THURSDAY, OCT. 18
CHEFS WITH CLASS, four local chefs, Jay Duffley of Joe Fish & The Loft, Billy Morin of Tuscan Kitchen, Elvis Jimenez-Chaves and Bethany Sullivan of Simply Elegant Catering, cook at this benefit for CLASS, helping those with disabilities for over 36 years in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, 6 p.m., Merrimack Valley Golf Club, Methuen. Guests will learn how to prepare, will join wine connoisseur Steve Smith of Dover Wine Company, to share their expertise with guests of CLASS. Guests will learn how to prepare the Chefs signature dishes and share in a food and wine tasting while enjoying a buffet dinner, and bid on special auction items with MC Al Getler of the Eagle Tribune Publishing.; Nancy Kieran, Director of Development, 978-975-8587 Ext. 1227, email@example.com.
ART SHOW OPENS, 6 to 8 p.m., Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading. Paintings and Mixed Media by Dot Carpenito and Maureen DeSisto from Methuen, Shirley J. D’Agati from Andover, Laureen Luszcz from Wakefield and Nancy Varnum from North Andover. Floral arrangements from N. Reading Garden Club also on display. Refreshments and free door prizes, through October; 978-664-4942.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
CASTLE OF FEAR, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights through Oct. 28, $18, $10/ kids age 12 & under. Special: $40 for 2 adults & 2 kids under 12. Not recommended for children under 8. Event features a haunted Maze of Mystery and the expanded Haunted Castle; winnekinnicastle.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
CASINO NIGHT BENEFIT, the Friends of Andover Tennis host, 7 to 10 p.m., Town House, 20 Main St., Andover, in support of the AHS tennis court renovation project. The occasion will feature a silent auction, several ‘casino’ themed games with door prizes, a cash bar, light catered food, and informal musical entertainment.
LIVE MUSIC, Jez Lowe, at the New Moon Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill, $20, $10 for those ages 18 and under; 978-459-5134. Social activist and member of the English band, The Bad Pennies, Jez Lowe sings both traditional working class songs and originals. He pens pointed, poignant, and powerful songs about life in his native North East England and delivers his music with guitar, cittern, mandolin and harmonica.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21
ART DEMONSTRATION, The Andovers Artists Guild is hosting a “Landscape painting in textile” demonstration by Salem, MA artist Carol Dearborn, 2 p.m., the East Mill Art Space, 21 High St. North Andover,(Davis and Furber Complex). Guests are welcome for a $5 donation, free to Guild members; andoversartistsguild.org.
KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY, noon to 3 p.m., $8/child, $5/adult. Kids Come in Costume. Games. Prizes. Activities by Little Sprouts Haverhill-NECC, Winnekinni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill; winnekinnicastle.com. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
FREE MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION WORKSHOPS, Stoneham Theatre, for students in grades 1-12, Main Street, Stoneham; also being held Thursday, Oct. 25.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
MEETING, Homebuyer Assistance talk, 7 to 8 p.m., to discuss Andover’s newly expanded Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program, created by the Andover Housing Trust Fund, helps would-be
homebuyers to purchase their first home in town. The meeting is at Memorial Hall, on the second floor of the Andover Memorial Hall Library. All are invited to attend. More details on the program may be found at coastalhbedu.org or coastalhomebuyereducationblogspot.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 26
OPENING RECEPTION, for painter Laura Fischman, 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk by Fischman at 5 p.m., The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center, her show runs through Nov. 30.
LIVE THEATER, Willy Wonka at the chocolate factory, performed by ACT Andover, Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, (adjacent to Andover High School); actandover.com, 978-276-9568; Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
OPEN HOUSE, the Peabody Museum on the Phillips Academy campus, 1 to 4 p.m. October is Massachusetts and National Archaeology Month, with events going on across the state. This will be an opportunity for the public to stop by and tour galleries, chat with museum staff and learn more about the inside of the building.; Ryan Wheeler, director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIGHT- TIME 5K HAUNTED OBSTACLE RUN, 6 to 8 p.m., called “Panic In The Park.” Runners will gather at Hookslide Kelly’s located at 19 Merrimack St. in Lowell. Buses will transport runners to nearby Fort Hill to start the race, and it will end at Shedd Park where the buses will be ready to bring runners back to the Hookslide Kelly’s for post-race Halloween Party, $25-60; PANICinPARK.com. Discounts are available for Early Registration, Fred Smith, Fred@SmithFestEvents.com, 978-337-8634.
TUESDAY, OCT. 30
LIVE MUSIC, Cabaret: Songs from the Dead, with Andover High School Chorus, 7 p.m., J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, (on the right side of Andover High School).