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: mhl.org/winter-reading-club-2019.
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: mhl.org/calendar.
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 redcrossblood.org.
Jan. 22 to 26
Friends' Winter Book Sale Preview Night, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Cost: $20; Friends members, free. Sale continues 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 24 & 25; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 (fill a bag for $5 or $7; teachers welcome after 3 p.m. to collect unsold books for their classrooms).
Wednesdays through Feb. 19
Growing Through Grief, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 19, 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, which began Wednesday, Jan. 15, is open to all, offers emotional and educational support. Registration required; call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 or email email@example.com.
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: westparishchurch.org/scholarships.
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: pspaandover.org.
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: andoverchoralsociety.org/concerts.
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: jennablum.com. Registration: mhl.org/calendar.
Jan. 28; Feb. 11, 25
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group, 4:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at North Andover Senior Center, 120 R Main St. The group addresses the issues of age bias in hiring, workforce re-entry and career redirection. Different topic every week; Jan. 28: Developing A Resume – What are recruiters looking for?; Feb. 11: Developing an Elevator Speech; Feb. 25: Creating a Linked-in Profile. Free, open to all in the 50+ demographic in the Merrimack Valley or Essex County area; pre-registration required, visit mcoaonline.com/50plusregistration.
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, tsongascenter.com/events.php
Elect to Connect 2020 with the MHL Family Book Club for families with children ages 5-9, 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 99 Main St., Andover. Each month families will read a book together and meet to discuss the book with other families and do a related activity. This year's theme focuses on books and movies through the decades. January's decade is 1900, and the book is ”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Order and read the book together before the meeting. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Beth Kerrigan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregation Beth Israel of Andover presents eighth annual ”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 celebrates 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, SweetIndulgenceInfo@comcast.net.
Feb. 5 to March 11
Elect to Connect 2020: Mindful Minis, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A 6-week children's mindfulness program for 5- to 7-year-olds, introducing them to mindfulness-based tools for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness. Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, art, mindful movement, and other interactive mindfulness games. Children must sign up for all 6 weeks. Space is limited. Registration begins Saturday, Jan. 23 at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Beth Kerrigan, email@example.com
Deadline for Northshoremen Singing Valentine early bird rate of $60. A tuxedoed acapella quartet bearing a long-stemmed rose and personalized card will drop by loved ones' homes, workplaces or favorite restaurants in the greater North Shore area between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and serenade unsuspecting recipients with two love songs. Prices start at $65. A major fundraiser for the barbershop chorus, which performs at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. To order, call 866-727-4988, email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online at harmonize.com/northshoremen.
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 email@example.com. Parents are welcome, too.
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 opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at mhl.org/calendar.
Plaistow Community YMCA second annual Education Celebration, 5:30 p.m. at Tuscan Kitchen, 67 Main St., Salem, N.H. Keynote speaker: Katherine Underwood, a Timberlane 2005 graduate and NBC Boston 10 reporter. The Y is seeking nominations for teachers who have made exceptional impacts in the Timberlane and Sanborn Regional school districts. Nominations may be emailed to Tracy Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds benefit YMCA education scholarships. Tickets: $40, available online at northshoreymca.org/locations/plaistow-community-ymca.
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.
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 nor a venue for bereavement, Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, nonjudgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject. Hosted by Andover resident Richard Davis. Preregistration requested at mhl.org/calendar. Information: 978-623-8451, deathcafe.com.
Northshoremen present Singing Valentines to unsuspecting recipients, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at workplaces, homes and restaurants throughout Essex County. A tuxedoed acapella quartet bearing a long-stemmed rose and a personalized card will sing two love songs, and take a photo. Prices start at $65, $60 if ordered by Feb. 6. Major fundraiser for Northshoremen, who perform at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Call 866-727-4988, email email@example.com or order online at harmonize.com/northshoremen.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, through April 26: National Gallery of Art traveling exhibit “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, the month of August and Dec. 24. Free; donations appreciated. Information: 978-749-4015, email@example.com, addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx.
Jan. 22 to Feb. 28
NECC faculty member exhibit “Are We There Yet?”, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus, Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace, Harold Bentley Library, 100 Elliott St. NECC adjunct art and design faculty member Dianne Pappas uses the signature materials of many of her previous works, including plaster, cement, corrugated metal, plastic, and twine. According to the artist, “This work references monumental structures on a more intimate scale." Opening reception and artist talk, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6. Free, open to all. Information: gallery coordinator, Marc Mannheimer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20
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.
Jan. 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 mhl.org/calendar.
Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9
Overeaters Anonymous, 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays at Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover. Information: 781-641-2303, oambi.org.
Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11
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.
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, mhl.org.
Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12
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 (Jan. 27, Feb. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Jan. 23; Feb. 13, 27; March 12
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merrimack Toastmasters Club, 7 to 9 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays at Stephens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover. Want to get ready for that next job interview or to overcome your fear of public speaking? Refreshments.
Jan. 23, Feb. 13, 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: email@example.com.