Sunday, Nov. 17
Hope & Harmony Benefit Concert with Sir Simon Rattle, 7:30 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. Boston, featuring members of Andover-based chamber group Mistral and benefiting underserved women with breast cancer through Greater Lawrence Family Health Care (among others).Organized by former Andover resident Julie Scolnik, a breast cancer survivor, who will say a few words about music and healing in her life. Tickets: $50, $75, $100; sponsorships also available. Information: HopeAndHarmony@mistralmusic.org, mistralmusic.org/hope-harmony-benefit-concert.
Nov. 17, 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. 18, 23, 25, 30
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. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
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, email@example.com.
Nov. 19; Dec. 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. 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 for Nov. 19 is closed; registration for Dec. 3 opens Tuesday, Nov. 19, and registration for Dec. 17 on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 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. 18, 25, Dec. 2
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. 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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-623-5680; or Andover/North Andover Youth & Family Program Director, Stacey Consiglio, M. Ed, email@example.com, 978-685-0126, ext. 443.
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. Cost: Members, $60; nonmembers,$75. Advance registration required at thetrustees.org/things-to-do.
Nov. 20; Dec. 4, 11
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courageous Conversations: “The Angry Eye,” 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Screening and facilitated discussion the 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. 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-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, 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, email@example.com, mhl.calendar.org.
Chamber music concert, Zograf String Quartet celebrating the folk song as a form of inspiration and expression, musicians are Mina Lavcheva, violin, Viktoria Tchertchian, violin, Antoaneta Anguelova, viola, and Ben Noyes, cello, Valentina Lavcheva, voice; 7 p.m.,The Chapel at West Parish, 210 Lowell St., Andover; suggested donation $15.
Nov. 22, 24
Greater Haverhill Arts Association Small Works Art Show, noon to 4 p.m. at the historic Hall-Haskell House Gallery, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. The focus is on small works that are just perfect for gifting. Sunday afternoon will feature a public reception to meet the artists. The show and reception are free to the public, and all are welcome. Information: haverhillartassociation.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pentucket Players present “The Music Man,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Haverhill City Hall Auditorium, 4 Summer St. Community theater presentation; all seats reserved. Tickets, $28, at pentucketplayers.org or at the door. Reduced-price tickets available for seniors for Sunday performance only, reservation deadline, Nov. 13 (call Kathy or Rita at the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390).
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. 23, 24
Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation presents “Golda’s Balcony” film screening and conversation with producer, David Fishelson, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Edgewood Clubhouse Auditorium, 575 Osgood St., North Andover. Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history, playing 45 different characters including Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, Moshe Dayan and Holocaust survivors. Screening only, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Tickets: general admission, $18; Friend of Spotlight (priority seating), $54, available at mvfj.org. Information: 978-688-0466.
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.
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.
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.
Haverhill High School Class of 1989 30th Reunion, 7 p.m., at DiBurro’s, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill. Tickets: $45, available from Stavros Demakis at Mark’s Deli, 2 Railroad Square (cash, check or Venmo), or by contacting Antigone Simmons, 978-471-1191, email@example.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Andover High School Class of ‘89 30th Reunion, 7 p.m. at Elm Square Oyster Two Elm Square, Andover. Tickets: paypal.me/AHSReunion1989; information: Barry Finegold, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 30; Dec. 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. 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.
Hand-to-Hand Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Local artists will offer jewelry, pottery, local honey, quilted/sewn items, greeting cards, portraits, handmade soaps, luxury jams, hand-knit items, antique tableware and more. Proceeds benefit Youth Mission Trip.
Red Bow Fair, North Parish Church, 190 Academy Road, No. Andover, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., free admission; www.northparish.org.
Holiday Ball, The Crystal Ballroom Holiday Ball, Old Town Hall, 20 Main St., Andover, 6 to 10 p.m. The evening starts with dance instruction by First Dance Studio from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by music by D.B.’s Orchestra. Black tie is optional. Tickets are available at the Center at Punchard or The Andover Book Store, $15/pp, $25/couple. Tickets will also be available at the door $15 per person