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; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, 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.