Thursday, May 2

Essex County Community Foundation Sixth Annual Celebration of Giving Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m. at DoubleTree Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Celebrating the "Unity" in "Community." Guests include Gov. Charlie Baker; Mayor Dan Rivera of Lawrence; Andover town manager, Andrew Flanagan; former North Andover town manager, Andrew Maylor. Donors to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund – all 6,887 of them – are being honored with the George Peabody Award. Tickets, $125, available at

Every Tuesday in May 

Dining for a good cause,  Salvatore’s of Andover is teaming up with Andover Coalition for Education (ACE) to support the Andover Public Schools. Salvatore’s will donate to ACE 15% of all food and gift certificate sales (including takeout) from the Andover restaurant every Tuesday during the month of May. By dining at Salvatore’s, customers will be supporting innovation at the schools. To learn more about ACE, visit or contact Jennifer Srivastava at

Saturday, May 4

North Parish Church Mega Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $1. The church is located in North Andover’s Old Center, 190 Academy Road. The sale will include household goods, clothing, kitchenware, toys, books, furniture, outdoor equipment, treasures and so much more. Lunch is available as well. 

Andover Choral Society presents “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight,” 3 p.m. at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. Music by George Gershwin and African-American composer Florence Price. Tickets: $20 for advance general admission, $25 at the door, $5 for students. Information and tickets:

Ironstone Derby charity 5K Walk/Run & Kentucky Derby Party, 3 p.m. at Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St.; people can run or walk the USATF-sanctioned race (4:30 p.m.) and then stay at the Andover horse farm for Kentucky Derby party with optional Texas Roadhouse food, music, games for all ages, derby-hat contest, prizes, and a horse-and-rider show. There’s even a stick-horse race for kids (4 p.m.), and a cash bar with mint juleps. Cost: 5K adult walk/run, $30; youth (12 and under walk/run, $20; kids’ stickhorse race and party, $15; adult food and party only, $20; food and party only/kids meal, $5. Event supports the nonprofit programs of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, including programs supporting people with autism. Information and registration:, Register here:

GLTS Ineract Club car wash, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of the Greater Lawrence Technical School at 57 River Road, Andover. The Lawrence Rotary Club, in conjunction with its high school youth group, the Interact Club of the Greater Lawrence Technical School, is sponsoring the fund-raiser with a requested donation of $5. Washing, rinsing and drying will be done with enthusiasm by the kids. All money raised will be donated to Neighbors In Need in Lawrence.

Phillips Andover Department of Music Senior Recital, 7:30 p.m. in the academy's accessible in Timken Room at Graves Hall, 180 Main St.  Jennifer Lawson, clarinet and voice, will perform songs from several musicals as well as works by  Mozart, Debussy, Rabaud and Rossini.  A reception in the Pfatteicher Room follows. Free and open to all. Information: 978-749-4260,


STEP UP FOR COLLEEN 5K: Annual Step Up for Colleen benefit 5k, 8:30 a.m., The Park, Chestnut and Bartlet streets, downtown Andover, walk/run celebrate Colleen’s life and her commitment to help others, proceeds benefit the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund; register online at

Recalling Havana, a tale of Jewish immigration featuring Anita Adams, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Congregation Beth Israel, Building 6, Dundee Park, Suite 301, Dundee Park Drive. The event is free and open to the public. As a young girl growing up in Havana, Anita’s life was a richly blended tapestry reflective of her Eastern European ancestry infused with Jewish Cuban flair. Then came the Cuban Missile Crisis and everything changed, disrupting her peaceful 8 year-old life. Like many Jews on the island, the family left everything behind and immigrated to Miami. In addition to hearing about Anita’s personal history, we will explore how this story of flight and immigration parallels with the yearnings of so many migrants and refugees today. Cuban food specialties will be served. 

Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1 p.m., at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggets Pond Road; Richard Cohen, formerly of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will share words of wisdom about teaching tolerance, fighting hate, and seeking justice to make the world a better place today and tomorrow. A graduate of Columbia University and the Virginia School of Law, Cohen has helped the SPLC win a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation's most violent white supremacist organizations. Sponsored by Max & Hilda Perlitsh of the Merrimack College Center for Jewish, Christian & Muslim Relations, the event will also feature soloist Gitit Shoval and the Temple Emanuel Soul Sisters who will share their beautiful voices as a tribute to the six million lost. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jaimie Adler, 978-470-1356.

