THURSDAY, AUG. 4

ANDOVER LITTLE LEAGUE SEND-OFF, wish the Andover National All Stars baseball team good luck on their way to the New England Regional tournament in Bristol, Conn., 8:30 a.m., Town House, 20 Main St., police escort through town to Route 495; Selectman Ted Teichert.

FRIDAY, AUG. 5

LIVE THEATER, Hairspray! opens, Summer Theater Ensemble of Andover performs, featuring 40 local youths from grades 6 thru college, 7:30 p.m., Collins Center, Andover High School, Shawsheen Road.

Salem Maritime FESTIVAL OPENS, 6:30-9 p.m., free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and is followed by the boat, Friendship's, departure to New York, Derby Wharf, Salem, MA; nps.gov/sama.

Saturday, AUG. 6

Wiffle Ball Tournament, 8 a.m., North Andover Middle School. All ages and skill levels welcome. Teams are made up of 2-5 players who can choose to play in the amateur (fun) division or the pro division (competitive). Pre-registration is encouraged at reelinginadream.org, $75 advance, $100 tournament day, BBQ, entertainment by Satellite Rockers Band, basket drawings, silent auctions, a homerun derby and pitch zone. Held in memory of Timothy Roberts, benefits Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

FREE KIDS MOVIE, the Mall at Rockingham Park presents the 2nd Annual Movies Under the Stars series, held every Saturday during the month of August, "Toy Story 3."

LIVE THEATER, Hairspray!, 7:30 p.m., see Aug. 5 listing.

Salem Maritime FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., see Aug. 5 listing.

SUNDAY, AUG. 7

FREE LIVE THEATER FOR THE KIDS, Little Red Wagon's "Strega Nona!," 2 p.m., Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. Univ. of New Hampshire's 'Little Red Wagon' traveling summer theatre troupe show is filled with interactive fun based on the Caldecott Honor book by Tomie dePaola and "Totally Red!" by Dinah Toups. The show is approximately 45-55 minutes and recommended for Pre-K and up. Directed and designed by Carol Jo Fisher, a UNH lecturer for Puppetry, Creative Drama, Storytelling, Story Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. Refreshments will be available; winnekenni.com.

POETRY readings of John Greenleaf Whittier, The Whittier Home Museum and Tapestry of Voices hosts, 3-4:30 p.m., in the garden of the Whittier Home Museum, 86 Friend St., Amesbury, informal reception follows, free, open to the public; Harris Gardner, (617) 306-9484, Whittier Home (978) 388-1337.

Salem Maritime FESTIVAL, the boat, Friendship, embarks on her journey to New York, 4:30 p.m., see Aug. 5 listing.

LIVE THEATER, Hairspray!, 4 p.m., see Aug. 5 listing.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10

LIVE, FREE MUSIC, Andover's summer concert series, 6-8 p.m., Quintessential Brass (Classical & Jazz), the Park, corner of Chestnut and Bartlet streets, bring your picnic supper, chairs or blankets, in the event of rain on Wednesday, the concert will be rescheduled. Call the DCS info line for weather updates after 3 p.m.; 978-623-8279.

FREE MOVIE, and commentary, Rogers Center, Merrimack College, a summer movie series, "The Sting," commentary at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film at 7 p.m.; 978-837-5355.

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

QUILT SHOW OPENS, "The Sea," The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell, through Sept. 10. Opening Reception is Saturday, Aug. 13, 3-5 p.m.

FRIDAY, AUG. 12

Gallery Night, and Trunk Show featuring Nancy McDonough from Kyoto Kimono of New York offering a selection of full kimono garments - robes, jackets, obi sashes - as well as vintage kimono textiles and gift items created from them. Silks, cottons, and blends; shibori, ikat, and brocades; by the bundle, packet or piece, with inspiration in every one. Nancy will be on hand to discuss Japanese textiles and answer questions. Preview the goods on her website, www.kyotokimono.com., 5-8 p.m., The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

annual Tomato Fest, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., features a series of activities for the family including cooking demonstrations by local chefs and restaurants, mixology demos by the area's best bartenders, salsa lessons, arts and crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt in the tomato fields and pizza decorating, plus a crash course in all things tomato to discuss varieties of tomatoes, their nutritional benefits, when they reach their peak flavor and how to pick them, free admission.

Quilt Candy, outdoor, tented event featuring needlecrafts, fiber art, knitted, woven and felted items, embroidery, embellishments and creative cloth, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., being held in honor of new quilt show. It will be held in the shaded, brick-lined courtyard located between the National Historical Park Visitor Center, the Brush Art Gallery and Studios and Lowell Telecommunications Corporation in the heart of Lowell's arts district.

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, Rebecca Parris, 7 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates. Concert-goers encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, gates open at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $20, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $18, 12 and under free.

SUNDAY, AUG. 14

Chowderfest, 4th annual Winnekenni Chowderfest, noon-5 p.m. Sample chowders from the region's finest restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite, live music. Sampling stops at 3:30 p.m., $5-10, Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill; winnekenni@yahoo.com, 978-521-1686, winnekenni.com.

