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.


BONE-BUILDERS PROGRAM: Developed in conjunction with Tufts University researchers; free classes held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road; classes focus on strength training, balance exercises, and education about osteoporosis and fall prevention; registration required; for more information, call Judy at 978-957-2611.

COA LEGACIES CONTEST: The Dracut Council on Aging is again sponsoring the “Legacies” contest, a writing competition open to all seniors; contestants may choose from among five categories — veterans memories, a challenge in your life, a story for your great-grandchildren, a spiritual experience, or a funny or sentimental story; contest rules stipulate that entries may be no more than three, 8.5-by-11 inch pages long; entries may be typed, legibly written or on a disc, and contestants must put name, phone number and category on each entry; contestants may enter as many categories as they wish; deadline for entries is March 26; send entries to the Dracut Council On Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut, Attention: Legacies; an awards ceremony will be held April 9 at noon, followed by a luncheon.

DRACUT HIGH CLASSES OF 1963-168 REUNION: On Sept. 18, 2010, former students from DHS classes of 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 will gather at the Long Meadow Country Club, Havilah Street, Lowell; there will be a cocktail hour (6-7 p.m.), followed by a buffet dinner and dancing; tickets are $20 per person; RSVP to Cathy (Koutrobis) DeFabio, 551 Hildreth St., Unit 18, Dracut, MA 01826; spread the word to everyone you know and ask them to do the same and to reserve as soon as possible; the hall only holds 160 people; committee members include Bill Koutrobis, Cathy (Koutrobis) DeFabio, Ann (Koutrobis) Shanahan, Joanne (Piekarski) Daileanes, Mary (Bernier) Power.

ENLIGHTENMENT: April 18, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Studio 269, 269 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; April 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., M.G. Parker Library, 28 Arlington St. Dracut; all are welcome; free-will offering accepted; for more information, go to workshops page of


* March 31, 6-7 p.m., Holy Family Hospital auditorium: “Spring Training with the Docs”: a coaches clinic on shoulder injuries; clinic will help coaches understand common shoulder injuries, prevention and treatment; to register for any of the events below, please call 1-800-488-5959.

JAPA MEDITATION: April 18, Studio 269, 269 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; April 3, 10-11 a.m., M.G. Parker Library, 28 Arlington St. Dracut; all are welcome; free-will offering accepted; for more information, go to workshops page of


* Sunday, March 28, 2-5 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; join us for our camp open house; there are still some sessions available in our resident camps, Camp Lawrence for boys and Camp Nokomis for girls.; Day Camp Otter begins June 21 and runs through the week of Aug. 23.

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 St., Methuen.


* The theater department will stage its spring musical, Damn Yankees, for seven performances — Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 25 through April 3, 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, 2 p.,m. — in the MCC Theatre, 5 E. Merrimack St. (rear entrance), Lowell (across from Lowell Memorial Auditorium); tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for MCC students, staff and faculty, seniors and groups of 10 or more; they may be purchased in advance or at the door; Call 978-458-5429 for tickets and information, or visit:

* “A World of Music,” MCC’s spring concert series, continues with “New Music for Viola & Piano,” featuring Mark Berger, viola/composer, and Ketty Nez, piano/composer, on Friday, March 26, 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m., in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road; free and open to the public, the program will include works by Berger and Nez, and world premiers of works by local composers John Aylward, Matt Malsky and Ivana Lisak; for information, call 781-280-3923.

* MCC presents Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joseph Collins, founders of Friends of Maiti Nepal, who will discuss the atrocities of the child sex-slavery trade to be held April 7 at 10:30 a.m. in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus. The event is free and open to the public. Call 781-280-3763 for information.


“GIRLS NIGHT, THE MUSICAL”: Friday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m. (reception); 8 p.m. (show time), Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell; $55 per person to benefit Alternative House; reservations required; call 978-937-5777 for further details.

TEWKSBURY RUN A PLEASANT MILE: 5K race and 1-mile kids fun run, to benefit Tewksbury Memorial High School Scholarship fund, will be held Sunday, April 25, at Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St. Tewksbury; there will be prizes for the top two age-group winners; $15 advance registration; $20 on race day; $10 for students; race information and registration form can be found at


DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., 574 Broadway Road; new members welcome.

DRACUT COMMUNITY CHORUS — Rehearsals each Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Dracut High School Music Room, Lakeview Avenue, Dracut. All adults welcome; no audition required. Call 978-501-3016 for more information.

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 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 978-454-3371.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the Month, 7 p.m., March through December; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview avenue; for more information, call 978-454-6165.

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 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 SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: This social club meets the 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; you need not be a Dracut resident; annual dues are $2, payable on meeting days; for further information, call Lorrette Vengren at 978-957-7457.


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

MATURE WORKERS: Job opportunities available for those 55 and over; a variety of jobs at area nonprofits and/or town government offices. For a listing of available jobs contact Eileen at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 800-892-0890, ext. 463.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux at 603-889-1775 for location.


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

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell; other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park; projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times; opportunities include painting, park and canal cleanup, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events; call 978-970-5032.