A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center in Salisbury today from 1 to 6 p.m. The senior center is located at 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury.
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Snacks, fruit juices and bottled water will be provided by the Red Cross. The Lions Club will offer corn chowder courtesy of members Herman and Regina Fortin, owners of Lena’s Seafood Restaurant. Donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.
NAMI holds ‘In Our Own Voice’ program
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting a free presentation, “In Our Own Voice,” on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St., Newburyport.
During “In Our Own Voice,” two people who have lived with mental illness will discuss their experiences and their journey to recover. The 90-minute talk is appropriate for family members, friends, professionals, lay audiences and those living with a mental illness. It includes a video, personal stories and discussions that will enrich the audience’s understanding of how people with these disorders cope while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.
Kids Night Out returns to YWCA
The Greater Newburyport YWCA is once again offering Kids Night Out sessions.
The program, which will be held on the third Friday of each month, is for kids in grades 1 to 3. Their evening at the YWCA will include pizza, music, activities, pool time and a movie.
All children should bring a bathing suit and towel. Parents can also send their kids with pajamas to change into after swimming.
The sessions will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each month. Registration is required. Visit the YWCA’s membership desk at 13 Market St. The program is open to the public.
Elder Services receives grant
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has been named a recipient of an Administration for Community Living grant to provide education and tools to help older adults and adults with disabilities to better manage their chronic conditions. During the last several years, the agency has used such grants to conduct chronic disease self-management workshops.
With this new grant, they will be able to offer more free programs to the community. The grants build on the Recovery Act’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program grants awarded in March 2010, which had an initial goal of reaching 50,000 older adults.
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