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.

GREATER LAWRENCE COMMUNITY BOATING: The Abe Bashara Boathouse, located on Eaton Street on the banks of the Merrimack in Lawrence is the ideal location for outdoor fun and adventure; the boathouse has expanded the length of its season and its programming to include an outdoor adventure for every age and ability; visit and learn how you can get involved in one of our rowing, sailing, fitness or educational programs today; memberships are available for individuals and families and include full use of the boathouse and grounds for nine months of the year.

MERIMACK VALLEY “Y” CAMP OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; boat departures for camps Lawrence and Nokomis, at Bear Island, Y Landing, Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith, N.H.; designed so new campers and their parents can tour the property, meet the staff members and ask questions; each roundtrip is approximately 3 1/2 hours; please call our registration office at 978-975-1330 to reserve the date and time of your choice.

* Tuesday, June 1, 6 p.m., 66 Hooker Farm Road, Salem, N.H.; for Camp Otter at Captain’s Pond; designed so new campers and their parents can tour the property, meet the directors and ask questions; please call our registration office at 978-975-1330 to reserve the date and time of your choice.

PET ADOPTION DAY: May 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; to see a complete listing of our dogs, please visit; we are looking for foster homes; if you are interested in fostering a dog, please complete a volunteer application at our website.


FRIENDS OF MG PARKER LIBRARY BOOK SALE: May 21, 5-7 p.m., donation: $10; May 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.; May 23, 9 a.m.-noon,1-3 p.m. (discount time); 28 Arlington St., Dracut (978-454-5474).

MV CATHOLIC CHARITIES 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE: Wednesday, June 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell; tickets $75 per person and may be purchased by calling MV Catholic Charities main office at 978-452-1421 or by visiting its website 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 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.