Packages for our troops
A local Destination Imagination team is collecting donations for our troops.The collection is being done with the assistance of some of the residents at Marland Place. Toiletries, vitamins, hand sanitizer, candy and hand towels are especially needed. The DI team is collecting through March 18 at five locations in town:
Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Memorial Hall Library, during regular hours
Mr. Takeout, 52 Haverhill St., for cash donations during regular hours.
Boston Music Center, 209 Andover St., weekdays from 2 to 9 p.m.
ATA Martial Arts, 16 Haverhill St., Monday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Call Maria Dankens, 857-225-2393, with any questions.
Run that truly
Registration has started for a family fun run sponsored by the Bancroft Elementary School PTO. “Book-It” is happening on Sunday, May 5 at Phillips Academy.
Walking/running, reading and community participation is the theme of “Book-It.” This is a 5-kilometer trail run held on Phillips Academy’s cross country course or a 1-kilometer Family Fun Run. On race day, there will also be a student book swap in which participants can drop and swap books. Extra books will be donated to the classrooms.
The event is open to the Andover community, kids and adults alike. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costume as their favorite storybook character.
Check in starts at 8 a.m. on the great lawn of Phillips Academy campus. Register at bookittothefinish.com.
Belle of the Ball
Thinking about a prom but need to save a few bucks? Anton’s Cleaners has kicked off its ninth annual “Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Collection” and it sure is a bargain. The mission is to collect, clean and distribute prom gowns to area high school junior and senior girls who otherwise would not be able to attend their prom. Good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses and like-new special occasion purses are needed and can be dropped off at any of Anton’s Cleaners 41 locations - including one on North Main Street in Andover - or Jordan’s Furniture stores through April 1.