Compiled by Judy Wakefield
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FREE AUTHOR READING, Christopher Castellani and Randy Susan Meyers read from their latest novels, All This Talk of Love and The Comfort of Lies, 7 p.m at Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
ANIMAL RIGHTS DAY, topical animal issues presented by animal rights experts, combined with animal tricks and demonstrations, will highlight the Massachusetts School of Law’s Seventh Annual Animal Rights Day, starting at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off the event; a complimentary lunch will also be provided. Although not required, MSL organizers request an e-mail from anyone interested in attending. The e-mail should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Plan to Attend” in the subject line. The event will take place at MSL, located at 500 Federal St., Andover; 978-681-0800.
STORY TIME IN SIGN LANGUAGE, Quota International of Andover hosts, for children ages 4-10, at the North Andover Stevens Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon; wesharefoundation.org. To learn more about Quota International of Andover, contact Elke Kappeler, membership chairwoman, Ekeppler@comcast.net.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2
“THE FRAGRANT GARDEN” TALK, with Kim Smith, proprietor of Kim Smith Designs and author of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! who specializes in connecting the home to the outside and in creating gardens for people and pollinators, with a focus on native trees and shrubs, wildflowers, and fragrant plants. Hosted by The Andover Garden Club, 10 a.m. to noon, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Admission: $10 for guests (includes refreshments); free to members; Betty Chapman, 978-470-2627, email@example.com.
FREE COLLEGE PLANNING, Planning Services will present a free dinner seminar on college financing at the Chateau Restaurant, 131 River Road, Andover, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At this dinner seminar you will learn tips on how to maximize your free scholarship money and which colleges have the most scholarship money to distribute. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please sign up at CollegePlanningServices.org or call John DeLorey of College Planning Services, 978-462-1666.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
EXHIBIT OPENS, Forms in Paradox, a collection of drawing, painting, and mixed media artwork by Nikki Giraffo, at the Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, through April 28. Opening reception is April 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.; theloadingdockgallery.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-656-1687.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
ART ROCK CONCERT, unique rock n’ roll revue created by audience favorite Billy McGuigan, audiences are given the opportunity to vote, through the power of their applause, for the songs and music they want to hear, $35 door, $30 advance, Seniors/Students $25; Reservations and Information: 978-837-5355, merrimack.edu/rogerscenter.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
GENEALOGY LOCK-IN, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, an evening of after-hours genealogy research with exclusive access to databases, computers, microfilm, and the Andover Room. A light dinner will be served, $10 fee. Space is limited. Register online at mhl.org/eventcalendar; 978-623-8401 Ext. 31.
YOUTH ADVOCATE AUTHOR TALK, youth advocate and best-selling author Wes Moore, 8 p.m. in the Cochran Chapel, located on Chapel Avenue on the campus of Phillips Academy, free and open to the public. An Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, youth advocate, and business leader, Moore is an American success story and a born leader—but he wasn’t always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son’s life.
FREE KIDS READING, Tom Angelberger reads from her latest book, ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book, 3:30 p.m. at Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143. Age 6 and older.
LIVE THEATER, “The Beaux’ Stratagem,” a 300-year-old comedy first adapted in 1939, will be presented by the Northern Essex Community College Top Notch Players on April 5, 6, 12 & 13, at 7:30 p.m., April 11 at 4 p.m., April 14 at 3 p.m., in the Chet Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Eliott St.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
KITCHEN TOUR BENEFIT, Heartwood Kitchens and Saint Michael School PTO are pleased to present the North Andover Kitchen Tour, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit 6 beautiful kitchens designed by Heartwood Kitchens, each representing a quintessential element of “The Ultimate Dinner Party.” Advance tickets: $25, Day of event; $35. Proceeds to benefit Saint Michael School PTO. Purchase tickets online at SaintMichael.com - look for the North Andover Kitchen Tour logo - or at: Saint Michael Parish Office, Rose & Dove, Fisichelli’s Pastry Shop or Heartwood Kitchens.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
LIVE CHAMBER MUSIC, Andover Chamber Music concert, 3 p.m., West Parish Church, Andover.
