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.


NEWPORT DAY TRIP: The Holy Family travelers group is planning a trip to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant on July 15.; the trip will include a buffet lunch, and the comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner; the day will conclude with cabaret entertainment before heading home; $75 per person; for further information or to make a reservation, call Lee Furtado at 978-453-1432.

FREE MCAS PREP CLASSES AT MCC: Offering free MCAS preparation classes to any high school student (from the classes of 2003 through 2010) who has not passed the math or English portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam; classes will be held July 6-30, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, on Middlesex Community College’s Lowell Campus; classes are supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education; refreshments and bus tokens will be provided; rregistration deadline is June 1; to register, call Colleen Cox at 978-656-3284.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER SESSION: July 13, 4-6 p.m., Saints Medical Center’s Cancer Center Building, second floor, One Hospital Drive, Lowell; free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments; wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care, and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit; cosmetologists certified and trained by the American Cancer Society will conduct the sessions, which are nonmedical and do not promote any product line; for more information, contact your American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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.

REACH OUT FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES GOLF TOURNAMENT: July 13, Merrimack Golf Course, 210 Howe St., Methuen; Merrimack Valley YMCA’s 15th annual event; shotgun start; scramble format; registration, 7-8 a.m.; $75 per player cost includes greens fees and cart, dinner, 10 raffle tickets, one mulligan, string mulligan, closest-to-pin holes, long drive, hole-in-one, and putting contests; gift bag to all, includes golf shirt, balls, tees; for more information, contact Melissa O’Brien, director of Special Events, at 978-725-6681 or

PELHAM STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; there will be a Tiger Bounce Room for the children to enjoy along with children’s games and prizes; clowns, balloons and face-painting. Music will be provided by the Canobie Lake Ramblers; baskets, including a basket full of gift cards, will be raffled at 3 for $1.00; there will also be chances sold for a week’s vacation in Pompano Beach, Fla., sold at $5 each or 3 for $10; the Penny Pincher Barn will be open and there will be a book sale and puzzles sold; refreshments available include grilled hot dogs, chips, yummy strawberry shortcake and hot and cold drinks; this event will be held rain or shine.


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


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.

BREASTFEEDING HELP AND SUPPORT: La Leche League of Lowell; meets the first Thursday of the month,10 a.m., Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, 101 West Forest St.; all women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend; for more information, call Danielle at 978-957-6418.


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., September through June; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; for more information, call 978-454-6165.

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.

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.

LOWELL SPORTSMAN’S CLUB: 50 Swain Road, North Chelmsford; trap/skeet Wednesdays, 9 a.m., Sundays, 1 p.m.; public welcome; NRA basic pistol classes, plus fishing. archery, and other shooting sports; new members welcome; for more information, visit

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: No auditions; rehearsals Mondays, 7:15-9 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Park St., Methuen; the Methuen Community Chorus spring show will be held April 25, 26 at the Methuen Organ Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.

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, 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.

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.


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; 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 these programs; for further information, call 1-800-892-0890 and ask for Eileen at extension 463 or Jerry at extension 445 and mention Interfaith Caregivers.