Phillips Andover Department of Music Presents The Fidelio Society in Concert, 3 p.m. in the academy's accessible Cochran Chapel, 180 Main St. The oldest musical organization on Andover Hill, The Fidelio Society, will perform the program, “Fidelio Favorites,” a collection of the students’ favorite pieces from concerts performed this year, works composed or arranged by Kirchner, Arnesen, Gjeilo, Orban, Johnson, Koepke, Whitacre, Jonson, and Sperry. Free, open to all. Information: 978-749-4260,

Phillips Academy Department of Music Evening of Song, 6:30 p.m. in the academy’s accessible Timken Room in Graves Hall. The concert will feature students performing songs from Broadway to classical, from Rogers and Hammerstein to Mozart. Free. Information: 978-749-4260,

Monday, May 6

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce 2019 Energy & Environmental Conference, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Schneider Electric, Andover R&D Center, 800 Federal St. Keynote speaker Patrick Woodcock, undersecretary of energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Special panel of local experts to assist business- and homeowners to reduce energy costs, including Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, National Grid, Schneider Electric. Complimentary continental breakfast. Free, open to all; registration required. Information: Michael Bevilacqua, 978-585-0900,

Andover/North Andover YMCA Child Care Open House, 6 p.m. at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St. Bring your child for some fun activities, tour the facility, meet the teachers, and learn more about child care at the Y, which offers Preschool and Afterschool programs for ages 2.9 months to 13 years. flexible hours and a range of activities that provide the building blocks for success in school and beyond. Financial assistance is available. Information: 

Monday, May 6 and 13

Andover Discounted Rain Barrel Ordering Deadline, midnight, Monday, May 6, at Regular use of a rain barrel can pay for itself in one season. New England typically receives 17 inches of rain during the growing season, providing enough water to fill 170 rain barrels. Barrels will be distributed from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 13,  at Andover’s Water Treatment Facility, 397 Lowell St

May 7

Andover Garden Club’s Annual Meeting and Lunch, “Creative Forces In Design and Photography,” 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, at South Church Fellowship Hall, 41 Central St., The meeting will continue the year-long program focus on the elements of design featuring a trio of talented designers: floral designer and sculptor Ann Lange and flower-show judge and Ikebana master Rita DeLollis will each demonstrate a creative design and discuss how it would be judged in a show, and photographer Chris Wood will show how she captures the individual elements of design through a camera lens. Information:; membership chairs: Liz Bell (978-475-3021,, Kathy Hess (978-470-0806,

May 8

Phillips Andover Department of Music Senior Recital, 6:30 p.m. in the academy's accessible Timken Room at Graves Hall, 180 Main St.  Shyan Koul, viola will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Elgar and Tibor Serly. A reception in the Pfatteicher Room follows. Free and open to all. Information: 978-749-4260,

May 10

Phillips Andover Department of Music Choral Concert: "Protest Songs from Around the World," 7:30 p.m. in the academy's accessible Cochran Chapel, 180 Main St. Academy Chorus and Fidelio Society under the direction of Dr. Abbey H. Siegfried. Works by Part, Kirchner, Johnson and Samuel Wright, Class of 2019. Free, open to all. Information: 978-749-4260,

May 11

Mother's Day Flower Workshop, 10:30a.m., Merrimack Valley YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. Every mom deserves a day of self care. Come to the Andover/North Andover YMCA for a specialty flower workshop open to members and non-members. Learn step-by-step how to arrange a beautiful spring bouquet while sipping mimosas. Ticket price includes admission to Barre class with Sue Park at 10:30 a.m., followed by drinks and flower arranging. Discount available for MVYMCA members. Contact the branch for more information. Tickets available at

Bottle Drive for redeemable bottles and cans only, 9 a.m. to noon, West Middle School parking lot, 70 Shawsheen Road.  Support the AHS Marching Band by dropping off your redeemable bottles and cans!  All proceeds benefit the Andover High School Marching Band. 

