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December 23, 2012

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---- — Sunday, Dec. 23

Horse-Drawn Hay Rides with help from Jack Frost, 1 to 3 p.m. at The Loop, Methuen. Meet in the courtyard in front of AMC Loews Theatres. Cash and food donations will be accepted for the Lazarus House Food Pantry.

Monday, Dec. 24

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Loop, 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mammoth Road. Sponsored by the Londonderry Lions Club. 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), redcrossblood.org.

Mondays

“Holy Yoga,” 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 346 Broadway, Haverhill. Led by Amanda Souliotis, whose ministry incorporates prayer, meditation, and Bible reading with yoga. Open to the public. The program benefits men and women. No experience necessary. A free will offering will gratefully be accepted. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a friend. 978-374-8029, FirstPresbyterianHaverhill.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

30th Annual Christmas Dinner, noon in the John Hancock Lodge Hall, 275 Broadway, Methuen. Hosted by the Masons of John Hancock Lodge. Those who are alone on Christmas Day or who find themselves short of funds are welcome to enjoy a turkey dinner. Santa may also make a call. 603-490-3316.

Tuesdays

Yoga Playtime Class, 10:30 a.m. at 44 Hampshire St., Methuen. For parents and children. Yoga poses are presented through games, stories, songs, and poems. Registration required. Limited to 10 children. Email terryisme@verizon.net.

Tuesday through Saturday, through Dec. 29

“Tree Time,” at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St., Andover. Features a collection of Christmas trees, decorated by individuals, groups, and businesses from the Andover community. Each of the trees is inspired by a unique historical object displayed in the historical society’s “Andover Top 40 Exhibit.” $8 for adults, $5 for members, seniors, and children under 12. 978-475-2236.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

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

Presidential Series Video, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Methuen Senior Activity Center’s main lobby, 77 Lowell St. 978-983-8825.

Teen Coffee House, 6:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Talented teens are wanted. Artists, singers, musicians and poets are encouraged to perform. 978-372-1732, langleyadamslib.org.

Lunch Time Knitting Group meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Beshara Room, Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Merrimack Valley Quilter’s Guild meeting, 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Beshara Room, Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Thursday, Dec. 27

“Book Chat,” 10 to 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St. Hear which new fiction and nonfiction titles are getting the best reviews and share with the group. Also features author-talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations, staff picks, and more. 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Greater Salem Artists Association meeting, 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the Lancaster Room, Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Thursday’s Monday Knitting Circle, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Saturday, Dec. 29

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Saint Joseph School, 56 Oak Terrace, Haverhill. 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), redcrossblood.org.

Visit by local author Frank Paolini, 11 a.m. at the Colby Memorial Library, 7 Colby Road, Danville. Paolini will sign copies of his new children’s book, “Gustov and Me.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. 603-382-6733.

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.

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Prime rib dinner at 7 p.m., dancing with music by Boots & Co. from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Also includes favors and champagne. Tickets $50 per person. Deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 17. 978-983-8825.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Methuen Rail Trail’s New year’s day walk, 8:30 a.m. beginning at the IHOP parking lot. Email tim65@comcast.net, methuenrailtrail.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Methuen Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. in the Garden Room at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. Deborah Trickett will discuss Winter Container Gardening. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Lunch Time Knitting Group meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Beshara Room, Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Salem NH Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group meeting, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood will be discussed. Copies are available through the library. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Mystery & Suspense Book Club meeting, 7 p.m. at the Colby Memorial Library, 7 Colby Road, Danville. M.C. Beaton’s “Kissing Christmas Goodbye” will be discussed. 603-382-6733.

Thursday’s Monday Knitting Circle, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Jan. 4 & 8

Free E-Reader Basics classes, 10 a.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green. Learn how to use the new device and access e-books through New Hampshire Downloadable Books. Sign up early as space is limited. It’s recommended that attendees bring their e-Readers from home. 603-635-7581, pelhampubliclibrary.org.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Machine Knitters meeting, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Beshara Room, Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. 603-898-7064, salem.lib.nh.us.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Open House, 1 to 2 p.m. at Family Cooperative Preschool, 565 Osgood St., on Edgewood Farm, North Andover. Meet the director and teachers, tour the school house, and enjoy the rural setting with opportunities for nature exploration. 978-682-4012, familycoop.org.

