WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
WALK IN THE WOODS, every Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., free, Harold Parker State Forest, meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road; wear appropriate footwear, hiking footwear is best, no sneakers. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis on days with snow. This is a moderate hike appropriate for all ages. Children are welcome. Cancelled only in the event of heavy rain; 617-828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.
EXHIBIT OPENS, "50 Under 50," Loading Dock Gallery at Western Ave Studios, Lowell. This collaborative gallery of 50 artists proudly presents hidden gems of work each well-priced at under $50, through Jan. 27, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday Jan. 5, 5 to 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 6
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, Family Cooperative Preschool, 565 Osgood St., on Edgewood Farm in North Andover, 1 to 2 p.m. Meet the director and teachers, tour school house, and rural setting; 978-682-4012, familycoop.org.
BALLET AUDITIONS, for Cinderella by New England Civic Ballet, for all dancers ages 10 and up from any dance studio for spring production of Prokofiev's Cinderella Ballet. Audition times are by age and will begin at 10 a.m. at NECB studios, 4 Dracut St, Lawrence; newenglandcivicballet.org, 978-975-0289, $15 audition fee.
MONDAY, JAN. 7
BALLARDVALE PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP, for toddlers (18-33 months) and parents, meet on Monday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., $130 for session or $10 per class, includes activities, snack and playground time, 23 Clark Road, Andover; 978-470-2033, Ballardvalepreschool.com, Email: email@example.com.
CALLING CRAFTERS, Creative Café meets, 7 p.m. Open to adults who knit, crochet, scrapbook, and create other portable crafts, Memorial Hall Library; mhl.org.
ENGLISH CLASS, Conversational English Group Winter session begins, 10 a.m. to noon, Memorial Hall Library. Weekly sessions for students who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members welcome. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
CHOIR AUDITIONS, Treble Chorus of New England will be holding auditions for three choirs; Training, age 7-9, Concert, age 9-13 and Schola, age 13-18. Auditions will be held on Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Training, 5 to 6 p.m., concert, 6 to 7:30 p.m., schola, 6 to 8 p.m. free optional music theory class for the choristers for 30 minutes before each rehearsal; Anna S. Choi at 978-470-TCNE, firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8
OPEN HOUSE, Andover School of Montessori Open House, 9 to 11 a.m. An independent, accredited Pre-K through 8th-grade Montessori school, 400 South Main St., Andover; Admissions Director Yvonne Howard, 978-475-2299.
GARDEN TALK, Quota International of Andover presents Betsy Williams speaking on “Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?”, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, free. Williams is teacher, author and lecturer on uses of herbs and flowers will include how we can help children down the path of “Going Green” through the use of folklore, crafts and activities; Jackie Williamson, 978-251-8922.
GARDEN CLUB MEETS, North Andover Garden Club presents “Designing with House Plants,” 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street, North Andover. Master Gardener Donna Lane, owner of Lane Interiors and Gardens in Norwood, demonstrates different ways of displaying plants in your home, free, open to all; email@example.com, Lisa at 978-689-9318.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9
PRESIDENTIAL TALK, Richard Padova of Andover and a professor with Northern Essex Community College Global Studies Department, presents “Presidential Inaugurations from Washington to Obama,” 2:30 p.m., Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court. RSVP to Karen Payne-Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-623-8321.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10
LIVE THEATER, “Shakespeare’s Will” by playwright Vern Thiessen opens, through Feb. 3. Tickets begin at $20, Merrimack Repetory Theatre, Lowell; MRT.org, 978-654-4678.
Writers’ Group meets, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library writers’ group for writers of adult fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. This group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month; mhl.org, 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11
NEW EXHIBIT & OPENING RECEPTION, “Stripped,” original comic book illustrations by Don Mathias, Brian McFadden, Norm Feuti, Elena Steier, through Feb. 15, reception is 5 to 7 p.m., music by The Payne-Taylors. Don Mathias Jr. is an award winning freelance illustrator, cartoonist and creative mind behind “Peanizles,” an almost daily webcomic. His first comic, “Entering Andover” (which was originally co-written with Andover Townsman editor Neil Fater) ran in the Andover Townsman from May 1998 to April 2011, The Chester F. Sidell Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence; essexartcenter.org, 978-685-2343.
NEW EXHIBIT & OPENING RECEPTION, “Connections,” through Feb. 15, reception is 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist talk by Nikki Rosato at 5 p.m., The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center. Rosato creates portraits and figure studies from hand-cut maps. Exploring physical and psychological space, her delicate paper sculptures reference memory, distance, and the human body’s circulatory system. The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence; essexartcenter.com, 978-685-2343.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12
FREE SNOWSHOEING, and cross country skiing, for all ages, experts and equipment provided, Weston Ski Track, Weston; wintertrails.org for listings and updates.
SUNDAY, JAN. 13
LIVE MUSIC, Boston Black Catholic Choir, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Since 1992, the choir has traveled nationally and internationally over their 20-year ministry. The choir has performed internationally as well as churches, prisons, shelters, and other venues in the Northeast., 3 p.m., Memorial Hall Library; mhl.org/eventcalendar or 978-623-8401, Est. 31.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15
PENGUIN TALK, penguin expert and award-winning author, Dyan deNapoli will speak about the world’s largest animal rescue, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, Andover; register for this program at mhl.org/eventcalendar or 978-623-8401, Est. 31. Snow date Jan. 29.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22
WINTER BIRDS TALK, Winter Birds of New England with John Rockwood of Winter Birds of New Englandshow, will feature a mix of incredible photos and video clips of typical New England Winter birds, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, Andover; register for this program at mhl.org/eventcalendar or 978-623-8401, Ext. 31. Snow date Jan. 29.