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March 21, 2013

Original 'Zorro' to screen at Merrimack College April 3

NORTH ANDOVER — It was the original swashbuckling blockbuster — the film that first brought ‘Zorro’ to the big screen, and also turned actor Douglas Fairbanks into Hollywood’s first-ever action hero. ‘The Mark of Zorro’ (1920) will once again fill the silver screen, accompanied by live music on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. Admission is free.

The screening, the latest in the Rogers Center’s silent film series, will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating scores for silent films. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will be proceeded by a discussion of the film by author and historian Christopher DiGrazia that will start at 6:30 p.m.

‘The Mark of Zorro,’ a major hit when first released, tells the story of young Don Diego Vega, the son of a wealthy ranch owner in Spanish California of the early 19th century. Witnessing the mistreatment of the poor by rich landowners and the oppressive colonial government, Don Diego assumes the identity of “Señor Zorro,” a masked figure of great cunning and skill, and vows to bring justice to the region.

For more information, call the Rogers box office at (978) 837-5355.

Andover paddlers among early entrants for Charles River race

ANDOVER — Shawn Burke and Ivy Krull of Andover, have registered for the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) 31st Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race scheduled for Sunday, April 28.

The Race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,500 paddlers and thousands of spectators to enjoy a day on the river full of fun and festivities.

Burke is entered in the Masters Category of the 19-Mile Race. Krull is entered in the Women Category of the 24-Mile Race. The race features paddling races for all skill levels, from expert to beginner. Along with those events, the 19-Mile, 9-Mile, and 6-Mile races bring out recreational paddlers ranging in age from 11 to 80.

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