Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 10, 2013

Town Brief

The Andover Townsman

---- — Cultural Council grant deadline looms

The Oct. 15 deadline for submitting grant proposals to the Andover Cultural Council for the 2014 funding cycle is fast approaching. The council is seeking proposals for locally based projects related to the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Artists, schools and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply.

While funding is limited, the council is eager to receive applications from as broad a segment of the community as possible, and is particularly interested in proposals that reflect Andover’s growing diversity, collaborative ventures between community organizations and requests from groups or individuals that have not previously applied.

Last year, the council awarded 16 grants, totaling just over $4,500, for a range of local concerts, dance and theater performances as well as children’s and senior citizen programs.

The grants are part of the Local Cultural Council program funded and administered by the state. Anyone with questions should email or visit Complete guidelines and application forms are also available online at

Middle East talk Oct. 19

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will present an evening with Middle East expert David Makovsky on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:45 p.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover.

A director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Makovsky is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was the co-author with Dennis Ross of “Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.” His commentary on the peace process and the Arab-Israeli conflict appears regularly in numerous national and international media.

The cost is $54 for patrons and $18 for general admission. Tickets are available at

Italian Buffet Night at West Parish

West Parish Church at 129 Reservation Road serves up its annual Italian Buffet Night on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will feature eggplant, lasagna (meat and vegetarian), chicken cacciatore, spaghetti and meatballs, garden salad, Italian bread, cake and coffee/tea. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

Citizen preparation classes on tap

The Asian Center, 1 Ballard Way, Lawrence, is enrolling for citizen preparation classes. The classes will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 or Thursday evenings from 6 to 8. The cost is $50 for a 10-week session.

Enrollment is open to anyone interested in preparing to become a U.S. citizen. Classes will cover U.S. government and history as well as practice questions for the citizenship interview. Call the Asian Center at 978-683-7316, ext. 11, or visit for more.

`A Place at the Table’ screening

Neighbors in Need is hosting a free viewing of the film “A Place at the Table” followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

The film looks at solutions to solving hunger in the country. Led by area teachers, nutritionists and health professionals, the panel will explore how hunger in local communities affects how children learn, and the other serious social, economic and cultural problems pervasive hunger creates.

For more information, contact Linda Zimmerman, executive director of Neighbors in Need, at 978-685-8321 or


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