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.

HALLOWEEN PARTY AT PELHAM LIBRARY: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.; the library will be invaded by witches, and ghosties, batmen and ballerinas, and every other sort of creepy, scary, funny, fantastical creature; lots of fun games, contests, prizes, and yummy treats; children of all ages are invited to put on their costumes and join in the fun on this very special night.

MCC’S WORLD OF MUSIC SERIES: Guitarist Thomas Rohde and friends, Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. (preconcert lecture 7 p.m.), MCC Theatre, 5 E. Merrimack St. (rear entrance) in Lowell; admission is free and open to the public; call 781-280-3923 for information or visit

HAM AND BEAN SUPPER: Saturday, Oct. 22, 4-6:30 p.m., Centralville Social Club, 364 West Sixth St., Lowell; hosted by the Franco-American War Veterans Post 4; tickets ($6 adults, $3 children) available at the door.

KIDS ADVENTURE FITNESS CLASS: Free class open to the community each Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m., for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Cleveland Health & Fitness, 17 Darrin Road, Dracut; space is limited; to register, call 978-957-8404.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Friday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; Illumination Opera Company play selections of Mozart’s Magic Flute; free admission; wheelchair accessible.

NORTH REGIONAL THEATER WORKSHOP: Looking for men and women who love to sing to join as we begin our fall season, featuring our annual tradition, and our most popular, presentation Home for the Holidays, a Christmas Musical Revue; rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen; show dates are Dec. 9, 10 and 11; call 978-397-1481 for more information.

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR SHANNON SYLVIA: Monday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m., Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road; free and open to the public; call 781-280-3633 for further information.

“REPIECED MULTIPLES” BY PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL LIGHT; Oct. 17 through Nov. 30, Henderson Hall Gallery, Middlesex Community College’s Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road; an exhibition of altered color-digital photographs by Arlington photographer Paul Light; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; call 781-280-3803 for further information.

STATE SEN. BARRY FINEGOLD’S OFFICE HOURS: Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m., Moses Greeley Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut.


DRACUT DIRT DOGS BENEFIT: A $10,000 raffle fundraiser for the 2012 Dracut Dirt Dogs to realize their quest of playing baseball in Cooperstown, N.Y., next summer; tickets are $100 each and only 200 are being sold; 1st prize, $8,500; 2nd prize, $1,000; 3rd prize, $500 — based on 200 tickets sold; drawing to be held on Jan. 28 at SportsZone, Dracut; if interested, visit; tickets also available at SportZone.

ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE DAY: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saint Marguerite Church parking lot, 1340 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; residents and nonresidents welcome; items should be emptied; electronics $5, appliances $10, TVs $10-$20; also, free bicycle dropoff; for further information, contact Dennis Wood (508-277-7513,

HOLIDAY BAZAAR, PENNY SALE: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson; a large assortment of penny-sale items, theme baskets, homemade baked goods, quality crafts, and homemade candies; there is a special parish table this year with religious Christmas cards, Advent wreaths, and other Christmas gifts.

INAUGURAL FALL CRAFTS FAIR: Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; to benefit children with cancer; kids face painting and balloons; crafters needed; please contact Sue (978-452-4833) or Rose (978-710-5220); free admission and parking; wheelchair accessible; visit us at


OKTOBERFEST: Each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30, Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H.;


BOY SCOUT TROOP 83: For boys 11-17 who like camping, boating, animal care, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and a week of summer camp; meet Wednesday nights, 7-8:30, at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut; for more information, email Scoutmaster Grimard,,, or on Facebook: Boyscout Troop Dracut.


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

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.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE: Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road, Dracut; new members welcome.


BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.

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.


DRACUT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1991: Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Parker House Grill, 101 Broadway Road, Dracut; $40 per person by Sept. 30; paypal payment:; email class photos to or on Facebook: Dracut Hig School Class of 1991; since the reunion is during the holiday season, we ask that you bring a canned good or unwrapped toy; for questions, contact


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 John at 978-957-3988.