SCREENING ROOM, BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival series featuring “Barbara,” a German film with subtitles about a young doctor who applies for an exit visa from East Germany, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.; “Frances Ha,” a fresh, realistic, fun look at the struggles of a 20-something, somewhat dancer living in New York City thatexplores friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption, rated R, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.; free, snacks available; Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; 978-623-8321, www.andoverseniorcenter.org.
PARENT TO PARENT, Ann Helmus, Ph.D., presents “Tips For Helping Your Child Achieve Academic Success at Home,” Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Pike School Auditorium, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover; hosted by Andover Parent to Parent; free; www.andoverp2p.com.
SOIL SCIENCE, Andover Garden Club presents, “The Real Dirt About Dirt,” a talk by Andi Ross simplifying soil science for both beginners and experienced gardeners, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., South Church, 41 Central St., Andover; no charge for members, $10 donation for guests, www.andovergardenclub.org.
AMERICAN SAMPLER, New England Classical Singers presents “An American Sampler: Songs of Love and Nature,” featuring Ronald Perera’s “Why I Wake Early,” Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk, 6:30 p.m.; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 groups of 10, children and students with ID free; www.newenglandclassical.org, 978-474-6090.
BRASSERIE 28, Thursday, Jan. 30, Ryan Fitzsimmons, acoustic, covers; Friday, Jan. 31, singer-songwriter Adam Payne, soul, acoustic; all music 8 to 11 p.m., 2 Elm Square, Andover; http://brasserie28.com.
VALENTINE CONCERT, Mistral Music presents 17th annual Valentine Concert, “Postcards from Around the World: Viennoisseries,” Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover; tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, students free with ID; 978-474-6222, sales@MistralMusic.org, www.MistralMusic.org.
BEST DESSERT CONTEST, Evening of Sweet Indulgence, hosted by Kiss 108’s Billy Costa, Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Wyndham Andover, 123 Old River Road; appetizer and dessert tasting, cash bar, live band, silent and live auctions; tickets $35 in advance, $40 at door, $350 reserved table of 10; 978-494-0769, www.SweetIndulgence.Info.
WINTER WARM-UP DINNER DANCE, Andover Knights of Columbus 1078 holds its Winter Warm-up Dinner Dance, recognizing Bridget Shaheen, executive director of Lazarus House Ministries of Lawrence, Saturday, Feb. 1, Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St.; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; $75 per couple; GK Paul Dollard, firstname.lastname@example.org, or DGK Dennis Ricketts, email@example.com; 978-470-1476.
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