Creature Catch: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Harold Parker State Forest campground, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Free. For information: 978-475-7972; http://mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest. Meet at Frye Pond Beach in the campground. Fish, frogs, snakes and salamanders — discover what lives in New England ponds. Nets and buckets provided. This activity can be wet and muddy. Bring water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for all ages.
Rhea Simon Jazz Trio in concert: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Forge Tavarn at The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, Mass. For information: 978-369-9200. North Andover's Rhea Simon, a vocalist and percussionist, will be performing with Steve Heck on Piano and Dave Clark on Acoustic Bass. No cover (but tips for the band are appreciated when they "pass the hat").
Tony Funches concert: 1-3 p.m. Sept. 28, North Andover Senior Center, 120R Main St. Cost: $5. For information: 978-688-9560. Tony Funches, the former lead singer of the original Platters musical group will return to the North Andover Senior Center in a solo performance featuring some of the Platters’ hits, as well as his version of ‘60s and Motown. Since he dedicated this portion of his career to a senior audience, Funches has developed an interactive style. He will sing and mingle with his audience and include them in many of his numbers.
Birding For Beginners: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Harold Parker State Forest campground, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Free. For information: 978-475-7972; http://mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest. Meet at Campground Nature Center and learn about the local bird population from a park interpreter while enjoying amateur bird watching. Bring binoculars if possible. Appropriate for children ages 6 and older.
Soapstone Quarry Hike: 1-3 p.m. Sept. 29, Harold Parker State Forest campground, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Free. For information: 978-475-7972; http://mass.gov/locations/harold-parker-state-forest. Meet at Campground Nature Center for a moderate guided hike to the remnants of the Jenkins family blue soapstone quarry. Guests will learn about the park’s history and resources while getting some exercise.
Michael Cormier speaking event: 2 p.m. Sept. 29, Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover. For information: http://stevensmemlib.org. Author/playwright Michael Cormier will be the guest speaker at Stevens Memorial Library. Cormier is the co-author of “Saltonstall’s Trial” a new original play about the Salem Witch Trials, which will be onstage from Oct. 17 to 27 at The Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Red Cross blood donation opportunity: 1:30-7 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Merrimack College Sakowich Center, Turnpike St., North Andover. For information: http://redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross will accept blood donations.
Red Cross blood donation opportunity: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St. For information: http://redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross will accept blood donations.
Garden Club meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Fellowship Hall at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Free. for information: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://northandovergardenclub.com. The North Andover Garden Club, Andover Garden Club and Spade and Trowel Garden Club will host a presentation by floral designer and arranger Bill Graham for his program “Little Black Dress and Floral Design.” This is a presentation that combines floral design with fashion. Graham will transform a black dress into several outfits while also creating floral arrangements.
Red Cross blood donation opportunity: 2-7 p.m. Oct. 14, Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover. For information: http://redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross will accept blood donations.
The Vosbikian Band fundraiser concert: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Andover, 123 Old River Road. Cost: $75. For information: 603-560-3826; 978-683-9121; 603-770-3375. The Armenian Friends of America will host this concert that will benefit the Armenian churches of the Merrimack Valley. Cost includes dance, full buffet and five raffle tickets.
Zumba gold classes: 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Miami Fitness and Lifestyle, 202 Sutton St., North Andover. Cost: $15, single class; $5, single class for ages 55 or older. For information: 978-208-8214; http://miamifitnessandlifestyle.com. Zumba gold is like a normal zumba class, but with less jumping and impact and at a bit of a slower pace. It is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome.
Overeaters Anonymous: 6-7 p.m. Mondays and 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, North Andover Senior Center, 120 R. Main St., North Andover; 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 196 Main St., North Andover. Free. For information: 781-641-2303. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support program for those with eating disorders.
Youth writing workshop: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center, 439 S. Union St., Building 2, Level B, Lawrence. Cost: $10 per class. For information and registration: 978-683-7316; http:// mviec.org. Robert Largess will lead a youth writing workshop, during which students grades 6-10, will write short stories, poems, essays and reports and learn about stories from other cultures.
Merrimack Valley Networking Group: 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Atria Marland Place, 15 Steven St., Andover. For information: 978-609-6420, email@example.com. Merrimack Valley Networking Group is a free business networking group. Local business owners are welcome to attend.
Weekly ballroom dancing event: 7:30-11 p.m. Sundays, Relief’s In Function Hall, 1 Market St., Lawrence. For information: 781-452-7872. The night will feature live bands, a large wood dance floor, bar service and door prizes. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be served at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome — singles or couples. Cost: $13. Free parking. This event is sponsored by the non-profit Come Alive After 5 singles group for more than 30 years.
Yoga in the Gardens: 9 a.m. Fridays, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 113 Andover St., North Andover. Cost: $5, trustee member; $10, nonmembers. For information: http://thetrustees.org/things-to-do; firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor Molly Gring is a retired elementary school teacher who started her journey on her mat in 2011. No prior experience is necessary. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes to move in and bring a large towel or yoga mat.
Special Olympics Unified Sports Soccer Team: 2-3 p.m. Sundays Sept. 8-Nov. 3, North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. For information: http://bit.ly/UnifiedSoccerTeam; email@example.com. Volunteers, coaches and athletes are invited to join the Special Olympics Unified Sports Soccer Team. Special Olympic Athletes, ages 8 and older, are encouraged to participate. Unified Team Partners are people of similar age and athletic ability who train and compete as members of the same team together with the Special Olympic Athletes.