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March 9, 2014

Community Calendar


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Sunday Morning Meditation, 8 a.m. at 85 Essex St., second floor, Haverhill. Offers meditations of healing, kindness, goodwill and spiritual development. The nonsectarian meditations cleanse, relieve stress, energize, heal, and activate inner potential. Call 978-457-6900.

Monday, March 10

Movie Matinee, 10:30 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825 for details.

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “Gravity” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

March 10, 17, 24 & 31

Conversational English, 10 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members are welcome. To register, call Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.

Mondays

Adult Knit-A-Bitters, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Join other knitters for a bit of knitting and a bit of chat. All levels welcome. Open to all community members. Call 978-372-1732 or visit langleyadamslib.org.

Mondays

Music Academy for Homeschool & Preschoolers, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Classes on the recorder, guitar, music and movement, drumming, music theory, rock/jazz ensemble and beginning winds/brass. Email vwalton@mvmusicschool.org.

Tuesday, March 11

Jocko’s Jazz: The John Funkhouser Quartet, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. Wheelchair accessible. Call 978-683-9200 for tickets or to make reservations. Visit jockosjazz.com for more information.

Canadian rap troubadour Baba Brinkman to perform “The Canterbury Tales Remixed,” 6:30 p.m. in the Writers House, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. The virtuoso theater show links hip-hop lyrics with Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales. Free and open to the public. Visit merrimack.edu.

Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. Gus Reusch will present “Wisdom Keepers — Stories from Native American Tribes.” Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, pastry, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

Tuesdays

Line Dancing Class, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Wednesday, March 12

45’s Tournament, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Cost is $2 per person. Sign up in the office. Call 978-983-8825.

Diabetic Shoe Clinic, 10 a.m. to noon at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Presented by Ace Medical Supply. Appointments are required. Participants must be able to attend the second clinic on April 2, 9 to 10 a.m. to receive their shoes and get fitted. Call 978-983-8825.

The Beehive: eBook How-To Sessions, 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Learn how to download free best-selling titles to read on one’s computer, iPhone, Android, Kindle or other compatible eBook reader. Bring an eBook reader, USB cord, library card, and questions for hands-on sessions with Overdrive. If using a Kindle, bring the Amazon login and password. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

American Legion (Nathan Webster Post 248) meeting, 7 p.m. at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland. Call 978-360-8107.

March 12, 19 & 26

Mature Entrepreneur Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon at Northern Essex Community College, Life Long Learning program. This program is designed for “baby boomers” seeking to supplement retirement income or provide meaningful services to their community. Cost for the entire workshop series is $30. Call 978-556-3700 to register.

Through March 31

Free Internet Classes, at the Haverhill Public Library. Classes are small, with a lot of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. It is not necessary to own a computer to take these classes, but attendees are welcome to come with their own wireless enabled laptops. Advance registration is required. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, visit the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. Reservations for April classes will begin on March 18.

Through April 5

NECC Art Exhibit Highlights Whittier’s Birthplace, in Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Artist Mark Reusch, caretaker of John Greenleaf Whittier’s Birthplace in Haverhill, will present a painting and photography exhibit featuring the 326-year-old property of the famed writer and abolitionist. An opening reception and artist talk will be held March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday 2 to 9 p.m., Fridays 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by the NECC Art & Design Department. Email pkidney@necc.mass.edu or mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

Wednesdays

Line Dancing Class, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Methuen VFW, River Street. Cost is $3 per class. Call 603-329-5904.

Wednesdays

Meat Raffle, 6 p.m. at the French Social, Railroad Street, Methuen.

Thursday, March 13

Irish Celebration featuring “Big Smiles Entertainment,” 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Includes traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with an Irish show. Cost is $15. Advance ticket purchase is required. Call 978-983-8825.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the Andover Town House, 20 Main St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Writers’ Group, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For writers of adult fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. This group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

Visit by Chronicle’s Ted Reinstein, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. The journalist and author will share his book, “A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories.” RSVP online at mhl.org/eventcalendar or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. David Christopher will discuss his book, “The Holy Universe.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Groveland VFW Post 7366 meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland. Call 978-372-5301.

Thursdays

Gentle Yoga Class, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen. All ages and all fitness levels welcome. Stretch and relax the mind. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Mats are available to use for those who don’t own one. $5 drop in fee. Email terryisme@verizon.net.

Thursdays

Bridge Group, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Experienced players are encouraged to join the group. Stop in, have fun and make new friends. Call 978-983-8825.

