Free Piano Master Classes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Oct. 26
“Off the Clock,” Phillips Academy Art Dept. Faculty Exhibit, at the Gelb Exhibition Gallery, George Washington Hall, Phillips Academy, 5 Chapel Ave., Andover. Works by artists Diamond Gray, Rafael Kelman, Hector Membreno-Canales, Emily Trespas and Therese Zemlin. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: Emily Trespas, email@example.com, 978-886-1005.
Through Nov. 2
Tickets available for raffle baskets for Friends of Kimball Library’s 15th Annual Holiday Market, during library hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) near the circulation desk at Kimball Library, 5 Academy, Ave., Atkinson. Raffle baskets will be available the first week in October. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., (Route 121), featuring locally crafted items, purveyors of fine foods, fresh greens to order for the upcoming holidays, plus boutique café and gourmet baked goods table. Free admission. Information: Shirley Reed, cell: 603-370-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Nov. 10
Crafters wanted for Haverhill COA annual Christmas Fair, to take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St. Seniors 60 and over are invited to participate at no cost. Tables and chairs are provided. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 to register for a table.
Through Nov. 15
"Lost in Translation I Love You,” drawings by Derry artist Otto Litchtsinn, in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace, Harold Bentley Library, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. "(Lichtsinn) creates layered works with endless lines that at first seem to be abstractions until one sees the figures, faces and bodies emerge…," said NECC art professor and ArtSpace coordinator Marc Mannheimer. "Lichtsinn is able to reach the viewer on a very intimate and visceral level." Artist reception, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: email@example.com.
Through Dec. 12
Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence: “Stilling Life,” paintings by Laura Fischman, in the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery. Embracing imperfection, Fischman is less interested in realism than she is in “capturing the essence, a feeling, a relationship, and the humanity in objects.” Free. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: essexartcenter.com.
Oct. 26, 28
Overeaters Anonymous, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at North Andover Senior Center, 120 R Main St. Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Information: 781-641-2303, oambi.org.
Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 11
Alanon Group Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital; 145 Ward Hill Ave., Haverhill. If you are bothered by another person’s drinking, then Alanon may be of benefit to you. In these confidential groups you will find support and learn that you are not alone. Information: 508-366-4663.
Gam-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 57 Peters St., North Andover. The only requirement to attend is having been affected by someone else’s gambling. Other Greater Boston meetings take place in Newton and West Medford. Information: gam-anon.org/meeting-directory/us-meeting-directory/massachusets (note spelling!)
Through Oct. 31
Suffrage Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. In partnership with the Haverhill League of Women Voters, the exhibit focuses on the Suffrage Movement in Haverhill and Massachusetts, including a timeline of historic achievements against a backdrop of the national movement. Gallery hours: Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by a grant from Haverhill Cultural Council. Cost: adults, $7; seniors, $5; children, $3; children age 5 and younger, free. Information: buttonwoods.org.
Through July 31, 2020
Phillips Andover’s Addison Gallery exhibitions: “The Art of Ambition in the Colonial Northeast,” through Nov. 15; “George Washington: American Icon,” through Dec. 15; “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,” through July 31, 2020, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx.Oct. 22
Oct. 29, Nov. 5
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. 25, at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. This group will connect teens to their community through activity-based weekly meetings. 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, email@example.com, 978-623-5680; or Andover/North Andover Youth & Family Program Director, Stacey Consiglio, M. Ed, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-685-0126, ext. 443.
Make It Take It Tuesdays for ages 3 and up, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. With an adult. Drop-in craft program. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.
Nature Playgroup for Toddlers, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. To encourage outdoor play and familiarity with the natural world, through Nov. 5. Come to one or all of the sessions and explore the gardens, fields and orchard. Children and their care-givers will peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, jump in puddles and have fun together in snowy fields and a shady apple orchard. Recommended for ages 2-5; babes in backpacks are welcome. No registration required, simply stop by the gardens on the days that work for your schedule. Cost: Trustees member — adults and children, free; nonmember — adults, free; children, $5. Information: email@example.com.
Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 10
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.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., at Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.
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.
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.
Artist reception for Derry artist Otto Litchtsinn, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace, Harold Bentley Library, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: NECC art professor Marc Mannheimer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist reception for "Lost in Translation I Love You,” drawings by Derry artist Otto Litchtsinn, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace, Harold Bentley Library, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: email@example.com.
