Performing Groups: The performing groups welcome new members. Choral group meets Monday morning at 9 a.m.; tambourine group rehearses on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.; tap dance troupe meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; and the play reading theater group meet on the first Monday of the month at 11 a.m. Experience is not necessary.
Open Studio Art: The senior center provides drop-in art space Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is not necessary for this open studio time, and all mediums and levels are welcome. Just come join in; there's a chair waiting for you. Art instruction, which does require pre-registration, is offered Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Best American Short Stories of 2008: Tuesday, March 24, 31 and April 2, $15; pre-registration necessary. Keep up with American literature by studying 15 of the stories chosen as the best published stories of 2008. Stories will be selected by Ned Martin who holds a degree in English literature and teaches in the lifelong learning program at UMass in Boston. Students need to purchase their own books and ordering information is available at the center.
Red Sox Home opener party: Monday, April 6, 2 p.m. Come cheer on the home team when they take on last year's American League champs, the Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be shown on the new large screen TV, and food items such as "Fenway" franks, homemade pizza, subs, popcorn, ice cream and beverages will be available for purchase on an a la carte basis. Complimentary tickets are now available so come by and pick one up.
Andover Chamber music tickets: The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: Scott Joplin and The Original Kings of Ragtime; Sunday, April 5, 4 p.m.; Rogers Center at Merrimack College. This will be an evening of classic rags and songs from Tin Pan Alley. The PRO is the acknowledged leader in this field, and will be a unique and varied event. Tickets purchased through the center are $15, a $10 savings off regular price.
Brain Aerobics: Back by popular request, this four session course will meet Thursdays on April 16, 23 and 30 at 1:30 p.m.; pre-registration is necessary and the cost for the course is $15. Join us for a four-week class based on the research and "Healthy Brain Kit" of Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Gary Small. Improve mental health and brain fitness. Learn skills to help keep your brain in optimal shape.
April Trip: IMAX Virtual Cruise and Lunch at "Cheers" on Wednesday, April 15; $30. This trip will be to the Museum of Science's IMAX Theater where the Academy Award nominated documentary, "The Amazon" will be shown. This is a fascinating 4,000 mile trip from the river's source in the Andes, through the rain forest and into the majestic Amazon basin.
Volunteer Appreciation Reception: Friday, April 24, Old Town Hall at 2 p.m. This is an annual opportunity to thank volunteers for all they do during the year. If volunteers have been turning in their hours on a monthly basis then they will receive an invitaion in the mail. RSVPs are needed by April 13. If a volunteer has been overlooked, contact the senior center.
Research Project: Andover Senior Center and UMass/Boston: The senior center is partnering with the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston for an upcoming research study regarding residential choices made by older people. Andover residents interested in participating need travel no further than the senior center. The research team, headed by Dr. Frank Caro, is interested in learning about ways in which older people approach residential issues. Volunteers will be asked to watch brief video presentations on a computer and answer a few questions about what they have seen. Contact Pat Becker at the senior center if you would be interested in participating.
Boston Pops Trip: Thursday, May 21; 8 p.m. performance; $75 ticket and transportation. Reservations are being accepted from Andover residents for an upcoming trip to the Boston Pops. "Baseball Night" is the theme for this year's concert and songs like Fenway's favorite, Sweet Caroline and all the baseball classics including Casey At The Bat, Take Me Out To The Ballgame, and the Star Spangled Banner" will be performed.
Nordic Walking Class: Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to activate both the upper and lower body increasing the effectiveness of a walking program which can result in as much as a 46 percent increase in oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure. Other benefits include an aerobic workout, and increase in upper body strength and release of shoulder and neck tension. A complimentary demo will be held at the center on Thursday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. The six-week spring semester will start Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16, at the same time frame. Cost of the six weeks session is $21 for one day a week and $42 for two days a week and includes an instructor and equipment.
"Andover Reads": A film series on Tuesdays in April at 1:30 p.m.; no charge; everyone is welcome to the film and discussion series which is part of Memorial Hall Library's "Andover Reads" program. On April 7, we will watch and discuss the movie, "Surviving The Dust Bowl." The drought of 1931 brought financial and emotional ruin to thousands of families in the Southern Plains and was America's worst ecological disaster.
Birding Group: Bird walks with the Retelles will start on Friday, April 24. Plans are to meet at the center at 8 a.m. and car pool from there to explore some of the local conservation areas. call the senior center if you plan to participate in the walk.
Movie Matinee: Monday, April 13, at 1 p.m.; no charge. "The Women" is a recently released adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's play, and the all female cast includes Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman and Carrie Fisher.
Outdoor Adventures for Women: Thursday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.; pre-registration necessary. Hikers will meet at the center and go to the bird sanctuary at Phillips Academy. This is an easy walk suitable for all regular outdoor walkers. Coffee and muffins will be served at the center following the excursion.
Men's Breakfast: Friday, April 17, 8:30 a.m.; $4; advance reservations only; "The Phoenix Mission To Mars": the speaker is NASA scientist, Professor Suzanne M.M. Young of Tufts University who helped design the most complex instrument to fly to Mars. She also served as the tactical "Science Plan Integrator" at Mission Control during the entire operation. Come hear about Young's fascinating work and learn about the intriguing discoveries that were made on Mars as a result of this project.
Fix-It Shop: The fix-it shop will be open for business from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The volunteers will be happy to take a look at any small household item in need of repair. Cost is $4 plus parts for seniors and $10 plus parts for non-seniors and non-residents.
Pain Management Support Group: The pain management support group will hold its monthly meeting at the center on Monday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. Newcomers welcome.
Computer Users' Group: All regular computer users are invited to attend our monthly "brainstorming" session on Monday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. The group meets in the lower level activity room at Memorial Hall Library.