Two Hats Networking
We get together once a month at Bertucci's to network and support each other. Upcoming dinners: April 14.
Community Chamber Concerts
Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Multiple upcoming dates.
NAMI GBCAN Meeting
Enjoy free pizza and soda while we discuss the issues affecting the mental health community. Meeting is scheduled to end at 8:30PM but sometimes we end earlier or later.

March Events

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Can You Forgive Her?

Fri. 3/25 - Sun. 4/24
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It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s up to her neck in debt, she might be falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy.

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The HELP Program

Mon. 3/28
3 PM

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HELP is an 8-week Human Services training program that prepares participants to become entry-level Direct Support Professionals in the field of Human Services. Students learn the essentials of the field while gaining a significant amount of experience in personal interaction with disadvantaged populations.

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Western MA Stakeholder Information Session

Tues. 3/29
1 - 4 PM

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DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula invites you to this important half day stakeholder-focused CCBHC information session. At the information session, you will learn about who will be served by CCBHCs, which services are to be delivered, and requirements to provide evidence based practices. We invite you to ask questions and provide input on your ideas about these aspects of CCBHCs.

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The Factory Book Group

Tues. 3/29
630 PM

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To deepen our understanding of the prison industrial complex in Massachusetts in order to dismantle it. We are really excited about reading these 3 books together, and we wanted to invite the community in, so that we can learn and build together.

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The Dark Horse

Wed. 3/30
730 PM

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Based upon a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis as Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

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Perfect Pitch Concert

Wed. 3/30
8 PM

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Perfect Pitch is the Songwriting Club's annual contest featuring Berklee's top vocalists singing songs by Berklee songwriters. The contest is judged by a panel of industry experts and faculty from the Songwriting Department. The concert features the selected singers performing their top song, as written for them, with a full band. The best performances at the concert win prizes.

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Individual Placement & Support Training

Thurs. 3/31
9 AM - 1 PM

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The Metro Boston Area of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health & the Vinfen Corporation are hosting trainings by the IPS Master Trainers on the Individual Placement & Support Model of Employment Supports. The trainings will take place in Room #3 of the Vinfen training center. Please see the attachment for information about how to register.

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Metro Boston Community Voice Gatherings

Thurs. 3/31
1030 AM - 3 PM

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Registration and coffee at 945AM. Discussion topics will include: Retaining Certified Peer Specialists in the Workforce, Peer Workforce Continuing Education Conference in 2017, Cultural Sensitivity, Access & Inclusion, CPS Code of Ethics in Different Environments, and Developing a Peer Advocacy Voice in Massachusetts.

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NAMI Sharing Hope

Thurs. 3/31
6 - 830 PM

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The benefits of coming to this mental health conversation include developing a better understanding of what people you care about are going through, developing a better understanding of why people do not always get the help they need, learning about places people can go to find help with the best options to stay well, and making a difference as a community member by sharing hope with others.

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Yair Dalal
A Master of Middle Eastern Music

Thurs. 3/31
730 PM

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A composer, oudist,violinist, and singer, Dalal is a cornerstone of Israeli, Middle Eastern, and world music. His family came to Israel from Baghdad, and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of traditional and contemporary styles.

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April Events

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A Shabbat Dinner You'll Never Forget

Fri. 4/1
7 PM

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A composer, oudist, violinist, and singer, Yair Dalal is a cornerstone of Israeli, Middle Eastern, and world music. Enjoy dinner and songs of Shabbat with Yair Dalal. This Middle Eastern meal will be kosher-style (made in a kosher kitchen but without a mashgiach) and feature a fish course and several vegetarian dishes.

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In Our Own Voice Training

Sat. 4/2 & Sun. 4/3
9 AM - 5 PM

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NAMI’s In Our Own Voice (IOOV) program is a presentation in which two trained presenters each share their personal experience living with a mental health condition. In 2015, over 5,000 people across Massachusetts saw an IOOV presentation. We want to keep growing and educating the community, but we need your help. Use your story to shine light into the darkness.

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BSO presents: Community Chamber Concerts

Sun. 4/3
3 PM

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Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians. Tickets are free, please follow directions to request.

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Trans Fatty Lives Screening

Sun. 4/3
10 AM

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Transfatty Lives takes you on an emotional rollercoaster into the dark heart of ALS. As the director and star of his own documentary, Patrick films every step of his debilitating journey from first diagnosis through paralysis. Forcefully lacking self-pity, he captures the emotions, humor, and absurdity of life as he makes art, gets political, falls in love, and fights.

