Feb. 7

Rep. Tram Nguyen office hours, 10 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Contact: Diane Reimer, 978-771-3992.

 

Feb. 7,  8

North Andover High School and North Andover Drama Guild present “Footloose – The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday, at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. Tickets: adults, $15; students, $10, at the door or online at actingouttheater.com.

 

Feb. 8

Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Masonic Lodge, 7 High St., Andover. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org

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.

Andover Seed Library Lecture Series: “Gardening Will Kill You” mystery author Neal Sanders, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Sanders will share his wry observations about gardening and life (and death). Books will be available for purchase. Information: mhl.org.

Elect to Connect 2020: Create with Light Works, 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main. St., Andover. For ages 8-12 with adult, or teens and adults on their own. Transform an ordinary glass jar or book into a glowing artwork to light up your nights. Space is limited. Registration required, at mhl.org/calendar.

South Elementary School PTO hosts Family-Friendly, All Ages Comedy Improv, 4 to 5 p.m. at Pike School auditorium, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover. South merchandise on sale. No paper tickets issued; check-in table at event. Admission: $12 in advance at eventbrite.com/e/boston-improv-tickets-90941816421; $15 at the door, if available. All transactions cash/check only. Information: Lis Tamarkin, Lis@LisTamarkin.com.

All-Bach Flute Recital featuring Andover resident Judy Braude, 6 p.m. at Creative Arts’ Pilgrim Hall, 25 Woburn St., Reading. Braude is a Suzuki flute teacher and has performed in a Sir James Galway master class. Pianist Debbie Emery will accompany. Free. Information: WeTeachCreativeArts.org

High Divers, 8 p.m. at Crossroads Music Series, 190 Academy Rd., North Andover. South Carolina folk-rockers. Tickets: $25. Information: 978-687-3960, crossroadsmusicseries.org.

 

Feb. 9

Friends of Memorial Hall Library 2019-20 Concert Series presents pianist Liana Paniyeva, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. The award-winning pianist will perform a program of works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Register online at mhl.org/calendar or by calling 978-623-8430.

Andover Village Improvement Society hosts Goldsmith Woodlands Annual Nighttime Snowshoe trek, meet at 5:45 p.m. for 6 to 8 p.m. trek at the 491 S. Main St., Andover, trailhead. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate around a campfire in the woods. No registration, no pets. Co-led by David Dargie, 978-996-4475, Ken Doran, and Burt Batcheller. Hike if no snow.

 

Feb. 10

Computer Users Group: Selling on Facebook Marketplace & LetGo, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org.

 

Feb. 11, 18, 25

Fish On Andover! 2020: Recreational Groundfish: Release Survival & Best Practices, second of four-week seminar series, 6 to 7 p.m. (fishing videos), 7 to 9 p.m. (seminar), at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Door prizes. Future topics include Fishing the North Shore and Beyond, and Joe Gugino & Matt Zimmerman, of the Why Knot Fishing Group. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org, mhl.org/calendar.

 

Feb. 12

Winter Fun with the Junior Friends, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main. St., Andover. Children ages 3 and up are invited to play games and make crafts about Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and winter with the Junior Friends. No registration required.

New England Classical Singers auditions for all voices (especially tenor and bass) in all sections by appointment, which are typically given on Wednesdays before the 6:30 p.m. rehearsal at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Auditions, which usually take 20 minutes with Artistic Director David Hodgkins, are open to all. Information/appointments: Allison or Jen, at auditions@newenglandclassical.org.

Andover’s 17th Death Café, 6:30 (socializing and refreshments), 7:30 p.m. (event), at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. An evening for adults of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death. (Not a support group.) Hosted by Andover resident Richard Davis. Preregistration requested at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8451, deathcafe.com.

