THURSDAY, FEB. 14
SWEET TREATS, 1:30 p.m., $8 with advance purchase only, indulge as you dip fresh fruit into the flowing chocolate fountain, eat German chocolate cake and from a large assortment of decadent chocolates, the Center at Punchard, Whittier Court; 978-623-8321.
LIVE THEATER, “Red” opens, written by John Logan and directed by Charles Towers, a fiery and fiercely funny Tony Award-winner for Best Play, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) through March 10, tickets start at $20 and are on sale now thru MRT.org or by calling 978-654-4678.
NEW EXHIBIT, Boston artist Dana Clancy is currently exhibiting nearly a dozen of her paintings through Feb. 23, at the ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.. ArtSpace hours are Monday through Thursday 2 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday; firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAINTING DISPLAY, an oil canvas, painted by NECC professor of art and design Marc Mannheimer, featuring the railroad bridge traversing the Merrimack River in Haverhill is currently on display in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus. The 144 x 24 inch painting is titled “The Death of Savonarola.” Girolamo Savonarola was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance, Florence and known for his prophecies of civic glory and calls for Christian renewal. He was condemned, hanged and burned in the main square of Florence for heresy. Limited edition, signed & numbered prints, [10” x 41”] of the painting are available through the artist at email@example.com.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16
HAM & BEAN SUPPER, West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, hosts, 5 to 6:30 p.m., meal will include Carando spiral ham, navy & kidney beans, mac & cheese, cole slaw, hot dogs, bread and dessert. Adult $10/Child $5. All proceeds to benefit a scholarship for a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
OPEN HOUSE, Atria Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., Andover, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., tour historic building, talk to residents; Cynthia Smith, Community Outreach Director. Also happening Feb. 17.
LIVE MUSIC, Barbara Kessler and Chelsea Berry both play at the New Moon Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill, $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under; 978-459-5134.
SUNDAY, FEB. 17
OIL PAINTING DEMO, the Andovers Artists Guild is hosting an oil painting demonstration by Mark Hayden, 2 p.m., 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.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20
SCHOOL VACATION EVENTS, visit the Andover Historical Society during winter vacation and participate in a week of History Kids events. History Kids are children who enjoy learning about the past. Specialty programs have been designed at the Andover Historical Society to immerse students in local history and fun activities.Children ages 7 to 11, $10 or $24 for registrants who attend all three; 978-475-2236.
FREE HIKE, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harold Parker State Forest. Hike with a ranger at noon and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows, meet at the pavilion on Middleton Road, North Andover. Wear hiking footwear; bring water and sunscreen, feel free to bring snowshoes/skis; 617-828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.
FREE MOVIE, “Watershed,” Robert Redford’s new and highly-acclaimed documentary about the Colorado River, that tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of our water resources in the U.S., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, The Pike School, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover; 978-475-1197. For more information about the movie: watershedmovie.com.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
LIVE BALLET & AUTHOR, ballerinas from the Helene Joy School of Dance take center stage at the Memorial Hall Library, 11 a.m., as author David Ira Rottenberg reads his picture book, “Gwendolyn Goes Hollywood,” while the dancers perform the story. As an added treat, a mini-movement lesson will be offered to the children in the audience after the performance and Rottenberg will sign copies of his book, Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover; 978-623-8400.
FREE LIVE MUSIC, the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Phillips Academy will present a concert at 8 p.m., in the Cochran Chapel. The program will include Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings, Op. 48, directed by Derek Jacoby; Newbold’s “Iditarod and Lipton’s “Tudo Bem under the direction of Elizabeth Aureden; Suk’s “Meditation on an Old Bohemian Chorale for String Orchestra, Op. 35 and Brahms’ “Variation on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a under the direction of James Orent. Also featured on the program is Lauren Kim, PA ‘13, performing the Shostakovich “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 and James Garth, PA ‘13 performing Williams’ “Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra under the direction of James Orent. This concert is free and open to the public. Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible; 978-749-4260, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
PURIM FAMILY SERVICE, Temple Emanuel of Andover will have its Purim Fmily Service and Megillah Reading at 6 p.m., Pizza Dinner will be available prior to services, beginning at 5 p.m.for a small fee. Please bring a box of macaroni and cheese as a grogger. All boxes collected will be donated to The Merrimack Valley Foodbank. Temple Emanuel is located at 7 Haggetts Pond Road in Andover; templeemanuel.net, 978-470-1356.
FREE LIVE MUSIC, singer songwriter Adam Reczek, 1 p.m., at the Andover Bookstore; 978-475-0123.
FREE WINE TASTING, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover, noon to 5 p.m. Please note: Must be 21 or older.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24
LIVE PIANO, Pianist David Alan Pihl will perform the works of Mozart, Brahms, and McKinley, during a fundraiser for the Essex Chamber Music Players, 2 p.m. in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held March 24; ecmp.org, Michael Finegold, 978 470-1584 or ECMP314@comcast.net.
LIVE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT, Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, “Land & Sea” concert, featuring mezzo-soprano Gale Fuller, and 13 year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung, 3 to 4 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell (children welcome),.$10 suggested donation; lowellphilharmonic.org.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
POETRY READ-IN, noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Poet January Gill O’Neil of Beverly, who teaches at Salem State and is the executive director of Massachusetts’ Poetry Festival, will lead the read-in. O’Neil published “Underlife,” a book of poetry acclaimed for its powerful autobiographic verse, in 2009. O’Neil will read some of her own work and attendees are invited to share their own favorite prose and poetry written by African American writers.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
MUSIC HISTORY TALK, Kevin Comtois of Methuen, who teaches in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex Community College, will share his passion for American Music in a presentation titled “From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music,” Free and open to the public, the presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.
DRUMMING FOR JOY, a monthly drumming circle led by storyteller/drummer Jane Gossard, at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, 7 to 9 p.m. Drumming happens from 7 to 8:30 p.m., dessert and coffee follow. Drumming experience is not necessary. Drums will be supplied, or bring your own. The cost is $20.
THURSDAY, FEB. 28
FREE COMPUTER SAVVY TALK, Miklos Jako will give a presentation on “Solving Computer Aggravations,” addressing 20 of the most common aggravations a normal person experiences when using a computer. These include finding a file, the cost of ink cartridges, problems with spelling and shading, 3 p.m., Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading. A former teacher, Miklos Jako has also written a book, Computer How-To for Normal People. Copies of his book will be available at his presentation. In addition to working with special needs adults for many years, he also taught tennis, and tutored high school students for SAT preparation; 978-664-4942.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
PASSION PLAY, “The Heart of the Cross,” a unique Passion Play, 9:30 a.m., St. Augustine Church, Essex Street, Andover. The spirit of Easter comes to life in this one-woman play through five women who adored Jesus: a young girl who sneaks up the stairs to watch The Last Supper; Veronica and Mary Magdalene who endure with Jesus on the way of the cross; his mother Mary who cleanses and buries Him; and finally, Martha who wonders at the events of Pentecost. Olivia Woodford, professional actress and founder of Healing Theatre, tells of these extraordinary events with devotion, humor and great feeling. Olivia’s plays have been bringing Scripture to life at churches, schools and community events throughout the country for more than a decade. Mass at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast in the parish center and the play in the church at 9:30 a.m. Free will donations welcomed; Brooke Mueller, 978-886-7573, email@example.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
PURIM CARNIVAL, 1 p.m., face painting and prizes. Hotdogs, chips and soda for lunch and HAMENTASHEN!,Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road in Andover; templeemanuel.net, 978-470-1356.