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November 16, 2012

Blood drive today in Salisbury

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.

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