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December 16, 2012

Salem offers new take on 'It's A Wonderful Life'

SALEM, N.H. — Get into the spirit of the season with a new twist on a holiday classic Thursday with “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the Pontine Theater at Kelley Library, 234 Main St.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

Pontine Theatre’s artistic directors M. Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers will perform a two-person, condensed version of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

The script is drawn from a 1940s radio play based on the popular movie. Pontine Theatre adds a lively production style featuring colorful puppets and masks. Call 603-898-7064 for more information.

Sandown Chess Club welcomes all levels

SANDOWN — Looking for a good chess match? Always wanted to learn? Head to Sandown Public Library Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Chess Club meets the third Thursday of the month. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome.

Chess master Monty Cole is ready to challenge your every move and help strengthen your strategic skills. The library is at 305 Main St.

Annual Run to the Beach is March 17

The Andover Striders in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to wear green. The race starts at the North Andover VFW, Route 125, and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself.

If you so desire you can run with your iPod, Walkman, headphones, or 8-track player, although you might miss the point of a running a long training run with your old and new friends. Post-run libations at the Circle will be provided by the WCRC and the AS. The records are 1:50 for male and 2:00 for female. For more information contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net.

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