EVENTS

Oct. 4

Chic Consignment will host a breast cancer community event, 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Chic store, located at 44 Main St., and will feature a collection of mental and physical resources designed to help survivors, thrivers and caregivers on their journey. People are encouraged to connect, shop and enjoy light refreshments. 

 

Oct. 5, 6

Pick Your Own Bouquet from the Cutting Garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. Picking is only available during PYO hours, and there is a fee. Stop by the tent to pick up scissors, cup, and water before starting your 10-stem bouquet. Registration not required. Cost: Trustees member, $5; nonmember, $10. Information: kbibeau@thetrustees.org, facebook.com/stevenscoolidgeplace.

 

Oct. 6, 13, 20

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.

 

Oct. 8

Andover Health Division offers “high-dose” flu vaccine to seniors, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover. Age 65 and older, by appointment only; call the Health Department at 978-623-8640 to schedule, or email health@andoverma.gov. Consent forms will be available at the Health Department, Town Offices, Senior Center, and on the Andover website, andover.ma/health.

 

Oct. 8, 15, 22

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. 25, 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, snam@andoverps.net, 978-623-5680; or Andover/North Andover Youth & Family Program Director, Stacey Consiglio, M. Ed, sconsiglio@mvymca.org, 978-685-0126, ext. 443.

 

Make It Take It Tuesdays for ages 3 and up, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. With an adult. Drop-in craft program. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

 

Oct. 15; Nov. 5, 14, 21, 28

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.

 

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30

We Walk the Woods hike, 10 a.m. to noon, at Harold Parker State Forest Park Headquarters, 305 Middleton Road, North Andover. Rain cancels the event. 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.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. Contact Miss Kate at 978-623-8440 or kdugan@mhl.org.

 

Oct. 16; Nov. 6, 20

Bilingual representative from Rep. Lori Trahan’s office, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill. Vladimir Saldana, regional director for Rep. Trahan, will meet with constituents on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Whether you have a comment or a question on a federal program or issue, Vladimir or Jorge will be available.

 

Oct. 3

Backyard Composting Using the Bread Oven Method, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Andrew Brousseau of Black Earth Compost on Cape Ann kicks off the fall Andover Seed Library Lecture Series with his easy ‘Bread Oven’ method for composting in your back yard. Program will be less about the science and more about the practice of composting. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Oct. 3, 4

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives to Host Bicentennial Hawaiian History Theater Program, 7 p.m. (humanities discussion series) Thursday; 6 p.m. (public performance) Friday, Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Acclaimed Hawaiian actor Moses Goods will portray Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia, the Native Hawaiian man who traveled to New England and inspired the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission to send Protestant missionaries to the Hawaiian Kingdom. This is the first time the award-winning history theater program “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” has been performed in the continental U.S. Thursday’s program is funded by MassHumanities and features Dr. Noelani Arista of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as well as Goods and humanities scholars working in the field of Hawaiian history. The 90-minute performance will take place Friday, Oct. 4. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Bakanosky at the Tang Institute at 978-749-4246 or Corrie Martin at cmartin@andover.edu @ and visit andover.edu/events/he-ao-olelo-sovereign-hawaii-new-england-missionaries-and-a-new-world-of-words and andover.edu/events/my-name-is-ōpūkahaʻia

 

Oct. 4

First Friday Flick, 1 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, Memorial Hall, 2 N. Main St. Enjoy a film in MHL’s new monthly daytime series for adults. This month’s selection is “Green Book” (130 minutes, PG-13).

 

Oct. 4, 11

Creature Catch, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Harold Parker State Forest campground, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Rain cancels the event. Appropriate for all ages; children up to age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Frye Pond Beach. From fish and frogs, to snakes and salamanders, discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds. Nets and buckets provided for this potentially wet and muddy activity. Bringing water, binoculars and camera, wear insect repellent and sunscreen, Free, open to all. Information: 978-475-7972, mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest.

 

Oct. 5

Ladies only gun clinic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Haverhill Hound Rod and Gun Club, 10 Larch Road in Bradford. Participants must be 16 or older. Cost: $35, includes instruction, ammunition, firearms use and lunch. Space is limited. Advance registration is required, at hhrg.org.