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, Tarbone, 2 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates, gates open at 1 p.m. $10, 12 and under free; (978) 499-0050.

CHILDREN Auditions, for "Annie," 2-6 p.m., looking for boy & girl orphans ages 6-16, The Center for Performing Arts, 1820 Turnpike St., North Andover. Come prepared, with sheet music, to sing 32 measures of a song NOT from the show. Also, wear clothing you are comfortable moving in.

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, 60's Invasion, 2 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates, gates open at 1 p.m. $10, 12 and under free; (978) 499-0050.

MONDAY, AUG. 15

ADULT Auditions, for "Annie," 7-10 p.m., The ACT Space, 250 Canal St., Lawrence. Come prepared, with sheet music, to sing 32 measures of a song NOT from the show. Also, wear clothing you are comfortable moving in.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16

ADULT Auditions, for "Annie," see Aug. 15 listing.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17

LIVE FREE OUTDOOR MUSIC, Andover's last summer concert, 6-8 p.m., EJE Jazz Quartet (Jazz), the Park, corner of Chestnut and Bartlet streets, bring your picnic supper, chairs or blankets, in the event of rain on Wednesday, the concert will be rescheduled. Call the DCS info line for weather updates after 3 p.m.; 978-623-8279.

FREE LIVE MUSIC, Merrimack College summer music series, veteran singer-songwriter Jon Shain combines improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing and ragtime, 7 p.m., Rogers Center, Merrimack College; 978-837-5355.

LIVE MUSIC & PICNIC, 5 p.m., free, the public is invited to a "Summer Concert & Barbecue" at Ashland Farm at North Andover senior living community, 700 Chickering Road, North Andover, Bring the whole family, your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy fabulous hits of the past with Russ McQueen; RSVP, 978-683-1300.

MERRIMACK VALLEY TEA PARTY MEETS, 7 p.m., VFW, 32 Park St., North Andover. Guest Speaker will be Carla Howell who is nationally recognized as a leading tax-cut activist; Mike Mosca.

THURSDAY, AUG. 18

LIGHTEN UP WITH LORETTA LAROCHE LIVE, 7:30 p.m., $38-55, Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street, Stoneham, through Aug. 21; 781-279-2200 (hours Tues.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.), stonehamtheatre.org.

FRIDAY, AUG. 19

LIVE BENEFIT CONCERT, Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert supports Joplin (MO) tornado victims, music of Crusell and Mozart for clarinet and strings, performances by students of the New England Conservatory, 7:30 p.m., West Parish Chapel, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, $20, $10 students/seniors.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20

WATERFRONT CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, held rain or shine, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester.

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, Dane Vannatter Quintet, 7 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates. Concert-goers encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, gates open at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $20, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $18, 12 and under free.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21

SUMMER OUTING, The Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange will demonstrate tai chi and kung fu, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine, Andover's Recreation Park off Abbot Street. Guests will be invited to try their hand at tai chi with trained instructors. No experience is necessary; aqccesummerouting.eventbrite.com, Richard Soo Hoo, 978-470-2293, richsoohoo@aol.com, or Ying Schmitt, 978-764-5087, shaschmitt@yahoo.com.

ROAD RACE, "Run Gloucester!," 7 miles, organized by Feaster Five's and Boston Marathon's Dave McGillivray; register at rungloucester.com.

LIVE Baseball, Essex Baseball League, plays at Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover, noon-4 p.m., $5.

LIVE JAZZ MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, Occidental Gypsy Jazz, 2 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates, gates open at 1 p.m. $10, 12 and under free; (978) 499-0050.

WATERFRONT CRAFT FAIR, see Aug. 20 listing.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24

FREE LIVE MUSIC, Merrimack College summer music series, Monument Square Brass, classical, popular and jazz brass ensemble music. The group is comprised of working musicians from the Merrimack Valley, with the common goal of enjoying the versatility of brass chamber music, 7 p.m., Rogers Center, Merrimack College; 978-837-5355.

FRIDAY, AUG. 26

LIVE COMEDY, The Wicked Funny Comedy Tour, showcase of Boston's best comedic talent with Christine Hurley, Tony V, Paul D'Angelo and Michael Petit; hosted by Dave Russo, Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham; (781) 279-2200 (Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 p.m.), stonehamtheatre.org/subs.html.

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, The Paul Broadnax Quintet, 7 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates. Concert-goers encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, gates open at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $20, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $18, 12 and under free.

LIVE COMEDY, The Wicked Funny Comedy Tour, see Aug. 26 listing.

SUNDAY, AUG. 28

TV FOOD SHOW appearance, NECN's "TV Diner" SummerFarm Food Fest, will feature cooking demos, tastings, live music, children's games, hayrides, contests, at Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $35 adults (online) per person, $40 door, under 10 are free; http://www.necn.com/pages/smolakfarms.

LIVE MUSIC, Maudslay Arts Center's summer music series, Walker Creek Band, 2 p.m., 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates, gates open at 1 p.m. $10, 12 and under free; (978) 499-0050.

