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.

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 wil 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

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

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, through April 3, 7 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:

* 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.

* “A World of Music,” Middlesex Community College’s spring concert series, continues with “Race & Inheritance: Music by Black Composers from Africa, Europe & America,” featuring six Middlesex music department faculty members, on Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus; free and open to the public, the concert will feature James Borchers, percussion; Mark Berger, violin; Susan Dill, piano; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano; Thomas Rohde, guitar; and Johannah Segarich, mezzo-soprano.

* “A World of Music” concert series concludes with “The Spanish Guitar,” featuring Thomas Rohde on April 25, at 3 p.m. in the MCC Concert Hall; three student recitals will also be held this spring: Instrumentalists & Singers on May 14 at 12:30 p.m., in the MCC Concert Hall; MCC chorus, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the MCC Concert Hall; and Singers, May 17 at 10 a.m. in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, Lowell campus.

For more information about “A World of Music,” contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director, at or 781-280-3923. For directions, visit

* Middlesex Community College will host a screening of China Blue, an award-winning documentary, on April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell; the event is free and open to the public; China Blue reveals what international retail companies don’t want us to see: How the clothes we buy are actually made; China Blue aired on PBS and has won awards from the Amsterdam, Vancouver and Toronto film festivals; for more information, contact Patricia Demaras, MCC assistant dean, international and multicultural office, at 978-656-3256.

“WHAT’S IT WORTH”: April 21, 6:30 p.m., Dracut Historical Society, Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; the Dracut Rotary is sponsoring this fun evening, even if you don’t have a “treasure” in your attic to have appraised; tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door; appraisals are $20; this is a group learning experience for the audience on what makes a “treasure” worth something or just a sentimental keepsake; for more information, call 978-423-0858.


“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 kid’s 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.


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.