The Andover Townsman
---- — The Andover Senior Center is located at 30 Whittier Court. Its hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Pre-registration is requested for all events, which are open to the entire community, pending space. For more information, visit andoverseniorcenter.org or call 978-623-8321.
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION: Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 28, at 1:30 p.m., come ring in the new year a bit early. For $5, enjoy food, fun and entertainment with Russ McQueen, musician.
BRIDGE: “Beyond the Basics” is Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon each meeting. The cost is $845 for the four-week session. Learn overcalls, takeout doubles, stayman and Jacoby transfers. This is the perfect bridge class for advanced beginners and everyone who plays bridge at home. Also “Conventions Review,” Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each meeting. The cost is also $85 for the four-week session. Master new minor forcing, Jacoby 2NT and splinters. Terry Kay Bargar, life master, ACBL/ABTA accredited bridge instructor.
WEIGHT OF THE NATION: “To Win We Must Lose” presentation on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day. Cost: $12. Join with us as we learn more about the obesity epidemic that is threatening the lives of almost 50 percent of all Americans. Discuss National Institute of Health-based HBO series about the choices that can be made to turn around this national epidemic. Facilitator is Judy Yelle, MSN.
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS: Talk “From Washington to Obama,” by Andover’s Richard Padova, PhD, Northern Essex Community College History & Global Studies Department on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Who delivered the longest inaugural speech? Who delivered the shortest? Who moved the date from March 4 to Jan.y 20 and why? Find out the answers from Padova.
COPING WITH CAREGIVING: Thursdays, Jan. 10 to 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each session. Cost: $20. Join four local experts to explore important aspects of the caregiving journey. A hot dinner will be provided each night at 6:30 with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. See boomerventure.com or call for information.
CONSTITUTIONAL DISCUSSION: “The Constitution: What Does It Really Say?” will be offered on Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24, 31, and Feb. 7 and 14 at 1:30 p.m. each day, at a cost of $15. The senior center reports “Everyone talks about supporting the Constitution, but how many of us know what it actually says? What does it say about the powers of Congress, the president or the people? This course will look at the actual words of the Constitution and explore how Americans (and the Supreme Court) have decided what it means, as well as what it says, and how a document written in 1787 can still guide the country today.” Don Robb is the instructor.