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:



Jan. 14

Parent to Parent: “Dear Evan Hansen,” 6:30 p.m. 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,


Jan. 15 to Feb. 19

Growing Through Grief, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks, at a location to be disclosed on registration. Grieving the death of a loved one is universal; how each of us grieves is a unique experience. This group, open to all, offers emotional and educational support. Registration required; call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 or email



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 Information: 978-623-8430,


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;


Jan. 18, 19

Move for the Movement: A Dance Celebration to Benefit the American Cancer Society, two shows per day, at noon and 6 p.m., featuring 10 and nine schools and companies respectively, at J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Andover High School, 100 Shawsheen Road. A noncompetitive dance exhibition that brings together dancers and choreographers from around New England to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets: $15. Information and reservations:


Jan. 20

13th annual MLK Jr. Day Unity Celebration, “Sustaining the Legend,” 11 a.m. at Andover Baptist Church, 7 Central St. With speaker author and entrepreneur Kevin D. Johnson, from Atlanta, Ga., and performing artists Andover Baptist Church Unity Choir, Andover High School Chamber Choir, Cantor Idan Irelander and the Choral Majority. Information:


Jan. 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 3

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:


Jan. 22

Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or



Jan. 23


Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 35 Essex St., Andover. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or


Jan. 25

German Pot Roast Dinner for college scholarships, 5 to 6:30 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Authentic German pot roast (sauerbraten), homemade egg noodles (spaetzle), red cabbage (rotkraut), applesauce, bratwurst and sauerkraut, drinks and desserts assortments. Adults $15; children 12 and under, $5. All proceeds to benefit college scholarships for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. Seventy-eight scholarships totaling $57,000 have been donated since 2013. Scholarship details:


Jan. 26

Summer Opportunities Fair, noon to 3 p.m., at The Snyder Center, Phillips Academy Campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Representatives from more than 100 summer programs for middle and high school students will be present to talk with interested students and their families. Free, no registration required; sponsored by the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy. Information:

Andover Choral Society opens 90th season with Hayden’s “The Creation,” 3 p.m. at the West Middle School Auditorium, 70 Shawsheen Road, Andover. Oratorio depicting the creation of the world, with text from the Book of Genesis, the Book of Psalms, and John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Tickets: adults, $25 in advance; $30 at the door; EBT card holders and students, $5; group rate available. Information, tickets:


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: Registration:



Jan. 30, Feb. 13, April 2

Talon Club Comedy Series, 8 p.m. at Talon Club at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Arcand Drive, Lowell. Jan. 30: headliner Carolyn Riley, Liam McGurk, Alex Giampappa, Max Schulz, Connor Sullivan. Feb. 13: headliner Dan Boulger, Jeff Koe, Mark Gallagher, Phoebe Angle, James Hamilton, Connor Sullivan. April 2: headliner Lamont Price, Chris D, Andrew Della Volpe, Brian Higginbottom, Katlin McPhee, Connor Sullivan. Tickets: general admission, $15; students, $10; tables must be purchased in sets of four and cost $60. Information: 866-722-8780,


Feb. 1

Congregation Beth Israel of Andover presents“An Evening of Sweet Indulgence…and More,” 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 123 Old River Road, Andover. Host Billy Costa from KISS108FM celebrates the event’s eighth anniversary with the best of a variety of appetizers and desserts from local restaurants, caterers and bakeries. DJ, live entertainment, raffles, silent and live auction, cash bar. Cost, general admission: $40 in advance; $45 at the door; reserved seating (advance purchase only): $45; tables of 10, $450. Information: SweetIndulgence.Info; tickets: 978-482-7945,


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:




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; “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,” through July 31; opening Feb. 1: “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950,” 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,,






Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1

Family Yoga, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Saturdays, for walkers to age 5 with an adult & kids 6-11, at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. 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


Jan. 11, Feb. 8

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 Parents are welcome, too.


Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2

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



Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10

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.



Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4

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:




Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5

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:



Jan. 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27

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,



Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20

Musical Morning with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. on the third Friday of the month 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. 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 3

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,


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



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