Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 17, 2014

Out & About: Spring welcome at Crystal Ballroom

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Senior Community Friends host a Welcome Spring! dance at The Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, April 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Town House (Old Town Hall), 20 Main St., Andover.

D.B.’s Orchestra will supply the music for guests’ listening and dancing pleasure starting at 7 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m., dance teacher Tom Webster of Dance New England will warm everyone up with some practice steps and instruction.

Organizers say the Crystal Ballroom dances provide a venue for the whole community to come together and enjoy.

The spring dance is one of only a handful that the friends group sponsors every year, with proceeds aimed at supporting the activities of the Center at Punchard. Another dance is planned for the fall, with the possibility of a holiday ball in December.

Complimentary refreshments and soda will be provided; no outside food or beverages is allowed, per order of the Andover Health Department. Free parking will be available behind Old Town Hall.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple in advance; all tickets at the door are $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Center at Punchard on Whittier Court and Andover Bookstore on Main Street.

Vocal support for Destination Imagination

Andover’s Destination Imagination teams are inviting residents to end April school vacation week with an evening of musical theater while supporting the program’s students in the process.

Actors Inc., a nonprofit theater group, is donating the proceeds from next weekend’s production of “Les Miserables” with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra to the local Destination Imagination program. The show will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. at Lowell High School Auditorium on Father Morissette Boulevard.

Theater-goers will also be entered into a raffle for a $500 prize. For tickets or more information, visit or call 978-984-3151.

Eighth annual Animal Rights Day on tap

Massachusetts School of Law presents its eighth annual Animal Rights Day on Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. at the 500 Federal St. campus in Andover.

Legal experts in the field of animal rights law will lead discussions on issues related to animal cruelty, estate planning and more. Presenters will include Vicki Croke, lead reporter for WBUR’s “The Animalist,” and Dr. Nick Trout, staff surgeon at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Veterinarian Dr. Hedley Marx of Norwood, who specializes in acupuncture and other new veterinary techniques, will also be featured.

Individuals who made significant contributions to animal rights in the past year will be honored with Humane-itarian awards. Activities will also include a police dog demonstration by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, a visit from the Andover Fire Department with a working fire truck, a presentation on bats by expert Nate Fuller and a dog training presentation by Andover-based BlueDog. Youngsters will also enjoy an Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. A complimentary breakfast will kick things off at 8:30 a.m.

The event is open free to the public. Reservations are requested by emailing For more, call Mass. School of Law at 978-681-0800.


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