EVENTS

Through March 28

Elect to Connect 2020 with the new monthly MHL Family Book Club for families with children ages 5-9, at Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St. Each month families will read a book together and meet to discuss the book with other families and do a related activity. Order and read the monthly selection together before the meeting on Saturday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme focuses on books and movies through the decades. March’s decade is the 1920s, and the book is “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Questions? Email Beth Kerrigan at bkerrigan@mhl.org.

 

March 10

Elect to Connect 2020 (Digital Detox): Silent Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Library Activity Room, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Enjoy a quiet, tech-free zone. Based on Silent Book Clubs as reported by NPR, participants come with a book or magazine, and will read between a bell at 7 p.m. and a bell at 8 p.m. People are welcome to chat with each other at that time. Chairs and tables will be set up; anyone who prefers to sit on the floor may feel free to bring something. Information: Kimberly Lynn, klynn@mhl.org.

Andover Democratic Town Committee Caucus, 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Memorial Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Information: Pam Poindexter, 978-828-2067.

 

March 10 to 13

Merrimack Valley YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover, to meet the needs of college and private school students during March break. Participants must be 16 years old. Cost: members, $300; community, $375. Information, Dan Burke, 978-685-3541, ext. 417. dburke@mvymca.org; mvymca.org.

 

March 11

Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliot Way, Haverhill. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Elect to Connect 2020: “Pain Explained/Explain Pain,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Eric Hayford, PT, DPT, will cover modern models of pain management and how to provide the treatment essentials for overcoming pain and returning to normal life. Hayford received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University and has extensive experience working in the rehabilitative spectrum. Registration required at mhl.org/calendar.

 

March 12

Elect to Connect 2020: “The Healing Mind: Meditation in Motion” Documentary Screening, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Tai Chi and Qigong are centuries-old martial art forms. The short documentary explores how the practice of these ancient forms of movement with their focus on mindfulness are helping seriously ill patients, with particular benefit for many of the side-effects associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer treatments. The filmmaker, Andover resident Betsey Beaven will give a demo, and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar.

Andover Seed Library Lecture Series: “Learning to Love Poison Ivy & Why Native Trees Matter,” 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Cathy Harragian of Organic Garden Design will discuss ways to safely remove poison ivy, and Andover resident Marc Fournier, Andover’s former deputy director of Public Works & Highway Superintendent, now arborist/horticulturist at The Trustees of Reservations’ Mytoi Japanese Garden, will discuss why it’s important to plant native trees and shrubs in your home landscape. Door prizes; pick up seeds and catalogues. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Reference Desk, 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org.

 

 

March 14

 

Annual corned beef & cabbage dinner for college scholarships, 5 to 6:30 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. This annual corned beef dinner featuring Thwaite's Market of Methuen house-made New England-style corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, drinks and an assortment of desserts. Cost: adults, $15; children 12 and under, $10. All proceeds to benefit college scholarships for members of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. Informatio : westparishchurch.org/scholarships

 

March 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, ickylabrode@verizon.net.

 

March 16

Andover WECAN Environmental Forum, 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. State and local officials will discuss local environmental issues. Participants include Sen. Barry Finegold, Rep. Tram Nguyen, select board chair, Laura Gregory, and Andover sustainability coordinator, Joyce Losick-Yang. Information: Mary Pritchard, pritchard.me@gmail.com

 

March 17

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

 

March 18

Northern Essex Registry of Deeds Office Hours, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Public Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Staff from the Northern Essex Registry of Deeds will be on hand to answer questions, provide information, and retrieve documents. Information: Janice Phillips, 978-557-1900, ext. 1921; Janice.Phillips@sec.state.ma.us.

 

March 19

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Merrimack College Sakowich Center, Turnpike St., North Andover. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Andover Seed Library Lecture Series: “Gardener’s Guide to Native & Invasive Plants,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Native plants are low maintenance, support wildlife, and many are edible. Nancy Pau, wildlife biologist at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, will share some of the best native plants for New England gardens and will also touch on local invasive plants and how to control them. Door prizes; pick up seeds and catalogues. Sign up at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Reference Desk, 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org

 

 

March 21, April 16

“Upstairs, Downstairs tour,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Andover Center for History & Culture, 97 Main St. Tour through the 200-year-old Amos Blanchard House, including not just the period rooms, but also through the private “off-limits” areas, including third-floor rooms where collection items are stored. Learn about the history and architectural details of the house and stories of the Blanchard family and the other residents of the house. Limited to 2-10 guests. Information: 978-475-2236, andoverhistoryandculture.org/upstairs-downstairs.

 

 

March 23, 27

Digital Detox Book Discussion: “Digital Minimalism,” 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” by Cal Newport is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. Registration required at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Kim Lynn, 978-623-8412, klynn@mhl.org, calnewport.com.

