thursDAY, MARCH 31

LOCAL TALENT SHOW, Bancroft School's 15th annual variety show, theme is "Our School House Rocks," over 250 kids participating, 5:30 p.m., Collins Center, Shawsheen Road, $8 and can be purchased at the door.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, Andover.

LIVE DANCING, AHS Dance Club presents Turn it Up!, a dance showcase of all student choreographed pieces including ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop & Bollywood Dance, Collins Center, 7:30 PM, $5 at the door; Kim Bergey, AHS Guidance.

LIVE MUSICAL, Spotlight Playhouse, "Clue! The Musical," 8 p.m., $35 includes dinner, a special dessert buffet and coffee & tea. Cash bar available, The Galleria Banquet Room, 83-85 Essex St., Haverhill; 978-380-8509, tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org, spotlightplayhouse.org. Shows also on April 8, 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

FUNDRAISER dinner, Homes For Our Troops benefit, 7-11 p.m., $25, entertainment by Cat's Meow, 11-member a capella group from University of Vermont and includes Courtney Casper of Andover, Old Town House, 20 Main St., Andover; homesforourtroops.org.

LIVE JAZZ, Adagio Big Band Jazz Show, Collins Center, classic and contemporary interpretations of jazz and big band swing in a variety show style, 8 p.m., $28, seniors and students are $20; adagiobigband.com, 978-710-7881, adagiotix@aol.com.

LIVE MUSIC, Musician Catie Curtis, doors open at 7:15 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $20 general admission, $18 for seniors or students,Ivy Chord Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St., Reading; uureading.org/ivytix.htm, ivychord@uureading.org, 781-944-0494.

Sanborn Yard & Bake Sale, Sanborn School, Lovejoy Road, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Taisha, tshweber@gmail.com, Shari, shapete@aol.com.

LIVE MUSICAL, "Clue! The Musical," see April 1 listing.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

5K road race, Homes For Our Troops benefit, 9 a.m., starts at Bartlet & Chestnut streets, $25; homesforourtroops.org.

Miriam's Seder, The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will honor Sherry Comerchero, coordinator for the Merrimack Valley Coalition for Literacy (MVJCL) at its 11th annual Miriam's Seder, 3:30-8 p.m.. Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond, Andover. Miriam's Seder is an annual intergeneration event that celebrates women in Jewish history. Mothers, aunts, grandmothers and girls over 8 welcome. Event begins with Kasbah style shopping and appetizers from 3:30-5:15 p.m., followed by the Seder and dinner.

LIVE Chamber MUSIC, Essex Chamber Music Players, in residence at Northern Essex Community College, 2 p.m., in the college's Tech Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Players are flutist Michael G. Finegold of Andover. cellist Emmanuel Feldman and pianist David A. Pihl, $5-15; MVarts.info, ecmp.org, Michael Finegold at ECMP314@comcast.net.

Suzuki Strings Benefit Concert, Merrimack Valley Suzuki Strings, 3 p.m., First Church Ipswich, 2 Meeting House St., Ipswich. Andover musicians are Gavin Batsimm, Vivian Garth, Julia Landman, Ivan Qin, Vivien Qin, Yazhini Ramesh, Sarah Wilson and John Witt. Benefits Partners in Development, providing on-going schooling, supplies, clothing and health care for two Haitian children for a year. Show features violinists and violists ranging in age from 6-18, $5-10; 978-685-7844.

Dance Prism's New Production of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie's celebration of eternal youth, at the Collins Center, right side of Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for children & seniors, $22 for adults, available danceprism.com or 978-371-1038. Group discounts and special programs for youth groups are offered.

MONDAY, APRIL 4

Ice Cream Social, Shawsheen Village Woman's Club hosts, 1 p.m., Atria Marland Place, Stevens St., Andover: (978) 475-2645.

OPEN HOUSE, Sparhawk School (PreK-12) will be hosting an information session at the Newbury Town Library, 4:30-5:30pm. The Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St,, Byfield; sparhawkschool.com.

Day Without Violence TALK, Leymah Gbowee, an acclaimed African peace activist who is the subject of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," 12:30 p.m., O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., UMASS Lowell South, Lowell.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

Academic Bowl Awards Night, for all 319 players (7th and 8th graders), about 75 are from Andover, with friendly exhibition match of fun activities and sample Academic Bowl questions topped off with awards for all players and teams. (There are 4 Andover teams.), South Lawrence East School, 165 Crawford St. Lawrence. Hands-on activities: 6-7 p.m. Lights and buzzers 7-8 p.m. Awards 8- 8:15 p.m.