Thursdays

Children’s Community Choir, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 163 East Haverhill St., Lawrence. For ages 7-14. Free admission. Call 978-682-4215.

Thursdays

Meat Raffle, 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 200 Broadway, Methuen. Help support local veterans.

Thursdays

Children’s Community Choir, 4:30 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 163 East Haverhill St., Lawrence. For ages 7-14. Free admission. Call 978-682-4215.

Friday, March 14

Informational session & tour, 10 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. All are invited. Call 978-983-8825.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Latitude Sports Club, 116 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Fuel Assistance Application Help, 9 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, noon at the Lawrence Firefighters Association Relief’s In, 1 Market St., South Lawrence. Hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8. Tickets are $35. Tickets are limited. Call 603-898-7766 for tickets.

Saturday, March 15

Chamber Music Concert with the Fonda — Kaaij Duo, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Andover, 33 Central St. Featuring Dutch musicians, Douw Fonda, cello, and Martin Kaaij, guitar. The duo will perform works by Dowland, Bach, Nin and Schubert as part of their American tour. Born and educated in the United States, Fonda has been active for two decades in the Netherlands. He is the assistant principal cellist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Kaaij, a native of the Netherlands, is a well-known performer, recording artist, and author. He has performed the premiers of more than 60 new works for the guitar. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and $35 for families. Call 978-556-5046.

Author visit, noon at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Gayle Suzanne will discuss “It’s in the Little Things.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Roger Smith Memorial Indoor Triathlon, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover. Twenty minutes each of swimming, stationary bike ride and treadmill run. Ranking determined by who goes the farthest in the allotted time. Kids race is 15 minutes of each discipline. Teams are also welcome. Cost is $15 for adult members, $30 for nonmembers, $10 for youth members, $25 for nonmember youths. Call 978-685-3541.

March 15, 29, April 12 & May 4

Boutique Dates for prom dress give-aways for the Priceless Prom Gown Program, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the Everett Mill in the Stone Mill, 15 Union St., Lawrence. Local financially challenged teenagers are encouraged to come and choose a prom gown and accessories for a $10 donation. The nonprofit also offers a few tuxedos or dark formal suits, raffle prizes for formal hairstyles, makeovers and surprise goody bags. Go online to make an appointment for a specific day. Visit pricelesspromgownprogram.com or email carol@pricelesspromgownprogram.com.

Saturdays

Meat Raffle, 2 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen. Hosted by the Methuen Ladies Auxiliary. Open to the public.

Sunday, March 16

Sports card & Bruins Autograph Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaythorne K of C Hall, 462 Broadway, Methuen. Dealer tables of sport cards and memorabilia will be on display and items will be on sale. Bruins 2x Stanley Cup Champ Don Marcotte will sign autographs from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $2, free for children under 9. Call 508-265-4440.

Chamber Music Concert with the Fonda — Kaaij Duo, 3 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, 16 Ashland St. Featuring Dutch musicians, Douw Fonda, cello, and Martin Kaaij, guitar. The duo will perform works by Dowland, Bach, Nin and Schubert as part of their American tour. Born and educated in the United States, Fonda has been active for two decades in the Netherlands. He is the assistant principal cellist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Kaaij, a native of the Netherlands, is a well-known performer, recording artist, and author. He has performed the premiers of more than 60 new works for the guitar. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with a $45 max per family. Tickets will be available at the door. Call 978-556-5046.

“Step Out with Julie’s Walk Starz,” 1 to 6 p.m. at The Hampstead House Restaurant, 251 Hampstead St., Methuen. This fundraising event is in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Tickets are $20 and include a choice of one of the following meals (soda, tax and tip are included): marinated steak tips with rice pilaf and a vegetable, New England boiled dinner, chicken kabob with rice pilaf and a vegetable, or chicken fingers and french fries. Also includes raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are now available. Participants do not need to be present to win. For tickets, call 978-771-4815 or 508-364-8046.

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra with Violin Soloist Joshua Peckins in concert, 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., (Route 114), North Andover. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $5 for children ages 4-12. Seating is general admission. Tickets will be available at the door and online. Visit MKtix.com/mvpo or mvpomusic.org.

Monday, March 17

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Healthcare Services, 172 Lawrence St., Lawrence. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “Dallas Buyers’ Club” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 18

AARP meeting, 1 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With guest speakers Michael Festa, AARP State Director and Rep. Linda Dean-Campbell. Open discussion will include the issues that face the 50+ population today. RSVP by March 14. Call 617-305-0505 to register.