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Boston Conservatory Orchestra Concert

Sun. 4/3
2 PM

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This orchestra concert features SHENG: Tibetan Swing, WILLIAMS: Concerto in a minor for oboe and strings, featuring Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Andrew van der Paardt (B.M. '17, oboe), and BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

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MassPRA Annual Meeting

Mon. 4/4
10 AM

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This meeting and program will include lunch and while free to attend, pre-registration is required. Breakout sessions are limited in size and filled on first come, first serve basis. Panel presenters include: Robert Whitaker, Sandra Steingard, MD, and Melinda Randall, MD.

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If Only Film

Tues. 4/5
530 - 730 PM

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Many organizations and local experts have come together to bring a community wide viewing of the film "If Only" by the Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Jim Wahlberg will introduce the film detailing the dangers of youth misusing and abusing prescription medications, the rapid progression of prescription drug addiction and one of the most critical components of prevention: Knowledge.

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MBHP Recovery Forum

Wed. 4/6
1 - 430 PM

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Join us for an afternoon of information, discussion, and reflection on the integration of substance use and mental health recovery practices. Panel members will speak of their own recovery, the issues they have faced, and their work supporting other persons with dual diagnosis challenges.

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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day

Thurs. 4/7
930 AM

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Join us to discuss Health and Well-Being Across the Lifespan. Registration begins at 930AM. Attendees include: Health Care Providers, Legislators, and Executive Committee members. Refreshments will be served.

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Autism in Love

Thurs. 4/7
645 PM

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Filmed in a highly personal style, Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people pursuing and managing romantic relationships. Pre-film dessert reception. Post-film panel discussion with a parent, a professional and a young couple with autism.

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NAMI Lobby Day

Fri. 4/8
11 AM - 12 PM

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NAMI members are the most effective people to educate legislators about mental illness and the need to change our current “mental illness” system to a “mental health” system. Our keynote speaker will be Congressman Joe Kennedy.

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Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Concert

Sat. 4/9
8 PM

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The URO is a 10-singer rock band known for exhilarating performances of British rock from the '60s and '70s, and their hometown tribute will offer up more thrilling tunes from Boston bands. The URO gives these iconic songs the dramatic renditions they deserve, with passionate vocal performances, impressive instrumental work and unstoppable energy.

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Gabriel
Film

Sun. 4/10
12 PM

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Gabriel (Rory Culkin) longs for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with a mental illness and is convinced that reuniting with his ex-girlfriend is the key. In a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, Gabriel tests the limits of his family as his inner demons begin to close in around him.

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Ounce of Prevention Conference

Tues. 4/12
Time TBA

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If you are deaf or hard of hearing or a person with a disability, please contact Jennifer Fahey at AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. at (508) 752-7313; TTY (508) 754-0039 or email: jadoros@aol.com, prior to March 22, 2016. On-line conference registration will open at the end of February.

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Recovery is Real Forum

Tues. 4/12
630 - 830 PM

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Ben Boone, BA, author and personal coach; Lisa Halpern, BA, Director of recovery services at Vinfen); Ewa Pytowska, interim co-director at NAMI GBCAN, a Peer-to-Peer instructor, member of the NAMI Mass Board of Directors; and Leonard Mulcahy, BA, CPT, CPS, CPRP, fitness coordinator at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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Jewish Playwriting Contest On Stage

Tues. 4/12
730 PM

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The 5th annual Jewish Playwriting Contest returns to Boston. An international search for the best unpublished Jewish plays, the Jewish Plays Project has vetted 913 plays from 650 writers worldwide since 2012.

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Two Hats Networking Dinner

Thurs. 4/14
6 PM

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We get together once a month to network and support each other. BERTUCCIS's has a variety of food and has a really good unlimited salad/soup combo. We get separate checks and they take credit cards. Just show up, usually about 10 people attend from many different organizations. People are usually still there at 8pm. We usually at a large on the left near the window or ask staff for Howard.

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Divine Majesty

Thurs. 4/14
730 PM

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This encore performance of Divine Majesty features a Glorious Revival of 19th-Century Synagogue Music. Joshua R. Jacobson, Artistic Director with Cantor Peter Halpern, Temple Shalom of Newton, soloist. 6:30 pm: pre-concert performance of Lewandowski's Holiday Prelude by organist Edwin Swanborn. Free admission; voluntary donation encouraged. Reservations are required.

