THURSDAY, MARCH 7
PASSOVER COOKING DEMO, the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel will host its Seniors for a Passover cooking demonstration, noon to 2 p.m. Learn new Ashkenazi and Sephardic recipes. A buffet lunch will be served, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover; templeemanuel.net, 978-470-1356.
NORTH READING READS PROGRAM, the Flint Memorial Library, 7 p.m., Joseph Gallo talks about his book, Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us; 978-664-4942.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
IRELAND EXHIBIT OPENS, Lorica Artworks presents “Ireland in Real Time,” an art exhibition created by a diverse group of contemporary artists from Ireland and New England, opening with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., through April 13, at Lorica Artworks, 96 Main St., Andover; Mia Guerrera at 978-470-1829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also at loricaartworks.com.
LIVE THEATER, South Cooperative Theater presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., 7 p.m., at West Middle School. Tickets are $9 per person, available at Learning Express, The Andover Bookstore, Sweet Mimi’s, at the door; 978-623-8833 x1260. Also, performances on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.
LOVE LETTERS TALK, guests of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will be transported back in time, and will see John and Abigail Adams come to life to share their most personal thoughts in a presentation of “Love Letters: the intimate correspondence of John and Abigail Adams,” 7:30 p.m., the First Congregational Church, 39 Main St., Essex; chocolate buffet featuring Winfrey’s fudge and chocolate will follow the performance; tickets available online at Essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or by calling 978-768-7541. $10 per person advance sale, $15 at the door and $5 students.
EXHIBIT OPENS, Liz Nofzinger, a Boston-based video and installation artist, interprets the history of Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus in an exhibit titled “Resource,” through Saturday, April 6. An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. in the ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This event is free and open to the public; Marc Mannheimer,email@example.com
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
LIVE MUSIC, Session America, Crossroads Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $15. Crossroads Coffeehouse of the North Parish UU Church is located at 3 Great Pond Road, 2nd floor, in North Andover, doors open 7:30 p.m.; crossroads-coffeehouse.org via PayPal. If not sold out, tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the concert. Crossroads is an all age, alcohol-free venue.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB MEETS, Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 1:30 p.m. A new nature and wildlife photography club has formed at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This club is intended for anyone – from beginners to professionals – who have an interest in nature and photography. The club meets once each month, generally on the second Saturday, in the afternoon. Club activities include slide shows (of members’ work), intra-club mentoring and training, photo shoots, on-line photo sharing, and involvement in the refuge’s photography-related programming and outreach work. This month Jim Fenton, celebrated nature photographer, will present a narrated slide program, meet in the refuge visitor center auditorium, 978-465-5753.
LIVE PUNK MUSIC, with Christopher and Karen Payne-Taylor of Andover, a punk-influenced acoustic rock duo, Back Page, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell, 8 p.m., free.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
FREE IRISH MUSIC, with Brian Corcoran of Andover, well-known Irish singer, 2 p.m., Chapel at West Parish Garden Cemetery, 129 Reservation Road, Andover; donations go to the continued restoration of the cemetery; 978-475-3902.
HAWAIIAN BINGO NIGHT, 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel hosts a fun event for the entire family with pizza, salads, desserts and BYOB, Sisterhood Members: $5 per person, Non-Sisterhood: $6 per person; 978-470-1356.
OPEN HOUSE, 2 to 4 p.m., Brooks School, summer school info will be available, for children ages 4 through high school, Brooks School campus, Danforth Center, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover; 978-725-6253, summer.brooksschool.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 11
AUDITIONS, Summer Theatre Ensemble auditions for Beauty and the Beast, for students entering grades 6-12, and on Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Collins Center for the Performing Arts; contact producer for audition appointment, STEAndover@hotmail.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
GARDEN TALK, “Gardens to Visit in New England,” 7 to 9 p.m., St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street, No. Andover. Laura Eisener, owner of Laura D. Eisener Landscape Design, and Mass. editor for “People, Places, and Plants”, teaches at the Arnold Arboretum Landscape Design Institute at Harvard will talk on publicly accessible gardens - arboreta, botanical, historic house, horticultural testing, and nursery display gardens, hosted by The North Andover Garden Club; firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa at 978-689-9318.
BOOMER LEARNERS, adults 50 and older who are interested in learning for the fun of learning are invited to attend Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) seminar showcase from 2 to 4 p.m., in room 103B in the David Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Attendees will learn more about each seminar and meet the seminar leaders. This event is free and open to the public; necc.mass.edu/community-engagement/cool/, email@example.com, 978-556-3110 and leave a voice-mail message. You can also contact Ruth Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVIS DINNER MEETING, Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) hosts, Log Cabin, Phillips Academy.
