Items can be sent to What’s Happening by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo attachments in JPEG format are also welcome; items can be sent to What’s Happening by regular mail to: What’s Happening, The Valley Dispatch, c/o Suzanne Dion, 491 Dutton St., Lowell, MA 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 information, call Judy at 978-957-2611.
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 information, email Scoutmaster Grimard at email@example.com, visit troop83dracut.com, 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., Music Room, Dracut High School; all adults welcome; no audition required; call 978-501-3016 for 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 information, call 978-957-2611.
DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meet the first Wednesday of each month (March-December) at 7M at Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave. Visit our website www.dracutgardenclub.com. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 information, call 978-453-0969.
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE: Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road, Dracut; new members welcome.
MOMS TO MOM: Meets every other Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, Pelham; for information, contact Cindy at email@example.com or ask for Cindy at the church phone, 603-635-1556.
PATCHWORK PALS OF GREATER LOWELL QUILT GUILD: Meets on the first Sunday of the month — except for holiday weekends or Super Bowl Sunday; then meets on the second Sunday; Polish American Veterans, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; new members and visitors are always welcome; for information, visit patchworkpals.org.
PELHAM COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets the first Thursday of the month (except July and August), 1 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham; meetings open to the public and begin with an open forum.
RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets first Monday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.
PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
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.
WALKER-ROGERS POST LADIES AUXILIARY: 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets 7 p.m., second Tuesday of the month; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.
EARLY ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: The Community Family is hosting a support group for individuals and families who have recently experienced a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of memory loss. The groups will meet beginning in late August or September at The Community Family Adult Day Health Center, 236 Broadway St., Lowell. Call Maria at 978-458-4844 for information.
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 Doreen at 617-699-3806.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell; other volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Resident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; for more information, call 978-686-6191.