The Andover Townsman
---- — The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover, is preparing for a busy new year. Here are some of the activities on tap:
Beginners’ Plus Bridge: Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27, and Feb. 3 and 10, 10 a.m. to noon, led by Terry Kay Barger, focuses on planning the play of the hand and expanding one’s bidding arsenal; $139.
Great Literature — Love!: Wednesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Love will be the theme this semester with works ranging from Euripides to Shakespeare; sessions begin with a 30-minute “Great Courses” video lecture followed by discussion; no prior reading necessary.
Nourishing Energy: Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Say good-bye to the need for coffee, sugary snacks and afternoon naps; participants will learn how to nourish themselves for optimal energy and vitality; $5.
Healthy Eating Tidbits: Friday, Jan. 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. First monthly nutrition program with Pauline Provencher, registered dietician with Merrimack Valley Nutrition Program and the Meals on Wheels program; refreshments provided.
Life Drawing: Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27 and Feb. 3 and 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to draw the human form starting with short gestural poses and moving to detailed half-hour poses; see front desk for supply list; $28.
Facebook: Monday, Jan. 13, 1 to 2 p.m., and/or Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Learn basic functions such as how to create a Facebook account, add friends, communicate privately and share photos, videos and more; questions and answers follow lectures; $3.
Charles Ward Reservation: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 12:15 to 2 p.m. John Kimball, grandson of Mrs. Charles Ward, who established the property now owned by the Trustees of Reservation, offers a history of Charles W. Ward Reservation and its special geological, biological and cultural features; $4, includes soup and drink.
High Tea and History — American Soccer League Champions in Andover: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. Step back in time to 1926 and celebrate the national champions of the American Soccer League. The Shawsheen Football Club, also known as the “Indians,” was managed by George Wallace, private secretary to William Wood, owner of the local American Woolen Company.
Inspired Retirement — You’ve Retired, Now What?: Thursdays, Jan. 16 and 30, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Joe Ponti, former life coach, provides perspective to develop plans for a meaningful, rich retirement; $4.
Eating Your Feelings: Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dig into what food means and the undeniable social and emotional aspects to the way people eat, while exploring some healthy ways to nourish the whole self; $5.
Men’s Breakfast: Friday, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. Lawrence Eagle-Tribune sports writer Hector Longo brings listeners to the game with his stories of the New England Patriots and more. Get the inside action from Longo’s “Two-Minute Drill” offering a true sports writer’s point of view on the local and national sports scene; $4.
Taza Chocolate Factory Tour: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Witness the Somerville company’s unique process for making stone-ground, Mexican-style dark chocolate; $47, includes tour and lunch.
Andover Sportsmen’s Club: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2 to 3 p.m. Frank Bleszinski, vice president, discusses the local sportsmen’s club dedicated to conserving, restoring and managing the game, fish and other wildlife in the Andover region; $3, refreshments served.
Bender Barre: Thursdays, through Feb. 13, 6 to 7 p.m. Instructor Susan Tribble combines Pilates, yoga and ballet to strengthen, sculpt and tone with extended stretching and relaxation exercises. No previous experience required; bring yoga mat; $50. All events are open to the community. However, space is limited and registration is required.
The Center at Punchard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete listing of classes and programs, check the center’s newsletter or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org. For more information, call 978-623-8321.