Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 7, 2013

Events Calendar

Compiled by Chelsea DeFusco
The Andover Townsman

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ANDOVER BOOKSTORE, Laura van den Berg, author of “The Isle of Youth,” Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., free; 89R Main St., Andover; 978-475-0143, www.hugobookstores.com.

BENEFITS

SPIRIT OF GIVING, Ironstone Farm hosts Speakeasy Gala, 1920s-inspired evening to benefit Challenge Unlimited, featuring dinner, music, auction led by Susan Wornick and games of chance; Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:15 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St.; tickets $125, 978-475-4056, meganloughney@challengeunlimited.org.

YOUTH CENTER BENEFITS, Yang’s Fitness Center hosts a Dance-a-Thon, Friday, Nov. 15, 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., and Spin-a-Thon, Sunday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon, featuring DJ and refreshments; registrations and minimum $25 donation required by Nov. 13; sponsored by the Andover Youth Foundation to support construction of Andover Youth Center; 5 Dundee Park, Andover; www.YangsFitness.com.

CHILDREN/FAMILIES

ANDOVER BOOKSTORE, Anne Broyles and Jane Sutton, author of “Arturo and the Navidad Birds” and “Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster,” reading Saturday, Nov. 9, noon; free; 89R Main St., Andover; 978-475-0143, www.hugobookstores.com.

FAIRS

HOLIDAY FAIRE, Creative Living Inc.’s ninth annual Holiday Faire Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. free; 978-470-3165, www.creativelivingandover.org.

FILMS

SCREENING ROOM, BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival series featuring “No,” a Spanish drama based on a true story, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman following the relationships of four opera singers, Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.; free, snacks available; Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; 978-623-8321, www.andoverseniorcenter.org.

MUSIC

BRASSERIE 28, Singer-songwriter Marc Fleury, covers, acoustic, blues, Thursday, Nov. 7; singer-songwriter Adam Payne, soul, acoustic, Friday, Nov. 8; singer-songwriter Alex Raven, folk rock, indie, pop, Wednesday, Nov. 13; all music 8 to 11 p.m., 2 Elm Square, Andover; http://brasserie28.com.

CONCERT FOR A CAUSE, Liz Longley, accompanied by Annalise Emmerick and Gus Berry, perform Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., to benefit programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders; Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 1820 Turnpike St., North Andover; $25 in advance, $35 at door; 978-712-1162, www.spectrumdayprogram.org or www.lizlongley.com.

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA,”Shakespeare & Company,” Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; $10 suggested donation; refreshments and raffles; www.Lowellphilharmonic.org.

MERRIMACK VALLEY IDOL, Singing competition finals featuring nine of the region’s top vocalists, dinner, silent and live auctions, cash bar, presented by Quota International of Andover, Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 10 p.m., Wyndham Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover; tickets $80; Louise Hadad, lhadad@comcast.net or Elaine Pescatore, 978-470-3515, elpjafra@yahoo.com.

PHILLIPS ACADEMY, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras perform Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.; Music Department presents the Academy Concert Bands and ensembles, Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; both events free and open to public; Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover; 978-749-4260 or e-mail music@andover.edu.

THEATER

DISNEY JR. “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” presented by Andover Youth Services TheatreWorks, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., World War I Auditorium at Doherty Middle School, 50 Bartlet St., Andover; tickets $10 at Learning Express, 32 Park St., Andover; Andover Youth Services, 37 Pearson St.; or by emailing Kim Sousa at ksousa@rdkengineers.com.

ROCK MUSICAL, Merrimack College Onstagers Dramatic Society presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; general admission $12; seniors, students, employees, $10; www.merrimack.edu/community/rogers, 978-837-5355.

SHAKESPEARE, Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players performs William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.; Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater, Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill; tickets $10, $8 students/senior citizens, www.mvarts.info.

ETC.

GARDEN TRELLIS, Spade & Trowel Garden Club of Andover monthly meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., featuring social gathering and workshop and instruction on how to construct a garden trellis; West Parish Church Hall, 129 Reservation Road, Andover; public invited; 978-681-1890.

HAM AND BEAN SUPPER, West Parish Church hosts a Ham and Bean Supper, Saturday, Nov. 9, 5 to 6:30 p.m.,129 Reservation Road, Andover; suggested donation $10 adults, $5 children; 978-475-3528.

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