FRIDAY, JAN. 25
MILITARY CHALLENGE, first annual townwide Troop Challenge to benefit the Run for Troops 5k/Homes for Troops, 7 to 9 p.m., Yang’s Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park. Do you have what it takes to compete in a military showdown? Come compete or cheer. $25 per person, registration and tickets are on sale now; YangsFitnessCenter.com, 978-475-2020.
FREE MOVIE, “Happy,” 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, 6 Locke St.; 978-475-4454, uuandover.org. The screening will be followed by a discussion. Please feel free to bring a portable chair (e.g., a lawnchair) for more comfortable seating.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK, Holocaust survivor Leo Ullman will speak at 8 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium at Phillips Academy. His presentation will be based on his recently published book, “From a hidden child in occupied Amsterdam to a “Preppy” at Andover—surviving the Holocaust.” The event, which takes place on National Holocaust Remembrance Day, is free and open to the public.
MOVIE NIGHT, 5 to 8 p.m., $15/child, adults are free, includes playtime, movie ticket, snack & craft; Imajine That.
NEW EXHIBIT, The Conant Gallery, Lowell, presents the mixed media art of Westford’s Margot Stage. The exhibit, titled “What’s Left Behind,” explores memory, legacy, and the cycles of life, through Feb. 28.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
TASTES & TREASURES BENEFIT, this auction supports local schools learning town history, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Town House, 20 Main St., Andover. Tickets are $35 and sponsorship opportunities range from $50 to $500; Andover Historical Society, 978-475-2236.
LIVE MUSIC, the Phillips Academy Music Department will present senior students performing in seven concertos with piano accompaniment. This concert, free and open to the public, will take place in the Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible; 978-749-4260, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVE MUSIC, the Ivy Chord Coffee House located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St., Reading, presents an evening with internationally acclaimed John Gorka, $25, seniors or students $23. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. (open seating); uureading.org/concerts.
CHILI CONTEST, (snow date Jan. 27), noon to 4 p.m., the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St. (behind the Nat’l Park Visitor Center), Lowell. Sample from a variety of delicious pots of chili in two categories: professional and amateur. Vote for your favorite, $10; thebrush.org.
WINE TASTING, The Wine ConneXtion, in North Andover, host “Italy Uncorked” from the world’s largest and most diverse wine producing country, noon to 5 p.m., 117 Main St., North Andover. Tasting is complimentary; Must be 21+.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING, Beginner’s Night, 7 to 8:15 p.m., 1580 Osgood St., North Andover (Osgood Landing). Open to all ages and levels, no partner needed, $2 per person; Anne Schwartz, 781-942-3659, email@example.com.
LOCAL HIKE, Rafton Reservation, Andover, 10 a.m., AVIS’ 44th annual snowshoe and X-C ski trek. Park near leaf composting area. No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leader, David Dargie, 978-996-4475, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEING A QUAKER TALK, Edward Gerrish Mair will speak at the First Religious of Newburyport on the subject of “Being a Quaker in the 21st Century.” Mair says that most people don’t realize that today the largest group of Quakers in the world are not in England or the US. They are in Kenya and they are bible reading born again Christians, 10:30 a.m., The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Free and open to the public.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29
KEURAC TALKS & READINGS, The UMass Lowell Libraries will host a free five-part reading and discussion series focusing on three of Jack Kerouac’s Lowell-centric novels: “The Town and the City,” “Visions of Gerard” and “Maggie Cassidy,” with UMass Lowell English Prof. Todd Tietchen leading discussions. All programs run from 7 to 9 p.m. and, unless otherwise noted, will be held at O’Leary Library Learning Commons at 61 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell’s South Campus. Advance registration is not required, but highly encouraged. Those who pre-register will receive a copy of “The Town and the City” by mail. Free copies of the other titles will be distributed at the program. To obtain program materials or to register, go online to libguides.uml.edu/kerouac or contact Marks at 978-934-4581.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30
FREE INTERNATIONAL FILM, “In the Mood for Love,” Commentary at 6:30 p.m. Screening at 7 p.m., Rogers Center at Merrimack College; 978-837-7000.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31
JOB SEARCH TALK, The Boomer’s Top Ten Daily Checklist, a program about the job search process as it relates to Baby Boomers, will be presented, 7 p.m., the Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading. Presenters Kevin Walsh, Steve Buell and Tom Procopio know it’s hard to get up in the morning when you have the hardest job in the world: Getting a Job. They will share what they have learned from their own experiences, free and open to the public; 978-664-4942.
LIVE STRING QUARTET, Brooklyn Rider, Rogers Center, Merrimack College, 7:30 p.m., $25; 978-837-5355, merrimack.edu/rogers.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
STRANGE TYPOGRAPHIC TALES, 10 a.m., The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. Discover strange stories, legends and tales of type. Dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, graphic design, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship. Please note: The exhibit space at the Museum of Printing is handicap accessible but the lecture space on the 2nd floor is accessible via stairs only. Reservations required, Essex Heritage & Museum of Printing Members $10; Non-Members $15; essexheritage.org/membership/events, 978-740-0444.
MONDAY, FEB. 4
MEETING, The Shawsheen Village Woman’s Club, 1 p.m., Tactician Corp., 305 No. Main St., Andover for “Women in History: Catherine the Great”, presented by Muriel Dyas; (978) 475-4481.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5
ANDOVER GARDEN CLUB MEETING, Andover Garden Club Luncheon and “Greening Our Campuses” Program, 10 a.m., Salvatore’s (Sal’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant), 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence, $15 (includes refreshments and lunch). Reservations must be made by Jan. 24; Anne Feeney, 978-475-7119, email@example.com.