---- — The Center at Punchard — previously known as the Andover Senior Center — is located at 30 Whittier Court, Andover. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required for all events and space is limited. Events are open to the entire community, pending space. Call for information: 978-623-8321, or visit andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.
Upcoming events include the following.
:WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate ground-breaking women who were first. Advance registration is a must as space is limited. On Tuesday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m see a program on Anne Bradstreet, first poet of the New World. For $5, join Andover resident Terri D’Ambrosio and her mother, Susan, who are direct descendants of Anne Bradstreet. Expect a special visit from our own “Starlight Players” who will bring an extra dramatic flair to our concluding presentation.
:IRISH MUSIC: A St. Patrick’s Day concert will be offered Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. The cost of $6 includes refreshments. Glenshane Irish Folk Due entertains with music from Ireland and the British Isles. Featured are guitar, bass, tin whistle, harmonica and piano melodic. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council.
:UNWEAVING THE WEB: Thursday, April 4, 11 and 25 at 1:30 p.m., for $15. In life, people weave a web of commitments and possessions. At some point we realize the web has gotten too big to manage. This series will focus on how to begin to unweave the web and make it more manageable. Led by Susan Walko, professional organizer.
:THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2011: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 at 10 a.m. $15 for the series. Edited by Geraldine Brooks with Heidi Pitlor. Join together as a group to read and discuss selections from this important collection of American short stories. Please read “Ceiling”, “Housewifely Arts” and “Free Fruit for Young Widows” before the first class.
:ARTHRITIS PAIN MANAGEMENT: Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Dr. Christopher Condon, chiropractor, will discuss how chiropractic care can help arthritic individuals remain more mobile and in turn, reduce potential stresses that can cause further discomfort and disability.
:SENIOR RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY OVERLAY DISTRICT: Tuesday, April 16 at 9 a.m. The Senior Residential Community Overlay District task force will be on hand to discuss the proposed Franciscan Overlay district. Come make your voice heard before Town Meeting! Paul Materazzo, Director of Community Development and Planning.
:HIGH TEA AND HISTORY: Wednesday, April 17; 2 p.m. RSVP necessary as space is limited to 30. Held at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street. Call 978-475-2236 to make reservations.
:Jane Cairns discusses the Andover naturalists William Goldsmith and Alice Buck as well as several lesser-known naturalists at the turn of the 20th century. Please note: Teas return to The Center on May 15, so RSVP will be necessary here at that time.
:“MY WHAT’S NEXT”: Thursday, April 18; 7pm; $3. AARP President, Mike Festa unveils the new “Work Reimagined” initiative and the exciting advocacy that AARP is doing on behalf of its 50+ constituents, both locally and in Washington.
:MUSIC FOR A SPRING AFTERNOON: Monday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. $5 includes light refreshments. Back by popular demand! Familiar and not-so-well known classical, swing, and Broadway hits will be performed by soprano Wendy Heckman. Accompanied by Carolyn Skelton, pianist, who will also play selections. Purchase begins now.
:STONEHAM THEATER MATINEE: Take a trip to see “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Wednesday, April 24, event lasting from 10:45 a.m.t o 4:30 p.m. The $50 cost includes the show, lunch and transportation.