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.

Children ages 2 to 10 will enjoy games, arts and crafts egg decorating and prizes and also take pictures with the Easter Bunny inside the school cafeteria. The egg hunt in the courtyard will cap off the day. The hunt will be separated by age group so that the little ones have an easy chance to grab their eggs.

Janice Coppolino, recreation coordinator for the Andover Department of Community Services, says there will also be a new photo contest during the event this year, with two chances to win. Participants should bring along their cameras or cellphones to be part of the competition.

The event costs $10 per child and registration is required by calling DCS at 978-623-8274 or visit for more information. 

Cultural Council 2015 grants reception April 16

The Andover Cultural Council will hold its reception for its 2015 grant recipients on Thursday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover.

The cultural council has awarded 18 grants totaling $5,637 in the latest awards cycle. The grants will pay for an array of activities in Andover, including visual art, music, literature, storytelling, dance, sculpture and more.

Local schools, music programs and a church are among the beneficiaries of this year’s grant awards. Among the projects are a children’s storytelling series, a three-dimensional sculpture installation on the grounds of West Parish Cemetery, a special needs youth choral performance, a Japanese women’s drumming event at the senior center and increased family programming at Addison Gallery.

Reservations are requested for the April 16 reception by emailing

Jazzy Day for Night plays at UUC coffeehouse

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, 6 Locke St., will host a jazz concert featuring the noted combo Day for Night on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Performers will include Andover residents John Finbury on keyboard and Patty Brayden on vocals as well as Kevin Mara on drums, George Hicks on guitar, Valerie Walton on reeds and Dave Hickernell on bass. The group has performed several times in Andover as well as on the North Shore.

The public is invited to the evening of music and dancing in the church coffeehouse. A suggested donation of $10 will be requested at the door. Beverages, snacks and desserts will be available. For more information, contact the church at 978-475-4454 or by email at or Nancy Mulvey at 978-475-2411 or

Choral Evensong, in gratitude, at Christ Church

The choirs of Christ Church, Andover and Christ Church, Hamilton-Wenham, combine for Choral Evensong featuring the “Duruflé Requiem, Op. 9” on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. at the Parish of Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover.

The requiem will be sung in gratitude for the life of the late Boston organist and choral director Donald Teeters.

The program will also include “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” of Herbert Howells. Organist Barbara Bruns, minister of music at The Parish of Christ Church, and John Russell, director of music at Christ Church, Hamilton-Wenham, will lead the choirs of both churches in the performance. Mezzo-soprano Anney Barrett and cellist Kate Jensik will be featured.

Admission is free; a goodwill offering will be taken. For more information, call Christ Church, Andover at 978-475-0529 or visit

Settle in for Faith Lutheran Movie Night

Faith Lutheran Church holds its monthly Movie Night on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 360 South Main St., Andover. “Julia & Julia“ about an unemployed, almost 30-year-old blogger who decides to try to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook in 365 days, will be shown.

Admission is free. Call the church at 978-475-4059 for more information.

Andover artist sharing talents in Spring Show

Artist Karla Cook of Andover is participating in Saltbox Gallery’s 27th Spring Show and Sale this weekend in Coolidge Hall at Topsfield Fairgrounds.

As part of the show, Cook will be painting pet portraits in pastels. One of her dog portraits was chosen to hang among 200 pastels at the Pastel Society of America’s national show in NYC.

This weekend’s Saltbox show will feature 17 member and guest artists in their own mini-gallery spaces showing everything from oils, watercolors, acrylics and collages to photography, porcelain, pottery, decorative books and handcrafted jewelry.

Demonstrations will be on tap on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

From Mass to Mystical with Andover Choral Society 

Save the date for the Andover Choral Society’s Spring Concert featuring Joseph Haydn’s “Missa in tempore belli (Mass in time of War)” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” set for Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Director Michael Driscoll will lead the choral society. Featured soloists include soprano Elisabeth Marshall, alto Emily Marvosh, tenor Gregory Zavracky and bass Philip Lima.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door for adults. Students are welcome for $5. Visit or call 978-682-4050.

NECC hosting U.S. Navy Band visit

The U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pop Ensemble — one of 11 official bands of the U.S. Navy worldwide — will present a free concert on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Under the direction of Lt. Gregory Fritz, the concert band performs a wide variety of musical styles including traditional band music, popular standards and patriotic favorites. Its repertoire includes “Jupiter from the Planets,” “Bluejackets on Parade,” “Swanee,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a Nat King Cole medley.

The band, which is attached to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Northeast, is comprised of 45 professional Navy musicians from across the country.

This event is sponsored by the NECC Music Department. Seats are general admission. Contact Michael Lecuyer at for more information.


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