 

Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, 9 a.m. (registration), 10 a.m. (walk), at DCR Vandenberg Esplanade, Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell. Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Boston Chapter, the Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. Information: afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1488&eventGroupID=9AA117B3-F522-BB6D-359D1AA2D75A7958

 

Gone Fishin’, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Harold Parker State Forest Campground (meet at Frye Pond Beach), 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Rain cancels the event. Appropriate for all ages; children up to age 12 must be accompanied by adult. Family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. Learn the different species of fish that live here and gain a new skill. Rods and bait provided, or bring your own. Recommend bringing water, wearing insect repellent and sunscreen. Free, open to all. Information: 978-475-7972, mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest.

 

Oct. 5, 12, 19

Family Yoga, for walkers to age 5 with an adult and kids 6-11, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. 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. Register at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Oct. 6

Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Andover/N. Andover YMCA, , 165 Haverhill St. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Birding For Beginners, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Harold Parker State Forest Campground Nature Center, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Rain cancels the event. Appropriate for children 6 and up (up to age 12 must be accompanied by adult). Learn about the local bird population from park interpreter while enjoying some amateur bird watching. Bring binoculars if you have them. Free, open to all. Information: 978-475-7972, mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest.

 

Soapstone Quarry Hike, 1 to 3 p.m. at Harold Parker State Forest Campground Nature Center, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Rain cancels. Appropriate for children 6 and up (up to age 12 must be accompanied by adult). A moderate guided hike to the remnants of the Jenkins family blue soapstone quarry. Learn about the park’s history and resources while getting some exercise. Free, open to all. Information: 978-475-7972, mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest.

 

Pedals, Pipes & Pizza, 3 to 5 p.m., at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Organ demonstration and tour, a chance to play, and eat pizza. Geared for grades 3-8, but all are welcome. Participants must bring a responsible adult. $5 per participant. Scholarships available. Registration required. Information: Cathy Meyer, cathy@southchurch.com, southchurch.com.

 

Oct. 7, 16, 23, 29; Nov. 4

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., at Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. As summer winds down, the American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donations are needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Oct. 8

Intro to 3D Printing, 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. This class will demonstrate how to find and create 3D designs, convert them into a printable file, and print a design using one of MHL’s 3D printers. Because of the time required, designs printed in this program will be available at the Reference Desk to pick up later in the week. Space is limited. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Floral designer and arranger Bill Graham to present “Little Black Dress & Floral Design,” 6:30 (refreshments), 7 p.m. (program) at the West Parish Church Fellowship Hall, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Hosted by the North Andover Garden Club, Andover Garden Club and Spade & Trowel Garden Club, this is a unique presentation that combines floral design with fashion. Graham, who is also the owner of Beautiful Things in Salem, Massachusetts, will transform a boring black dress into several chic and stylish outfits while also creating exquisite and unique floral arrangements. Free, open to all. Information: northandovergardenclub@yahoo.com, northandovergardenclub.com.

 

Oct. 8, 22; Nov. 5, 19

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.

 

Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Dementia Dialogues, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at at Memorial Hall Library, Alcove 2 on Level G, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A monthly discussion group for anyone and everyone wanting to discuss dementia, including caregivers/care partners and people living with dementia. Facilitated by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, RMT, who is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose. Information: Emily Kearns, 978-604-0830; Reference Desk, 978-623-8430 or rdesk@mhl.org.

 

Oct. 10, 24; Nov. 7

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, rdesk@mhl.orgm, mhl.calendar.org.

 

Oct. 10, 24; Nov. 14

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.

 

Oct. 11

Phillips Academy Music Department recital, 7:30 p.m. at Phillips Andover Academy’s Timken Room of Graves Hall, 180 Main St., Andover. Sara Su Jones, PA’91, violin, and Tatyana Stepanova, pianist, will present an eclectic hour-long program of rarely heard works by Gliere, Schnittke, Shchedrin, Elgar, Dinicu, and Abbot Academy alumna Gwyneth Walker, ‘64. Free. Information: 978-749-4260, music@andover.edu.

 

Oct. 12

Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Oct. 12, 26; Nov. 9

Dads and Donuts, Ages 2 to 5 at 10 a.m., 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.

 

Oct. 12, Nov. 9

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.

