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.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Sunday Dec. 18, 3 p.m., St. Joseph Shrine, Lee Street, Lowell; “A Gift for Every Child, ” performed by the Spindle City Singers; free and open to the public.

FRIENDS OF THE DRACUT LIBRARY HOLIDAY RAFFLE: The Friends of the Dracut Library are raffling off wreaths and baskets for the holidays; they will be on display in the Community Room of the Dracut Library through Saturday, Dec. 10, for anyone interested in purchasing a raffle tickets for a wreath or basket; tickets will sell for a $1 for 4 tickets or $5 for 25 tickets; winners can pick up their wreaths or baskets on Monday, Dec. 12, from 4-6 p.m.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Sunday, Dec, 18, 6 p.m., Dracut Senior High School auditorium, 1540 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; Dracut Community Chorus; admission is free and refreshments will be served after the concert.

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR SHANNON SYLVIA: Thursday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road; event is free and open to the public; call 781-280-3633 for information.

PET ADOPTION DAY: Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham; hosted by the Animal Rescue Network of New England; visit for more information.

“TOUCHING THE SPIRIT” HOLIDAY CONCERT: Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham; concert by the New Greeley Singers; adults ($10), children 2-12 (5$); for more information, contact Helen at 978-453-9982 or


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.


HOLIDAY CRAFT EXPO & COFFEE: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-noon, Lawrence Barn, Depot Road, Hollis, N.H.; Hollis Woman’s Club.


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.