Compiled by Judy Wakefield
The Andover Townsman
---- — THURSDAY, APRIL 18
GENEALOGY TALK, Getting Started in Genealogy presented by genealogist Rhonda McClure, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, for those who are new to genealogy as well as those with some experience but want 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, Perry performs spring concert at Merrimack College showcasing the band’s hit singles, “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “Better Dig Two,” 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.; tickets $30; public invited. Lawler Arena, Athletic Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets at etix.com.
CARD & GAME PARTY, Shawsheen Village Women’s Club presents a Scholarship Card and Game Party, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Atria Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., Andover. Admission $25, includes lunch; 978-475-4481.
LIVE THEATER, Spotlight Playhouse presents “Annie!,” 7 p.m., Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill; tickets $20, $18 seniors; 978-380-8509, email@example.com. Performances also on April 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., April 28 at 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
AUTHOR READING, Ellen Spector Platt presents her latest book, “Artful Collage From Found Objects,” 2 p.m.,free. Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Andover; 978-475-0143.
LIVE MUSIC, Christine Lavin and Don White, New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill, 8 p.m.
MAGIC & COMEDY SHOW, Master mentalist Jon Stetson mixes the power of mind reading, magic and comedy, Salvatore’s Riverwalk Function Facility, Lawrence, dinner 7 to 8 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.; $45, includes dinner buffet; http://drinkwaterproductions.com/index.shtml, 855-255-5750.
JAPANESE EXHIBIT, featuring works by one of Japan’s visionary landscape photographers, Toshio Shibata, through Oct. 6, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; www.pem.org, 978-745-9500.
MONDAY, APRIL 22
CLASSICAL MUSIC, Soprano Wendy Heckman and pianist Carolyn Skelton, 1:30 p.m., featuring classical vocal selections by Purcell, Handel and Mozart along with arrangements of traditional folk songs, spirituals and Broadway show tunes. Pieces by Haydn and Brahms will be featured as piano solos. Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; $5, registration required, 978-623-8321.
GRAMMY WINNER VISIT, three-time Grammy Award winner Adam Ayan, a graduate of UMass Lowell’s sound recording technology program who has worked with Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Pearl Jam, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, the Rolling Stones and Rascal Flatts, will give a presentation on album making, sponsored by Northern Essex Community College, 7 p.m., David Hartleb Technology Center, Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.; free, open to public.
GOOD HEALTH TALK, Dr. Chris Condon, from Health Source of Andover, in conjunction with the Andover YMCA, presents a free workshop on proper exercise, good posture and more; 978-685-3541 for location.
EARTH DAY TALK, Hadassah New England hosts Barbara Goldstein in honor of Earth Day, 7:15 to 9 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St., Andover; RSVP at 781-455-9055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
CRAFT FAIR, students and staff will be selling their creations including handmade jewelry, original photography, headbands, sewing creations, knitted pieces, ceramics, baskets, hats, denim accessories, gift boxes, veggie seedlings, potted plants, leaf skeleton origami, furniture, sea glass jewelry, handmade soaps, recycled items, beaded mobiles, ornaments, decoupage frames, glasses and more, 5 to 8 p.m., Wood Hill Middle School, 11 Cross St., Andover.
AFTER-SCHOOL HISTORY, series kick off with “A Lesson in Victorian Etiquette,” Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.; 978-475-2236.
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; 978-837-5355, merrimack.edu/rogerscenter.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS, Supper at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover, 4:30 to 6 p.m., $7 to $9.
WORLD TAI CHI DAY, 10 a.m. to noon, an annual event held worldwide the last Saturday in April, parking lot behind Yang’s Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park; public invited, no experience required; visit http://www.worldtaichiday.org/.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
CAMP OPEN HOUSE, Camp Maude Eaton in Andover invites girls in grades 1 to 10 who want to spend their summer swimming, canoeing and singing around the campfire, 1 to 4 p.m. Camp tours and program information available. hercamp.org, 617-350-8335. Free bus pick-up this summer at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road and Shawsheen Plaza. Open house also on May 19.
MONDAY, APRIL 29
COLLEGE FAIR, Phillips Academy’s annual college fair, 5 to 7 p.m., Case Memorial Cage, 5 Highland Road, Andover. More than 140 colleges and universities will be represented; 978-749-4155, email@example.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
AFTER-SCHOOL HISTORY, a workshop on architecture; become an expert on one of the many unique and interesting buildings of Main Street after taking a walking tour; Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.; 978 475-2236.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
DANCE-A-THON BENEFIT, for Homes For Our Troops, 7 to 9 p.m.; follow-up event to the Troop Challenge and Run For the Troops 5K, led by local dance instructors; $25 donation requested for participants and spectators; Yang’s Fitness & Wellness Center, 5 Dundee Park, 978.475.2020, YangsFitnessCenter.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
ROAD RACE BENEFIT, second annual “Book it to the Finish” features a 5K trail run held on Phillips Academy’s cross-country course or a 1K Family Fun Run with a student book swap where participants can drop and swap books. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook characters; check-in 8 to 8:30 a.m. on the great lawn of Phillips Academy; bookittothefinish.com.
FILM FESTIVAL, Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation’s annual Jewish Film Festival starting at 3:30 p.m., featuring two films, “The Other Son” and “Hava Nagila;” Osgood Landing, 1580 Osgood St., North Andover; $18; 978-688-0466, mvjf.org.
LIVE MUSIC, Treble Chorus of New England’s annual Training and Concert Choir, 3 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.
TUESDAY, MAY 7
CREATIVE GARDEN TALK, with Liz Barbour of Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast offering a visual tour of her cottage-sized gardens to show how every inch can be used to maximize beauty and bounty with herbs, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables. Following the slide presentation on edible landscaping, Barbour will prepare luncheon dishes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients; hosted by Andover Garden Club, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., South Church, 41 Central St.; guests $20 (includes refreshments and lunch), members free. Reservations required by April 19; Anne Feeney, 978-475-7119, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
TOP CHEF VISIT, celebrity chef Kristen Kish of Boston cooks to benefit Emmaus in Haverhill. Kish will prepare a dish, discuss her technique and take questions from the audience, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; tickets $25; $75 with a VIP reception beginning at 6:15; Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; Donna Capodelupo, 978-994-3450, email@example.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
COMEDY FUNDRAISER, Priceless Prom Gown program hosts a comedy night featuring three comedians, Gallaria at Maria’s Restaurant, Haverhill, 7 to 8 p.m.; includes appetizers and raffle; proceeds support organization that collects and distributes prom gowns to high school students in need 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 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.
AFTER-SCHOOL HISTORY, learn about life in Andover during the World Wars. Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.; 978 475 2236.
SUNDAY, MAY 11
LIVE MUSIC, Treble Chorus of New England’s Scholar Choir “Music of the Americas” concert, 7:30 p.m., Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover. Tickets $16 adults, $10 students and seniors; Anna S. Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978.470.TCNE.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
WINE & MUSIC, “Candlelight, Cabernet, Ballades & Brie,” 6 to 8 p.m., benefits Andover Chamber Music, 64 Bartlet St., Andover; space is limited; reserve by emailing sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org or call 978-474-6222.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL, 41st annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old North Andover Common; Joan at 978-685-5320 or Jeff at 978-682-5212.