Auditions for Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet, beginning at 10 a.m. at NECB studios, 4 Dracut St., Lawrence. Open to all dancers from any studio. Audition times are by age. $15 audition fee. No performance fees. 978-975-0289, newenglandcivicballet.org.

Monday, Jan. 7

Creative Cafe — Monthly Craft Night, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Meet other crafters and work on projects. Open to adults who knit, crochet, scrapbook, and create other portable crafts. The group meets on the first open Monday of each month. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Conversational English Group Winter session, 10 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Weekly sessions for students who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members welcome. Registration requested. 978-475-4602.

“Beginner’s Watercolors with Christina Kelly,” 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Materials will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited to 12 people. 978-372-1732, langleyadamslib.org.

Piano Sing-Along with John D’Ambrosio, 2 p.m. at Methuen Village at Riverwalk Park, 4 Gleason St. Free, but advance registration encouraged. 978-685-2220, MethuenVillage.com.

Jan. 7, 14 & 21

Treble Chorus of New England auditions, at the West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Auditions are for the Spring Season: Training (ages 7-9), Concert (ages 9-13), and Schola (ages 13-18). Regular rehearsals are held on Mondays; Training, 5 to 6 p.m., Concert 6 to 7:30 p.m., Schola, 6 to 8 p.m. There is also a free optional music theory class for the choristers for 30 minutes before each rehearsal. Call or email to schedule an audition. 978-470-TCNE, email tcnemanager@treblechorusne.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

“Designing with House Plants,” 7 p.m. in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street, North Andover. Presented by the North Andover Garden Club. Master gardener Donna Lane, owner of Lane Interiors and Gardens in Norwood, will demonstrate different ways of displaying plants in the home. Grouping, scale, location, and presentation techniques will also be discussed. Some plants will be raffled to audience members. 978-689-9318, email northandovergardenclub@yahoo.com.

Methuen Rail Trail meeting, 7 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. Topics will include a recap of last year’s accomplishments and a list of goals for the upcoming year. Open to the public. Email tim65@comcast.net, methuenrailtrail.org.

Andover School of Montessori Open House, 9 to 11 a.m. at the school, 400 South Main St., Andover. Learn about the accredited pre-kindergarten through eighth grade Montessori school. 978-475-2299.

Quota International of Andover meeting, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Betsy Williams will present “Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?” Williams, a teacher, author and lecturer on uses of herbs and flowers, will also discuss how people can help children go green through the use of folklore, crafts and activities. Parents, grandparents, teachers, gardeners and nature lovers will especially enjoy this presentation. Free. 978-251-8922.

Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 12

Free Chronic Pain Workshop, 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill. Participants will learn to control pain; deal with depression, frustration, isolation and poor sleep patterns; eat well, begin an exercise program, handle stress, relax, and increase energy levels. Workshops are run by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Registration requested. 978-946-1211.

Thursday, Jan. 10

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

Friday, Jan. 11

“Ready — Set — Go!” School Readiness Workshop, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church Community Center, 171 Zion Hill Road, Salem, N.H. Hosted by Salem Family Resources-Success By 6 in collaboration with the Salem School District. Information about the Special Education evaluation and identification process for young children (ages birth to 5) will be presented. Free. Children are welcome. Childcare with activities will be available. 603-898-5493, email info@salemfamilyresources.org, salemfamilyresources.org.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Stephanie Corby & Brendan Hogan in concert, 8 p.m. at Crossroads Coffeehouse, 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Tickets $15. For all ages. crossroadscoffeehouse.org.

Author Visit from Dr. Donna B. Pincus, 1 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. The childhood anxiety expert will discuss her book, “Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety.” Free, but registration is requested. 978-686-4080, ext. 13.

Author Visit: Andre Dubus, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Dubus will present his latest book, “Townie: A Memoir.” He will discuss his writing, have a book signing and Q&A session. 978-372-1732, langleyadamslib.org.

