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

8MINUTEDATING.COM’S ANNUAL CUPID PARTY: Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Saffron Bistro, 80 Main St., Nashua; meet someone in time for Valentine’s Day; we guarantee you’ll meet someone or your next event is free; $35 per person; advance registration is required at; for more information, visit

“GREAT ESCAPE FROM LIBERIA”: Feb. 9, 12:30 p.m., Middlesex Community College Multicultural Center, Lowell Campus, 33 Kearney Square; a presentation by author Dorothy D. Johnson; free and open to the public; for more information, call 978-656-3267.

KIWANIS CLUB HONORS LURA SMITH: Feb. 20; cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m., Mill House at Lenzi’s Catering & Function facility, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut; Smith to be honored with the Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award; $50 per person; table of 10, $500; RSVP by Feb. 11 by calling Bob Howard at 978-459-4836.

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.

MCC THEATER DEPARTMENT PRESENTS TWO ROOMS: Feb. 13, 14, 7 p.m.; Feb. 15, 2 p.m., Middlesex Community College Theater, 5 East Merrimack St. (rear entrance), Lowell; tickets — $10 for general public and $5 for MCC students and senior citizens — may be purchased in advance or at the door; for ticket information, call 978-458-5429.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church hall and grounds, 2 Main St., Pelham; sponsored by the Animal Rescue Network of New England; meet adoptable pets in person and through photos and networking; to complete an application in advance, go to or call our shelter at 603-635-2211.; for more information, visit

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN: March 27-28, April 3-4, 7 p.m.; March 29, April 5, noon; Village Inn restaurant, 544 Broadway Road, Dracut; presented by ACTORS Inc.; the light-hearted Broadway musical based on Charles Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts; dinner theater setting; $40 per-person price includes dinner and show; reservations required; call 978-984-3151 or visit


LAUGH YOUR SWEET HEART OFF!: Feb. 14, 8-12 p.m., East End Social Club, 15 West Fourth St., Lowell; comedy-night fundraiser for East End Charitable Foundation; 50/50 raffle; tickets ($10) can be purchased at the East End Social Club; for further information, call 978-259-3206.

ST. PATRICK’S “DAY” DANCE: March 14, 7-11 p.m., Hudson VFW Post 5791, 5 Bockes Road, Hudson, N.H.; hosted by the Council on Aging and the Pelham Senior Center; fundraiser for the Pelham Senior Center Building Fund; light refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar; a drawing for a handmade quilt will be held, along with a 50/50 raffle; tickets ($12) can be purchased at the Pelham Senior Center, Nashua Road; for further information, call 603-635-3800 or 603-635-3307.


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

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

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 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

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.

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.

MOMS SEEKING MEMBERS: If you’re a mom and looking to meet others for crafts and discussion groups, then come check us out; meetings are held every other Thursday starting Jan. 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, 43 Atwood Road, Pelham, child care is provided; for more information, call Cindy Kyzer at the church phone, 603-635-1556, or e-mail or

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.


BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.


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 at 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to help with fundraising, planning events, promoting speakers, general help with the annual book and bake sale; if you would like to participate in this community-centered activity, please e-mail or call Sandra at 978-957-9140.

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.

HOSPICE COMPANIONS: Allegiance Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to be companions for our patients diagnosed with terminal illness. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to have a rewarding and life-enhancing experience. Ongoing training is provided, with a weekly commitment of one to two hours; individuals who can serve in Greater Lowell, the Merrimack Valley and North Shore are needed; if interested, contact Amy Cirigliano at 877-255-4623, ext. 2352 or at

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, call 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; volunteers would assist in teaching multiple levels of ESL/GED classes, which are held mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends; if you are able to help or would like to would like to refer someone to volunteer, call 978-686-6191; the Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.