CHEF'S COOKBOOK SIGNING: Mary Ann Esposito, an American chef, cookbook writer, and the television host of Ciao Italia at Palmers Restaurant, 18 Elm St., Andover, 6 to 8 p.m., $25 ticket includes a welcome glass of wine and a tasting of two appetizers from Esposito's cookbook, My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy, made by Palmers Chef John Ingalls and $65 ticket includes signed cookbook; contact Roseanna Ansaldi at Andover Bookstore, buyer@hugobooksinc.com or 978-475-0143. This event will be held on the restaurant's second floor with stair access only.


 April 5


 1916 SILENT FILM CLASSIC "CHRISTUS,"  8 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St. A unique and dramatic viewing of the 1916 silent film classic accompanied by organ. Filmed in Egypt and painstakingly colored by hand in the 1920s. This film, by Italian director Giulio Antamoro, depicts the life of Christ from the Annunciation of his birth to his Ascension into heaven. Musical accompaniment will be provided by guest organist Patrick Valentino, director of Music at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Beverly. Open to the public, free will donations accepted.



SENIOR RECITAL ANDOVER PHILLIPS ACADEMY, Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Phillips Academy Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring Abigail L Johnson, voice. Ms. Johnson will perform works by Arne, Purcell, Mozart, and Faure as well as Leonard Bernstein and Richard Hundley. She will be joined by Abigail Taylor ’20 for duets by Faure and Mozart. Her love of singing in different languages inspired her choice of songs in English, German, French, and Spanish. Ms. Johnson sings in the Gospel Choir and has been a member of the Fidelio Society for three years. This concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Timken Room at Graves Hall, which is accessible. For more information call the Academy at (978) 749-4260 or e-mail music@andover.edu.



Saturday, April 6

EASTER EGG HUNT: 1 p.m. (hunt begins at 1:15 p.m.) at South Church 41 Central St. The community is invited to a free Easter egg hunt presented by South Church. Limited to the first 200 children. For more information call: 978-475-0321.

 FREE HANDBELL CONCERT: Faith Lutheran Church's Ringers of Faith join handbell ringers and directors from across the state for the annual Massachusetts Spring Ring, 3 p.m., Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St., Tewksbury. 

CHAMBER MUSIC, “Poetic Journeys” by Mistral, 4 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, tickets $35. Student Rush tickets with ID at the door. Order securely online at www.mistralmusic.org or call 978-474-6222 or e-mail sales@mistralmusic.org.

LIVE CHAMBER MUSIC: Mistral's “Poetic Journeys," two ravishing orchestral works in new intimate arrangements for 11 players, 4 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, tickets $35; www.mistralmusic.org, 978 474 6222.

TEQUILA & TRIVIA: Benefit for the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation, fourth annual Trivia Night and Tequila Tasting, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Town House, 20 Main St., Andover, $30 per person; To register, contact the MVJF at 978-688-0466, or //mvjf.org/trivia-and-tequila-2019.



JAZZGIVING III, 7 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. The Jazz Disciples and the South Church Sanctuary Choir co-sponsor this night of Jazz and generosity to support affordable housing on Lupine Road. Guests include Work in Progress Brass Band and the Andover High School Jazz Band. For more information, contact Cathy Meyer at Cathy@southchurch.com.




Monday, April 8

Concert at St. Augustine Church, 7 p.m., 43 Essex St., "Come Hold My Son." Daniel Oberreuter, lead singer for the Catholic rock band "The Thirsting," presents a special seasonal concert. To sample his music, visit www.comeholdmyson.com. Contact brao@staugustineparish.org.



ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER: AVIS 125th Anniversary Dinner, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover. The land preservation group is celebrating its 125th anniversary at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner. The event will include a cash-bar cocktail hour and buffet dinner. Following the address from the AVIS Board of Trustees, a talk will be given by Rand Wentworth, the president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation group that serves as leader for 1,100 land trusts. The cost of participating in the dinner portion of the event is $65 per person, and payment is required to reserve your seat. As always, AVIS members are invited to join us for the speaking portion of the event (beginning at approximately 8 p.m.) free of charge. To purchase tickets online: AVIS125/annual_dinner; to purchase tickets by mail send a check payable to Andover Village Improvement Society to P.O. Box 5097, Andover, MA 01810. Please include the number of tickets you would like to reserve, the names of all planned attendees, and whether a vegetarian meal is preferred. Be sure to include your phone number, email addresses and mailing addresses of all attendees.





SENIOR RECITAL, PHILLIPS ANDOVER, Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Phillips Academy Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring Celine Cheung, voice. She will perform works from the classical repertoire as well as opera and musical theater. Cheung will be joined by a small chamber group to perform Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living from “The Tender Land.” She will also sing Laurie’s Song from the same work. She chose this piece because it describes how she feels about graduating and moving on from a familiar environment. Cheung, who is from Hong Kong, will attend Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Vocal Program this summer. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information call the Academy at (978) 749-4260 or e-mail music@andover.edu.





HYPNOSIS COMEDY SHOW: hosted by Temple Emanuel Brotherhood, third annual Night of Food, Fun & Laughs, featuring hypnotist Pete Mamos, doors open at 7 p.m., 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Tickets are $50 each and include a full buffet dinner, with appetizers and dessert along with a cash bar and raffling off two pair of Red Sox tickets; TempleEmanuel.net.



AVIS HIKE: Hike the Merrimack River Trail through the Deer Jump, Spalding, and Behrakis Reservations on Sunday, April 14 from 1-4 p.m. Meet halfway down the hill on Merrimac Drive, off River Road in Tewksbury. The group will then be taking a bus to the trailhead on Launching Road. Due to the limited amount of seats in the bus, register with hike leader Jeff LaFountain jefflaf@comcast.net. This hike is co-sponsored by AVIS (Andover Village Improvement Society) and Andover Trails.




SENIOR RECITAL, PHILLIPS ACADEMY, on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., in the Timken Room of Graves Hall. The Phillips Academy Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring Tanvi Kanchinadam, double bass and James Lemuel, double bass and piano. They will perform works by Proto, Gershwin, Dragonetti, Bottesini, and J. S. Bach. Please join us for a reception following the concert. This concert is free and open to the public. Graves Hall is accessible. For more information call the Academy at (978) 749-4260 or e-mail music@andover.edu.






WELCOME SPRING BALL: Andover Town House, 20 Main St., Andover. Free parking. For listening and dancing, music by D. B.’S Orchestra from 7 to 10 p.m. Dance Instruction by Tom Webster of Dance New England, 6 to 7 p.m. Advance ticket sales $15/pp or $25/couple, or $15 per person at door, tickets may be purchased at The Center at Punchard or The Andover Bookstore. Sponsored by Ashland Farm, BrightView, both of North Andover and Atria Marland Place, Andover; presented by the Andover Senior Community Friends. 


Saturday, May 4

Ironstone Derby charity 5K & Kentucky Derby Party at  Ironstone Farm; people can run or walk the USATF-sanctioned race 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 (currently just $10, and it includes a kids hotdog meal), and a cash bar with mint juleps. Register here: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/45748





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 stepupforcolleen.com.




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.


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