SOUTH CHURCH PLAYERS PRESENT, at 7 p.m. Friday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at South Church, 41 Central St. In this musical comedy, six competing tweens, a previous contestant, the vice-principal, and the counselor treat the audience to vignettes exposing some of the back-stories and pressures that drive these contestants. Tickets available in the office and at the door. For more information call: 978-475-0321.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 3 p.m., 254 Lowell St., family caregivers are invited to socialize, share stories and get expert advice and information from a dementia care professional who understands their unique challenges and concerns. Refreshments will be served. Caregivers may bring their loved ones with memory loss to enjoy an activity with the Bridges® team during the meeting (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070).
FAMILY FILM NIGHT: The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation (MVJF) is presenting a Merrimack Valley Community-wide “Family Film and Fun Day” for children ages 2-8 and their parents, 2 p.m., Temple Emanuel in Andover. Tickets cost $5 per adult, children are free, can be purchased by visiting www.mvjf.org, or calling 978-688-0466. Advanced registration preferred. Tickets available at the door. The film, "Show Me the Monkey," features H. A. Rey’s Curious George. Proceeds from the event will go to fund the PJ Library, a program that provides free Jewish books to young children.
ICONIC AVIS RESERVATIONS: 1 to 4 p.m., 26 Oriole Drive, Andover, Iconic AVIS Reservations: Bakers Meadow, Indian Ridge, Sakowich & West Parish Meadow.
BALANCE AND MOBILITY CLINIC, 2 p.m., 254 Lowell St.,— Maintaining balance and mobility is essential to seniors’ independence. Identifying weaknesses in balance early on can help prevent a future fall or injury. Join us for a mobility clinic conducted by a physical therapist from Caretenders®, who will assess your or your loved one’s fall risk and share strategies and recommendations to improve functional mobility and balance. Family caregivers are welcome to bring their loved one with memory loss to enjoy a meal and activity with the Bridges® life enrichment team while they attend the event. (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070.)
Wednesday, March 13
WARDENS AND OVERSEERS MEETING, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library, AVIS (Andover Village Improvement Society) and the Conservation Commission holding a joint meeting of their Wardens and Overseers to learn about controlling invasive plants on AVIS and Conservation Commission properties.The meeting is free and open to the public. Speakers will be Chris Polatin of Polatin Ecological Services and Richard Barry of NativeScapes (also an AVIS Warden). Chris and Richard are experts on native ecology and invasive species. AVIS and the Conservation Commission are always looking for volunteers to help manage their lands. Anyone interested in volunteering or who wants to learn more please attend the meeting. No pre-registration needed.
NORMAL AGING VS. MEMORY LOSS, 12 p.m., 254 Lowell St., forgetting a time or place is often a sign of normal aging – but when is memory loss something more serious? Attendees will learn the signs that could indicate it’s time for a memory screening. A complimentary lunch will be served. This event will be presented by Alicia Seaver, vice president of Memory Care Operations & Certified Memory Impairment Specialist. As a highly knowledgeable educator and trainer of dementia care, Alicia ensures our teams deliver the unique Bridges® culture and personalized approach to care throughout our communities every day. Family caregivers are welcome to bring their loved one with memory loss to enjoy a meal and activity with the Bridges® life enrichment team while they attend the event. (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070.)
MARCH 16 CORNED BEEF DINNER: Corned Beef & Cabbage Supper for college scholarships, 5 to 6:30 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, featuring Thwaites' Market New England style gray corned beef (no nitrates), cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish soda bread, desserts and drinks all inclusive, all you can eat. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10. All proceeds benefit college scholarships for members of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. So far, 40 scholarships awarded in the last six years totaling $39,000; scholarship details at westparishchurch.org/scholarships. MARCH 19 NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR 60+: Elder Services of Merrimack Valley is offering a 10-week group therapy for parents over 60-years old who support their adult children or grandchildren. The group will focus on providing the parents with the opportunity to share their experiences with others in a similar situation. Together, they will explore their future plans, discover tools and resources, and spend time discussing and learning about how to live their best life. The group will run for 10 weeks from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Andover Senior Center beginning Tuesday, March 19. Space is limited, and group members are asked to commit to the entire 10-week session: Brenda Conlon, 978.946.1236 or Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, for more information. MARCH 20 Signs & Stages of Dementia: 12 p.m., 254 Lowell St., not everyone experiences the same symptoms or progresses through dementia’s seven stages at the same rate. Learn how to recognize the stages so you can respond appropriately to new or worsening symptoms. A complimentary lunch will be served. Family caregivers are welcome to bring their loved one with memory loss to enjoy a meal and activity with the Bridges® life enrichment team while they attend the event. (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070.)
Sunday, March 24
ORGAN RECITAL: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION, 3 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. Masterworks by teachers and their students. Organists Cathy Meyer and Savannah Curro. Suggested donation $10/$15. For more information call: 978-475-0321.
Effective Communication with Memory Loss: 12 p.m., 254 Lowell St., learn to speak your loved one’s new language with proven communication techniques for smoother, more productive and enjoyable interactions. A complimentary lunch will be served. Family caregivers are welcome to bring their loved one with memory loss to enjoy a meal and activity with the Bridges® life enrichment team while they attend the event. (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070.)
Communities Together Prayer Service, 12 noon, includes luncheon, at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St. Communities Together is a collaborative of Catholic and Protestant churches in the Merrimack Valley committed to witness the unity of Christ's love by supporting outreach programs, worshiping together, and responding to the needs of the people in local communities. This is one in a series of their Wednesday Lenten prayer services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CREATIVE LIVING FUNDRAISER, 6-10 p.m., Andover Town House, 20 Main St.; music bingo; Peter Accolla, owner of Nuimage Entertainment, will be spinning the tunes for this fun-filled event. Tickets are $35 per person and $300 per table, which includes a bigo card, plus appetizers and desserts. All are invited to come and join in the fun. The great work that is done at Creative Living for the developmentally disabled would not be possible without the support of our community. http://creativelivingandover.org
Caregiver Support Group: 6 p.m., 254 Lowell St., family caregivers are invited to socialize, share stories and get expert advice and information from a dementia care professional who understands their unique challenges and concerns. Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover’s Caregiver Support Groups are facilitated by Kim O’Connell, MSW, LCSW. A light dinner will be served. Caregivers may bring their loved ones with memory loss to dine with the Bridges® team during the meeting (RSVPs are required: 978-775-1070).
TACKLE SHOW: The New England Vintage Fishing Tackle Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tewksbury / Andover Holiday Inn, 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury. This event is presented by the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club. This show is one of the largest all vintage tackle shows in New England and will feature freshwater and saltwater vintage fishing gear including fishing lures, rods, reels, decoys, flies, bobbers, tackle boxes and many other fishing related items. Collectors from Maine to New York will be there with their old tackle and to answer any questions that you might have about your old fishing tackle. Admission is $5; 978-409-8831.
BOOK LAUNCH WITH ALYSON GERBER, 11:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road; Gerber to launch her new book, "Focused," the story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD. Alyson grew up at Temple Emanuel, and her parents and grandfather are still active members. Last year Alyson launched her first book, "Braced," at the Temple. Alyson will read a bit from her book and will be available to sign books after. Andover Bookstore will be on site to sell her new book and sell her first book. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
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 email@example.com.
ANNIVERSARY DINNER: AVIS 125th Anniversary Dinner, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover.
AVIS HIKE: Deer Jump Trail Hike, 1 to 4 p.m.,17 Launching Road, Andover.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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