Now 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. 9

“Nutrition: Fact or Fiction? Tips for Sifting Through the Evolving World of Nutrition,” 1 to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. June Skuza, MEd, RD, LDN, believes all foods can fit within a healthy eating plan and recognizes there is not “one diet fits all” with regard to health. She works with clients to establish long-term eating behaviors versus a short-term diet and encourages a balanced and flexible approach to eating. Information:, 978-623-8430.




Jan. 10

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 Statehouse and in the district. 


Jan. 11

Baby Brunch for families with children 12 months and younger, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Join other families with children 1 year and under to make connections and find out about what the library has to offer its littlest customers. Information: 978-623-8440,


Jan. 14

Parent to Parent: “Dear Evan Hansen,” 6:30 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. 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. 21

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. Register at




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:

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. 7

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. 18th Essex residents are encouraged to stop by to say hello and learn more about Tram’s work at the Statehouse and in the district. 



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: “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” through Jan.5; “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, 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. 5 to 20

“Peace” poster exhibition, at Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St. Created by various artists, for various organizations, in several countries, over the last 60 years, from the collection of Stephen Lewis. Library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by donations from Ironworkers Local 7 and Sheetmetal Workers Local 17. Information:


Through March 12

Essex Art Center exhibitions, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jan. 10 through March 12; opening reception: Friday, Jan. 10, 5 to 7 p.m. at Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence. EAC celebrates the annual return of more than 20,000 American Crows and Fish Crows to Lawrence for their winter roost. “By a Thread,” works by Elaine Bezold, Barbara Bosworth, and Andrew S. Yang, at Chester F. Sidell Gallery, presents work that raises questions around and points to the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the natural environment; juried photography exhibition “Celebration of the Winter Crow Roost” (juror: Ron Phillips, Hunt’s Photo & Video), is at Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery; “we went looking for crows,” in the community artist exhibition space, features handmade books by all ages of artists from the Greater Lawrence community. Free, open to all. Information: 978-685-2343,







Jan. 12, 19, 26

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


Jan. 13

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. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.




Jan. 14, 21, 28

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.

Andover Toastmasters Club, 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:


Merrimack Valley Camera Club, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (socializing, 7 p.m.) 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. 21

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 unable to attend, stop by the Reference Desk anytime for device assistance. Information: 978-623-8440,



Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 13, 27

Toastmasters Ballardvale Club Meeting, noon to 1 p.m. at OSRAM, 200 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, second and fourth Thursday of each month. Meet at visitors’ desk in the lobby of Entrance 2. Guests are welcome. Information: Ellen Fan, 617-447-3505,

Merrimack Toastmasters Club, 7 to 9 p.m. 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? The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Refreshments.

Writers Group, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Open to new members. Information:


Jan. 11

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. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1

Family Yoga, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. for walkers to age 5 with an adult & kids 6-11, at Memorial Hall Library, 2 No. 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. 16, 30

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,


Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20

Musical Morning with Peter Sheridan, 10 a.m. 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. 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


Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 26

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 Space is limited.


Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 29; March 1428

Dads and Donuts, Ages 2 to 5 at 9:30 a.m. (new time), at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Share coffee, juice, and donuts during a story and craft time for preschoolers and their families. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. Information: 978-623-8440,


Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 21

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



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