Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing email@example.com. Jpeg photo attachments are also welcome; 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.
MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA ANNUAL AUCTION: March 14, Wyndham Andover Hotel; donations needed — skis and bindings, golf equipment, condominium weekends, concert tickets, signed sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, cycling equipment, resort vacation weeks, limousine service, sporting equipment, just to name a few; silent auction, live auction, and ongoing raffles; proceeds benefit the YMCA’s “Reach Out for Youth & Families” campaign; for more information, contact Melissa O’Brien or Elizabeth Covino at 978-725-6681.
METHUEN YMCA’S CHILD-CARE PROGRAMS: Registration currently under way for toddler, preschool and after-school programs; for children 15 months-12; programs run 7 a.m.-6 p.m. to assist working parents.; financial assistance is available and state vouchers are accepted; for more information, contact Child Care Director MaryEllen King at 978-683-5266; the YMCA is located at 129 Haverhill Street, Methuen.
SLEEPING BEAUTY BALLET AUDITIONS: Jan. 11, 4 Dracut St., Lawrence; New England Civic Ballet filling roles for March 21-22 performances of this classic ballet; open to all area dancers ages 10 and up; audition times are by age; there is a $10 audition fee but no production fees; for more detailed information regarding levels and times, go to www.newenglandcivicballet.org (click on company/auditions), or call the studio 978-975-0289; under the direction of Mrs. Phyllis George and assisted by co-choreographer Mrs. Roshni Pecora, the New England Civic Ballet has been bringing high-quality productions of classical and original ballets for area dancers to perform and for audiences to attend and enjoy for more than 13 years.
AMYOTROPHIC LATERIAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) SUPPORT: Last Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen, first-floor board room; free; open to patients, caregivers and friends; registration is required; for more information and to register, call the ALS Association at 781-326-8884 or 888-287-3257.
ANGELA PISICK CANCER SUPPORT: First, third Wednesdays of the month, 6-7 p.m., Holy Family Cancer Management Center, main lobby, 70 East St., Methuen; free; before attending your first meeting, call 978-687-0156, ext. 2021.
ARTS INSTITUTE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Thursday evenings, Holy Family Hospital, cafeteria conference room, 70 East St., Methuen; support for spouses under the age of 65 that are dealing with the loss of a loved one; for more information, contact Louis LaBella at 978-552-4522.
CAREGIVERS OF THE MENTALLY ILL: Sponsored by the National Association of the Mentally Ill (NAMI); for caregivers, friends, and family of people suffering from severe mental illnesses; for more information and to register, contact Karen at 978-725-2537 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA: Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, first-floor board room, 70 East St., Methuen; free; contact the New England Chapter of CCFA at 800-314-3459, ext. 13, or visit www.ccfa.org before attending your first meeting.
DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., 574 Broadway Road; new members welcome.
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.
DRACUT COUNCIL ON AGING: Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; group offers transportation to medical appointments, social services, outreach for the homebound; registered nurse on premesis Thursdays, 1:30–3:45 p.m.; for more information, 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, contact the Dracut Lions Club, P.O. Box 310, Dracut MA 01826.
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 3-18 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 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624.
FRANCO-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS POST 4: Meets third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Centralville Social Club, 364 West Sixth St., Lowell; for more information, call Roland at 978-957-2577.
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.
RICHELIEU CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., Cobblestones restaurant, Lowell; focus on preserving French traditions, culture and language; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4010.
SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB OF DRACUT: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month 1-3 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; a bingo game follows the meeting, plus various other social functions; anyone 60 or older is invited to join; for further information, call Ed Bishop at 978-453-0969.