June 12

Andover A Better Chance Raise a Glass Make A Splash Fundraiser, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Oak and Iron, 18 Red Spring Road, Andover. Cost: $45, includes two beers or one flight, and light appetizers. Information: AndoverABC.org, 978-475-4892; tickets: bidpal.net/raiseaglass2019. Since 1967, A Better Chance of Andover has been closing the education gap for students of color in American society. 


Thursday, June 13

Opening doors to affordable housing, Andover Community Trust (ACT) welcomes Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover), as the keynote speaker for its annual Build the Dream Dinner, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Andover Town House, 20 Main St., Andover.  The evening will showcase the presentation of the “Fred Stott Advocacy Award” to Mr. George Koehler, and the “Opening Doors to Affordable Housing Award” to the Merrimack Valley Habitat Build Volunteers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AndoverCLT.org. For more information about tickets and event sponsorship contact Denise Johnson at info@AndoverCLT.org or 978.276.9228.


Friday, June 14

Off-Beat Andover Tours , 9:30-11:15 a.m. Historic Mill District.  These unique walking tours highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about Andover neighborhoods in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore Andover's past. Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media. "Off-beat" prizes are awarded and snacks are provided too! Off-Beat Andover Tours are a fun way of bringing people together to learn about the sometimes quirky and unexpected history of Andover, get outside and explore, and have a good laugh. To register for a tour visit: andoverhistoryandculture.org/off-beat-andover-tour. Members: $7. Non-member: $14. Registration is required and space is limited. 


Saturday, 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 17

Andover Knights of Columbus annual Golf Tournament, 7:15 a.m. with an 8:00 a.m. shot-gun start, Far Corner Golf Course, 5 Barker Road, Boxford. Cost is $125 per golfer ($500 per foursome) and includes green fees, cart, and dinner after the round, and other assorted goodies, raffles, prizes, etc. Top golfer prizes as well as closest to the pin and long drive prizes. If you cannot golf but would like to contribute, hole sponsor signs are $100 and we will display any information you request on the sign. Checks are payable to Andover K of C 1078. For further information contact Armond C. “Chuck” Colombo, Jr. at 857-363-0016 or attorneycolombo@gmail.com. All money raised is used to support Andover Knights of Columbus charitable endeavors.


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: andoverhistoryandculture.org/behind-the-scenes.


June 19

Shawsheen River Watershed Association Annual Meeting, 6–8 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, Andover. Following a short SRWA annual meeting, Alice and Bob Friedenson will share their insights and experiences of 20 years travelling in Costa Rica. Bob is a professional photographer who has taken thousands of images in Costa Rica. Alice is a clay sculpturist who created a clay program for children in Costa Rica. They will share their insights and experiences with a slide show: Costa Rica: Paradise, Caring People, Limited Resources. The public is welcome.


Thursday, June 20

Support the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Hosted by Drs. Karine and Elias Nabbout, 2 Nollet Dr., Andover; hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Andre Dubus, New York Times best-selling author, will moderate a conversation between the Center’s CEO, Suzanne Dubus, and author Rachel Louise Snyder, as they discuss Snyder’s new book, No Visible Bruises: What we Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. In lieu of hostess gifts, please donate to the Center. This mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence. Kindly RSVP by June 14 to: Crisis Center, Nicole Grace Frizzo, nfrizzo@jeannegeiger.org or call: 978-465-0999.




Thursday, June 27

Off-Beat Andover Tours, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Main Street.  These unique walking tours highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about Andover neighborhoods in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore Andover's past. Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media. "Off-beat" prizes are awarded and snacks are provided too! Off-Beat Andover Tours are a fun way of bringing people together to learn about the sometimes quirky and unexpected history of Andover, get outside and explore, and have a good laugh. To register for a tour visit: andoverhistoryandculture.org/off-beat-andover-tour. Members: $7. Non-member: $14. Registration is required and space is limited.


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: merrimackvalleychamber.com/events.

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: lazarushouse.org/golf-tournament, #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: events@lazarushouse.org, #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: events@lazarushouse.org, #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.


 July 29

The 2019 Merrimack Valley YMCA Golf Tournament, 12 p.m., the Haverhill Country Club, $250 per golfer, includes golf, carts, lunch, dinner, thank you gifts  and more.



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.




Beacon Hospice Community Support for grief and healing. Two unique bereavement programs are being offered in Andover this spring, summer and fall 2019. Walking Bereavement Support Program available at local trails and Create Your Own Mini Memorial Garden with Konjoian's Greenhouses off Chandler Road in Andover. All services are free to support our community. Contact Jacquie Marchand, LCSW at 978-837-3333, ext. 106 or email jacquie.marchand@amedisys.com for more information and to register. 

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 www.mvcameraclub.org.

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; www.foodaddicts.org.

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; www.merrimack-toastmasters.org, email contact@merrimack-toastmasters.org.

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 andvchron2@gmail.com for more information. Past shows may also be accessed at http://andovertv.org/sites/default/files/videos/saa_20160801.mp4.

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; www.foodaddicts.org.

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 aaronkrue@gmail.com.

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 www.communitygivingtree.org.

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

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

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 www.spectrumchildrenschorus.org, email spectrumchildrenschorus@gmail.com, 978-269-4198.

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

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, www.addisongallery.org.

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; www.andover.edu.

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

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; www.newenglandclassical.org.

ANDOVER REC, 36 Bartlet St., offers a number of different programs for adults, youth and children; www.andoverrec.com, 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.


To submit an item for the entertainment calendar, email townsman@andovertownsman.com.



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