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.


ACTOR’S INC. & THE VILLAGE INN: A dinner-theater presentation of Neil Simon’s The Female Odd Couple; the Village Inn, 544 Broadway Road, Dracut; show dates March 2, 6:30 p.m.; March 3, 1:30 p.m.; March 9, 6:30 p.m.; March 10, 6:30 p.m.; Tickets ($35) Includes dinner and show; for tickets, call 978-984-3151.

ART DEMONSTRATIONS: Feb. 18, 2-4 p.m., Old Center Hall, 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover; hosted by the Andover Artists Guild; presentations by Elaine Meisinger (watercolor landscape), Deb Venuti (digital photography), Beth Erin (painting on glass) and Jim Primmer (digital infrared photo conversions); for more information, call Deb at 978-682-7020.

ANNUAL SPRING FLING: March 14, 7-9 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen; hosted by the Methuen Garden Club; guest speaker Suzanne Mahler presents an interactive slide demonstration titled “A Garden for all Seasons”; basket drawings, door prizes and refreshments; tickets ($7) are available at the door, by calling Edna at 978-688-4108 or by visiting; snow date is March 15.

BROMYOGA CLASSES: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.,119 Gallery,119 Chelmsford Street (Route 110), Lowell; for more information, call 978-852-2765 or visit

COUNTRY KICKIN’ DANCING: Fridays, 7-11 p.m., Acacia Club, 247 Sladen St., Dracut; featuring White Buffalo DJ Nick Diamond; $5 per person; singles always welcome; for more information, call 978-957-3209.

REACH OUT FOR YOUTH AUCTION: March 10; 6:30 p.m., silent auction; 8 p.m., live auction; Wyndham Andover Hotel; hosted by the Merrimack Valley YMCA; auction will include ski weekend packages, golf trips, signed sports memorabilia, furniture, computers, fine jewelry and romantic get-away weekend packages; proceeds benefit the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s “Reach Out For Youth” financial assistance program; tickets ($50 per person) can be purchased at the Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill Street, Methuen, or Lawrence YMCA, 40 Lawrence St., Lawrence, or call 978-686-6191; for further information, contact Elizabeth Covino at 978-725-6681.

YMCA DAY CAMP REUNION: March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Merrimack Valley YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen; $35 admission includes lunch; open to any Camp Otter camper from last summer; space is limited; call the YMCA camping services office to register at 978-975-1330.

“Y” SWIMMING SIGNUPS: Feb. 17, 9 a.m., Greater Lowell YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive Lowell, Mass.; lessons for all ages and abilities; for class times visit or call 978-454-7825; also offering springboard-diving lessons, lifeguard and WSI certification courses, plus Flick ‘n’ Float movie nights.


DRACUT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4225: Meets the first Tuesday of the month; 7 p.m., Dracut Historical Society Building, Lakeview Avenue; new members welcome: for more information, 978-458-2667 or e-mail

GREATER LOWELL LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Any Catholic woman 18 and older is eligible to join; 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.

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; for more information, call 978-957-1289.

DRACUT LIONS CLUB: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 6:30 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza,1067 Lakeview Ave.; new members are always welcome; for more information, call Sandi at 978-454-8829 or e-mail

DRACUT VFW: Post 9307 meets the third Saturday of the month, 11:30 a.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, 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.

DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: The Dream Factory provides grant wishes to area children ages 3 to 18 with chronic or permanently life-altering conditions who haven’t previously been granted a wish from any other foundation; for more information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (adults $6, children $2); meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-687-9465.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, lower garden room, 305 Broadway; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda at 978-687-9892 or visit

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