Berkeley Retirement Home Annual May Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, corner route 125/Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover. Silent auction items include gift baskets, plants, jewelry, gift table, baked goods, books and Odds ‘n’ Ends will be available for purchase. Coffee and doughnuts and luncheon will be served (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Proceeds benefit residents of Berkeley Retirement Home and Nursing Center in Lawrence.

Crafts in the Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in The Park, Bartlet and Chestnut streets, rain or shine. Celebrating its 44th year, the event will host at least 200 exhibitors, including many returning crafters along with a number new booths. Includes a variety of finely made crafts and food items. Traditional ragtime band the Dixie Cookbook Band will be playing during the day. Sponsored by Christ Church, Andover, all proceeds support the mission of the church and outreach to service and educational organizations in the local community.

The North Andover Council on Aging Presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Concert, 12:45 p.m. (doors), 2 p.m. (concert), at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. Friends of the North Andover Senior Center Fundraiser. Hear old favorites like "Moonlight Serenade," "String of Pearls" and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully contained group consisting of the music director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums); a male and female vocalist also perform individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders Vocal Group. Tickets: $25, available at

Phillips Andover Department of Music Senior Recital, 7:30 p.m. in the academy's accessible in Timken Room at Graves Hall, 180 Main St.  Chloe Choi, violin, will perform works by Franck, Beethoven and Dvorak. A reception in the Pfatteicher Room follows. Free and open to all. Information: 978-749-4260,

 Lawrence Rotary Club car wash, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Rd. in Andover. Washing, rinsing and drying will be done with enthusiasm by the kids from the Lions' high school youth group the Interact Club of the Greater Lawrence Technical School. All money raised will be donated to Neighbors In Need in Lawrence. Requested donation: $5.  

Through May 15

Open Call for Proposals for Art Along the Trails 2019, on a rolling basis through May 15, by the Andover Arts and Cultural Alliance and Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS). Art Along the Trails is a celebration of 125 years of AVIS’s preserving wildlife habitats and water resources while providing free access to hills, woods and waterways for Andover residents and visitors. Individual artists, collaborative artists, students and community groups are invited to submit artwork for consideration. Artwork can be two- or three- dimensional, static, interactive or performance based and should be appropriate for all ages. All work must be weather tolerant, stable and secure when installed along the trail. Rules and regulations:

Wednesday, May 15

Behind the Scenes Tour, 10 to 11 a.m. at Andover Center for History & Culture (formerly Andover Historical Society), 97 Main St. A different program will take place June 18 Explore behind the “closed” and “staff only” signs and into attics and archives at Blanchard House, including attics, closets and archives. (Involves climbing stairs to several levels.) Private tours may also be arranged. Free, but registration required. Information:

Andover's 14th Death Café, 7 p.m., at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St. Adults are invited to an evening of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death hosted by Andover resident Richard Davis. While neither a support group nor a venue for bereavement, a Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, nonjudgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often-taboo subject. Socializing and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Register online at Information: Stefani Traina, 978-623-8451,,


May 17

Public office hours for Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, invites the public to visit with her at her office hours at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 10-11 a.m. Come by to say hello and learn more about Rep. Nguyen's work at the Statehouse and in the district. Everyone is welcome.

Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18

Clown Town, 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Park, corner of Bartlet and Chestnut streets; rides and carnival games, face painting, sand art/crafts, toddler/preschool games, slush, candy, coffee, pizza and a DJ. The rides and carnival games stay open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, but everything else closes at 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 18 

Spring Historic Walk through the West Parish Garden Cemetery - 10 a.m.-noon; enjoy a guided walk through the historic cemetery where you will learn about the notable people buried here. The tour will include a look inside the Chapel at West Parish, featuring original Tiffany stained-glass windows. This event is free and goes off rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Arch at 129 Reservation Road in Andover. Visit for more information about upcoming events.

