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.


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.

MERRIMACK YMCA SUMMER CAMPS: Offering weeklong day opportunities for children ages 3 to 15 at our Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover, beginning the week of July 6; the program runs through the week of Aug. 23; camps include Rookie Club (ages 3-4), Discovery Club (children entering kindergarten), Pioneer Club Group 1 (entering grade 1), Pioneer Club Group 2 (entering grade 2), Adventure Club (entering grades 3 and 4), Challenge Club (entering grades 5 and 6), On the Road (entering grades 7-9), and Leaders-in-Training (ages 14 and 15); for more information, call the YMCA at 978-685-3541.

PELHAM STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; entertainment provided by the Canobie Lake Ramblers and professional ventriloquist Terri Shawver, who’ll perform at 12:30 p.m.; also face painting, eight raffle baskets (3 for $1), handmade quilt raffle, free Wall E Bounce House, free balloons, plus games and prizes for children; refreshments include hot dogs, chips, drinks and strawberry shortcake; for more information, call 603-635-3800 or 603-635-3307.

RABIES, MICROCHIP CLINIC, PET ADOPTION DAY: Due to the overwhelming demand at our April clinic, ARNNE will be hosting another rabies and microchip clinic on Saturday, June 26, from 8:-10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; nail clipping will be offered as well by Ellen from PetStyles; $15 for rabies shots, $35 for microchipping, $10 nail clipping; please bring proof of current rabies certificate and get a 3-year shot instead of a 1-year shot; immediately following the clinic, ARNNE will host a pet-adoption day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; please come by and meet our dogs; for more information and/or to see a list of available dogs for adoption, visit


ANNUAL YARD SALE : Saturday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; tables for nonmembers, $20; bring your own for $15; games, prizes face painting; bring a non-perishable food item, can goods, toiletries or paper goods to play free game; food drive benefits the Dracut Food Pantry.


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.