Nov. 11, 18, 25

 

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.

 

Nov. 12

In-Be-Tweens: Card Making for Grades 4 and 5, 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 No. Main St., Andover. Register at mhl.org/calendar.

 

 

Nov. 12, 19, 26

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.

Nontraditional therapeutic group for teens, Youth Exploring Supports, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26, at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. Teens will develop a strong sense of self and learn life skills to help build a healthy spirit, mind and body. Free for all; those interested must first meet with one of the coordinators. To schedule a family intake meeting, contact Andover Community Support Coordinator, Sobhan Namvar, LICSW, snam@andoverps.net, 978-623-5680; or Andover/North Andover Youth & Family Program Director, Stacey Consiglio, M. Ed, sconsiglio@mvymca.org, 978-685-0126, ext. 443.

 

Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Dementia Dialogues, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, Alcove 2 on Level G, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A monthly discussion group for anyone and everyone wanting to discuss dementia, including caregivers/care partners and people living with dementia. Facilitated by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, RMT, who is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose. Information: Emily Kearns, 978-604-0830; Reference Desk, 978-623-8430 or rdesk@mhl.org.

 

Nov. 13

Registration deadline for two-part workshop on Grief and the Holidays, to take place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 in Andover. The holiday season can be extremely stressful for those who have lost a loved one. Many dread the holidays feeling overwhelmed on how to cope with the holiday season. Learn coping strategies, how to deal with family members, and maintaining or creating new traditions during the holiday season. Offered as a free service to the community. Information/registration: Lu Bonanno or Jacquie Marchand at 978-837-3333.

Memory Café, noon to 1 p.m. at the Andover/North Andover YMCA 165 Haverhill St., Andover. A safe place for those living with memory impairment, their caregivers, and family members to enjoy friendship, conversation, and interactive activities in a welcoming and supportive environment. Lunch will be served. These socials are great opportunities to make meaningful connections with people who are on similar journeys with memory loss. In partnership with Brightview Senior Living. Reservations: contact Eileen Donovan or David Passacantilli at 978-686-2582; EDonovanElliot@bvsl.net, DPassacantilli@bvsl.net.

 

 

Nov. 13, 20

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.

We Walk the Woods hike, 10 a.m. to noon, at Harold Parker State Forest Park Headquarters, 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. Rain cancels. Appropriate for children 6 and up (up to age 12 must be accompanied by adult). Join the park interpreter and the Friends of Harold Parker for a moderate-paced walk through the forest, each week a different part, in a series of 12 hikes. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sunscreen, binoculars and camera. Free, open to all Information: 978-475-7972, mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest.

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. Volunteer program. Junior Friends work together to plan program for younger children and do other projects to help the library. Contact Miss Kate at 978-623-8440 or kdugan@mhl.org.

Merrimack Valley Camera Club meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (socializing, 7 p.m.) at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. From beginners to professionals, its 150 members hail from the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Southeastern and Seacoast areas of New Hampshire. 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.

 

Nov. 14

St. James High School Class of 1957 62nd Mini-Reunion, noon at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road. Dress is casual, classmates and guests can order from the menu. RSVP to Gail Mantia Donovan at 603-382-8789 or 603-560-9379.

Andover Health Division Community Family Flu Clinic for residents to receive their annual flu vaccination, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Center at Punchard (Senior Center), 20 Whittier Court. For persons 2 years of age and older. High-dose vaccine, for ages 65 and older; Flumist, for children ages 2 through 18, as well as seasonal Quadrivalent vaccine will all be offered this year. No out-of-pocket charge regardless of health care coverage, although providing insurance information will allow the town to be reimbursed for the costs incurred. Forms are available at the Senior Center, town offices and library; or visit the Health Division website at andoverma.gov/health/ to download forms and vaccine-specific information. Further information: 978-623-8640.

Merrimack Toastmasters Club open house, 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. For more information, email writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

 

Nov. 14, Dec. 12

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

 

Nov. 15

North Andover High School Class of ‘79 40th reunion, 7 to 11 p.m. at The Jade Restaurant, 24 High St., North Andover. Cost: $40. Information and RSVP: visit evite.me/6B62CjDu3m or email carla.burns@nemoves.com.

 

 

Nov. 15, Dec. 13

Around the World, 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Whether you are a native speaker who would like to meet other parents in the community who raise their children bilingually, or you would like to expose your child to different languages and cultures at an early age, explore different languages through songs, rhymes, stories and games. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8430, mhl.org.

 

Nov. 15, Dec. 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.Nov. 18, 25, 2

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. New members welcome. Library closed Monday, Nov. 11. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.

 

Nov. 16

Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Andover Middle School Gym, 495 Main St. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. 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.

Edgewood’s annual Gift and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 575 Osgood St., North Andover. Jewelry, framed prints, photography, paintings, pottery, soaps, signs, cards, as well as unique one-of-a-kind flukes and finds. The Treasure Cove will be set up in the Arts & Craft Room with specials as well as a bake sale and raffles. Information: 978-965-2532, edgewoodrc.com/events/edgewoods-annual-gift-and-craft-fair/.

 

Nov. 17

Temple Emanu-El Authors Series, 9:30 a.m. (continental breakfast), 10 am. (program), at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill. Angela Himsel will discuss “A River Could Be a Tree,” her personal journey to Judaism. The authors will be available to sign copies of their books. RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 13 by contacting Nancy@TempleEmanu-El.org or 978-373-3861; walk-ins are welcome. Suggested donation: $10. Final program: Dec. 8, Jamie Bernstein, composer/conductor and Lawrence native Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter, will discuss “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.”