 May 19

Andover 101, 1-2 p.m. and Andover 102, 3-4 p.m. The Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St., Andover. Unstuffy history in one hour. From beaches to boxing, academies to agriculture and witches to William Wood, Andover has fascinating, interesting, and surprising stories around each corner. Andover 101 introduces you to the essential stories of 10,000 years of Andover history in one hour. Andover 102 takes you on a tour of Andover’s special places – 30 miles of history in 60 minutes. Both programs are free of charge, but space is limited. Registration is required. Call Andover Center for History & Culture at 978-475-2236 or register online for these and other programs at

Through July 31 

Spring Opening Reception, 7 to 9 p.m., Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover; free and open to the public. Exhibitions include: Harlem: In Situ, examines nearly 100 years of art created in Harlem, exploring the neighborhood’s enduring influence on American culture from the Great Migration and Harlem Renaissance to the present day. Also, Goodman: not recent color, made up of large-scale color photographs, the majority of which have never before been exhibited, this show will examine changes to the American cultural landscape through the coming of age of a young artist from the 1970s through the late 1980s. John Goodman, a Boston native and noted photographer of urban American life, recently rediscovered a series of Kodachrome and Ektachrome color slides from this period depicting Boston and beyond. Rescued from deep storage, the slides have been scanned and printed by the photographer, and the resulting series will make its museum debut at the Addison. Remaining on view this spring are two exhibitions of works from the Addison’s collection: 4 x 4, in which four curators in four first-floor galleries have explored a theme, style, or artistic idiom represented in depth across many media; and In and Out of Place, a presentation that investigates the nuanced and varied physical and human characteristics that set place apart from mere location. Both exhibitions will be open through July 31.

 June 4

Close Encounters, 4-5 p.m. Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St., Andover. Join a small group of curious people, don your curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with treasures and stories from Andover’s past. Stories of life, work, family, freedom and community. Stories of shopkeepers, farmers, artists, teachers and homemakers. What will you discover? Free of charge but space is limited. Registration is required. 

Sunday, June 15 

Lantern Festival at the West Parish Garden Cemetery, 7-9 p.m.; experience this spectacular lighting event based on an ancient Asian ritual. Decorate your lantern to send messages of faith, love, peace and hope. Music and dancers slated to perform, and there will be refreshments. All lanterns will be launched together on the pond at sunset. This event is free, and the cost to decorate and launch a lantern is $10. 

June 18

Behind the Scenes Tour, 10 to 11 a.m. at Andover Center for History & Culture (formerly Andover Historical Society), 97 Main St. Explore behind the “closed” and “staff only” signs and into attics and archives at Blanchard House, including attics, closets and archives. (Involves climbing stairs to several levels.) Private tours may also be arranged. Free, registration required. Information:

Monday, July 8

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Spectacular, 9:30 a.m. (registration and breakfast), 11 a.m. (midday flight), Monday, July 8, at Indian Ridge Country Club, 73 Lovejoy Road, Andover. Includes complimentary hot dogs on the course, cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, buffet dinner, prizes and awards ceremony, as well as other club amenities. Sponsorships available. Cost, golf midday flights: $229; foursome, ($916). Information and registration:

July 15, Sept. 29, Nov. 16

Lazarus House Ministries 2019 Fundraising Events: Drive for Dignity Golf Tournament, Monday, July 15, at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Golf, dinner, raffles, auctions to benefit those struggling with poverty and homelessness. Registration:, #drivefordignity19. Hike for Hope, Sunday, Sept. 29. Families, faith groups, sports teams, and business sponsors take to the streets of Andover and hike for hope. Information:, #hikeforhope19. Sharing Our Bounty Gala, Saturday, Nov. 16. Celebrating the life-changing achievements supporters have made possible in the lives of the gala's guests. Information:, #sharingourbounty19. Lawrence-based Lazarus House Ministries works to break the cycle of poverty by providing food, clothing, work preparation and housing to those in need.


MERRIMACK VALLEY CAMERA CLUB, based in North Andover, and in its 82nd year, has about 150 members hailing from the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, and Southeastern and Seacoast areas of New Hampshire, ranging from beginners to professionals. The club and its members have been garnering recognition and awards throughout New England and beyond for decades. The club, which meets almost every Wednesday evening, holds frequent hands-on workshops, field trips, photo-related activities, presentations and competitions, most of which are open to the public. The club meets at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. Socializing starts at 7 p.m., and programs run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Find more at

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA), Saturdays, 8 a.m., Christ Church, 33 Central St. Having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a program that addresses binge eating disorder, overeating, obesity, bulimia, undereating, and obsession with body size and exercise; the free meetings are held in the classroom building of the church;

