Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 3, 2013

Out & About: Women of the World at Cochran Chapel

The Andover Townsman

---- — Women of the World, a Boston-based collective of female musicians hailing from Japan, India, Italy, Haiti, Mexico and the U.S., comes to Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Since 2008, the core singers and their eclectic band perform original and traditional folk music in more than 17 languages. With tours in Japan and throughout North American, the group aims to spread the message of peace and unity through music.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., a recital featuring Joseph Foley on trumpet and Bonnie Anderson on piano plays at Cochran Chapel. The pair are releasing a recording in 2014.

Foley is the principal trumpet player for the Rhode Island Philharmonic and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston, Texas, and is a professor of trumpet at Rhode Island College.

Anderson has performed both piano and flute in the U.S. and abroad and has won numerous prizes for her talents. She joined the piano faculty at Phillips in 2012.

Both concerts are presented by the Phillips Academy Music Department and are open free to the public at the chapel on Main Street. Contact the Music Department at 978-749-4260 or by email at for more.

Laser show for Indian spiritual leader

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Boston chapter of Sewa International USA, a Hindu faith-based, nonprofit organization, is presenting a 90-minute laser show this weekend that traces the Indian leader’s life journey and talks about his soul-stirring messages and contributions to religious harmony.

Dubbed the longest laser show in the world, it takes place Sunday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Collins Center at Andover High School on Shawsheen Road. It was created by Manick Sorcar, a two-time winner of the International Laser Display Association Award.

Vivekananda, who lived in the second half of the 19th century, is considered one of India’s greatest patriots and spiritual leaders. Through his travels and lectures, he is said to have awakened minds to their cultural heritage.

Drawing on ancient Indian texts, Vivekananda was India’s first cultural ambassador to the West who was able to propagate Indian philosophy, thought and culture to the outside world. One of the first leaders in India to speak for the poor masses, he established the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897 mainly to uplift the poor and marginalized people.

The planning team for the laser show includes Andover residents Raju Datla and Raghav Narayan. Tickets range from $25 to $75. For more information, visit or call Datla at 8978-807-1864 or Narayan at 978-806-5222.

Calling all trivia buffs

Think you’re a whiz at trivia? Sts. Constantine and Helen Church wants to challenge you at its Teamwork Trivia Night on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 71 Chandler Road in Andover. Doors for the adults-only event will open at 6 p.m. for pizza and dessert. The games will begin at 7 p.m.

Teams of 10 are welcome to sign up, or individuals can join an existing team. The cost to participate is $25, and includes games, pizza and dessert. For more information, visit or call Lisa Primes at 978-314-0528 or Colleen Georgian at 978-475-4330 for details.

Treats and more for the sweet tooth

West Parish Church serves up its annual Chocolate Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church at 129 Reservation Road.

Homemade chocolate-chip cookies, brownies, cake pops, whoopee pies, Oreo balls, a chocolate fountain and other treats will be the star attractions. The fundraiser will also include several raffles for gift certificates and gift baskets.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children under 8. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Call 978-475-3902 or email for more.

Psychic readings with ‘East Coast Medium’

Psychic Denise Fix of Andover, known as the “East Coast Medium,” appears with paranormal investigator Mark Legere at the Sahara Club & Restaurant, 88 Oak St., Methuen, on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Fix will be providing psychic readings at an open-audience, dinner show fundraiser as a benefit for a local battered women’s shelter.

She is a weekly guest on the online radio talk show “Everything Paranormal with New England G.H.O.S.T.” and is also the featured psychic in the recently published book by Sam Baltrusis, “Ghosts of Cambridge.”

Tickets are $49.99 and include a buffet dinner. They can be reserved by calling Camil Lebbos at 603-401-0286. For more, visit

Night of music, fun for Andona Society

Musician and comedian Jim Plunkett, a staple of Boston nightlife for decades, headlines the Andona Society’s fall fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

Plunkett regularly performs in the New England area and is known for getting audiences singing some of their favorite hits.

The event will include a silent auction for such items as signed sports memorabilia, weekend stays, gift cards, gift baskets and more, plus a raffle. This year’s event will also feature table sponsors and a coupon book for discounts to businesses in the Andovers and North Reading.

Tickets are $25 and include light fare; a cash bar will be available. The event is sponsored by Lannan Mazda of Lowell. For tickets or more information, visit


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