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.


ADULT SINGERS WANTED: If you love to sing, especially holiday songs, the North Regional Theatre Workshop would like you to join them in their annual performance of “Home For the Holidays” on Dec. 10-12; rehearsals begin with a potluck dinner and a sing-through on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; for information, call 978-397-1481 or visit

BLUES ‘N BREWS FESTIVAL: Aug. 21, noon-7 p.m., Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford;b enefits many local charities; seeking crafters & vendors, 978-772-3612.

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.

CENTRALVILLE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB STEER ROAST: Saturday, Aug. 28, noon-5 p.m.; 308 Wheeler Road, Dracut; food, DJ, games,raffles,water slide, face painting and games; tickets ($15, adults, $8 children) may be purchased in advance by calling 978-452-8095;

DRACUT OLD HOME DAY: Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dracut High School Complex, 1580 Lakeview Ave.

DRACUT HIGH CLASSES OF 1963-1968 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.

LOWELL QUILT FESTIVAL: Aug. 12-14, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell.

ROWING REGISTRATION: Essex Rowing Club, Inc. is continuing registration for the upcoming fall season for middle-school, high-school, and adult programs; no experience is necessary, and introductory sessions are available for those interested in trying the sport of rowing; for more information and registration details, visit or call 978-208-4617.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Aug, 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Christ Church United, corner of Bridge and Pleasant streets, Dracut; for ages 4 through grade 5; activities include worship, singing, crafts, recreation, snacks, a field trip, and guest speakers; for more information, call 978-453-2077.

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.


ALTERNATIVE HOUSE GOLF CLASSIC: Monday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. shotgun start with scramble format, Mount Pleasant Golf Club, 141 Staples St., Lowell; fundraiser for victims of domestic violence; registration begins at 7 a.m.; $150 per person fee includes lunch; for more information, call 978-937-5777.



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 Barry at National Senior Network, 978-946-1240.

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 617-699-3805.

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 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.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Resident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; for more information, call 978-686-6191.