 

Feb. 13

Courageous Conversations: The Moral Imperative of Affordable Housing, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library’s Memorial Hall, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A panel will discuss how housing works as a platform for good life outcomes. Panelists include directors/executive directors of Lawrence Community Works, Bread and Roses Housing, and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. A collaboration with the South Church Social Justice Coalition. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org

 

Feb. 13, April 2

Talon Club Comedy Series, 8 p.m. at Talon Club at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Arcand Drive, Lowell. Feb. 13 headliner, Dan Boulger, April 2, headliner. Tickets: general admission, $15; students, $10; tables must be purchased in sets of four and cost $60. Information: 866-722-8780, tsongascenter.com/events.php

 

Feb. 14

Northshoremen to deliver Singing Valentines, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout the greater North Shore area. A tuxedoed a capella quartet bearing a long-stemmed rose and personalized card will drop by a loved one’s home, workplace or favorite restaurant and serenade the unsuspecting recipient with two love songs. Prices start at $65. This is a major fundraiser for the barbershop chorus, which performs at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. To order, call 866-727-4988, email northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com or order online at harmonize.com/northshoremen.

 

Feb. 15

15th annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various indoor and outdoors locations in greater Newburyport, including van tours, live raptor demonstrations, guided sightings of wintering river birds, and family activities. Hosted by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Tpke. (978-465-5753, fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/) and Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Tpke. (978-462-9998, massaudubon.org/joppaflats), both in Newburyport. Most events are free. Information: massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/joppa-flats/news-events/eagle-festival.

 

 

Feb. 16

The Andover Islamic Center and the Immigration Working Group of Greater Andover Indivisible invite new voters to Voting 101, noon to 1 p.m. at Andover Islamic Center, 204 Andover St., Suite 201. This event introduces new citizens and young, first-time voters to the voting process, voters' rights and upcoming local, state and federal elections. The 2020 Census will also be discussed. The event is at the Andover, MA

 

Feb. 17

Free Stroke Awareness Workshop, 11 a.m. at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. In collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Stroke Force. Learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what to do to minimize your risk. Question-and-answer session follows. Free for all; registration required. Information: Cara Green, 978-685-3541, ext.434; cgreen@mvymca.org; mvymca.org.

 

Feb. 18

Make@MHL: Intro to 3D Design with Tinkercad, 10 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, Reference Desk, First Floor, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Tinkercad is a free online design program. Attendees should have familiarity with basic computer functions and a sense of what 3D printing is. Designs printed will be available later in the week. Register online at mhl.org/calendar or by calling 978-623-8430.

 

Feb. 18, 21

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both the Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill Road, Andover, and the Lawrence YMCA, 40 Lawrence St. For more information, or to register, visit mvymca.org or contact YMCA aquatics directors Dan Burke (Andover/North Andover) at dburke@mvymca.org or 978-685-3541, ext. 417, or Jessica Murray (Lawrence) at jmurray@mvymca.org or 978-686-6190, ext. 326.

 

Feb. 18; March 3, 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. Sessions are 15 minutes long, and only the child who is reading is allowed in the room with Annie and her handler. Registration and information: mhl.org/calendar.

 

Feb. 22

Friends of Memorial Hall Library 2019-20 Concert Series presents “An Afternoon of Swingin’ American Songbook Selections” with Eric Baldwin and Friends, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Register online at mhl.org/calendar or by calling 978-623-8430.

 

Feb. 23

13th annual Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile Run, 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill. First of three Frozen Shamrock races (other two, March 1 and 8). Cost: $40; $45 post entry (if available); register online for all three for $110, and get a $10 discount; running club discount: $90. Sign up with a friend for entire series and receive a Hardman Super Bag. Custom T-shirts to the first 600 entries. Information: runthewildrover.com.

 

Feb. 28

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 360 S. Main St., Andover. The American Red Cross has a critical type O blood shortage and urgently needs donors of all blood types – especially types O negative and O positive. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

 

March 1

Nomination deadline for YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts Tribute to Women, luncheon to take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. The YWCA is seeking women who have made a difference in their work and community. Event serves as the YW’s major fundraising event. Send nominations to: YWCA, Attention: Jeanne Osborn, 38 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA 01840 or go online to ywcanema.org and follow the Tribute tab. Honorary chairman is former state Sen. Susan Tucker. Information: josborn@ywcanema.org or call 978-687-0331, ext. 1045.

Zograf String Quartet, 2 p.m. at The Chapel at West Parish, 210 Lowell St., Andover. Celebrating the music of Beethoven, Bridge, and Brahms. Musicians are Mina Lavcheva,violin/viola; Viktoria Tchertchian,violin; Antoaneta Anguelova,violin/viola, and Ben Noyes, cello. Suggested donation : $15.

