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Chandler Road Recreation Area kick-off meeting planned

The Town of Andover will be hosting a meeting to share information about land at 138 Chandler Rd on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St. The meeting will include an overview of the property, information on its history and an analysis of the site of current conditions. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own ideas for the future use of the site.

There will be a virtual version of the meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. which will follow the same agenda. To join the virtual meeting, use the following link:

Meeting ID: 774 3047 7078

Password: 2iy7yr

Exploring Anti-Semitism, a four-part series

Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley will present the second part of the four-part series “Exploring Antisemitism” on Thursday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. The program will explore the role of the church and Christian writings in creating and perpetuating anti-Semitism, discuss the causes of anti-Semitism today on college campuses, and actions we can take, individually and as as a community, to fight anti-Semitism in our respective communities and beyond.

The event will feature Joseph Kelly, Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College.

To make a reservation for the voice call. (978)-474-0540. Sessions three and four are scheduled for May 12 and June 9.

Andover hosts first climate summit

The Town of Andover will host its first ever Climate Summit, from April 8-9 at Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street. On April 8, business leaders, municipalities and youth will discuss their vision and progress on climate change in moderated panels. On April 9, there will be a workshop on how to better reduce carbon emissions and become more resilient to climate impacts, while addressing social justice and equity.

On April 8, the program will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include a keynote address, policy and legislative roundtable, business/NGO forum, networking sessions and the Young Leaders Forum and Prize art contest.

On April 9, there will be the STEAM student exhibition from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and social justice.

Pre-registration for the event is mandatory for all attendees and is available here. Registrations will be closed 48 hours before the event or when the maximum capacity of the event (100 people) is reached.

The Council on Aging is looking for new members

The Andover Council on Aging is looking for new members. The COA provides information and advice to the city and the senior services division. The Seniors Services Division offers programs for seniors, which include activities in seniors centers, provision of communal meals, meals on wheels, counseling and recreation for seniors, day care program social day, a property tax holiday program, health clinics, exercise classes, newsletter, awareness and advocacy.

The ACO meets the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m., at the Robb Center at 30 Whittier Court. Members are appointed by the Director General and serve a three-year term.

To be considered, complete this talent bank form.

Andover Village Improvement Society Holds Annual Meeting

The Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. via zoom. The meeting will include a lecture on the native history of Andover given by special guest speaker Dr. Ryan Wheeler of the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archeology at Phillips Academy.

According to its website, AVIS is one of the oldest land conservation organizations in the country.

Pre-registration on zoom for the event is mandatory.

There will also be an in-person component to the event at the Oak and Iron Brewing Company at 18 Red Spring Rd., Andover. In-person event attendees are also encouraged to register so that AVIS has a count of in-person attendees.

Mistral to give its final concert of the season, Flights of Fancy.

Mistral will wrap up its 25th anniversary season with a show featuring woodwinds and strings on Saturday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at West Parish Church. The program will also be presented on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline. The concert will be performed by nine musicians, including violinists and bassoonists.

For more information, visit or email [email protected] or call 978-474-6222.

Andover resident participates in Jimmy Fund Walk

Andover resident Elliott Jacobowitz will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Elliot will walk in honor of Caroline Hamilton, a young student who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007 while in the same music class as Elliot. This will be Elliot’s 16th year walking for Team Chickaroo.

Sarah Hamilton, started the Chickaroo team in honor of her daughter. The name Chickaroo comes from a nickname Caroline had.

The walk raises money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In total, the walk raised more than $155 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Walkers can choose between a 5 km (3.1 mile) walk, a 10 km (6.2 mile) walk, a half marathon walk (13.3) or a marathon walk (26.2 miles).

The 2022 Jimmy Fund Walk will take place on Sunday, October 2.

To register for a walk or support someone who is walking, visit or call (866)531-9255.

The high school construction committee is looking for participants

The city is looking for people to serve on the high school construction committee that will be responsible for helping decide whether the city should renovate the existing high school or build a new one. Committee members will solicit public input and help plan the facilities.

Interested residents must submit a letter of interest explaining why they wish to serve on the committee and describe their relevant experience. Letters of interest should be submitted to [email protected] by April 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Classical concert at Free Christian Church on April 9

On April 9 at 7 p.m., Brazilian pianist Fernando Castro and Korean-American pianist Yerim Krueger will perform Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ (on piano) at the Free Christian Church. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Andover Center for History and Culture Program

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, the Andover Center for History and Culture hosts ‘Curious Andover’, where they will give fun facts, myth busters and answers to questions you didn’t know you had .

This one-hour presentation will introduce you to the Andover History and Culture Center in the historic Amos Blanchard House at 97 Main Street in downtown Andover. Or participate via Zoom. To register visit

Craft fair on the program

The Robb Center Spring Craft Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 7-8. There will be handmade crafts and small gifts available for purchase. Cash and checks only. All proceeds support the morning craft group in their efforts to make items for the holiday craft fair.

Introducing Andover’s Presidential History

At 3 p.m. on April 3, at the Memorial Hall Library in the Memorial Hall room on the 3rd floor, Rich Padova, member of the 375th Anniversary Committee and professor of history and government at Northern Essex Community College, will answer questions such as: Did George Washington really sleep in Andover? Did Franklin Pierce really have a “white summer house” on Central Street? Why did Teddy Roosevelt come to Andover after leaving office?

As part of Andover’s 375th anniversary celebration, ‘Presidential Visits to Andover’ will look at the presidents and former presidents who have visited Andover. Presented by

The presentation will also officially open an exhibit at Memorial Hall throughout April showcasing memorabilia from the Padua Collection related to presidents who have visited Andover.

For more information, visit

Visit of the house of Amos Blanchard

The Upstairs Downstairs Tour is a special tour through the 203-year-old Amos Blanchard House, home to the Andover Center for History and Culture at 5pm on Thursday 24th March.

The tour not only includes the period rooms, but also the private “off-limits” areas. Learn about the history and architectural details of the house. Venture into the rooms on the third floor where collectibles are stored. Go behind closed doors in workspaces, storage areas and in the basement. And hear stories from the Blanchard family and other residents.

To register visit


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