The Creative Living Blog

The Creative Living Blog is the place to come to see everything that we've been up to. Our organization is thriving with weekly activities that enrich the lives of so many people.

Friday Nights Out...Let the Party Begin!

Friday Nights Out...a fun time for ALL!
December 19--  Save the Date!  We're always looking for give the most precious gift of all this season-- your time! We really appreciate it.

Join us for a fun night of games, dancing, art projects, and cooking! Friday Nights Out! is a social club for teens and young adults.

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Zumba Class Benefits Creative Living

Zumba Class Benefits Creative Living

A BIG thank you goes out to Amy Fournier and her team of Zumba instructors (14 in total) for organizing the Halloween Zumba Bash Benefit for Creative Living that raised $722.50 for our programs.

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GetAway Weekends Providing 15 Years of Respite Services

Come join us for our Popular Weekend GetAways!
Women's Weekend GetAway -- December 5-7 (full)
Men's Weekend GetAway -- December 12-14 (full)
To reserve a spot for 2015 click here for more information!

For over 15 years, the GetAway Weekend program at Creative Living has provided respite care for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Andover community, the Merrimack Valley, Metro Boston and Southern New Hampshire.

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Creative Living Team Finished the Race

Creative Living Team Finished the Race
But it's not too late to make a donation!

The Creative Living Team competed in the 27th Annual Feaster Five on Thanksgiving Day with more than 9,000 runners and walkers. With donations still coming in, the Team has raised $13,000 with a goal of $25,000. These funds will be used to enhance and expand our many recreational and social skills programs offered to local teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities.

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TOPS Girls Overnight at Creative Living

TOPS Weekends!

November 2014
November 22nd-23rd, TOPS Boys Overnight

TOPS Overnights is a collaboration between Creative Living and the Andover/North Andover TOPS program to teach independent living skills, build confidence, grow friendships and have FUN!

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Run/Walk For Creative Living 2014!

Run/Walk for Creative Living 2014

Thank you for donating to our major fundraiser of 2014; we raised more than $13,500!  

If you'd still like to donate please click on the following link:

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Calendar Raffle Winners 2012!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our calendar raffle!  It was a great success and helps to ensure our ability to provide programs and services to the special needs community.  Congratulations to all our winners...

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2011 Holiday Faire

On Saturday, November 12th, 2011, Creative Living will host the 7th annual Holiday Faire at the Andover Country Club. Over 20 vendors will offer a wonderful variety of items, many of them handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, for sale. This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping! Reserve your spot now.

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Creative Living Celebrates 25 Years!

Thank you to everyone who attended our open house on Saturday, September 17th.  It was wonderful to see old friends and new!  There is much to celebrate as Creative Living expands our programs to include new initiatives for teenagers.  In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, Creative Living recently appeared on the front page of the Andover Townsman which is included here.

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Twelfth Annual $10,000 Raffle!

Creative Living is a private, non-proft organization, that provides programs and support to enhance the lives of the developmentally disabled and their families.  Money raised from the raffle will support our GetAway Respite Weekends, the Creative Living Independence Project (CLIP), and our outreach efforts to schools and surrounding communities.  Creative Living is a private, non-profit organization and we receive no state funding.  We rely on the generosity of friends like you to continue our programs and services.

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2011 Annual Wine Tasting

On Friday, May 6th,  6-8pm Creative Living will be hosting a wine tasting at Roliva Wines in Lawrence on 678 Andover Street.  Cost of attendance is $10 per person and limited to 40 people. 

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2011 Annual Calendar Raffle: Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you to all who purchased calendars for our annual raffle and congratulations to our winners!  All proceeds benefit Creative Living and the winning tickets were drawn April 13th at our 25th Annual Meeting.  The winners are listed below.  If you have not been contacted by Creative Living, please call 978.470.3165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange receipt of your prize.  Thanks again to all those who participated.  You are all winners to Creative Living and we appreciate your support!  Stay tuned for details on our $10,000 raffle coming soon!

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"Over the Rainbow" Annual Calendar Raffle






Great news to share…Our 2015 Calendar raffle was a great success. A big THANK YOU to our volunteer Linda Shadeed, for single-handedly soliciting and putting together great prizes. Together we raised $5,800!  Please share this news with others who may have helped sell or bought tickets.   

Through your support, we can continue to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities!   

The winners are...

Salvatore's                                                      John Recesso

Salvatore's                                                      John Papalia

Plaza Azteca                                                   Lucille Giannone

Les Fleurs                                                       Luan Giannone

Borelli's                                                           Ellen Lynch

Casa Blanca                                                   Laurie Lambert

Applebee's                                                      Nancy Steere

New Balance                                                   Marylou Lang

Spa Nijoli & Salon                                           Marie Habib

New Balance                                                   Carrie Petzy

T-Bones Restaurant                                        Kim Myerson

Showcase Cinema/Olive Garden                    Peter Mills

Whole Foods                                                   Patty Rotondo

Olive Garden                                                   The Garofoli Family

Lee Nails                                                         Heidi O'Mara

Gap                                                                 Michael Roberts

Domino's Pizza                                               Heidi O'Mara

BJ's                                                                 Lynne Querzoli

Panera's                                                          Chris Papalia

The 99 Restaurant                                          Dot Driscoll

Wyndham Hotel                                              Irene Farrah

Tripoli's Bakery & Pizza                                  Margaret Small

Showcase Cinema/Korbani's Bakery             Betty Landy           

Target                                                              Madeline Berni

Capellini's Restaurant                                    Timothy Felter

Sahtaine Restaurant                                       Barbara Talbot

Orange Leaf/Mann Orchards                          Dot Driscoll

John Anton's Cleaners                                    Paul Kimball

Whole Foods                                                   Eric Hanson, Jr.

Burton's Grille                                                 Gina Lannon

Horseshoe Grille                                             Debbie Ganji

Annie's Hallmark                                             The Bell Family

Market Basket                                                 Jane Teichert

TGI Friday's                                                    Collette Amato

We're so thankful to the many local businesses that donated to our yearly raffle!   Please show your support by doing business with these fine establishments.



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Youth Programs

Creative Living is dedicated to developing engaging programming for special needs youth and their families.  Currently, we are collaborating with the Andover Public Schools to provide after-school socials.  These socials give students time together outside of school to develop friendships, learn new skills, and have fun!

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2010 Creative Living Open House

Please stop by and join us on Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30-8:30, to learn more about Creative Living’s services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Since 1986, Creative Living has developed innovative programs to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled individuals. 

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