“Ghost Talk: Caring for Haunted Objects,” 6:30 (doors), 7 p.m. (program) at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 1 Jackson St. Lawrence. According to local historian Thomas Spitalere, founder of the Essex County Ghost Project, spirit energy can be attached to secondhand or yard sale objects. He will discuss the proper way to deal with haunted objects , introduce equipment used by paranormal investigators, demonstrate electric voice phenomenon (EVP) and talk about one of Lawrence’s most haunted sites. Light refereshments. Information: 978-376-2807.
Courageous Conversations: “White Fragility,” 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A discussion of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” the groundbreaking book by antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, “white fragility” is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. The program will include a short video of DiAngelo talking about white fragility, followed by a facilitated discussion led by Gail Forsyth-Vail of the Unitarian Universalist Association. All are welcome, even if they haven’t read the book. A collaboration of MHL, Courageous Conversations, North Parish Racial Justice Team and Showing Up for Racial Justice. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar
Merrimack Valley Quilting Guild monthly meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Northern Essex Community College Technology Building, Room 103B, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill (handicap accessible). Come early and socialize with all the members. Guest speaker Marge Tucker’s lecture topic is “How I Got There to Here” (margetuckerquiltt.com) will. There will be an Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26, “Eel Grass and Eddies,” curved cutting and piecing. Refreshments are always available. New members are encouraged to come and join in on all activities. Guest are welcome to attend, $5 guest fee. Information: mvquilters.wordpress.com.
Nov. 7, 21
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, mhl.calendar.org.
Picture Book Pals for ages 4 and 5. 1:30 to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. With a favorite adult. Join Miss Kim as she reads a new picture book, followed by a fun activity. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.
Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Toastmasters Ballardvale Club Meeting, noon to 1 p.m. at OSRAM, 200 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, second and fourth Thursday of each month. Meet at visitors’ desk in the lobby of Entrance 2. Free parking. Memberships is open to individuals looking to improve their speaking, presentations and leadership skills, and to overcome their fear of public speaking. Guests are welcome. Information: Ellen Fan, 617-447-3505, email@example.com.
Around the World, 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Fun event to explore different languages through songs, rhymes, stories and games, 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. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.
Rep. Tram Nguyen’s October office hours, 10 to 11 a.m. at Stevens Memorial Library Reeve Room, 345 Main St., North Andover; 11 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover.
American Training 40th Anniversary Life Matters Awards Gala, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover. “Circus” theme to celebrate the work of American Training, and provide a fun, entertaining evening to celebrate its guests, whom it serves through its programs, and to present the Life Matters Award to Raymond DiFiore, longtime public works director and member of the business community, who exemplifies the mission of American Training. Catherine Hickland to emcee. Tickets: $75; eight for $500, contact HiediKeefer@AmericanTrainingInc.com.
Yiddish songs about justice, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, Dundee Park, Building 6, Suite 301, Andover. Yosl Kurland, singer, composer and founding member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band, performs songs by the Yiddish “sweatshop poets” as well as his own compositions in a presentation titled “A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice through Yiddish, Hebrew and English Songs.” The community is invited to attend the service and a brief Friday evening program, which begins at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is free. Sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel and the Jewish Arts Collaborative.
Veterans Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m. at Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Sponsored by the Methuen Fire Department. Free. Call the Veterans Department to register at 978-983-8585.
Trinitarian Congregational Church Indoor Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Trinitarian's Carvel Hall, 72 Elm St., North Andover Plenty of bargains available at the dealer tables. The Flea Market will also feature homemade baked goods for sale, and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the church’s ministries and missions. Information: Sarah Dunlap, 978-886-2191, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, 2 Commerce Drive, Atkinson. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.
Jr. Green Gatherings for children ages 4-8, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. The Andover Garden Club, in collaboration with the Memorial Hall Library Children’s Room, will host a book reading and related activities to learn more about nature and gardening. This month’s theme is Seed Saving. Parents are also welcome. Information: Erin Taylor, email@example.com. Register at mhl.org/calendar.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, Salem, N.H. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center 10th annual In Pink Brunch and Comedy Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Honoring Dianne Anderson, president and CEO, Lawrence General Hospital; featuring comedienne and motivational speaker Loretta LaRoche. Proceeds will go toward improving women’s health care, particularly for the undeserved. Brunch, silent auction, raffles, signature cocktails. Tickets: $55 per person through Sunday, Sept. 1; $65 thereafter. Resrevations: biddingforgood.com/auction/event/event.action?auctionId=341693651.
Oct. 26; Nov. 9, 23
Dads and Donuts, ages 2 to 5 at 10 a.m., 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.
