Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send message in simple text, not as an attachment; items can be sent to What’s Happening by regular mail to: What’s Happening, The Valley Dispatch, c/o David McArdle, P.O. Box 1477, Lowell, Mass., 01853.
BROMYOGA CLASSES: Ongoing yoga classes; for class times/information, visit http://www.bromyoga.com/ or call Jon at 978-852-2765.
CHICKEN BARBECUE: Sept. 9, 1-4 4 p.m., American Legion Post 315, 574 Broadway Road, Dracut; includes fresh corn on the cob with melted butter, salad, beans, bread and butter and cupcakes; tickets ($10 per person) available in Legion’s Members Hall or by calling John Dyer at 978-458-0047.
DOG DAY FUN FEST: Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends Pet Care Center, 394 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; a free event of fun and education in observance of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day; doggy games, activities and contests with prizes; demonstrations and advice on health, training and behavior, plus canine good citizen testing, micro-chipping clinic, pet adoptions, and kids safety workshops; for details, call 978-649-8585 or visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com.
DRACUT OLD HOME DAY: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Schools Complex, 1570 Lakeview Avenue; it’s fun-filled day of activities, food and entertainment; accepting applications for booths; for more information, visit www.dracutoldhomeday.com.
ESTATE PLANNING AND ELDER LAW WORKSHOP: Sept. 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Saint Michael School, Maple Street Hall, 196 Main Street, North Andover; free and open to the public; topics to be covered include estate planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care proxy, and guardianship; hosted by Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies and health organizations; for more information, call Jean Guyer at 978-686-4050.
GREATER LOWELL FAMILY YMCA PROGRAMS: Registration under way for fall programs, including Barracuda swim team and swimming lessons, which will be offered for all ages and abilities, from 6 months to seniors, at the Lowell YMCA and Greater Lowell Regional Technical School, Tyngsboro; Barracuda swim team is open to swimmers ages 5-18; focus is on technique and team-building; for class times or more information, contact the YMCA at 978-454 7825 or visit www.greaterlowellymca.org.
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sept. 12, 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., Chelmsford; hosted by the VNA Hospice of Greater Lowell; open to anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one.
JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL CLUB: Sundays, 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 9, Polish-American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; for ages 18 and older; bring your own controller; watch the games and test your Madden skill against other players.
MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA CASH BONANZA RAFFLE: Drawing Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Indian Ridge Country Club, Lovejoy Road, Andover; need not be present to win; first prize ($10,000), second prize ($2,000), third prize ($1,000), fourth prize ($500); tickets ($100) can be purchased at the Methuen YMCA or by calling 978-725-6681; proceeds benefit the YMCA’s “Reach Out For Youth” program.
PRAYER SHAWL TEA: Sept. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover; free and open to the public; knitters, crocheters, clergy, shawl recipients, supporters, and those interested in learning more are all welcome. This event is free and open to the public; hosted by Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies and health organizations; RSVP by Sept. 20 to Barbara at the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches at 978-686-4012 or e-mail Barbara at email@example.com.
VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell will provide health clinics for seniors in September. A registered nurse will conduct the clinics. Services include medications review, weight and blood-pressure checks. No appointments are needed and no fees charged for those 60 and older. For more information, call the VNA at 978-805-2641. The clinics will he held at the following dates and times:
* Sept. 10, 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut;
* Sept. 17, noon-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.
YMCA HEALTHY LIVING EXPO: Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; bringing together those over 55 to offer volunteer opportunities and wellness demonstrations (yoga, pilates, aerobics); bring a swimsuit and towel for free swim time in the therapeutic, warm water swimming pool; also healthy refreshments, chair massages and raffle giveways; free and open to the public.
ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK SHOW: Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Central Park, corner of Chestnut and Bartlet streets, Andover; hosted by the Andover Artists Guild; event served as group’s main scholarship fundraiser; approximately 100 artists will vie for prizes and ribbons in the categories of best in show, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media and graphics/drawing; free, open to the public; concessions stand; music by DJ Skot Pare; for more information, contact Diane Butler at 978-475-9342 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY HEART WALK: Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m., registration; 10 a.m., walk, Sampas Pavilion, Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell; held rain or shine; each step raises funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research, with this year’s goal set at $300,000; walkers that raise $100 will receive a Heart Walk T-shirt, call 508-656-2022 or visit www.merrimackvalleyheartwalk.org today to find out how you can help save lives.
ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF MERRIMACK VALLEY: Meetings held on the third Thursday of the month in April, May, June, September, October and November; held at the Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center, Methuen; meetings focus on art demonstration and art-related subjects; for more information, contact Silvana Siudut, president/founder, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: 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 www.methuengardenclub.org.
PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.
SPINDLE CITY SINGERS OF LOWELL: Accepting new members; no auditions required; for more information, call Heidi at 978-957-0802.
WALKER-ROGERS POST LADIES AUXILIARY: 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets 7 p.m., second Tuesday of the month; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.
BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.
MATURE WORKERS: Job opportunities available for those 55 and over; a variety of jobs at area nonprofits and/or town government offices. For a listing of available jobs contact Eileen at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 800-892-0890, ext. 463.
TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux at 603-889-1775 for location.
DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fundraising. Call 978-446-0703.
DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.
ELDER SERVICES OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Seeking Volunteers for a number of activities related to helping elders; volunteer drivers are needed to drive elders to medical appointments and to work as companions for elders living alone who may need help with day-to-day tasks; mileage reimbursement is available; orientation, training and ongoing support provided; more than 20,000 elders throughout the 23 cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley annually receive assistance from the programs offered by Elder Services; for further information, call 800-892-0890, ext. 380.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s esident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; for more information, contact Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191.
VNA CARE HOSPICE: Vistiting Nurses Association Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, is seeking volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Training provided. For information, call 888-663-3688, ext. 3471, or 978-777-6100, ext. 3471.
YMCA ESL/GED PROGRAM: Volunteers are needed for the Lawrence branch’s program offered ‘Y’ residents. What started out as a program to assist 20 to 30 adults has grown in less than a year to more than 100 participants. Volunteers would assist in teaching multiple levels of ESL/GED classes. Classes are held mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. If you are able to help or would like to would like to refer someone to volunteer, contact Kathy Walton or Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191. The Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.