AUTHOR READING, Hank Phillippi Ryan, TV commentator and author of The Other Woman, 7 p.m., Flint Memorial Library, North Reading; 978-664-4942 to register.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
PSYCHIC FAIR, benefits the American Diabetes Association, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Hall, 6 Locke St., Andover, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Advertised to have psychic tarot readers, as well as a psychic medium who will offer readings for $20. Free admission; 978-788-5201.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Volunteer Plover Warden Orientation, 9 a.m. to noon, for people who like talking to the public, helping wildlife, and being on the beach; orientation will teach you about the piping plovers and the mechanics of being a plover warden. No registration required. Attending the session does not obligate you to volunteer. Also on Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to noon.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
WHAT’S IT WORTH EVENT, the Andover Historical Society will host “What’s it Worth” appraisal event with appraiser, auctioneer and owner of Royka’s Gallery in Boston, Paul Royka; 7 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6 Locke St., Andover. Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Royka’s entertaining and enlightening appraisals, $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members. Guests may bring items such as fine art, Chinese art, jewelry, art glass & Tiffany Studios items. For larger items, pictures will suffice. Firearms, coins and stamps will not be appraised at this event. To register, call the Historical Society 978-475-2236.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY, with a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon, Atria Marland Place invites the public to celebrate, noon, at Atria Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., Andover; RSVP 978-475-4225.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
LIVE THEATER, The South Church Players presents ANNIE, 5:30 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door; family maximum $40 / $48. South Church, 41 Central St., Andover; 978-475-0321. Proceeds benefit MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Also performed Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
LIVE MUSIC, Ellis Paul, who has won 14 Boston Music Awards (only Aerosmith has earned more), New Moon Coffeehouse, 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill, $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under. Tickets available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Tickets may be reserved prior to the show at newmooncoffeehouse.org, 978-459-5134.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
LIVE MUSIC, trumpeter Richard Watson and organist Douglas Major, 4 p.m., the Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The program features works by Telemann, Tomasi, Hovanness, Damase and Major’s “St. Michael Concerto.” Suggested donations are $15, $10 for seniors, children and students free; frsuu.org or 978-465-0602 Ext. 401.
MIRIAM’S SEDER, the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation’s will celebrate its Bat Mitzvah (13th) year at this annual event, 3 to. 8 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond, Andover. Miriam’s Seder is an annual intergeneration event that celebrates women in Jewish History. Mothers, aunts, grandmothers and girls over 8 are all welcome to attend. The event will begin with Kasbah style shopping and appetizers, followed by the Seder and dinner. Tickets are $39 or $35 seniors over 70; 978-688-0466, mvjf.org.
PAINTER TALK, artist Donald Jurney at the Newburyport Art Association for “An Evening with Donald Jurney,” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sargent Gallery on the first floor, 65 Water St., Newburyport. Registration for NAA members is $20, $25 for non-members.
LIVE ORCHESTRA MUSIC, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, 3:30 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center of the Reading Memorial High School, 62 Oakland Road, Reading. Tickets at the door, adults $15 / Seniors and Students $10 / Children 12 and under FREE; 978-664 5614.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
IPAD TALK, Edward J. McFadden, of Glade Mountain Consulting, LLC, will present a workshop on how to get the most out of your iPad or iPad mini, 11 a.m., free, Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading; 978-664-4942 to register.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
ACCESSORIZING EVENT, “The Little Black Dress” event, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Atria Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., Andover. The event is co-sponsored by Reading Co-Operative Bank in Andover. The program shows you how to accessorize your little black dress for every occasion using floral designs. Bill Graham, one of New England’s leading floral design professionals, will present the program. Graham is the owner of Beautiful Things Flowers and Gifts, Ltd, in Salem, Mass. He is recognized in the floral world as a professional designer, commentator, educator, lecturer and motivator. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. To RSVP call 978-475-4225.
SHOE TALK, meet designer Yeardley Smith and shop Marchez Vous’ Spring 2013 Footwear Collection, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SoleAmour, 10 Post Office Ave., Andover; Sarah Hanna, email@example.com, 213-358-7619.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
LIVE THEATER, ACT Jr.’s spring performance of Seussical the Musical, 7 p.m., The Sullivan School, 150 Draper St., Lowell, Adults: $20, Children/Seniors: $15. All seating is assigned; actandover.com. Performances also on March 23 at 7 p.m., March 24 at 2 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
SPRING ART SHOW, Tewksbury Community of Artists, Tewksbury Public Library, First Floor Meeting Room, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free and open to the public. The show encompasses all forms of art. Some artists will be demonstrating their technique or working on a current piece; tewksburycommunityofartists.com.
DOLL EVENT, 2 to 5 p.m., wisdom dolls and healing dolls, Kachinas, fertility dolls and voodoo dolls, create your own dolls using fabrics, sewing, wire and other media provided. Please bring beads, photographs, charms or other personal objects you might want to add to your doll. This workshop is limited to 10 adults, $15, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover.
MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE NIGHT, fundraiser for Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, featuring top belly dancers from all over New England, performing a wide variety of dance styles from Egyptian and Cabaret to Tribal and Sword, 2 to 5 p.m., at the Grog, 13 Middle Street Newbuyrport. Admission is $10, 21 plus; Maria at 978-388-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 Steven’s Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon; wesharefoundation.org. To learn more about Quota International of Andover, contact Elke Kappeler, Membership Chair, Ekeppler@comcast.net.
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 their current No. 1 single, “Better Dig Two,” $30, open to the public, Lawler Arena, Volpe Athletic Center, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets at etix.com.
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.