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.

DAN KIROUAC & DORETTE WELD: Sunday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m., acoustic duo, Owen & Ollie’s Restaurant, 91 Mill St., Dracut; 978-957-4400.

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 and Fitness, 17 Darrin Road, Dracut; space is limited; to register, call 978-957-8404.

PELHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY’S ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The library is excited to welcome Connie Lanseigne-Case as the January Artist of the Month; a Pelham native, Case is displaying a series of encaustic painting in the library lobby; for more information, contact Corinne Chronopoulos at

SUMMER, GAP-YEAR OPPORTUNITIES FAIR: Jan. 22, noon-3 p.m., Phillips Andover Academy; free and open to all high-school and middle-chool students; for more information, contact Susan Feindt, PA’s summer fair publicity liaison, at 617-697-3191.

SEN. FINEGOLD’S OFFICE HOURS: Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., MG Parker Library, 28 Arlington St.


ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT HAM AND BEAN SUPPER: Friday, Feb. 3; doors open, 5:30 p.m..,VFW Post, 6 Main St., Pelham; homemade baked beans, corn bread, potato salad, turkey and gravy, soda, coffee tea, and desserts; 50/50 raffle, door prize, best-dressed-to-the-theme prize; live country guitar music; $8 per person; $5 for kids under 12; contact Mark McCabe (603-320-1120, email:; all proceeds benefit veterans programs.

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.


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.

DRACUT AMERICAN 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.

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

METHUEN COMMUNITY CHORUS: Begins rehearsals at at the First Baptist Church, on the corner of Park and Lawrence streets in Methuen; auditions are not required; the spring concert will be performed in May at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall; for more information, call Carol at 978-256-9859.

RICHELIEU CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., Cobblestones restaurant, Lowell; focus on preserving French traditions, culture and language; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-957-4010.


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


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.