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November 26, 2012

Point After Club joins Statehouse event

The Point After Club of Lawrence is participating in an event today at the Statehouse in Boston intended to help change the public perception of mental illness and those who are working to recover from its effects.

Called “Pennies for Changing Minds” and organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, the event was to begin at 10:30 a.m. and was expected to draw more than 250 people who have mental illness, family members, community mental health program staff and allies.

Participants planned to hold strips of pennies as they lined up outside the Statehouse before joining a gathering in the Great Hall.

“We have selected the penny because Abraham Lincoln, whose face is on the penny, struggled with depression and felt suicidal at one point in his life, yet overcame that challenge to become one of the greatest presidents our country has ever known, helping to end slavery and move our country forward,” Reva Stein, executive director of the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, said in a release.

The coalition’s membership includes over 8,300 people who have mental illness and are members and participants in 33 Massachusetts clubhouse employment and recovery centers funded by the Department of Mental Health.

Family Chanukah Festival Dec. 9

ANDOVER - Congregation Beth Israel, 501 South Main St. (Route 28), will present “Miracle of Light,” starring storyteller Cindy Rivka Marshall on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. The performance will be followed by crafts and games for youngsters of all ages and the serving of traditional Chanukah foods. The suggested donation for this family Chanukah Festival is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. For further information, contact Esther Kaufman at 978-535-5021 or e-mail Principal@BethIsraelMV.org.

Toys for Tots campaign kicks

off tomorrow

The Massachusetts State Police tomorrow will kick off its annual participation in the Toys for Tots campaign led by the United States Marine Corps.

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