Andover artist Gayle Caruso unveils “Free Fall, 1000 Drawings,” her collection of 11-by-14-inch, mixed-media paintings created in the months following a near-death hospital experience, opening this week at McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Caruso’s works, a combination of drawings, paintings and collages, are grouped together in two, 500-piece grids supported in a specially engineered display.

The works are drawn from two series, “Divine Light” and Free Fall,” in which a signature figure of a body is repeated. Together, the pieces seek to illustrate Caruso’s out-of-body experience following an operation a couple years ago in which her heart stopped and her world briefly turned to black.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception for Caruso and “Free Fall, 1000 Drawings” on Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in McCoy Gallery. The exhibit runs through April 15. Gallery hours at McCoy are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.merrimack.edu/mccoy.

Hop to the annual Easter Egg Hunt

The town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt gets rolling on Saturday, March 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Andover High School on Shawsheen Road.

Recreation Director Kim Stamas said the indoor event will be held in the school’s cafeteria. There will be games, prizes, arts and crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny and egg decorating. An egg hunt will conclude the festivities.

The event is for ages 2 to 10 and costs $10 per child. Registration is required by calling the Andover Department of Community Services at 978-623-8274 or visit www.AndoverDCS.com for more information. 

Make some noise for community drumming

SoulWorks Rhythm will present a dynamic and interactive program at the BoomerVenture Campus located at The Center at Punchard on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will play West African, Japanese and hybrid recreational drums and other percussion instruments.

The evening will include background on the drums, instruction and an explanation of the health benefits of group drumming, which include reduced stress and increased immune system function. All equipment will be provided.

Monique Morimoto, MS, CPCC, and Stephen Whitney of SoulWorks Rhythm have provided rhythm-based events for the Beth Israel Parkinson’s Wellness Program and numerous private and public venues. Their backgrounds are as a personal leadership coach/consultant/facilitator and professional musician, respectively.

The cost is $5. The community is welcome. Registration is requested so equipment plans may be made. Register at www.myactivecenter.org or call 978-623-8321 to sign up. For more information on SoulWorks Rhythm, visit

www.soulworksrhythm.com.

March Madness marches along at Melmark

Melmark New England in Andover is continuing to celebrate March Madness with a Zumba for Autism fundraiser on Friday, March 20, in which 200 participants and 16 instructors will dance the night away with VIP packages, raffles, refreshments and more.

Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, March 21, in the Melmark Locker Room Lounge on River Road. Twenty teams will compete while enjoying refreshments, raffles and more. 

Dresscode in downtown Andover at 2 Elm Square will host “Ladies Night Out” on Thursday, March 26. Guests will enjoy light appetizers, wine and a 20 percent discount. Any shopper that mentions Melmark during the month of March will receive a 10 percent discount and Melmark will receive a donation equal to 10 percent of those purchases.

For more information about any of the March Madness special events or to learn more about Melmark New England, contact Director of Advancement Ellen Kallman at ekallman@melmarkne.org or visit www.melmarkne.org.

Celebration continues with Celtic Concert

Andover musicians George and Terri Kelley will present their ninth annual Celtic Concert on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.

The free, one-hour concert will feature Celtic music for voice and piano. Several surprise guests will be joining the Kelleys. This year’s concert will also include stories about how Celtic music is connected to Chinese, Italian, German and American music.

The public is invited. A reception will follow the performance, which is supported by The Irish Foundation.

‘Candlelight, Cocktails & Broadway’ for Mistral

Mistral presents is spring fundraiser, “Candlelight, Cocktails & Broadway,” on Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at a private home on School Street in Andover.

The program will feature American actor and singer Nat Chandler, who will perform a program of Broadway show tunes and selections from the Great American Songbook in support of Mistral’s 19th season and its outreach programs.

Guests are invited to join Mistral artistic director Julie Scolnik and her ensemble for an intimate early evening of mingling with fellow music lovers over Cole Porter, the “Phantom,” cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a few select auction items.

A similar fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in Brookline.

Tickets are $75. Space is limited and reservations are requested by visiting www.MistralMusic.org.

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