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.


KIDS HOLIDAY FUN PARTY: Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30-10 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Center, Pelham; hosted by Pelham VFW & Pelham Girl & Boy Scouts.

LOWELL CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m., 530 Stevens St., Lowell; rsvp at:; for more information, visit

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.

MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S “ONE WORLD SERIES”: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bedford Campus Center’s Cafe East, 591 Springs Road; dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax; admission is free and open to the public; after the readings, a panel discussion will be held to explore the challenges faced by today’s veterans returning from war; call 781-280-3633 for more information.

PET-ADOPTION DAY: Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; visit for a complete listing of available dogs.

“TOPIARIES, TREES AND TREASURES”: Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 3,4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Middlesex Community College’s historic John Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell, will be decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs and floral designers as part of an open house; admission is $25 Friday, Dec. 2, including holiday refreshments (by reservation only); $15 Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4; call 978-458-3722 for reservations and further information.


ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Middlesex Community College, 591 Springs Road, Bedford.

COOKIE BAKE SALE: Sunday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Casimir’s Parish Center, 268 Lakeview Ave., Lowell.

GIFT-O-RAMA CHRISTMAS FAIR: Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dracut Senior Center, Mammoth Road.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., New Searles Elementary School, 39 Shady Lane, Nashua, N.H.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Margaret School Hall, 486 Stevens St., Lowell.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2-6:30 p.m., Arlington Street United Methodist Church, 63 Arlington St., Nashua;



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.

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.


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


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.