EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 21, 2013

Original 'Zorro' to screen at Merrimack College April 3

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

The race’s Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park in Brighton is free to all racers and spectators and hosts day-long entertainment with live music.

The Charles River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the health, beauty and accessibility of the Charles River and its tributaries and watersheds.

Registration remains available up to and including race day, but it is recommended that racers register now to avoid late fees. For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, please call 508-698-6810, e-mail rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org.

Author of ‘Rules’ at the Nevins Memorial Library

METHUEN — Cynthia Lord, winner of the Newbery Honor Award for her book “Rules,” will visit the Nevins Memorial Library Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

She will talk about her book Rules and will take questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be signed by the author.

For more information or to sign up for the program, please call 978-686-4080, x26 or log on to www.nevinslibrary.org.

Buy your groceries, and support TIP

ANDOVER — Shopping at Whole Foods on Railroad Street this coming Wednesday March 27 will do more than stock your pantry: it will also help families facing life-changing emergencies.

Five percent of all sales at the supermarket on that day will benefit the Merrimack Valley Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), a volunteer-driven program that responds to emergencies and provides emotional support to those who need it most.

“We need to add to our core. We need to increase our volunteer team, and we’ll be holding a volunteer training academy this June,” TIP founder Jayan Landry said. “It is costly to train volunteers, and this donation will help offset some of the costs of the civilian training academy.”

While the supermarket regularly offers a portion of its sales revenue to area non-profits, including the Andover Youth Foundation later this year, March 27’s event will be the first of its kind for TIP, according to Landry.

“We’re hoping to be one of the record-breaking non-profit charities that receives a sizable donation,” she said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity.”

Ribbon cutting, lottery for Park Street homes

LAWRENCE — Arlington Community Trabajando and the Charles Hope Companies, LLC is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 105-107 Park St. and an affordable housing lottery for the properties, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Arlington Community Trabajando and the Charles Hope Companies built four housing units in the Arlington Neighborhood, the first project under a partnership known as “HOPE to ACT.”

Mayor William L. Lantigua will lead the drawing to select the winners of one of the two affordable homes. The homes will go to families who meet income eligibility requirements.

Arlington Community Trabajando is located at 599 Canal St., 5 West. Ana Luna is executive director and can be reached at 978-852-7906.

Samaritans offer support group for veterans, families

METHUEN — Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a non-profit suicide prevention and post prevention center is offering a support group for individuals who have or have had a military veteran in their family.

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Methuen Village, 4 Gleason St. Next meetings will be held on April 18, May 16 and June 20.

The purpose of the group is to offer emotional support, to connect veteran families and provide a safe and welcoming place to share experiences.

For details, call 978-327-6646 or 978-327-6670 or email kstewart@familyserviceinc.com. Samaritans of Merrimack Valley Crisis Help Line: 1-866-912-4673 (HOPE) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1 for Veterans.