Friday, Feb. 22
CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS IN CONCERT, at 8 p.m., the Chamber Orchestras of Phillips Academy will present a concert in Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus. The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Elizabeth Aureden and Christina Landolt, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Charterhouse Suite,” a suite of dances in the English style originally written for piano but orchestrated by James Brown in collaboration with the composer. The Academy Chamber Orchestra, led by Derek Jacoby, will perform Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major” and movements from Elgar’s “Cello Concerto, Op. 85,” with soloist Christina Cho ’19. The Academy Chamber Orchestra will also perform a work commissioned for this concert, “Vox Crescens” for string orchestra by Brett Keüper Abigaña. Abigaña is music director at BU Academy and is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a non-profit group of composers dedicated to the creation, performance, and dissemination of new American music.
Sunday, Feb. 24
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, 3 p.m., the Phillips Academy Department of Music will present the Academy Chorus, Fidelio Society, and Chamber Orchestra in concert under the direction of Dr. Abbey H. Siegfried. Entitled “The Road Less Traveled,” this concert offers an assortment of American and Portuguese songs. Included is a selection from Frostiana by Randall Thompson, with lyrics from poems by Robert Frost. Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, a set of songs arranged by Shawn Kirchner will be performed. There will be Shaker songs like Lay Me Low, spirituals like Motherless Child, and African American songs that helped lead the slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad like Follow the Drinking Gourd. The chorus will also perform Celebrai, a song of celebration by Brazilian composer Will Lopes. This concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy Campus. Cochran Chapel is accessible. For further information, please contact the Music Department at 978-749-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
GREATER ANDOVER INDIVISIBLE, 6:30 p.m., Christ Church, 25 Central St., Meet the Candidates Forum. Candidates for the March 2019 election for the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee are coming to make a case for their candidacy. Several current members of the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will be available. Plenty of time for mingling and 1-on-1 conversations with the candidates.
Through March 3
ADDISON'S FALL EXHIBITION, Phillips Academy campus, 3 Chapel Ave. "Contemplating the View: American Landscape Photographs" highlights images of the American landscape, both natural and manmade, through works by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Lois Conner, Marcia Resnick, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston and Katherine Wolkoff; free admission to the gallery and all programs; 978-749-4015, www.addisongallery.org.
PHILHARMONIC CONCERT: Lowell Philharmonic, featuring guest conductor Marshunda Smith, 2 p.m.,Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford; admission: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens and $5/children and students with ID. Tickets available at the door or online: brownpapertickets.com.
Tuesday, March 5
POLITICAL FORUM, 7 p.m., at the Andover Public Safety Center, 32 N. Main St. Voters will have a chance to hear candidates for Moderator, Board of Selectmen and School Committee answer questions about important issues facing the town. Candidates for Trustees of the Punchard Free School and the Housing Authority will also be in attendance and will make statements.
Wednesday, March 6
ASHES-TO-GO, 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in downtown Andover. For the 4th year in a row, South Church and others will take to the streets of Andover on Ash Wednesday with an offer to administer ashes to people heading to the train or grabbing their morning cup of coffee. For more information call: 978-475-0321.
On behalf of the Service Club of Andover and the community of Andover I’d like to thank you for your willingness to serve. I wish you all good luck in your campaigns and I look forward to seeing you and hearing your plans for Andover’s future on March 5th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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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