Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing email@example.com. 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.
CHRISTMAS TREE DROPOFF LOCATIONS: Christmas trees only may be dropped off for recycling at the following locations until Jan. 31:
* Council on Aging parking lot on Mammoth Road;
* Tree Department parking lot on Lakeview Avenue;
* Hovey Ball Field parking lot on Pleasant Street;
* Town Hall lower parking lot on Arlington Street;
* Richardson Cemetery driveway on Broadway Road;
* Varnum Cemetery driveway on Parker Road;
* The Cemetery Department parking lot on Leavitt Street.
No wreaths can be collected, and please and remove all bags and plastic netting before disposal.
SEN. FEINGOLD OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Jan., 24, 9-10 a.m., Dracut Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road.
“ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A….. ???”: Friday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 22, 6;30 p.m., First Parish Church Hall, 48 Main St., Westford; performed by the award-winning Tyngsboro High School theater program; evening begins with an informal social time including a cash bar, followed by dinner; for tickets ($40), visit www.eftyng.org or call 978-649-3115 ext. 1122; benefits the Education Foundation for Tyngsboro and the Friends of Tyngsboro Theater.
MEAT RAFFLE: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-4 p.m.; Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, 300 Littleton Road; Elks Charities. 978-930-0599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMEDY NIGHT: VFW Hall, 190 Plain St., Lowell, Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; Lowell High Boys & Girls Swim & Dive Team; 978-458-6844.
MEAT RAFFLE: Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, 300 Littleton Road, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2-4 p.m; Elks Charities. 978-930-0599 or email@example.com.
MEAT SHOOT: Nabnasset American Legion Auxiliary Unit 437, 114 Dunstable Road, Westford, Friday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
CRIBBAGE NIGHT: St. Rita Parish Hall, 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, Saturday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.; SJA Athletic Booster Organization. 978-937-7139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A SWEET VALENTINE CELEBRATION: Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah St., Lowell, Sunday, Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m.; Alternative House. 978-937-5777.
FIGHT AGAINST CANCER DANCE: Lowell Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell, Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.-midnight; in memory of Pete and Richard Morrissette for LGH TeamWalk for CancerCare.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Provides grant wishes to area children ages 3-18 with chronic or permanently life-altering conditions who haven’ t previously been granted a wish from any other foundation; for more information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561 or Lisa Afonso at 978-688-6624.
FRANCO-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS POST 4: Meets third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Centralville Social Club, 364 West Sixth St., Lowell; for more information, call Roland at 978-957-2577.
GREATER LOWELL LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Any Catholic woman 18 and older is eligible to join; for more information, call chairwoman Bonni Dinneen at 978-937-7933.
LOWELL SPORTSMAN’S CLUB: 50 Swain Road, North Chelmsford; trap/skeet Wednesdays, 9 a.m., Sundays, 1 p.m.; public welcome; NRA basic pistol classes, plus fishing. archery, and other shooting sports; new members welcome; for more information, visit www.lowellsc.org.
METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (adults $6, children $2); meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-687-9465.
METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: No auditions; rehearsals Mondays, 7:15-9 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Park St., Methuen; the Methuen Community Chorus spring show will be held April 25, 26 at the Methuen Organ Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.
MOMS TO MOM: Meets every other Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, Pelham; for more information, contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for Cindy at the church phone, 603-635-1556.
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.
NASHOBA VALLEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1985: Seeking classmates; Nvthsclassof85.myevent.com. Class of 1984, 1985 and 1986 sponsored by Class of 1985.
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.
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 email@example.com.
VNA CARE HOSPICE: VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo, volunteer coordinator, at 888-663-3688, ext. 4271. For more information about VNA Care Network & Hospice, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org or call 800-728-1862.