The Center at Punchard kicked off Senior Center Month on Sept. 9 with a cookout and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated kitchen. On hand for the ceremony were, from left, Town Manager Reginald "Buzz" Stapczynski, Elder Services Director Kathy Urquhart; Frank Melendez, nutrition program coordinator; Ed Ataide, acting director, plant and facilities; and Don Robb, co-chairman of the Council on Aging.

The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover, is gearing up for an open house next week in celebration of Senior Center Month.

The event is set for Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature an expanded schedule of activities. Many of the groups based at the center will be represented, and all are welcoming new members.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast with legislative forum hosted by the Council on Aging advisory board.

The TRIAD group hosts Fire Chief Mike Mansfield in a “lock box” forum at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a buffet lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $4, and advance purchase is required,

The open house concludes with an emergency preparedness forum at 1 p.m.

Here are some of the other upcoming activities at the center this month:

Men’s Breakfast: The Vietnam War: Friday, Sept. 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m. First Lt. Joseph Leone, a highly decorated veteran, highlights the daily life of infantrymen in Vietnam; $4.

Dinner Show: Lunatic, Lover and Poet — Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits: Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Richard Clark, a 25-year veteran of television and stage, showcases some of the most memorable moments in dramatic literature from the great wordsmith. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council and includes a full roast beef dinner plus show; $10.

Retirement on the Line: Age, Work and Value in an American Factory: Monday, Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. Anthropologist Caitrin Lynch explores the value and meaning of work for seniors and the consequences for a society that devalues aging and employment; program includes a documentary film screening; $3.

Fiction Writing Basics: Wednesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9, and Nov. 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Focusing on short stories, the class will study the art and craft of fiction while examining the tools and techniques useful in writing original works, $12.

All events are open to the community. However, space is limited and registration is required.

The Center at Punchard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete listing of classes and programs, check the center’s newsletter or visit For more information, call 978-623-8321.

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