Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

Town Briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — ‘Eat Your Landscape:’ from seed to table

John Forti, garden historian, ethnobotanist and curator of historic landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., presents “Eat Your Landscape” on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Forti will offer healthy alternatives to lawns and hedges as he explores how to eat locally and how people can utilize even small gardening spaces to grow some of their own food.

His visit is being presented by Village Garden Club of Andover and the Friends of MHL. Refreshments will be served by the hostesses for the event: Joanne Weightman, Nan James and Helen Ann Knepper. Cathy Henderson will provide the flower arrangement.

Guests are welcome; admission is free,

Middle East talk

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 $187, $54 for patrons. Tickets are available at

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

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.


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