Abby Locke's Splendid Days, a teenager's diary in 1860s Andover, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., entries will give a fresh perspective on the daily life of a teenage girl during the Civil War era; mhl.org.

Mark Twain's' Life on the Mississippi TALK, 1-2:30 p.m. This series looks at pre-Civil War America, held Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, & 26, Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, $16 for series; 978-623-8321.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

FREE HIKE, 10-11:30 a.m., Harold Parker State Forest, meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. This is a moderately paced walk appropriate for all ages. Wear walking footwear; bring water and sunscreen as appropriate; 617-828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.gov.

AUTHOR TALK, with Andover native Julia Fox Garrison of "Don't leave me this way, or when I get back on my feet you'll be sorry," which chronicles her struggle to regain control over her body and life following a massive hemorrhage and paralyzing stroke, Atria Marland Place, 4:30-6 p.m., 15 Stevens St., Andover; 978-475-4225.

Abraham Lincoln Returns, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. Steve Woods performs his first-person historical interpretation of Abraham Lincoln's life. Program will feature anecdotes from Lincoln's early years, his adult life, and events that led to the Civil War; Register at mhl.org (calendar of events), 978-623-8401 x31.

Music Together OPEN HOUSE, an early childhood music program, has free open house classes April 6-8, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Families of children age 0-4 are invited; 978-590-6624, musictogetheraroundthetowns.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

BOOK TALK, "Team of Rivals," 1-2:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. Bring a brown bag lunch, desserts provided. Register at mhl.org (calendar of events), 978-623-8401 x31.

"Farewell My Subaru" AUTHOR TALK, journalist Doug Fine talks about reducing your carbon footprint, 1:30 p.m., free, Northern Essex Community College's Haverhill Campus, Lecture Hall A, the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill: karford@necc.mass.edu, 978 556-3353.

SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP, free, with Deanna Czarniecki, an independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator from Tewksbury, on creating a scrapbook page, 7 p.m., Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading. Participants are asked to bring 3-5 photos with the same theme. They can also bring their own paper cutter, if they have one. Deanna will supply scrapbook paper, paper cutters, adhesives and embellishments. Registration is required, 978-664-4942.

Friday, APRIL 8

SPELLING BEE, Andover Fund for Education (AFE), West Middle School, 7 p.m. Fun family event featuring adult teams from schools, local businesses and community organizations. Free admission.

TALk on Immigration Crisis, with Pulitzer Prize-Winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario. Nazario, who has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently worked for the Los Angeles Times, noon, in the Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College's Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill; Niurka Aybar, 978-738-7437, naybar@necc.mass.edu.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

COFFEE HOUSE, young people show talents in various art forms, Andover Baptist Church, 4-6 p.m.; Alicia Darnell, 919-368-5764.

LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC, Claire Lynch, winner of two International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year awards, 8 p.m., Crossroads Coffeehouse of the North Parish UU Church, Old Center Hall, 2nd floor, 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover, $20; crossroadscoffeehouse.org using PayPal, and at Fabulous Findz at 85 Main St., North Andover and at the door; 978-687-3960, or call 978-687-7948 on concert nights after 5:30 p.m.

sunday, April 10

Spring Fling, Crystal Ballroom series continues, Town House, 20 Main St., Andover, 6 p.m. Dance instruction from 6-7 p.m., dancing from 7-10 p.m. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. Live band, cash bar and refreshments, partnership between the Senior Center and the Andovers Village at Home (TAVAH), $10 single, $18 couple for advance tickets at TAVAH (978-623-0070) or the Senior Center, door is $12 single, $20 couple.

LIVE FOLK MUSIC, WomenSong, 4 p.m., North Parish Church in North Andover's Old Center. Program features folk songs that celebrate cultures from five continents, including a diverse range of material, from a joyful Bosnian dance, a haunting lullaby from Estonia, and a lively harvest anthem from Senegal to a hand-clapping set of American spirituals, a playful French Canadian love song and the spicy tale of a young South American woman, $10; womensong.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

FREE HIKE, 10-11:30 a.m., Harold Parker State Forest, meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. This is a moderately paced walk appropriate for all ages. Wear walking footwear; bring water and sunscreen as appropriate; (617) 828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.

The Board of Directors of Creative Living, Inc., cordially invites the community to the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, at the Sons of Italy Hall, 155 Marston Street, Lawrence, MA.

