Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

Out & About: Kiwanis serving up annual Feast


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence is holding its 16th annual Fabulous Feast on Wednesday, April 30, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover. Twenty restaurants, caterers and other food establishments from the Merrimack Valley will be offering up a generous sampling of their cuisine for the fundraiser, which also will feature silent and live auctions.

This year, the Kiwanis Club will honor two men at the Fabulous Feast: Enzo S. Fossella, the founder of the Service Club of Andover and owner of Enzo of Andover, and Brother Rene Roy, the campus minister of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, who was a missionary in Rwanda and at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The evening will open with cocktails, a raffle and silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. The food sampling as well as live auction and celebration of the two honorees will get started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered online at www.lawrencekiwanisclub.com.

Sisterhood hosting Bulger author

The Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel, Andover, is hosting Phyllis Karas, author of the New York Times bestseller “Brutal: My Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob,” as guest speaker for its annual Ways & Means fundraiser on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m.

Karas, an author, journalist and educator, will talk about how she found herself collaborating with Kevin Weeks, Boston’s infamous mobster. She will also share insights into her current project about the Southie women who love bad men.

Women of all ages are invited to the evening in support of the temple’s sisterhood as well as Community Giving Tree of Boxford. The event, which takes place at the temple, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, will open with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and Karas’ presentation. There will also be a drawing for a luxurious Boston experience valued at more than $1,400. Tickets start at $75.

The Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel is active in many programs benefitting the local and global communities. It sponsors Share the Light in which temple families and individuals support local families and children in need at the holidays as well as other collections and drives and coordinates and sponsors a variety of activities and programs a temple. For more information, visit www.templeemanuel.net.

Spring dance twirls into Ballroom

The Andover Senior Community Friends host a Welcome Spring! dance at The Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, April 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Town House (Old Town Hall), 20 Main St., Andover.

D.B.’s Orchestra will supply the music for guests’ listening and dancing pleasure starting at 7 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m., dance teacher Tom Webster of Dance New England will warm everyone up with some practice steps and instruction.

Complimentary refreshments and soda will be provided; no outside food or beverages is allowed, per order of the Andover Health Department. Free parking will be available behind Old Town Hall.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple in advance; all tickets at the door are $15. Proceeds support the activities of the Center at Punchard, formerly the senior center. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Center on Whittier Court and Andover Bookstore on Main Street.

Folk ensemble to commemorate Armenian genocide

Area Armenians will commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with a program featuring a performance by the Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at North Andover High School.

The musical troupe that presents Armenia’s traditions through traditional instruments such as the duduk, zurna, dhol and oud will be the highlight of the program with its performance titled “Weaving Armenia’s Story through Music.”

Presented by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Merrimack Valley, the program will be dedicated to the memory of 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide that began in 1915 and extended through 1923.

A crowd spanning four generations is expected to attend. In addition to the musical performance, a memorial service concelebrated by pastors from different Merrimack Valley churches will introduce the program, accompanied by a combined choir, and the winners of a student essay contest will be presented with awards.

Admission is free; the public is invited. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria.

NECC dancers toe up diverse themes

Northern Essex Community College’s Stillpoint Dance Company draws on social media and mind/body clarity for inspiration for its annual spring dance performance this weekend.

The show will be presented Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 71 North Parish Road, Lawrence.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children under 10. They will be available at the door. Contact Deane at mdeane@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3597 for more.

Acing out for Destination Imagination

Actors Inc., a nonprofit theater group, is donating the proceeds from this weekend’s production of “Les Miserables” with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra to area Destination Imagination programs, including Andover’s DI teams. The show will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. at Lowell High School Auditorium on Father Morissette Boulevard.

Theater-goers will also be entered into a raffle for a $500 prize. For tickets or more information, visit www.actorsincorporated.com or call 978-984-3151.

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