23rd annual Lawrence Vietnam Memorial Run or Walk 4-mile road race, 9 a.m. (registration), 10:30 a.m. (untimed 4-mile walk), 11 a.m. (4-mile race), at the Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St., Lawrence. Long-sleeved shirts for the first 250 to register, and post-race ziti dinner. Awards for overall male and female winners, and all age groups to 80, as well as veteran and Vietnam veteran categories. Registration fees: $22 in advance (plus cc fees) and $25 on race day. All proceeds go to support local scholarship funds and veterans organizations. Make check payable and mail to: Lawrence Vietnam Memorial, 19 Reservoir St., Methuen.
Food security panel discussion, “Do One Thing to Fight World Hunger,” 9:30 a.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Global experts on hunger and food security will participate in a moderated conversation with Dan Maxwell, a professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and Fatema Z. Sumar, vice president of global programs at Oxfam America. Public invited. Free; donations of granola bars or coffee for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s mobile pantry and Operation Nourish are requested. Information: 978-470-1356, templeemanuel.net.
Exhibit opening: “Ansha Sholum at 100,” noon to 3 p.m., 411 Hampshire St., Lawrence. Celebrating 100 years of Congregation Ansha Sholum, once called “the Little Shul Across the Spicket,” now the last surviving synagogue in Lawrence. Curated by members of the synagogue and artist Kate Delaney, the exhibit is made possible in part by a grant of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The event will feature tours of the exhibit, which chronicles the history of the congregation and the wider Jewish community in Lawrence, as well as the synagogue's historic interior. Refreshments. Information: 978-237-0241, firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween Organ and Light Show, 5 to 5:40 p.m., at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Family-friendly program of spooky Halloween music and light show. Wear a costume or come in your pajamas, bring stuffed animals and blankets. Suggested donation: $20/family. Co-sponsored by the MVAGO. Cathy Meyer and Maggie Marshall, organ. Information: Cathy Meyer, email@example.com, southchurch.com.
Andover Senior Community FRIENDS Crystal Ballroom Masquerade Ball, 7 to 10 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 20 Main St., Andover. Music by D.B.’s Orchestra. Costumes optional. Free parking behind the building. Advance tickets: $15; couple, $25, available at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, or the Andover Bookstore, 74 Main St. Tickets at the door: $15 each.
Oct. 28, 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.
"13 Ghosts," (1960), 10 a.m. at Haverhill Public Library Auditorium, 99 Main St. Classic haunted house movie. Free. Information: 978-373-1586, ext. 608.
“Close Encounters,” 5 to 6 p.m. at the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Join a small group of curious people, don curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with collection treasures and stories from Andover’s past. At this session, encounter creepy items and stories from the center’s collection. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/close-encounters.
Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 17
Haverhill Veterans Services Office and Merrimack Valley Hospice Grief Support Group for Veteran Loss,10:30 a.m. to noon at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St. The group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month until Dec.17. Registration: Veterans Services, 978-374-2351 ext. 3932.
Nov. 5, 19
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.
Annual Haverhill COA Halloween Dance Party, 12:30 p.m. at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill. Music provided by George Whitehouse, and chicken, broccoli and ziti will be provided by Wingate at Haverhill. Activities will include a horribles parade and raffles. Tickets are $5 per person. Information: Kathy or Rita, 978-374-2390.
Junior Friends Halloween Party for children ages 3 and up, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 No. Main St., Andover. Join the Junior Friends for Halloween crafts and games. Kids may wear costumes, and there will be a costume parade. Information: 978-623-8440
Waterfalls of the White Mountains: An Evening with author Bruce Bolnick, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Includes photo visits to popular favorites, roadside gems, backcountry treasures, great swimming holes, and other scenic treasures of the North Country, as well as anecdotes about production of the book, hiking tips, and history of the White Mountain region. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.
10th annual Andover Broadway Cabaret, 7 p.m. at J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover. Enjoy moments from both old and new Broadway musicals presented by the Andover High School Vocal Program. Solos, duets, small groups, and full show choir numbers. Tickets: adults, $12; students, $5; seniors, $8, available at ahsvocalmusic.ticketleap.com.
Oct. 30, Nov. 27
Bingo for Veterans, 6 p.m. at Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St., Haverhill. Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and the Haverhill Women’s Auxiliary welcome all veterans for bingo. No charge for cards, prizes for each game. Family may attend, but only veterans may play. If not enrolled with VNOC services, bring identification of veteran status. Information: Gail, 978-372-3626, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverhill Exchange Club hosts Halloween Musical Bingo Night, 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (bingo), at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Haverhill. Win prizes, costume contest, pizza between rounds, games, candy. Tickets: $35; bingo cards, $10 (first bingo card is free). Information: haverhillexchangeclub.com