Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing 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 or call Jon at 978-852-2765.

COLLAGE, PAINTING EXHIBIT: Through March 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; Henderson Hall Gallery, Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road, Bedford; Meredith Fife Day, artist-in-residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, has exhibited work for three decades, most recently at Boston’s Soprafina Gallery, The Whistler House Museum, Wheaton College, and New Hampshire’s Kimball Union Academy; for more information, contact Margaret Swan, Henderson Hall Gallery director, at 781-280-3803 or swanm@

FAMILY FUN DAY 2008: March 1, Greater Lowell Family YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell; 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., arrival and Applebees; 12:45-1:30 p.m., slam-dunk contest; 1:30-2:30 p.m., lucky slam-dunk show; 2:30-3 p.m., announcement of raffle/auction winners; entrants for child and adult basketball contests cost extra; $10 a ticket for Applebees, and lucky tickets available now at the YMCA front desk; Visa / AMEX / Mastercards accepted.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER SEMINARS: A free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments; seminars will be held at the following locations:

* Lowell General Hospital, Cancer Center conference room, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, March 3, 7-9 p.m.; advance registration required; to register, call Colleen DeBuc at 978-937-6519.

* Saints Memorial Medical Center, Route 38, One Hospital Drive, Lowell, March 10, 4-6 p.m.; advance registration required; to register, call Heidi Parker at 978-934-8473.

PENNY SALE/SPAGHETTI DINNER: March 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., spaghetti dinner; 1 p.m., penny sale, Holy Family Parish Center hall, 122 Andrews St., Lowell; many special items, including theme baskets and gifts for all ages, will be available; for more information, call the parish office at 978-453-2134.

“Y” SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Open signups for new campers; Merrimack Valley YMCA summer residential camps — Camp Lawrence for boys and Camp Nokomis for girls; both camps on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., offer fun-filled, educational experiences for youth ages 8-16; campers hail from as far away as Europe, as well as from all over the United States; enrollments are accepted in two-, four-, six- or eight-week periods only; both camps meet the American Camp Association’s standards for health, safety and program quality; applications are available by calling the YMCA at 978-975-1330 or by visiting the YMCA’s camping services branch office, 7 Ballard Way, Lawrence; applications for financial assistance are also available; for more information, contact the YMCA at 978-975-1330.


CONSERVATION FUNDRAISER: March 14, 6 p.m., Diburro’s function facility, 887 Boston Road (Route 125) Ward Hill, Haverhill; proceeds aid the North East Massachusetts chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation; open to the public; door prizes, raffles, silent and live auctions; $35 admission includes full-course dinner; for further information, contact Bill Tatro at 866-466-1123 or Real Jussaume at 603-635-8684.

DINING IN DRACUT: March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lenzi’s Millhouse, 810 Merrimack Avenue (Route 110), Dracut: tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door; tickets available at Abdinoor’s Carpet Craft, Alexander’s Pharmacy, Dracut Hardware and Kenwood Hardware; proceeds go to local charities; for more information, e-mail

REACH OUT FOR YOUTH AUCTION DONATIONS: The Merrimack Valley YMCA needs raffle and auction items from area merchants for its annual Reach Out for Youth auction March 8 at the Wyndham Andover Hotel; donations can include skis and bindings, golf equipment, condominium weekends, concert tickets, signed sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, cycling equipment, resort vacation weeks, limousine service and sporting equipment; proceeds from this annual event go to the the YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth campaign, which supports YMCA community programs, including the YMCA’s financial assistance program, youth and camp scholarships, local outreach services, and the ongoing development of special youth programs; for further information, contact Melissa O’Brien at 978-725-6681.


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

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.

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 COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets the first Thursday ofthe month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; open to the public.

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

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

WOMEN’S VETERANS GROUP SEEKING MEMBERS: The Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Chapter 14 is seeking new members to join its mission of community service for women veterans across the state. Membership open to women who served honorably or are serving in the following military organizations: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, Women’s Army Corps, Army, Army Reserve, National Guard and Army Nurse Corps; anyone interested in joining or learning more about opportunities to serve may write or call Ethel LaSalle, Chapter 14, 2nd vice president and membership chairman, 128 Hampshire Road, Methuen, MA 01844, at 978-687-3135 or e-mail at


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Seeking volunteers to assist from three to six hours at area blood drives in the registration or canteen. Transportation necessary. Call Georgia, 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fundraising. Call 978-446-0703.

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 1-800-892-0890 and ask for Eileen at extension 463 or Jerry at extension 445 and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell. Other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Resident 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 Kathy Walton Wheatly at 978-686-6191.