Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26

Overeaters Anonymous, 5 to 6 p.m. at Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover. Is food a problem for you? OA can help. Information: 781-641-2303, oambi.org..




Through Feb. 24

Winter Reading Club 2019 at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Pick up a Winter Reading Bingo Board at the Children’s, Teen, and Reference desks and fill out a row in any direction to win a free book; complete the entire sheet to enter the drawing to win the grand prize: a gift card to Andover Bookstore. The bingo board is for all ages and includes activities that younger children can do with parents, as well as teens and adults on their own. Information and recommendations: mhl.org/winter-reading-club-2019.


Jan. 6, 13

Conversational English,10 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.


Jan. 2

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Andover School of Montessori, 400 S. Main St. 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.


Jan. 2, 16, 30

Career Networking Group, 10 to 11:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library Ground Level Alcove 1, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Expand your network of business contacts, share ideas, and learn about effective job search strategies. Facilitated by certified career coach Arleen Bradley. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.orgm, mhl.calendar.org.




Jan. 7

Winter Open House, 9 a.m. at Andover School of Montessori, 400 S. Main St. Tour the school and see students at work in the classrooms, learn about the Montessori approach and ASM's innovative curriculum. Information: 978-475-2299, andovermontessori.org/

Andover Garden Club Presents “Restoration and Management of the Stevens-Coolidge Place,” 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Laura D. Bibler and Katherine K. Macdonald will present a program on the Trustees of the Reservations’ Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover. All are invited to the program , which begins following a social period and business meeting. A $10 donation is requested of nonmembers; refreshments included. Information: andovergardenclub.org, the trustees.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.


Jan. 7, 14

Andover Toastmasters Club meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Morse Conference room at Raytheon IDS, Essex Building, 350 Lowell St., Andover. Need to improve your speaking, presentation, or leadership skills? Need to overcome your fear of public speaking? Guests are always welcome. Information: andovertoastmastersclub.toastmastersclubs.org.


Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Revive and Thrive — Dementia and Memory-Supportive Fitness Program, 11 a.m. to noon, at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. Emily Kearns, PhD will facilitate this weekly program. Information: 978-604-0830.

Merrimack Valley Camera Club, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (socializing, 7 p.m.) at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. The club holds frequent hands-on workshops, field trips — including some overnights, photo-related activities, presentations and competitions; most are open to the public. Information: mvcameraclub.org.


Jan. 7, 21

Reading with Annie, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. For children able to read on their own. Sessions are 15 minutes long, and only the child who is reading is allowed in the room with Annie and her handler. Register at mhl.org/calendar.

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 unable to attend, stop by the Reference Desk anytime for device assistance. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.




Jan. 9

“Nutrition: Fact or Fiction? Tips for Sifting Through the Evolving World of Nutrition,” 1 to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. June Skuza, MEd, RD, LDN, believes all foods can fit within a healthy eating plan and recognizes there is not "one diet fits all" with regard to health. She works with clients to establish long-term eating behaviors versus a short-term diet and encourages a balanced and flexible approach to eating. Information: rdesk@mhl.org, 978-623-8430.


Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 13, 27

Merrimack Toastmasters Club, 7 to 9 p.m. at Stephens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover. Want to get ready for that next job interview or to overcome your fear of public speaking? The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Refreshments.

Writers Group, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Open to new members. Information: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.




Jan. 11

Jr. Green Gatherings, 9:30 to 11 a.m. for children ages 4-8. The Andover Garden Club, in collaboration with the Memorial Hall Library Children’s Room, hosts a book reading and related activities about nature and gardening. Contact Erin Taylor at erintaylor@erinsbotanical.com. Parents are welcome, too.

Baby Brunch for families with children 12 months and younger, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Join other families with children 1 year and under to make connections and find out about what the library has to offer its littlest customers. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.


Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1

Family Yoga, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. for walkers to age 5 with an adult & kids 6-11, at Memorial Hall Library, 2 No. Main St., Andover. A lively form of yoga that involves child-friendly yoga poses, games, stories, songs and mini-relaxation to end the class. Teaches breathing techniques and stretching. Registration required at mhl.org/calendar.


Jan. 14

Parent to Parent: “Dear Evan Hansen,” 6:30 at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A discussion of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the novelization of the hit musical, for teens in grades 6 - 12 and their parents/caregivers. School Library Journal suggests the book for readers in grades 7 and up and writes, "Evan's angst-ridden, often wry narrative is spot on for older teens, and explores the ideas of finding your community and contributing to it." Information: Anna/Renata, 978-623-8432, ya@mhl.org.




Jan. 16

“Get Organized in the New Year,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library’s Memorial Hall, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Learn decluttering and organizing techniques from professional organizer Marilyn Cruickshank. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org.


Jan. 17

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat service, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this musical celebration of freedom and faith, which is presented by the synagogue in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church. Cantor Vera Broekhuysen and rabbinic intern Jennifer Stevens will conduct the service; members of the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association will also participate, as well as the Temple Emanu-El Choir, Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, and the Bradford Christian Academy High School Choir. Oneg Shabbat (social hour) to follow. Information: Nancy LaFleur, 978-373-3861; TempleEmanu-El.org.


Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20

Musical Morning with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A children’s musician for 20 years, Peter 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.


Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12

Junior Friends of Memorial Hall Library, for ages 8-11, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Junior Friends work together to plan programs for younger children and do other projects to help the library. Contact Miss Kate at 978-623-8440 or kdugan@mhl.org.



Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 26

Thinking Thursday, for Ages 5 to 8, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Combines stories and science and a craft to bring home. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Space is limited.


Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 29; March 14 28

Dads and Donuts, Ages 2 to 5 at 9:30 a.m. (new time), at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Share coffee, juice, and donuts during a story and craft time for preschoolers and their families. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.


Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 21

Legomania for ages 5 and up, 2 to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Share a story, then build with Legos and share the creation with the group. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.





Jan. 28

An evening with bestselling author Jenna Blum, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Blum will discuss her latest book, “The Lost Family.” Her first novel, “Those Who Save Us” (2002), was a bestseller and the #1 bestselling novel in Holland in 2011. One of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers. Books will be available for purchase. Information: jennablum.com. Registration: mhl.org/calendar.



Through July 31, 2020

Phillips Andover’s Addison Gallery exhibitions: "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder," through Jan.5; "Come As You Are: American Youth," through March 8; "Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America," through April 5; “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,” through July 31, at Addison Gallery of American Art, 180 Main St., Andover. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday (while school is in session); 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, national holidays, Dec. 24 and the month of August. Free; donations appreciated. Information: 978-749-4015, addison@andover.edu, addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx.




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