AUTHOR READING, The Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah will be hosting award-winning writer Joan Leegant, of "Wherever You Go," that follows three Americans in Jerusalem, 7-9 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, Andover; hadassahmv@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

Card & Game Party Luncheon, sponsored by the Shawsheen Village Woman's, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Atria Marland Place, 15 Stevens St., Andover, $20 admission, $5 Raffle Fee, lunch included; (978) 475-2645.

EDIT

APRIL

I would like to submit information on April meeting of the Essex Society of Genealogists. Thank you on behalf of ESOG. Marilyn Fitzpatrick

The April 16 meeting of the Essex Society of Genealogists will feature Walt Howe and Hope Tillman speaking on Saving Data Online for Future Generations. Social hour 12:00, meeting and lecture 1:00 p.m. at Centre Congregational Church, Summer Street, Lynnfield. Parking behind church; guests welcome; handicapped accessible. See http://www.esog.org

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

FREE HIKE, 10-11:30 a.m., Harold Parker State Forest, meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. This is a moderately paced walk appropriate for all ages. Wear walking footwear; bring water and sunscreen as appropriate; (617) 828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

FREE HIKE, 10-11:30 a.m., Harold Parker State Forest, meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. This is a moderately paced walk appropriate for all ages. Wear walking footwear; bring water and sunscreen as appropriate; (617) 828-1728, mass.gov/dcr.

"Gone with the Wind" on Mondays, April 11, 25, & May 2 at 1 pm at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 978-623-8321. - This epic Civil War film has been recently restored and supplemented with a documentary of its development. For three weeks enjoy commentary by local film buff Steve Levine. Frankly, my dear, you will give a damn!

"On the Brink of Civil War: Fort Sumter at 150" on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. - On the 150th anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, the first official act of violence in the Civil War, we will consider how the U.S. got to the point of war. We will look at the motives of Confederates and will consider how the North reacted to secession and this ultimate act of defiance to U.S. authority, the firing on the U.S. flag at Fort Sumter. Presented by Michael Pierson, Associate Professor, UMass Lowell Department of History.

Tour of the Civil War Memorial in Memorial Hall Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 1 pm and Monday, April 19 at 9 am at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. - Tour Memorial Hall to see the artifacts and memorabilia including swords and holders, guns, and anti-slavery banners. View the memorial plaques, portraits, and a rare drawing of Abraham Lincoln.

"The Women of 1775 Recollections and Realities of the Civil War" on Wednesday, April 27 at 12 pm at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 978-623-8321. - This film, made during Civil War re-enactments in Lexington and Concord, covers life in a civil war camp and medical treatment for troops. Infused with civil war-period music, it explores women's roles in battles against the British. Dan Trembley, filmmaker. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage included. Cost: $2 Register at the Andover Senior Center.

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Anniversary series is presented by Memorial Hall Library and the following program sponsors and partners: Friends of Memorial Hall Library, the Andover Cultural Council, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Andover Historical Society, and the Andover Senior Center. For more information, visit www.mhl.org, call 978-623-8401, x 31 or 32, or text 66746 (start your message with "askmhl").

april 15

IN THE MOOD is coming to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, April 15th 2011, for an 7:30 pm Evening Performance. In The Mood features a 13-piece big band orchestra and 6 singer/swing dancers ~ including a high-energy Swing Dance couple ~ performing the songs of the 1940's; presented by Artbeat, the not-for-profit arts presenter.

IN THE MOOD is keeping the swing music of the 1940's ALIVE!

In The Mood celebrates America's Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940's. The show's music arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets!

To get a quick idea about what IN THE MOOD is about, please take a moment to view our YouTube preview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gIRlWBza4A

Lowell Memorial Auditorium is located at 50 East Merrimack Street in downtown Lowell, Mass, 01852. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (978) 454-2299 and on line at www.lowellauditorium.com In The Mood tickets range from $41.50 to $34.50. Groups of 8 or more save $5 per ticket, while larger groups of 16 and over save $10 per ticket.

Be sure to check the stupendous patron reviews on the TicketMaster.com web site: 105 Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 by looking up "In The Mood" at www.ticketmaster.com. (Tickets to this performance are NOT available through Ticket Master)

APRILK 16

ArtWalk Galleries walking tour

Saturday 3-7 pm / April 16, 2011

Newburyport, MA

ArtWalk features activities at participating galleries and studios including music, demonstrations, artist receptions, refreshments and more. Look for the blue and yellow balloons displayed at ArtWalk sites. For current exhibitions, updates & special event details visit: www.newburyportartwalk.com

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