Sunday, Jan. 13

Boston Black Catholic Choir, 3 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Meyer Chambers has brought together members of the local black Catholic community to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Over their 20-year ministry, the choir has traveled nationally and internationally. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Lynne Lynch & the Classics, 2 p.m. at Methuen Village at Riverwalk Park, 4 Gleason St. Free, but advance registration encouraged. 978-685-2220, MethuenVillage.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Presentation by Charlie Appelstein, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School, 206 Main St., Salem, N.H. Hosted by Salem Family Resources-Success By 6. Appelstein’s presentation, “Responding Versus Reacting to Your Kids: Key Principles and Techniques for Effective Parenting,” includes strategies to help parents stay calm under pressure, communicate, how, why and when to use incentives and consequences to motivate behavior and tips to prevent problem behaviors. Open to the public. Professional development certificates will be awarded. $15 for advance reservation, $20 at the door. 603-898-5493, email info@salemfamilyresources.org, salemfamilyresources.org.

“The Great Penguin Rescue,” 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. With local penguin expert and award-winning author Dyan deNapoli, and author, naturalist, and photographer John Rockwood. Registration requested. Snow date is Jan. 29. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Career Networking Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Topic will be “Interviews.” Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Third Thursday Book Group meeting, 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Nick Bantock’s trilogy “Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence” will be discussed. Copies are at the front desk. Newcomers are welcome. 603-329-6411, HampsteadLibrary.org.

Saturday, Jan. 19

How Men Think (Or Do They)? All-Male Stand-up Comedy Show, 8:30 p.m. at Salvatore’s Riverwalk Function Facility, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. Dinner 7 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. for show only tickets. Cash bar. Tickets $40 (includes dinner), $20 (for show only). 978-291-0220, email email events@DrinkwaterProductions.com, drinkwaterproductions.com.

Monday, Jan. 21

Non-Fiction Book Group meeting, 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson will be discussed. Copies are at the front desk. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to help choose future books for the group to read and discuss. 603-329-6411, HampsteadLibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

“Winter Birds of New England,” 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Presented by John Rockwood, professional photographer, naturalist, lecturer, and published author. Registration requested. Snow date is Jan. 29. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Winter Book Sale Preview Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. $20 admission per person, free for Friends members. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Community Pie Making & Tasting Contest, 2 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. In honor of National Pie Day. Pies will be judged by librarians, Council On Aging, and other members of the community. The winner will be rewarded. Bring pies and appetites. 978-372-1732, langleyadamslib.org.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Performance by guitarist & Irish drummer Paul Carroll, 2 p.m. at Methuen Village at Riverwalk Park, 4 Gleason St. Free, but advance registration encouraged. 978-685-2220, MethuenVillage.com.

Friday, Jan. 25

Winter Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Winter Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Boston Irish Comedy Night, check for show time at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive. Buffet dinner show tickets $55, tickets only $30. Reserved seating for tables of 8-12. Assigned seating for non-reserved. 603-362-8700, atkinsonresort.com.

Sunday, Jan. 27

Winter Book Sale, 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Monday, Jan. 28

Monday Movie Night, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Attend the movie and enter to win the DVD after watching it. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

“From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music,” 6:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Presented by NECC professor Kevin Comtois. 978-372-1732, langleyadamslib.org.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Career Networking Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Topic will be “Follow-Up Interviews.” Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Hospice Volunteer Training, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fidelis Hospice office in Haverhill. Free and open to community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers or who would like to learn more about hospice care. Topics include “Hospice History and Philosophy,” “Care and Comfort,” “Communication Skills” and “Spirituality in Hospice.” Volunteers provide caring companionship to people with terminal illnesses. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Volunteers also need background and drug tests which will be provided at no cost. 855-816-4777, email robert.buckel@fidelishospice.com.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Los Sugar Kings in concert, 8 p.m. at Crossroads Coffeehouse, 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Tickets $15. crossroadscoffeehouse.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, March 26

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, April 23

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, May 28

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, June 25

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, July 23

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Merrimack Valley PFLAG chapter meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. 781-891-5966. email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com, gbpflag.org.