LIVE SINGER, Ruth Harcovitz: “A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” 2 p.m. Boston’s “Julie Andrews” sings selections from Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The King and I. Memorial Hall Library; mhl.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 8
BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS, ballroom dance instruction is available to anyone through the Andover DCS Program. Classes start the week of April 8. Lessons are given for both beginner and experienced students. If you are interested, please call the Andover DCS at 978-623-8274 to enroll; Tom Webster, DNE school of dance, 978-501-4847, email@example.com, dancenewengland.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9
AUTHOR READING, Memorial Hall Library is pleased to announce a speaking engagement featuring Laura Harrington, author of “Alice Bliss,” 7 p.m.; mhl.org.
SHRUB TALK, the North Andover Garden Club presents “Shrubs for Year-Around Interest” by Master Gardener Cheryl Munroe, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main St., North Andover. Cheryl gives a fast-paced presentation covering a list of almost 50 spectacular shrubs that will give your garden impact.This meeting is shared with the Village Garden Club of Andover. Free and open to all; firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa, 978/689-9318.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
LIVE THEATER, The Onstagers at Merrimack College present “The Producers,” Rogers Center, $12, seniors/students $10; Reservations and Information: 978-837-5355, merrimack.edu/rogerscenter.
FREE AUTHOR READING, Joan Wickersham reads from her latest book, The News From Spain, 7 p.m., Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
POET VISIT, the Department of English at Phillips Academy presents a reading by award-winning poet Tony Hoagland, 7 p.m., in Kemper Auditorium, 5 Chapel Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Hoagland is a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston and this year’s Isham Fellow. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty,” “Sweet Ruin,” “Donkey Gospel,” and “What Narcissism Means to Me.” He also has authored a collection of essays about poetry entitled “Real Sofistikashun.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
GENEALOGY TALK, Getting Started in Genealogy, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library. This informative talk by noted genealogist, Rhonda McClure, is great for those who are new to genealogy, as well as those who have some experience but would like to make sure they haven’t missed anything. Register at mhl.org/eventcalendar, 978-623-8401 Ext. 31.
FREE AUTHOR READING, Jennifer Haigh reads from her latest book, News From Heaven, 7 p.m., Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC, with The Band Perry, performing the spring concert at the Merrimack College Lawler Arena, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. The performance will showcase the band’s hit singles, “If I Die Young,” “You Lie,” and “Better Dig Two,” $30, open to the public, Lawler Arena, Volpe Athletic Center, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets at etix.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
FREE AUTHOR READING, Ellen Spector Platt presents her latest book, Artful Collage From Found Objects, 2 p.m., Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
MAGIC & COMEDY SHOW, America’s Master Mentalist, Jon Stetson, mixes the power of mindreading, magic and comedy to create a performance that has dazzled audiences for over 25 years, Salvatore’s Riverwalk Function Facility in Lawrence, dinner 7 to 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m., $45 includes dinner buffet; http://drinkwaterproductions.com/index.shtml, 855-255-5750.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
FREE AUTHOR READING, Elizabeth Graver and Hester Kaplan read from their latest novels, The End of the Point and The Tell, 7 p.m., Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
SIMPLY SINATRA, starring Steve Lippia WHO interprets some of the most well known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits, $35 door, $30 advance, $25 seniors/students: $25; Reservations and Information: 978-837-5355, merrimack.edu/rogerscenter.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
COMEDY FUNDRAISER, Priceless Prom Gown Program hosts a comedy night, at the Gallaria @ Maria’s Restaurant in Haverhill, with three comedians; appetizers 7 to 8 p.m., and a chance to win a grand raffle: Martha’s Vineyard for 3 days; gourmet meal for 8 people and photo session and 11x14 portrait. The organization collects and distributes prom gowns to young ladies in high school who can not afford a gown through its dress-give-a-way boutiques.
SACRED MUSIC & DANCE, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, 7:30 p.m., performance comprises selections believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing, $25 door, $22 advance, $18 seniors; 978-837-5355.