---- — Andover Youth Services has kicked off the 20th season of its summer program for students entering seventh through ninth grades.
The program is called True Grit features more than 80 activities and clinics, plus visits to prime destinations across New England.
Some of the offerings include a trip to Boston to experience Codzilla on July 15, a fishing trip July 31 and kayaking on Walden Pond Aug. 7. A girls-only spa day, rock climbing and outings to Martha’s Vineyard and a Maine farm are also planned. At least one excursion is scheduled every day.
Clinics will be held in a variety of areas, including golf, wrestling and skating, as well as an Ultimate Clinic or Summer League.
Three high school trips for AYS alumni are also planned. They include a weeklong Conquest Colorado trip to camp, explore and rock out and a white-water rafting outing in Maine.
To help support the programming, AYS has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation.
To register for any AYS program or more information, visit andoveryouthservices.com, stop by the office at 37 Pearson St. anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 978-623-8241.
Cooking classes offered for adults
LAWRENCE - Want to learn how to prepare healthy food for a properly balanced diet?
Starting tomorrow and continuing July 18 and 25 and Aug. 1, 8 and 15, Groundwork Lawrence is offering Cooking Matters for Adults at 60 Island St., Suite 3.
Participants will receive free groceries, prepare and enjoy food as a class and tour local grocery stores.
For information, contact Maria Natera at 978-974-0770 ext. 7006 or send an email to email@example.com.
Council on Aging offers A Matterof Balance
METHUEN - A Matter of Balance is an eight-week workshop being offered by The Methuen Council on Aging Sept. 17 to Nov. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 77 Lowell St.
“A Matter of Balance” is an award winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Participants will learn to set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, exercise to increase strength and balance.
For details or to register, call Kathryn at 978-946-1260 or log on to www.healthyliving4me.org. Program is free.
Summer paddle on Saturday in Andover
The Shawsheen River Watershed Association hosts a July Public Paddle Saturday July 13 starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Knights of Columbus, Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury, to Andover finishing around 11:30 a.m. Participants must bring their own canoe or kayak. For more information go to www.shawsheen.org.
Tryouts for ‘Les Miserables’ slated
ANDOVER - The Andover Community Theater will hold tryouts for “Les Miserables” Tuesday July 23 from 7-10 p.m. and also Thursday, July 25 at the ACT rehearsal space, 250 Canal St., Lawrence. Tryouts are by appointment and all roles open. Contact Charles Gracy, ACT artistic director at www.act.com.
Woman tells about leaving the Amish
NORTH ANDOVER - A woman who left the Amish will talk about her experiences at the Stevens Memorial Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of “Why I Left the Amish.” She is the first speaker in the Stevens Memorial Library’s Summer at the Stevens Thursday Nights series. The library is at 345 Main St.