The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover, has several upcoming programs. Here are some of the highlights:
Summer Outdoor Grill Nights: Thursdays, July 17 and 31, 5 to 7 p.m. Menu selections include salad, drink and dessert as well as a main protein; prices start at $5 for a complete meal. Includes an optional BoomerVenture Screening Room feature movie each evening. All are welcome; reservations and advance payment required.
Mrs. Thrift Captures the Herbal Harvest: Monday, July 21, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join educator and gardener Betsy Williams in her herb garden and studio. Learn how to handle fresh herbs and taste the treats you will make. Stock your pantry for winter cooking and holiday gift giving with fresh herbs. Line cupboard shelves with jewel-toned bottles of herb vinegars, golden-brown herb mustards and jars of herbal jellies. Add containers of herb butters, bags of rosemary walnuts and bottles of herb pesto to the freezer. Fee $30; space limited to 10 people.
The Patient Was Vietcong: Thursday, July 24, 1:30 p.m. Local doctor and Vietnam veteran Lawrence Climo shares his unique and problematic wartime mission as an Army doctor working in the Vietnamese Health Service, treating Vietnamese civilians on a counter-insurgency mission. Even today, no one seems to have heard about this mission. Climo’s book, “The Patient Was Vietcong: An American Doctor in the Vietnamese Health Service, 1966-1967,” delves into this true story; free.
Senior Medicare Patrol: Friday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. Learn about preventing, detecting and reporting healthcare errors, fraud and abuse; free.
Optimism: Monday, July 28, 1:30 p.m. Are we born with it or can we become an optimist? Is optimism “ignoring reality” or is optimism realistic? Learn some of the truths; $2.
Open Art Drop-In Studio: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. An open, drop-in group for artists with no instructor. Bring your own materials; free.