Esperanza Academy Admissions Open House, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 198 Garden St., Lawrence. Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school (grades 5 to 8) for girls from Lawrence. Call 978-686-4673.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at Wingate, 190 North Ave., Haverhill. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Jocko’s Jazz: The Mark Walker Trio, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. Wheelchair accessible. Call 978-683-9200 for tickets or to make reservations. Visit jockosjazz.com for more information.

Ladies Tea, 12:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. Join Mike Cross, NECC Speaker’s Bureau, for “Chocolate — The Perfect Drug.” Cost is $4 per person. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

Wednesday, March 19

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish, 198 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

“Session I: From the Roots Up — Genealogy 101,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, an expert on Acadian and French-Canadian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Methuen Veterans Director Tom Hargreaves’ office hours, 10: to 11:30 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Free Legal Clinic with Atty. Karol Bisbee, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Appointment required; 15-minute maximum. Call 978-983-8825.

COA Board of Directors meeting, 9 a.m. in the Groveland Police Station Conference Room. All are welcome.

Hampstead Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. in Hadley Hall, Hampstead Congregational Church. Eileen Valliere will explain the hidden meanings of flowers when she presents the program, “The Language of Flowers.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to St. Anne’s Food Pantry and receive a door prize ticket.

Thursday, March 20

Enrichment Craft Class: “Paint Your Own Fused Glass Candle Holder,” 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Presented by Magic Brush Pottery. Cost is $15. Preregistration is required. Call 978-983-8825.

Screening of “Dark Forest in the Mountains,” 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Knights of Vartan and the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Doug Most will discuss “The Race Underground.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Saturday, March 22

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With music by The Entertainers. Cost is $9. Call 978-983-8825.

“The Adventures of Ivan,” 2 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. West Elementary music teacher, Valerie Peters, will present the interactive piano recital. Each piece of piano music is paired with a piece of artwork drawn by an Andover student. This multimedia program is geared towards elementary-aged students, but is open to everyone. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

Penny Social, 6 p.m. at the VFW, 26 River St., Methuen. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Doors open at 5 p.m. Raffle tickets are $1 per sheet. Bring a friend. Donations are welcome.

Communion Breakfast, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, Duperry Hall, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen. Roman Catholic Mass celebrated by Bishop William J. McNaughton, MM, followed by a meal to meet old and new friends. Menu includes honey glazed ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and butter, apple crisp with toasted oatmeal streusel, coffee, tea, soda and water. Free door prize drawing, 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit Lawrence Knights of Columbus charities. Free will offering. Call 855-949-5632.

Sunday, March 23

Author Visit, 2 p.m. in Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St. Professor Christine Kinealy, author, professor and director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, will speak on her new book, “Charity And The Great Hunger in Ireland, The Kindness of Strangers.” Sponsored by Division 8 AOH and the Irish Foundation. Free admission. Handicap accessible.

Monday, March 24

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “Blue Jasmine” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 25

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Jocko’s Jazz: Rick Hammett’s “The Axe Masters” with vocalist Rebecca Parris, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. Wheelchair accessible. Call 978-683-9200 for tickets or to make reservations. Visit jockosjazz.com for more information.

Free Informational Safety Talk, 11 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. People’s Bank will present “Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft.” All are invited. Call 978-983-8825.

Wednesday, March 26

Free Educational Legal Seminar: “protecting your life savings & financial planning tips,” 1 to 3 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With speakers Atty. Edward Beasley and Gregory Gagne. Call 978-983-8825.

NARFE Meeting, 2 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

“Building Up or Spending Down? — A Retirement Portfolio” Interactive Forum, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Join John Spoto, “Financially Speaking” columnist for The Eagle-Tribune, Lowell Sun Times and North of Boston Business Magazine for this informative 90-minute discussion. Bring questions or come to listen and learn. Registration required. Register online at mhl.org/eventcalendar or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

“Session II: Searching for Your Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestors,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, an expert on Acadian and French-Canadian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

L.A.O.H. Fundraiser, 4 to 10 p.m. at The Irish Cottage Restaurant and Pub, 1111 Riverside Drive, Methuen. Help support the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in their fundraising efforts. Call 978-208-4347.

Friday, March 28

“Worship the King,” 7 p.m. at the Riverside Assembly of God, 15 Lowell Blvd., Methuen. All are welcome. Call 978-688-8777.

Saturday, March 29

Irish Film Festival, 10 a.m. at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH. Free admission. Handicap accessible. Call 978-794-1655.

