6-10 p.m. - Join, enjoy Quota International of Andover’s charity fundraiser, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - Midnight at the Masquerade - at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North Street, North Reading. Cost $95. Tickets available from www.quotaofandover.org.
Enchanted Forest Day, 10 a.m. to noon at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. Don your wings, grab your crowns or cloaks and say farewell to garden season with this celebration of the Flower Fairies and Elves that keep them in bloom all summer long. Collect natural fallen materials and build a fairy or elf house; create your own wand (the single most important tool a fairy or elf can own); storytimes exploring fantasy and the magical realm of nature start every half hour; end the day by leaving a letter of well wishes at the fairy post office. Pack a picnic and stay into the afternoon. Cost: Adults, free; children, free. Information: email@example.com.
Artisan Festival, Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring the work of painters, quilters, jewelers, photographers, ceramic and porcelain artisans, among others. Open to the community. A raffle of works donated by artists will raise money for UTEC, a nonprofit group that helps provide mentoring, education and job opportunities to youth in the Merrimack Valley. Coffee and snacks available for purchase. A crafts table is provided for children while their parents browse. The festival is sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel.
Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church annual Greek Festival (final day) ,11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St. Authentic Greek cuisine includes lamb shanks, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio, spinach pie, and other specialties, as well as homemade Greek pastries and traditional loukoumades. Takeout available. Raffle prizes, free admission and parking.
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School open house for prospective students, 1 to 4 p.m. at 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill. Students who are in sixth, seventh and eighth grade and are interested in potentially attending Whittier Tech Regional are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. See the advanced technology and equipment students use, meet teachers who are industry experts and learn about ways that students can fund their future using their career tech experience. In addition to a robust academic curriculum that includes AP courses for college credit, Whittier Tech students can focus on a number of practical and technical disciplines. Information: 978-373-4101, whittiertech.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. 25
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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.
Nov. 3, 10, 17
Sunday Night Ballroom Dancing, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Relief’s In Function Hall, 1 Market St., Lawrence. Come Alive After Five has been running this dance for singles and couples for more than 30 years. All ages welcome. $13 admission includes coffee and pastry at 8:30 p.m. Free parking. Information: 603-382-8964.
State Rep. Tram Nguyen invites the public to visit with her at her office hours at Andover Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome; 18th Essex residents are encouraged to stop by to say hello and learn more about Tram’s work at the State House and in the District.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Brooks School, 1160 Great Pond Road, North 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. 4 to 25
Andover Business Stimulus program at People’s United Bank, 16 N. Main St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Business Networking International Andover Chapter is reaching out to all professionals, business owners, those seeking employment, and homeowners as part of the “Live Local, Stay Local” movement to help small businesses as well as the community. Various topics will be covered, from starting a business and expanding/growth opportunities, to eCommerce strategies and real estate trends. BNI’s Andover Chapter will donate money to Greater Lawrence Technical School as part of this overall stimulus/community outreach.
Nov. 4 to Dec. 12
Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence: “Stilling Life,” paintings by Laura Fischman, in the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery. Free. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: essexartcenter.com.
Nov. 4, 11, 18
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!).
Nov. 4, 18, 25
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.
Andover Garden Club presents “Whirlwind Tour of Begonias,” 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Avid gardener, flower designer and begonia specialist Mary Beth Hayes will discuss how to grow and care for begonias and how to incorporate them into floral arrangements. She will offer propagation techniques and suggest the best local sources. Attendees will each make their own leaf, stem, or rhizome cutting, and thereby take a baby begonia home. The event will begin with social time and refreshments, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Free to members; the public is invited (cost: $10). Membership information: contact membership cochairs Liz Bell (email@example.com, 978-475-3021) and Cathy Starr (firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-475-8473).
Life Under the Tsars: Documenting Jewish Ancestors in Imperial Russia, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Retired Wellesley College professor Dr. Alan Shucat will address what registration meant for Jews in the Russian empire, where Jews could and could not live, and what is meant by “The Pale of Settlement.” The talk will cover the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union; how Russian Jews obtained steamship tickets and traveled from their shtetls to the steamship ports; and how these records and historical knowledge can help descendants trace their families before they emigrated. Free, sign up at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8430, email@example.com.
Nov. 5, 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. 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, 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.
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.
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.
Andover’s 16th Death Cafe, 6:30 p.m. (socializing and refreshments), 7 p.m. (event) at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. An evening of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death, for adults. While not a support group nor a venue for bereavement, a Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, nonjudgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject. Come with an open mind, a healthy curiosity, and a willingness to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions with other like-minded individuals. Hosted by Andover resident Richard Davis. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Stefani Traina, 978-623-8451, firstname.lastname@example.org, deathcafe.com.
Nov. 6, 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 email@example.com.
The Mother Connection 22nd annual Preschool Fair, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. An opportunity for families to meet representatives from several area preschools. Parents can pick up the TMC Preschool Fair Booklet. Co-sponsored by Memorial Hall Library and TMC. Information: 978-623-8430, mhl.org/calendar.
Nov. 7, 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, 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.
Annual Fall Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road (Route 125), Haverhill. Armenian cuisine — lamb, chicken, losh kebab and kheyma dinners — served all day. Pastries, gift baskets, cash prizes. Information: 978-372-9227, hyepointearmenianchurch.org.
Andover High School Marching Band Deposit Bottle Drive, 9 a.m. to noon at West Middle School, 70 Shawsheen Road (rain or shine). Support the AHS Marching Band by dropping off your redeemable bottles and cans. All proceeds benefit the Andover High School Marching Band.
Crossroads Music Series presents Evan Goodrow Band, 8 p.m. at 190 Academy Road, North Andover. American singer-songwriter-guitarist who has written and produced 14 recordings of original soul, funk, blues and rock music. He’s won the Boston Blues Award, played concerts for Marines on NATO bases in Europe and even jammed with Jimmy Buffet multiple occasions in the Caribbean. played multiple shows with B.B. King and even sang for the Yardbirds (technically making him the youngest Yardbird, ever). Tickets: $21, available at crossroadsmusicseries.org/events/evan-goodrow-band.
Nov. 9, Dec. 7
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. 9, 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.