Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

What's Happening: The Center at Punchard

The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover, has a busy month on tap. Here are some of the upcoming activities:

Can You Sudoku?: Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m., held at Old Town Hall, Main Street. Sharpen your intellect while developing your logic and patience. Led by Sudoku enthusiast Frank Raymond, a beginners class on Oct. 15 progresses to advanced concepts by the third week; $6. Continue the fun for game afternoons at The Center on Tuesdays, Nov. 5 and 12, at 1:30 p.m.

High Tea and History: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. South Church historian Charlotte Lyons shares Andover’s role in the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692; free.

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; $4.

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; $30; eight students maximum.

Meet the Author — Andrew Coburn: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. Coburn, a former crime reporter and city editor at The Eagle-Tribune, has written numerous short stories and 13 novels. His novel, “Sweetheart,” a suspense mafia novel set in Boston that was adapted into a film, will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the center. Coburn will talk about some of the perils of reporting on the criminal underworld; $3 fee for the talk; film screening is free.

Computer 101: Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, 1:30 p.m. Find out the basics for your first computer or get to first base with the computer that you have in this introductory course, $3 each.

Halloween Around the World: Tuesday, Oct. 29. 1:30 p.m. Professor Richard Padova of Northern Essex Community College highlights Halloween customs, practices and traditions in different countries; $3.

The Witches of Andover: Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. What spooked Andover in 1692? Who were Andover’s witches? What happened to them? Join historian Don Robb to discover this fascinating part of Andover’s past; $3.

All events are open to the community. However, space is limited and registration is required for all classes.

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.

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