Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

Senior center activities

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is requested for all events, which are open to the entire community, pending space. Call for information at 978-623-8321, or visit for complete listings.

Upcoming activities at the Andover Senior Center include:

THE WAR OF 1812: “The War that Made America a Nation" series continues on Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15 at 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $15. The event is billed as an in-depth study of the war.

U.S. Navy Commander Matthew Bonner, commandant of the USS Constitution (”Old Ironsides”), will present a talk on the history of the ship Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Andover Senior Center. “Old Ironsides” is one of the most famous ships in the history of the U.S. Navy. Commander Bonner will discuss the building of the ship, and its illustrious record on the high seas, especially against the British navy in the War of 1812.

The talk is part of a series on the War of 1812 led by local historian Don Robb, but members of the public may attend this session without enrolling in the whole series. To reserve a space, call the Senior Center at 978-623-8321.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: Information presented on open enrollment for 2013 on Friday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

CIVIL WAR LIFE AND MEDICINE: Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1:15 p.m. Free. Film on life during the Civil War by resident filmmaker Dan Tremblay.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., get tips on how to get the most out of the bureau.

STUNNING AND SIMPLE SCARVES: On Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., join this event and go home with a cozy fleece scarf and the skills to make your own items with crocheted and beaded edging. The cost of $10 includes materials.

HIGH TEA AND HISTORY: Talk on "Andover in the Civil War - The Spirit and Sacrifice of a New England Town," presented Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Event is free with reservation. Join Civil War enthusiast Mike Morris Jr. as he discusses Joan Silva Patrakis’ book “Andover in the Civil War: The Spirit & Sacrifice of a New England Town” including the battlefield experiences and ravages of disease of Andover men and how the Civil War was remembered by its Andover participants.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: On Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. Prof. Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell professor and chairman of the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee exhibit, will discuss the history of the 1912 strike that changed the course of labor forever. The cost of the breakfast event is $4.