Sunday, March 30

Boston Saxophone Quartet presents “Music of the Civil War,” 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. The Boston Saxophone Quartet will explore the innocence, memories, and passion of the Civil War, as told through its musical legacy. The concert kicks off “Lest We Forget,” a community-wide series. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

“An Afternoon with Elvis Presley,” 1 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St., Methuen. Hosted by Quota International of Lawrence in partnership with Methuen Sons of Italy. Tickets are $45 per person and include a full course buffet dinner and two-hour show featuring Elvis tribute artist, Rick Andrade. For tickets, call 978-379-7321 or mail a check to Quota International of Lawrence, P.O. Box 2183, Methuen, MA 01844. All proceeds will benefit the deaf and hard of hearing and disadvantaged women and children of the local area.

Second Annual Merrimack Valley Special Needs Resource Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merrimack College, Sakowich Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Exhibitors include medical and therapeutic services, specialized education, sports, activities and camps, assistive technologies, legal services, social skills programs, financial planning, horseback riding as equine therapy and more. Vendor space is limited. Register online at mvsnrf.eventbrite.com or call 781-316-6040 to secure a vendor space. Free for attendees. All are welcome. Learn about the people and resources serving families with special needs in the Merrimack Valley area and beyond. Optional RSVP for attendees and event sharing, visit facebook.com/MVSNRF.

New England Percussion Championships, noon to 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School. Up to 30 bands will be performing. All proceeds will support music programs in the North Andover public schools. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth. Call 978-681-9915.

“Ireland In Song — Celtic Melodies for Voice & Piano,” 2 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, Sargent Auditorium, 51 Lawrence St. Performed by Terri and George Kelley. Presented by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and The Irish Foundation. Free admission.

Monday, March 31

Monday Movie, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Library’s Activity Room, 2 North Main St., Andover. Attend the free movie and enter to win the DVD. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. For this month’s selection, visit mhl.org/mondaymovies.

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “All Is Lost” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 2

“Session III: Tracing Your Roots in Ireland,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Judy Lucey, an archivist and genealogist at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. She is also an expert in Irish and Italian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Thursday, April 3

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Christopher Golden will discuss “Snowblind.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

April 3, 4 & 5

“Tartuffe,” 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. The comedic satire about a chronic con artist will be performed by Merrimack College students and alumni. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and Merrimack College employees. Buy tickets at merrimack.edu/community/rogers or call 978-837-5355.

April 4, 5 & 6

Lionel Bart’s “Oliver,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. Presented by the Windham Actors Guild. Not suggested for audiences under 8 due to violence. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and members of the military. For tickets, call 603-247-8634 or visit windhamactorsguild.com.

Saturday, April 5

Fifth annual Craft Fair, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., Haverhill. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-foot by 2 1/2 foot table, with chairs included. All proceeds support the Riverside Memorial missions fund. Space is limited so register early. Call 617-455-2792 or email ms.renee1969@yahoo.com.

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Third annual “Knight of Honor...Rising Star Gala,” 6 to 10 p.m. at the North Andover Country Club, 500 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Hosted by the North Andover Merchants Association (NAMA). The gala will honor and celebrate two graduating seniors pursuing a business degree with a $1,000 scholarship each; award the accomplishments of a young entrepreneur with a $500 check, and award one local business/merchant for their commitment to the North Andover community; this year’s recipient is Dawn Pease of Dawns Sign Tech. The evening festivities will include a dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Merchant sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight or 10 may be reserved. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Sylvie Foulds at northandovermerchants@gmail.com. Checks can be mailed to NAMA, P.O. Box 62, North Andover, MA 01845. Email patroche376@gmail.com or sylf19@comcast.net. Seating is limited.

Spring Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windham High School, London Bridge Road. Sponsored by the Windham Woman’s Club. All items are hand-crafted by more than 55 local artisans. Items for sale include jewelry, glass art, woodworking, baby items, doll and dog clothing, candy, fudge, photography and much more. Find items for Easter, Mother’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduation, spring and summer birthdays. There will also be a bake sale and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Windham Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and other community projects. Email fortier27@comcast.net or mrsmaryberg10@gmail.com.

Merrimack River Park Cleanup, 8:30 a.m. at the Park. All volunteers are welcome. Pastries, coffee, cold drinks and more will be available. Event will be held weather permitting. Alternate date will be April 12. Email dicksr1@hotmail.com for more information.

