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.


ART EXHIBIT, “THE DRACUT FARM PROJECT”: Through Nov. 20 during library hours, M.G. Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut; photographs and paintings celebrating the beauty of the land, preciousness of the animals and luscious nourishment the farms produce; artist and farmer party on Nov. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; program spotlights the work of great composers of the northern latitudes, including Brahms, Grieg, Prokofiev, and Sibelius; features Erin Kim of Lexington, third of three winners of the 2009 Jeanne Selander Memorial Youth Concerto Competition; for more information, call 978-703-0094 or visit

M.G. PARKER LIBRARY WORKSHOP: Nov. 21, noon-2 p.m., 28 Arlington St., Dracut; “Monet’s Magic Garden: How to Pastel Paint As Impressionists”; free workshop with all materials included; presented by award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack; workshop designed for both beginners to advanced participants; call 978-454-5474 to preregister; bring an image to work from.


FESTIVAL OF TREES: Nov. 21-Dec. 5; weekdays 5-9 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St., Methuen; general admission $8; children under 12 free; largest annual fundraising event in Merrimack Valley draws more than 25,000 visitors from all over New England; trees will be on display for two weeks, then raffled off to attendees; festival highlights include live music, puppet shows, magic shows, science shows, balloon twister, visits from Santa and tree raffles; for more information, call 978-685-8878 or visit

PELHAM SENIOR CENTER HARVEST FEST: Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of six baskets worth anywhere from $75 to over $100; need not to be present to win; tables will include handmade crafts and the ever-popular fish bowl; an assortment of baked goods will be sold; the Penny-pincher barn will be open for your browsing pleasure and a wide variety of hardcover and paperback books will also be available for purchase; refreshments served will include hot dogs, chips, blueberry cobbler, coffee, soda and water; proceeds are used to defray the cost of the Christmas party, which this year will held on Tuesday, Dec. 8.