andover; hosted by the Andovers Artist Guild; for more information, call Deb 978-682-7020.

BLOOD DRIVE: Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Riverside Assembly of God, 15 Lowell Blvd., Methuen; sponsored by the American Red Cross; must be 17 or older and weigh more than 110 pounds; for further information, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit Web site:

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Dec. 17, 8-11 a.m., American Legion, Broadway Road, Dracut; all-you-can-eat breakfast; admission: adults $5, children and seniors $3, families $10; pictures with Santa available; you may bring your own camera.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC THEATRE GUILD: Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Rogers Memorial Theater, Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., Lawrence; presentation of Shirley McNichols’ play, Sunny-Side Up; Tickets ($10) available by contacting Ron Russo at

CHRISTMAS GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR: Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. Francis Parish; 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; more than 30 crafters and vendors, chocolate shoppe and baked goods, breakfast andunch, kids korner and raffles; free admission, plenty of parking; for directions, go to

HOLIDAY BAZAAR, PENNY SALE: Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 12, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; St. Kathryn Parish, 6 Dracut Road, Hudson; homemade crafts, candy, goodies made by several parishioners and a large assortment of penny sale and theme baskets; a 50/50 raffle; handmade quilt will be raffled; other prizes include $1,000, JVC 32-inch stereo TV, two nights at Haven by the Sea in Wells, Maine; for more information, call the office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. at 1-603-882-7793 or contact Chris at 1-603-883-3499.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Sullivan Middle School, 150 Draper St., Lowell; free concert; performing music of Haydn, MacDowell, Beethoven and Lowell native George W. Chadwick; featured soloist Michelle Kaczowka, the orchestra’s concertmaster; for more information, visit or call 603-262-1519.

METHUEN FESTIVAL OF TREES: Nov. 18-Dec. 2, weekdays 5-9 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St., Methuen; view more than 200 festively decorated Christmas trees that will be auctioned at the end of the festival; for more information, call 978-685-8878 or visit the Web site at

MOSES GREELEY PARKER LECTURES: Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell; “Coming to America”; learn about becoming an American citizen. Maryann Young, staff attorney at the International Institute of Lowell, will speak about citizenship and immigration issues; for more information, visit

PELHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA: Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Pelham Elementary School, student dining area; School Resource Officer Anne Perriello will provide valuable information on bullying prevention.

TURKEY RAFFLE: Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315; 70 turkeys to be raffled, 50/50 raffle and additional prizes.

TURKEY RAFFLE: Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Ste. Marguerite D’Youville Parish hall, Lakeview Ave, Dracut; includes raffles for computer, palmcorder, digital cameras; admission free.

VETERANS DAY PERFORMANCE: Nov. 11, 7:15 p.m., Dracut High School Auditorium, 1540 Lakeview Ave.; Lowell’s Gentlemen Songsters present “Let Freedom Ring”; live a cappella performance; main attraction the Boston Jazz Voices, an a cappella chorus offering rich harmony in jazz, swing, and popular styles; also appearing will be special guests, Millenium Magic, a competitive, championship a cappella chorus from Connecticut; veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen can attend free of charge; general admission $15; older than 70 or under 21, $5; for more information, call 877-402-8354 or visit

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell provides senior healh clinics at various locations during October. A registered nurse will conduct the clinics and no appointments are needed and no fee charged for those 60 and older. For more information, call the VNA at 978-805-2641. The clinics will be held on the following dates and times:

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

* Nov. 20, noon-4 p.m., Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

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


GREATER LOWELL LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Any Catholic woman 18 and older is eligible to join; membership drive is still ongoing; for more information, call chairwoman Bonni Dinneen at 978-937-7933.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., Broadway Road; new members welcome.


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

BREW’D AWAKENING COFFEEHOUSE: 61 Market St., Lowell (978-454-2739,; Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Outlined; Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Laura Imhoff no cover; all ages welcome.


SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976: Nov. 18, Pat’s Function Halls, Haverhill; tickets $45 per person; for more information, contact Sharon (McCarthy) Walsh by e-mail at

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1981: Nov. 24, Harris’ Pelham Inn; for more information, contact Michelle Charest-Keegan by e-mail at

TENNEY (METHUEN) HIGH SCHOOL: Nov. 25, DiBurro’s Function Hall, Bradford; classes of 1970 and 1971 will hold a combined reunion; for more information, e-mail Kathy O’Connell (1970) or Rick Beshara (1971) at