Free Piano Master Classes, 6 p.m., in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill NECC campus, 100 Elliott St. Classes/workshops, led by NECC music professor Christina Dietrich, are open to pianists of all levels and designed to provide students with a chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. The session will explore piano performance and preparation techniques and cover a range of solo piano works as well as instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment. Information: music department chair, David Garcia, DMA, 978-556-3321; cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

 

Nov. 17 and 24, Dec. 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.

 

Nov. 19

 

DNA for Genealogy Working Group, 7 p.m. Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Individuals who have completed a DNA test are invited to gather with other DNA genealogy enthusiasts to share ideas about how to use the results to document their ancestry and connect with living family members. Share research goals and learn more about this newly formed working group. Attendance is limited to 15 people; registration is required at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Stephanie Aude, 978-623-8436, saude@mhl.org.

 

Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and 17

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. Annie is a therapy dog who loves to be read to. The 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. (Registration closed; registration for Nov. 19 will begin Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. at mhl.org.)

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.

 

Nov. 20

 

Thanksgiving Centerpieces with Betsy Williams, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. Use fresh fall flowers, fruits, vegetables, fragrant herbs and seasonal berries combined with preserved leaves to make a handsome long-lasting centerpiece in the Williamsburg tradition in this small, hands-on workshop. Cost: Members, $60; nonmembers,$75. Advance registration required at thetrustees.org/things-to-do.

 

 

Nov. 20, Dec. 11

Northern Essex Community College free Robotics Program information sessions, 4 p.m. at Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, Andover. The seven-week, 140-hour Robotics and Automation Training Program runs from Jan. 21 through March 13, 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, at GLTS. The grant-funded, noncredit program is free to qualified applicants and is designed for unemployed and underemployed individuals (ages 17 to 29) with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Information/registration: 978-556-3067, 978-722-7054.

 

Nov. 20, Dec. 18

Two-part Grief and the Holidays Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a location to be announced. The holiday season can be extremely stressful for those who have lost a loved one, and many dread the holidays, feeling overwhelmed on how to cope with the holiday season. Learn coping strategies, how to deal with family members, and maintaining or creating new traditions during the holiday season. Registration: Lu Bonanno or Jacquie Marchand at 978-837-3333. The group is offered as a free service to the community.

 

Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and 19

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.

 

Nov. 21

 

Courageous Conversations: “The Angry Eye,” 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Screening and facilitated discussion of “The Angry Eye,” a 2001 film about an experiment with college students conducted by Jane Elliott, recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. In 1968 Elliott conducted an experiment with her third grade class about discrimination, dividing her class into two groups, based on their eye color, and one group was singled out for discrimination and poor treatment. Facilitated discussion to follow. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Courageous Conversations, North Parish Racial Justice Team and Showing Up for Racial Justice. Information: 978-623-8430, mhl.org/calendar; sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

 

Nov. 21 to Dec. 29

Winterlights, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover; with free parking and shuttle service from Franklin Elementary School, 2 Cypress Terrace. Trustees members previews: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22. Immersive holiday light display illuminating the extensive gardens at this “country estate.” Santa will visit every Thursday and Sunday, and Ice Princesses will be visit every Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. All-weather outdoors event; cancellations will occur only in the event of a declared snow emergency; tickets of canceled nights may be redeemed at future dates. Tickets: members, $12; nonmembers, $17; children under 12, free; now available online at thetrustees.org/winterlights or at the estates, Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 21-Dec. 29. Shuttle tickets are good for 30 minutes. Closed Thanksgiving. Volunteers can register at volunteer.trustees.org.

 

Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and 19

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.

 

 

 

Nov. 22 to 24

Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Longest-running regional home studio arts tour, featuring nine studios and 18 artists, all located in Portsmouth. Artists include internationally renowned glass artist Kristina Logan, blacksmith Peter Happny and potters Maureen Mills and Steve Zoldak. PHAT’s free Studio Checkpoint Pass and Raffle is also back: visit all nine studios over the course of the weekend, get your passport marked at each one, and be eligible to win one of a number of original works by participating artists. Information and map at PortsmouthArtsTour.com and facebook.com/events/1767153010051460/

 

Nov. 23

 

Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Masonic Lodge, 7 High St., Andover. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. 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.

 

 

Nov. 24

Friends’ Concert Series: TRIchrO + Oboe: Jazz Meets Classical, 2:30 p.m. Andover musicians David Mercure on bass and Eriko Yamaki Mercure on piano, with Mark Fairweather on drums and Joel Bard on oboe. TRIchrO performs regularly throughout the Greater Boston area, NYC and Japan, and their newly released CD is titled “Gravity.” All are Berklee College of Music graduates and teach in the Boston area, with the exception of Bard, who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, has a PhD in biochemistry and is an associate research fellow at Pfizer. Information: 978-623-8430, mhl.org; sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Nov. 25

Memory-Making Cafe, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Salvatore’s Restaurant, 34 Park St., Andover. Educator and consultant Emily Kearns, PhD, will facilitate this ongoing dementia and memory-supportive community program. Information: 978-604-0830.

 

Nov. 26

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. 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.

 

 

Nov. 29 to Dec. 1

“The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday; noon and 4:30 p.m., Sunday, at Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. The classic Christmas season ballet, performed by Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater accompanied by live orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning orchestral conductor and violinist John McLaughlin Williams. Tickets: $25 to $46 at palacetheatre.org/buy-tickets/default.aspx.

 

 

 

Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and 28

Dads and Donuts, Ages 2 to 5 at 9:30 a.m. (new time), 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 donuts. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.

 

 

 

 

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