SEPT

sept 11

MSPCA at Nevins Farm Walk for Animals

Sunday, September 11th 11am-2pm

at Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Bigger, better, and more doggone, kitty-licious, high-flying fun than ever before, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Walk for Animals will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2011. With contests & prizes, food & music, kids' activities, canine demonstrations and other animal antics, there is something for everyone at the Walk! This year there are more animals than ever before who need our help, and we're not going to let them down.

Protecting animals is a serious business, but this is a day when we all let our love for animals dissolve into pure joy! Get creative, get a little crazy, but most of all get going! If you start now you have the best chance to help the most animals.

Encourage your friends, family and fellow animal lovers to do the same. Or urge them to support the cause by becoming one of your sponsors.

Website: www.walkforanimals.com

sept 15

Steel Magnolias

September 15 - October 2, 2011

[A beloved comedic drama; written by Robert Harling; directed by Paula Plum and featuring Lydia Barnett-Mulligan (as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto), Sarah deLima (as Clairee Belcher); Kerry Dowling (as Truvy Jones), Marie Polizzano (as Shelby Eatenton-Latcheri), Kathy St. George (as M'Lynn Eatenton) and Sheriden Thomas (as Ouiser Boudreaux).]

On the morning of her wedding day, Shelby Eatenton, her mother and her mother's outrageous friends — the lovable curmudgeon Ouiser and small-town grande dame Clairee — gather in Truvy's small town Louisiana beauty parlor to celebrate her future. Filled with humor and heartbreak, these "steel magnolias" make us laugh and cry, and finally admire their strength as they face life's uncertainties with courage and humor. Two of the brightest lights in Boston theatre, Paula Plum and Kathy St. George, join together to bring this beloved story to life.

Stoneham Theatre, a professionally producing regional theatre, is the only company founded within the past eleven years ranked by the Boston Business Journal among the area's ten most popular performing arts organization. It is consistently praised by critics and audiences for its superior caliber of production, its connection to the communities it serves and its comfortable atmosphere. Weylin Symes serves as Stoneham Theatre's Producing Artistic Director. www.stonehamtheatre.org

Stoneham Theatre is also home to the Atelier Gallery, a satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography, showcasing fine art photography. For more information on the exhibition schedule, log onto www.griffinmuseum.org/exhibitions_atelier.htm. The Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., and one hour before each theater performance. The gallery can be accessed through the theatre's lobby; free and open to all.

SEPTEMBER 18 at 2:00 pm. Textiles & The Body: The Geometry of Clothing. Madelyn Shaw, Independent Curator. Physics and mathematics are not usually the first words that come to mind when describing fashion design. Learn how geometry and the design of 1930s fashions are integrally related.

sept 24

NECC's Signature Fundraising Event will Feature the Music of Neil Diamond

"Real Diamond," the Premier Neil Diamond Tribute band will be the featured artist at Northern Essex Community College's Annual Signature Fundraising Event on Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center in Andover. All proceeds from the event will benefit Northern Essex Community College's Annual Fund Campaign.

Tickets are $35. All seats are reserved and assigned.

"Real Diamond" is a professional band dedicated to the faithful re-creation of the live Neil Diamond experience. Come hear great songs like Cracklin Rosie, Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry and more!

The major sponsor of the event is Covanta Energy. Partners include Pentucket Bank, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, LowellFive, and TD Bank. Our sponsors Bank of New England, Blinn Farrell & Company, Holy Family Hospital, Diversified Business Systems, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Gannett Welsh & Kotler LLC, Georgetown Savings Bank, Haverhill Bank, Home Health Foundation, Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, Merrimack Valley Hospital, National Grid, Pentucket Medical Associates, Rockingham Motors, Sovereign Bank/Santander, T.A. Sullivan Insurance Agency, Trinity E.M.S, Inc., Verizon, Coco Early & Associates; Greenwood Insurance Agency.

For more information on the event visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event

To order tickets contact Lori Smerdon in the colleges' Institutional Advancement Office at 978-556-3870 or lsmerdon@necc.mass.edu.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and an extension site in Methuen, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 90 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of non credit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth. Close to 13,000 students ranging from recent high school graduates to workers employed locally attend classes days, evenings, and weekends. Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts.

July 5, 2011

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"Real Diamond," the Premier Neil Diamond Tribute band will be the featured artist at Northern Essex Community College's Annual Signature Fundraising Event on Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center in Andover. All proceeds from the event will benefit Northern Essex Community College's Annual Fund Campaign. Curt Di Domizio, shown in photo, leads the band.

OCTOBER 2 at 2:00 pm. Hollywood & Fashion: The Golden Age. Patricia Warner, Professor Emeritus, UMASS Amherst. In 1932, despite the Depression, some 60 million Americans - more than half the total population - went to the movies every single week. Most of them were women. The producers catered to them, giving them glamour and romance, as well as wonderful clothes, makeup, and hairstyles to copy cheaply at home. Learn how these clothes influenced a generation.

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