 

March 24

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Andover Town House, 20 Main St., Andover. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

 

March 26

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 35 Essex St., Andover. Information and appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

 

 

March 28

 

Andover Seed Library Lecture Series: “Andover Gardens! In the Backyard, Front Yard, Containers & Community Gardens,” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Get a head start on this year’s garden. A panel of some of Andover’s most experienced backyard gardeners will share their successes and failures and answer questions. Plenty of ready-to-go seed packets and 2020 garden catalogs. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Information: Reference Desk, 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org.

 

 

April 1, May 6, June 3

Monthly foster care information sessions at Department of Children and Families, first Wednesday of the month, at 3 Ferry St., Bradford. There is a need for foster homes in the Haverhill area. Information: Danielle Maloney, 978-557-2739, danielle.maloney@state.ma.us.

 

 

April 4

New England Vintage Fishing Tackle Show, 9 a.m. to 2 .m. at Tewksbury/Andover Holiday Inn, 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury. Presented by the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club, one of the largest vintage tackle shows in New England, featuring freshwater and saltwater vintage fishing gear including lures, rods, reels, decoys, flies, bobbers, tackle boxes. Collectors from Maine to New York will be there with their old tackle and to answer any questions about old fishing tackle. Author Steve Woit will be signing copies of his book, “Fly Fishing Treasures.” Admission: $5. Information: nflcc.org.

 

 

May 14

YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts Tribute to Women luncheon, noon to 2 p.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Each May, YWCA of Northeastern Massachusetts honors a select group of remarkable women who contribute to the communities within its service areas. The event also helps the YWCA raise much-needed funds for its more than 26 programs. People can help by advertising in the program book and sponsoring, donating to and attending the event. Information: Jeanne Osborn, 978-687-0331, ext. 1045, or visit ywcanema.org and follow the Tribute tab.

 

 

Through April 3

NECC alumnus graphic art exhibit, “Effigies and Transformations: A Digital Art Show” by Vaughn Abbott of Newburyport, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace, Harold Bentley Library, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Reception and artist’s talk, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Free, open to all. Information: gallery coordinator, Marc Mannheimer, mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

 

Through July 31

Phillips Andover’s Addison Gallery exhibitions: “Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America,” through April 5; National Gallery of Art traveling exhibit “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950,” through April 26; “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,” through July 31; at Phillips Academy’s 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, addison@andover.edu, addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

 

 

REGULAR MEETINGS

Through March 28

Elect to Connect 2020 with the new monthly MHL Family Book Club for families with children ages 5-9, at Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St. Each month families will read a book together and meet to discuss the book with other families and do a related activity. Order and read the monthly selection together before the meeting on Saturday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme focuses on books and movies through the decades. March’s decade is the 1920s, and the book is “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco. Register at mhl.org/calendar. Questions? Email Beth Kerrigan at bkerrigan@mhl.org.

 

March 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

 

 

March 10, 17, 24, 31

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.

 

 

March 10, April 14, May 12

Andover Health Division Senior Center Clinics, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Ballardvale Church, 23 Clark Road. Mini-clinics, 2 to 3 p.m. second Wednesdays (March 11, April 8, May 13) (except October) at Andover Commons, 30 Railroad St., and 1 to 2 p.m. fourth Mondays (March 23, April 27, May 25) (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 kdugan@mhl.org.

 

March 12, 26; April 9, 23

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, mhl.calendar.org. none scheduled after May 21: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.

 

March 12, April 9, May 14

Discover Your Past Genealogy Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m., second Thursday of the month at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Everyone is welcome, whether just getting started or have been researching your family for years. Most meetings will have a predetermined topic to discuss. Participants will learn from and help each other. Information: Stephanie Aude, 978-623-8436, saude@mhl.org.Writers Group, 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Open to new members. Information: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

 

 March 14, 28; April 11

Dads and Donuts, for ages 2 to 5 at 9:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays of the month 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, mhl.org.

 

 

March 17, 31; April 14

Reading with Annie, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every other Tuesday 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.

 

March 17, April 7, 21

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.

 

March 20, April 17, May 15

Musical Mornings 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.

 

March 26, April 30, May 28

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

 

March 27, April 10, May 29

Around the World, 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Explore different languages through songs, rhymes, stories and games. For native speakers who would like to meet other parents in the community who raise their children bilingually, or those would like to expose their children to different languages and cultures at an early age. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room. June 12 last one listed as of 2-10

 

April 6, May 4, June 1

Memorial Hall Library Pub Trivia, 7 to 9 p.m. at Pub Trivia at Andolini’s, 19 Essex St., Andover. Second Tuesday every other month. Bring a team and all of your favorite facts. $50 cash prize to the winning team, courtesy of the Friends of MHL. Information: 978-623-8430, rdesk@mhl.org, mhl.org.

 

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