Thursday, Aug. 15
Learn to Play the Ukulele, for ages 6 and up, 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Julie Stepanek will lead this workshop; instruments included. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.
ScienceTellers: Aliens!, 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library, Memorial Hall, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Be part of an action-packed and educational alien adventure from outer space, using science experiments for special effects. Two curious kids are pursued by a crazy space scientist, risking everything to rescue a family of aliens and get them back to their spaceship — before it’s too late. Register online beginning Aug. 1 at mhl.org/calendar, the family name and how many adults and children will be attending the program.
“Close Encounters — Footlights and Fire Trucks,” 4 p.m. at the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Join a small group of curious people, don curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with collection treasures and stories from Andover’s past. Hear about an artist and so much more, and a dedicated fire chief. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/close-encounters.
Friday, Aug. 16
Musical Mornings with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Public Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A children’s musician for 20 years, Sheridan performs at many libraries, day care centers and schools. He plays guitar, accordion, harmonica and other instruments and uses puppets and books in his program. No registration needed. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.
Opening reception, “A Village Return,” Balik Kampung Mixed-Media art Installation Opening Reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Merrimack College’s Rogers Center for the Arts, Thagaste Gallery, Walsh Way, North Andover. Celebrating Emily Kearns’ year in 1977 as an Andover High School American Field Service foreign exchange student living with her Muslim Malay host family in a Malaysian village and the 40-plus-year friendship and deep love that continues. Kearns’s Malay host sister, Norlidah, will join her. Information: balikkampung.org, merrimack.edu/academics/rogers/thagaste-gallery/.
Sundays, Aug. 18 and 25, and Sept. 1
Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. at Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover. Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Information: 781-641-2303, oambi.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Girls Who Code Information Session, 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library Teen Room, 2 N.Main St., Andover. Learn about MHL’s Girls Who Code club and how to register. Open to girls and teens who identify as nonbinary in grades 6 through 12 and their parents/caregivers. Information: Anna Tschetter, 978-623-8432, email@example.com
Device Advice for Adults, 7 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Bring your technology questions to the Reference Desk. Get help with the basics for iPads, cellphones, laptops, Kindles and other e-readers. Bring your chargers, usernames and passwords. If you’re unable to attend, stop by the Reference Desk anytime for device assistance. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.
Tuesdays, Aug. 20 and 27
Maker Morning @MHL for Adults, 10 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. on Tuesdays. Come and learn to use MHL’s 3D printer, vinyl cutters, poster printer and more. Meet at the Reference Desk. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8430, mhl.org.
Make It Take It Tuesdays for ages and up, with adult, 5:45-6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Drop-in craft program. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Tickets on sale for Northern Essex Community College fundraiser EagleMania, to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover. Proceeds support the NECC Foundation Endowment. Cost: $50. Tickets available by calling Lori Smerdon, 978-556-3789, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going online at mvarts.info. More Information: necc.mass.edu/engage/community-events/signature-event, eaglemaniaband.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Kindergarten Kickoff, 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Is your child heading off to kindergarten this fall? Join staff from the Children’s Room for an hour of fun activities and friendship as they give you and your child a little taste of what kindergarten will be like, with activities centered around kindergarten readiness, including a raffle for a backpack full of goodies. Children may also meet their new school librarian and principal. Register online at mhl.org/calendar.
Family-Friendly Off-Beat Andover Tour, 10 a.m. outside the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. 5:45 p.m., behind Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. This walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about Andover’s Main Street in a fast-paced and highly participatory way including interactive games and humorous challenges. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/off-beat-andover-tour.
Saturdays, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and 21
Dads and Donuts, ages 2 to 5, at 10 a.m., at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A story time for preschoolers and their families. After stories and a craft, share coffee, juice and doughnuts. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.
Thursday, Aug. 29
@text1_boldintro,Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., at St. Augustine Church, 35 Essex St., Andover. After issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors in early July, the American Red Cross continues to face an emergency blood shortage. With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those donating through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Walk-ins welcome, appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass." Information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.
Monday, Sept. 9
14th Annual fore Melmark New England Golf Tournament, noon, Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Includes round of golf, special gifts, dinner, silent and live auctions and more. Melmark New England hopes to raise even more this year than the $125,000 it netted last year to benefit its educational, clinical, residential and vocational programs and services for children and adults. Cost: Martini, Mani and More, $45, plus dinner, $80; cocktail reception and dinner, $75. Information: melmarkne.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/GolfTournament2019/tabid/1065026/Default.aspx.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
“Close Encounters: Parachutes and Hoop Skirts,” 7 to 8 p.m. Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Join a small group of curious people, don curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with collection treasures and stories from Andover’s past. At this session hear about two women who grew up in Andover at very different times but both had excellent sewing skills. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/close-encounters.
Monday, Sept. 16
Andover Choral Society 90th season, open rehearsals, 7:20 to 9:30 p.m., Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover. Those who enjoy singing classical choral music are invited. There are no auditions but an ability to match pitch and read music are prerequisites. High school juniors and seniors who qualify are invited to sing free of charge through the ACS’s “Choral Scholars” Program. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the chorus will perform Haydn’s “Creation” at 3 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall in Andover and on Saturday, May 2, 2020, the choral society will celebrate its 90th year with a special concert of music by composers from the Andover area. Information: email@example.com, andoverchoralsociety.org.
Thursday, Sept. 19
“Close Encounters,” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Join a small group of curious people, don curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with collection treasures and stories from Andover’s past. Hear about a mill owner with an image for the town and one of Andover’s first policewomen. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/close-encounters.
Sunday, Sept. 22
“Andover 101,” 1 to 2 p.m., Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. A decidedly un-stuffy introduction to the town’s history. Hear 14 stories of people and events that contributed to the Andover we know today including residents accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials or the freed former slave who was a hero in the Revolutionary War. Space is limited. Cost: members, $5; nonmembers, $8. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/andover-101.
Saturday, Sept. 29
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, #hikeforhope19.
“A Universe of Stories,” summer program at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Adults and students can pick up reading logs for the program, which runs for nine weeks until Saturday, Aug. 17. Visit the library for events, chances to win prizes, and to find great books. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org/summer-reading-program-2019, mhlteenroom.tumblr.com/summerreading.