Wednesday, June 26

We Walk the Woods with Bob Metcalfe, 10 a.m.–12 noon, Harold Parker State Forest Heaquarters, 305 Middleton Road; Interpretive special event on the "Wildlife of Harold Parker Forest." Join the Friends of Harold Parker State Forest and naturalist Bob Metcalfe for a hike to discover what animals are present and how they are using the forest and pond habitats. We will search for tracks and other sign that will tell us where the animals are active and maybe even what they are doing. Recommend bringing water, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate for kids 6 and older.

 

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.

 

June 29

Summer Picnic Concert, 4 to 7 p.m. at The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and kick off the summer season with family and friends and dance to the funky stylings of old-school big band Mother Ton. Food and beer available for purchase, lawn games. Cost — members: adult, $12; nonmember adult: $20; children free. Membership information: kbibeau@thetrustees.org

 

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.

 

Wednesday, July 10

An Evening with Tim Murphy, author of "Correspondents," 6:30 p.m. at Shadi's Restaurant, 585 Chickering Road, North Andover. Conversation, reading, book signing and three-course Middle Eastern dinner with Brooklyn author and North Andover/Lawrence native Tim Murphy, whose latest novel has  received enthusiastic reviews (New York Times; "The Kite Runner" author, Khaled Hosseini). Part of the book is set among the Irish and Lebanese communities in the Merrimack Valley. In collaboration with Andover Bookstore. Tickets: $60 (signed book also available without attending event), available at hugobookstores.com/evening-tim-murphy-author-correspondents.

 

 

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.

 

ONGOING

 

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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