MERRIMACK TOASTMASTERS CLUB, second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover. Membership is open to individuals looking to improve their speaking, presentation and leadership skills, and to overcome their fear of public speaking; guests are always welcome;, email

MEMORY CAFÉ, fourth Monday of the month, Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court. Memory Cafés offer a welcoming, memory-making place for people living with memory changes; they unite people facing similar challenges, provide a much-needed break from routines, and offer ideas, information and connection to other community support mechanisms; snacks will be provided; the free program is offered through grant funding from the Department of Developmental Disabilities; advance registration is requested; 978-623-8320.

BALLROOM DANCING, Sundays, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Relief's In Function Hall, 1 Market St., Lawrence, on the North Andover line. Come Alive After Five has been running this dance for singles and couples for more than 30 years; live bands are featured along with bar service and door prizes; $13 admission fee includes dessert and coffee at 8:30 p.m.; 781-451-7872.

ANDOVER CHRONICLERS, see what’s in store. Past shows can be viewed on Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 47 Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 9 a.m.; Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Friday at 6:30 p.m. The show is produced by the Andover Chroniclers, an all volunteer group. For more information, call the Center at Punchard at 978-623-8321. New members welcome. No prior experience needed. Email for more information. Past shows may also be accessed at

FA (FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS), Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Augustine Education Center, 45 Essex St.; and Saturdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Christ Church, 33 Central Ave. The free, 12-step program is open to anyone who struggles with their weight and/or food; members include men and women who have lost more than 200 lbs., those who turned to bulimia, over-exercising and obsessive dieting, and those who had no weight to lose, but were obsessed with food and/or their weight; all are welcome to share their stories, from newcomers interested in learning more to people who have maintained steady, healthy weights for decades;

FELLOWSHIP/WORSHIP MEETING, Sundays, 5 p.m., North Boston Korean United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 244 Lowell St. Hosted by the Mosaic Christian Movement, everyone is welcome to enjoy food, fellowship and a relaxed worship service; registration is requested; email

COMMUNITY GIVING TREE'S VAN, will be in the Penguin Park parking lot on Burnham Road from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month. Donations of gently used baby gear and in season children’s clothing will be collected. All donations will go to children in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore. At this time, there is an urgent need for infant clothing (0 to 3 months) and infant car seats under five years old. For a complete list of acceptable donations, visit

TREBLE CHORUS OF NEW ENGLAND, now welcoming singers ages 6 to 18; the informal auditions are quick and simple; prepared pieces are not required;,

PALMERS RESTAURANT, live music, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. to midnight; no cover charge; 18 Elm St.; 978-470-1606,

SPECTRUM CHILDREN’S CHORUS, rehearses on Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Andover North Boston Korean United Methodist Church, 244 Lowell St. The mission of the church's multicultural chorus is to reflect on the diversity of the world, widen students' perspectives, and instill cross cultural understandings and harmonization through music and dancing; all children are welcome; registration, auditioning and rehearsal dates are available at, email, 978-269-4198.

KARMA, live band music, Thursday through Saturday; 209 N. Main St. (Shawsheen Plaza); 978-809-3075,

ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART, free admission to the gallery and all programs; located on the Phillips Academy campus, 3 Chapel Ave.; 978-749-4015,

GELB GALLERY, located in George Washington Hall, Phillips Academy campus, 7 Chapel Ave.; open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; parking is available on Chapel Avenue and in the lot next to the Andover Inn;

ALPERS FINE ART, located at 96 Main St.; 978-760-1829,

THE NEW ENGLAND CLASSICAL SINGERS, holding auditions for all parts, South Church, 41 Central St. The 30-voice SATB choral group, based in Andover, performs three concerts during the season, in December, March and May; rehearsals are held on Wednesdays, 7:15 to 9:45 p.m.; auditions consist of voice quality and placement, vocal range placement, sight reading ability, and aural recognition; a solo piece is not required; singers should have choral experience and sight reading ability;

ANDOVER REC, 36 Bartlet St., offers a number of different programs for adults, youth and children;, 978-623-8340.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m., Sundays, Ballardvale United Church, 23 Clark Road. Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help; 781-641-2303.

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