 

March 3

Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Tribune, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover. The American Red Cross has a critical type O blood shortage and urgently needs donors of all blood types – especially types O negative and O positive. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

 

March 15

Andover Striders/Winners’ Circle Run to the Beach 30K (“Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad Run,”) 10 a.m. at North Andover VFW, 32 Park St. (Route 125) to Winners’ Circle Sports Bar, 211 Elm St. (Route 110), Salisbury. Water at 5, 10, and 15 miles; bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself. Feel free to jump in or out at any distance. There are no awards, no entry fee, no numbers, no T-shirts, no medals, no charities, no USATF, no registration, and no race directors. Information: Dave “Icky” LaBrode, 978-376-8289, ickylabrode@verizon.net.

 

EXHIBITS

Through July 31

Phillips Andover’s Addison Gallery exhibitions: “Come As You Are: American Youth,” through March 8; “Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America,” through April 5; National Gallery of Art traveling exhibit “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950,” through April 26; “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,” through July 31; at Phillips Academy's 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, the month of August and Dec. 24. Free; donations appreciated. Information: 978-749-4015, addison@andover.edu, addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

 

REGULAR MEETINGS

 

Feb. 8, 29; March 14, 28

Dads and Donuts, Ages 2 to 5 at 9:30 a.m. (new time) every fourth Saturday 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.

 

Feb. 9, 16, 23; March 1

Overeaters Anonymous, 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays at Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover. Information: 781-641-2303, oambi.org.

Feb. 10, 24; March 2

Conversational English,10 a.m. to noon Mondays 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.

 

 

Feb. 11, 18, 25; March 3

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

Andover Toastmasters Club, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays 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.

 

 

Feb. 11, April 14, June 9

Memorial Hall Library Pub Trivia, 7 to 9 p.m. at Pub Trivia at Andolini’s, 19 Essex St., Andover. Second Tuesday every other month. Bring a team and all of your favorite facts. $50 cash prize to the winning team, courtesy of the Friends of MHL. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org, mhl.org.

 

Feb. 12, 19, 24, 26

Andover Health Division Senior Center Clinics, 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at Ballardvale Church, 23 Clark Road. Mini-clinics, 2 to 3 p.m. second Wednesdays (Feb. 12, March 11) (except October) at Andover Commons, 30 Railroad St., and 1 to 2 p.m. fourth Mondays (Feb. 24, March 24) (except October) at Frye Circle, 256 N. Main St. No appointments necessary. Information: andoverma.gov/227/Elder-Services-Center-at-Punchard.

Junior Friends of Memorial Hall Library, for ages 8-11, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

Merrimack Valley Camera Club, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (socializing, 7 p.m.) Wednesdays 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.

 

Feb. 13, 27; March 12, 26

Discover Your Past Genealogy Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m., second Thursday of the month at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Everyone is welcome, whether just getting started or have been researching your family for years. Most meetings will have a predetermined topic to discuss. Participants will learn from and help each other. Information: Stephanie Aude, 978-623-8436, saude@mhl.org.

Career Networking Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m. alternate Thursdays 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.

Toastmasters Ballardvale Club Meeting, noon to 1 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays at OSRAM, 200 Ballardvale St., Wilmington. Meet at visitors’ desk in the lobby of Entrance 2. Guests are welcome. Information: Ellen Fan, 617-447-3505, ellen.fan@smith-nephew.com.

 

Feb. 14, March 12, April 9

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

 

Feb. 18; March 3, 17

Device Advice for Adults, 7 to 8 p.m. first and third Tuesdays 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.

 

Feb. 21, March 20, April 17

Musical Morning with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. third Fridays 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.

 

Feb. 22, March 21, April 18

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.

 

Feb. 27, March 26, April 30

Thinking Thursday, for Ages 5 to 8, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays 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.

 

Feb. 28, March 27

Around the World, 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Explore different languages through songs, rhymes, stories and games. For native speakers who would like to meet other parents in the community who raise their children bilingually, or those would like to expose their children to different languages and cultures at an early age. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

 

 

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