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.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: May 7, 1-7 p.m., Methuen YMCA,129 Haverhill St., Methuen; schedule an appointment online at or call (800) GIVELIFE; for more information or to volunteer, contact the Methuen YMCA; donors must be 17 years or older.

DRACUT FOOD PANTRY HOURS: April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1934 Lakeview Ave., Unit 11; next month, the pantry will be open May 30; for more information, call 978-957-8600 or e-mail

HEALING MASS AND LUNCHEON: April 25; Mass, 11 a.m., Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Grafton and Chamberlain streets, Lowell, followed by luncheon, Holy Family Parish Center, 122 Andrews St.; if you don’t drive, you’ll need to plan for transportation from the church to the hall; $18 for members, $21 for nonmembers; entertainment provided by the Gentlemen Songsters; for more information or to make a reservation, call Lee Furtado at 978-453-1432.

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: April 25, 7 p.m.; April 26, 3 p.m., Methuen Memorial Organ Hall, 192 Broadway Methuen, Methuen; group presents “Music, Music, Music”; tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.


* April 25-26, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., MCC Theatre, 5 E. Merrimack St., Lowell; theater department’s production of Cabaret, the Musical; tickets $15 for the general public and $8 for MCC students, seniors and groups of 10 or more; tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door; for more information, call the box office at 978-458-5429.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS CONCERT: May 17, 3 p.m., St. Joseph Shrine. Lee Street, Lowell; free admission.


BLESSING OF THE BIKES: May 9; registration, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; blessing, noon; Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell; blessing to take place diagonally across the street from church in the rectory parking lot; coffee and doughnuts provided; proceeds from all donations at this event to benefit the parish and the many charities in the community that we support throughout the year; for more information, visit

CANCER RESEARCH WALKATHON: Aug. 2, 11. a.m., East End Social Club, 15 West Fourth St., Lowell; for application, go to our Web site,, and click on link Charitable Foundation; volunteers needed; e-mail