Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Open house caps off Senior Center Month

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover, closes out Senior Center Month this week with an open house on Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will feature an expanded schedule of activities.

Representatives of many of the groups and programs offered at the center will be on hand from 9 to 11 a.m., and all are welcoming new members. Visitors can get the scoop on producing award-winning shows with The Andover Chroniclers, the center’s in-house cable group; become inspired by the artists, quilters and writers whose groups are based at the center as well as enjoy some surprise theatrical and musical performances.

The open house begins with a complimentary continental breakfast and legislative forum hosted by the Council on Aging advisory board from 9 to 10 a.m.

Fire Chief Mike Mansfield will present a “lock box” forum at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a buffet lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $4, and advance purchase is required,

TRIAD will host an emergency preparedness forum at 1 p.m. to close out the event.

Next month features a full lineup of activities at the center. Here is a look at some of the upcoming activities:

Tech Talk — Kindle: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. See what Kindle and Kindle Fire can do. Charge your device and bring your password; $3.

The Court and the Constitution: Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 31 and Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Don and Mary Robb highlight what the Supreme Court has done to the Constitution over the years; $20.

Complimentary Mind-Body Medicine: Thursdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Using the Relaxation Response, this course teaches individuals to use the power of their mind to decrease stress and improve health and overall well-being; limited to 15 people.

Historic Deerfield Village and Yankee Candle Trip: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; $66, includes admission and lunch at Chandler’s Restaurant.

Recycling Forum: Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. Candy Dann offers insights into recycling on a local, regional,and national level.

Can You Sudoku?: Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. Sharpen your intellect while developing your logic and patience. Beginners class on Oct. 15 progresses to advanced concepts by the third week; $6.

High Tea and History: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. Spotlight on Andover’s role in the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692.

Men’s Breakfast — Jungle Talk: The Amazon Basin: Friday, Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m. Professor Ken Thomas of Northern Essex Community College explores the Amazon Basin of South America, which is the size of the continental U.S. and is home to 60 percent of the planet’s remaining tropical rainforests; $4.

Meet the Author — Andrew Coburn: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. Former crime reporter and city editor at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Coburn has written numerous short stories and 13 novels, three of which have been made into French films. His film, “Sweetheart,” a suspense mafia novel set in Boston, will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the center; $3 fee for the talk, film screening is free.

Jewelry Making: Mondays, Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to make earrings, a necklace and a bracelet; materials provided, but bring beads and other objects to incorporate into creations; $20.

Great Courses: Life Lessons from the Great Books: Wednesdays through Nov. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m. View a 30-minute DVD of the books that made history and join in a guided discussion; $3 drop-ins.

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 For more information, call 978-623-8321.