Spring Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. Features 17 dealers, a White Elephant area, a jewelry table, a bakery table and a raffle table. Lunch will be served. The money raised will go to the Building and Maintenance Fund. Dealers wanted. Rent a 9 ft. table for $20. Call 978-886-2191.

April 5 & 6

Open House “Fabulous Basket Raffle,” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Searles Castle at Windham, 21 Searles Road. Themed baskets valued at approximately $100 to $500 will be on display in each room of the castle. Chances for the baskets are 15 for $10 and include a chance to win an antique crystal bowl. Docents will be in each room giving the history of the room of the castle. Complimentary beverages will be available. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Mercy/Castle Restoration Fund. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and children. Tickets will be sold at the ticket window until 3 p.m. Credit cards cannot be accepted. Call 603-890-0458 or email searlescastle@att.net.

SUNDAY, April 6

“Postcards from Around the World: The Orient Express,” 3 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Performed by Mistral, formerly Andover Chamber Music. All proceeds will support Mistral’s concerts and outreach programs. The 2013-14 concert season is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, free for students with ID. Group and family discounts available. Order tickets at MistralMusic.org, email sales@MistralMusic.org or call 978-474-6222.

Tuesday, April 8

Informational Event: Bread & Roses, 12:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Presented by Tom Gradzewicz. Call 978-983-8825.

Wednesday, April 9

“Session IV: Discovering Your Italian Heritage,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Judy Lucey, an archivist and genealogist at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. She is also an expert in Irish and Italian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

45’s Tournament, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Cost is $2 per person. Sign up in the office. Call 978-983-8825.

Thursday, April 10

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Nick Trout will discuss “Dog Gone, Back Soon.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Friday, April 11

Informational session & tour, 10 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. All are invited. Call 978-983-8825.

Saturday, April 12

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Author visit, noon at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. A.J. Smith will discuss “Even Monsters.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Thrift Shop Saturday Sale — Stuff a Bag event, 9 a.m. to noon at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With The Entertainers. Cost is $9 per person. Call 978-983-8825.

Sunday, April 13

Free masters workshop in the art of piano playing, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill. With NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Piano players will have the chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are welcome to attend. Email cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

April 13, 27, May 4, 11 & 18

Healthy Kids Running Series, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at AVIS-West Parish Meadow, off Reservation Road, Andover. Pre-K will do the 50 yard dash, kindergarten and first grade will do the 1/4 mile, second and third graders will do the 1/2 mile, fourth and fifth graders and middle school students will do the one mile race. Top placers in each race will receive points based on their finish. The boy and girl racer with the most points at the end of the series will win a trophy and a prize. Medals will be awarded to every racer after the last race in the series. Gift bags will be distributed to all participants. Cost is $30 for the series, $10 per race. All races will be the same distances each week. Snacks and beverages for participants. Call 978-886-6506 or email sean7amy@gmail.com. Register online at healthykidsrunningseries.org.

Tuesday, April 15

AARP meeting, 1 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Wednesday, April 16

Veterans Expo, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825 for details.

Thursday, April 17

Safe Driving program, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Sponsored by AARP. Call 978-983-8825 for details.

Saturday, April 19

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Tuesday, April 22

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Thursday, April 24

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Jeffrey Harrison, author of “Into Daylight” and Kathleen Aponick, author of “Bright Realm,” will discuss their books. Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Saturday, April 26

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With the Bob Drinkwater Band. Cost is $9 per person. Call 978-983-8825.

Sunday, April 27

Andover Choral Society’s Spring Concert “Simple Gifts — An American Musical Landscape,” 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover. The concert will feature the music of American composers, Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson and Steven Foster. Visit andoverchoralsociety.org.

Wednesday, April 30

Intergenerational Senior Prom, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Saturday, May 3

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Sunday, May 4

Free Concert, 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. The New England Classical Singers, joined by the Lawrence High Girls Ensemble, will present “The Seven Last Words Of Christ” by Dubois. Barbara Kilduff, a renowned soprano, will be among the soloists. The free concert is supported by the Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust. Call 978-683-8222.

May 4 & June 8

Girl Scout Camp Maude Eaton to have Open House, 1 to 4 p.m. located at 141 Abbot St., Andover. Visit girlscoutseasternmass.org.

Thursday, May 8

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Robert Forrant will discuss “Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Thursday, May 15

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Susan Gregg Gilmore will discuss “The Funeral Dress.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Saturday, May 17

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Tuesday, May 20

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Julia Glass will discuss “And the Dark Sacred Night.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Tuesday, May 27

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Saturday, May 31

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Tuesday, June 24

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, July 22

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.