Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 12, 2013

Towns Briefs


The Andover Townsman

---- — DCS fall registration under way

Registration for the Andover Department of Community Services’ fall programs for both adults and youths is under way.

Sign-ups can be completed online, where updates for classes that have a waiting list can also be found.

This month’s offerings for the program’s younger participants include Mighty Mites Soccer, Tiny Tykes Basketball and Pee Wee Tennis for ages 4 to 6 and Little Pals Playgroup for ages 2 to 4.

For youths, there is developmental tennis, football, tae kwon do, Keys for Kids and SAT Verbal and Math Preparation. The Bob French Basketball League registration is also taking place, with the early-bird discount deadline approaching on Sept. 30.

Adult programs include tennis, boot camp, Spanish, and French or Italian Conversation. Online classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The fall booklet contains course descriptions, meeting days, times and fees. Check it out at www.andoverma.gov/dcs or pick one up at the Town Offices. For more information, call DCS at 978-623-8274 or stop by its offices at 36 Bartlet St. during business hours.

Andover club running Special Field Games

The Special Field Games, an annual sporting event for people of all ages with special needs that is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus and the Service Club of Andover, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

The event attracts more than 300 athletes and volunteers. Organizers say everyone has a great time and is a winner. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, trophy and gift bag. A cookout and music cap off the fun.

The event begins with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies and a parade. The games start at about 10 a.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony take place in the afternoon.

Northern Essex has generously hosted the Special Field Games for many years. The event goes off rain or shine. For athlete and volunteer registration and information, visit www.serviceclubofandover.org.

Sign-ups for baby-sitting course

The Andona Society is once again offering its popular baby-sitting course for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Andover who want to prepare to be mother’s helpers and baby sitters.

Topics for the four-week course include: First Aid, Child Development, Safety, and Baby-sitting as a Business. Fun, hands-on activities will provide practical experience.

The class meets either Tuesdays starting Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. at West Parish Church or Thursdays starting Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. at Marland Place.

Registration forms are available under the Events section on the Andona website, www.andona.org. They will be accepted on a first-come basis, with class sizes limited to 30 students. Registrations for eighth-graders received before Sept. 20 will be given preference. Sign-ups close on Sept. 24.

`High-dose’ flu clinics for seniors

Three “high-dose” flu clinics for seniors ages 65 and up have been scheduled for this fall in town.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24; Thursday, Sept. 26; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, by appointment only from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

Call the Health Department at 978-623-8295 to schedule an appointment. Consent forms will be available at the Health Department, Town Offices, senior center and online at www.andoverma.gov.

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