 

Oct. 14, Nov. 11

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at Masonic Hall Haverhill, 111 Merrimack St. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St. Andover. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Oct. 15

Intro to 3D Design with Tinkercad on Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. - Curious about 3D design for 3D printing? We’ll get you started by showing you the basics on Tinkercad, a free online 3D design platform. Learn how to manipulate and combine shapes to create 3D designs which can later be 3D printed. Attendees should have familiarity with basic computer functions and a sense of what 3D printing is. Due to the nature of 3D printing, any designs created during the program that are to be printed will be printed by staff and can be picked up later at the Reference Desk. Space is limited. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.

 

Navigating College Financial Aid, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Certified College Planning Specialist Jim Femia will discuss how families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid, which colleges offer the best financial aid packages, how to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile, and other information. Parents and students are welcome. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Oct. 16

“Close Encounters” 10 to 11 p.m. at the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Join a small group of curious people, don curatorial gloves, and have a close encounter with collection treasures and stories from Andover’s past. Hear about a noted designer and architect of the Arts and Crafts era and a former-slave-turned-ice-cream-businessman. Space is limited. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $15. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/close-encounters.

 

An Evening with Retired FBI Special Agent Michael R. McGowan, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Sylvester Stallone has optioned film rights to Groveland resident McGowan’s 2018 memoir, “GHOST – My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.” McGowan worked more than 50 undercover cases, an unusually large number in FBI circles, against some of the most dangerous, sophisticated, and notorious criminal organizations and individuals in the world. He infiltrated groups at home and abroad, assembled teams to create the myths he lived. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Oct. 17

Addison Gallery Tour: “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” 11 a.m. at Addison Gallery of American Art Lobby, on the campus of Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. Special tour of art world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary artist interpretations. Exhibition includes over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by a wide range of artists, exploring national identity, American values, social politics, and the concept of humanity. A collaboration of MHLand the Addison Gallery. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

“Every Drop Counts: A Rain Garden Workshop,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Learn simple methods to capture, reuse and slow storm water and runoff. Trevor Smith of Land Escapes Design will discuss rain harvesting and rain gardens as ways to make the most of every drop. A program of the Andover Seed Library Lecture Series, funded by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

 

Oct. 17, Nov. 14

Thinking Thursday, for Ages 5 to 8, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Combines stories and science and a craft to bring home. Register at mhl.org/calendar

 

Oct. 18

Musical Mornings with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Public Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. A children’s musician for 20 years, Sheridan 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. Information: 978-623-8440, mhl.org.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Presentation of Mary Dupre Center, 209 Lawrence St., Methuen. Donors of all blood types are needed to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help by donating blood and alerting other donors that their donation is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments. 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.

 

Oct. 19

Third annual Samaritans of Merrimack Valley Walk for Hope 1.5K Walk, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. (registration), 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. (keynote speakers), 9:30 a.m. (walk). Help raise awareness of mental healthy challenges and suicide prevention locally. The money the Samaritans have raised in the last two years have enabled them to add a part-time staff member to reach and educate more communities about suicide prevention, as well as to expand some of their other services, including loss survivor services and improvements to their crisis help line. Information: samaritansusa.org/merrimack; hotlines: 978-327-6607, 866-912-HOPE, 978-688-TEEN (Teenline), 877-870-HOPE statewide).

 

Seventh annual Hye Kef 5 with the Vosbikian Band, 7 p.m. to midnight at DoubleTree Hilton, 123 Old River Road, Andover. Presented by the Armenian Friends of America to benefit Armenian churches of the Merrimack Valley. First organized Armenian band in the U.S., founded in 1939. Tickets: $75, $65 for students 21 and younger; include dance, full buffet and five raffle tickets if purchased before Friday, Sept. 13 (they sell quickly); cash bar only. advance purchase only; call John Arzigian, 603-560-3826; Lucy Sirmaian, 978-683-9121; Mary Ann Janigian, 603-770-3375; Sharke Der Apkarian, 978-808-0598; Kathy Geyer, 978-475-8309.

 

“Andover 102,” 1 to 2 p.m. at the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Andover 102 is a decidedly unstuffy introduction to the history of some of Andover’s special places. From beaches to boxing and academies to agriculture, Andover’s special places have fascinating, interesting, and surprising stories to tell.The fun and lively presentation includes historic maps, photographs, and cultural artifacts from Andover’s past. Space is limited. Cost: members, $5; nonmembers, $8. Registration required. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/andover-102.

 

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