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Limitless
Autism-Friendly Dance Concert

Fri. 4/15
11 AM

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This is a special performance for families and friends of those who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other sensitivity issues. At this performance, the theater environment will be altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for this audience.

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A Year With Frog and Toad
Live Theatre

Fri. 4/15
730 PM

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Waking from hibernation in the early spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Please contact Howard for tickets, Howard plans to be attending dinner and show. If you want to eat with us as a group the nearby Wheelock Cafeteria at 150 The Riverway is open until 7pm, try to get there by 6pm, all you can eat for about $10.00.

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BSO presents: Community Chamber Concerts

Sun. 4/17
3 PM

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Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians. Tickets are free, please follow directions to request.

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Reducing Risky Alcohol Use

Wed. 4/27
830 AM - 12 PM

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Risky alcohol use results in significant costs to health care systems, governments, employers, and patients totaling over $249 billion annually. This forum will address strategies that health care systems can use to reduce risky drinking in Massachusetts. We will highlight models that are working around the country and share expertise from Massachusetts policy makers, health insurers and providers.

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Election Assistance Commission Public Meeting

Wed. 4/27
10 AM - 330 PM

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2016 is a national election year. The goal of this meeting is the creation of a strategy on how to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on the candidates and issues, and to the polls on Election Day, November 8, 2016.

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Annual Passover Seder

Wed. 4/27
6 - 9 PM

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This is a Passover Seder presented by Chaverim shel Shalom of Jewish Family & Children's Service with a Haggadah made by people with psychiatric conditions. You don’t need to be Jewish to attend. Please consider celebrating with us.

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Metro Boston Community Voice Gatherings

Thurs. 4/28
1030 AM - 3 PM

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Registration and coffee at 945AM. Discussion topics will include: Retaining Certified Peer Specialists in the Workforce, Peer Workforce Continuing Education Conference in 2017, Cultural Sensitivity, Access & Inclusion, CPS Code of Ethics in Different Environments, and Developing a Peer Advocacy Voice in Massachusetts.

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May Events

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Sholom Aleichem:
A Family Puppet Show

Sun. 5/1
11 AM

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Get ready for fun as Caravan Puppets paints a (puppet) picture of legendary writer Sholom's life and travels with stories, music, and surprises! Children should be prepared to laugh, participate, and learn a little Yiddish.

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Metro Boston Community Voice Gatherings

Fri. 5/6
1030 AM - 3 PM

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Registration and coffee at 945AM. Discussion topics will include: Retaining Certified Peer Specialists in the Workforce, Peer Workforce Continuing Education Conference in 2017, Cultural Sensitivity, Access & Inclusion, CPS Code of Ethics in Different Environments, and Developing a Peer Advocacy Voice in Massachusetts.

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Poland:
Uncovering the Past & Revealing the Future

Mon. 5/9
730 PM

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The discovery of a 3-minute home movie from 1938 Poland propels a search for the family of the filmmaker and the discovery of a lost world. Kurtz embarked on a 4-year journey to identify the people in the film and recapture life in the predominantly Jewish town before the Holocaust.

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Metro Boston Community Voice Gatherings

Fri. 5/13
1030 AM - 3 PM

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Registration and coffee at 945AM. Discussion topics will include: Retaining Certified Peer Specialists in the Workforce, Peer Workforce Continuing Education Conference in 2017, Cultural Sensitivity, Access & Inclusion, CPS Code of Ethics in Different Environments, and Developing a Peer Advocacy Voice in Massachusetts.

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NAMI Walks

Sat. 5/14
Time TBA

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The funds you raise will help support our activities and programs and individual and systemic advocacy. We helped bring the new PEER to PEER educational classes to Massachusetts. We also help support NAMI Connection support groups at a number of locations. Many of our members also do anti-stigma work through the In Our Own Voice speakers program. Join our team!

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Cambridge Chorus Spring Concert

Sat. 5/14
8 PM

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Celebrating American composers with Randall Thompson: Alleluia AND Last Words of David, Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs (poetry of Hila Plitmann), Gwyneth Walker: And Joyful Be, David Conte: Invocation and Dance (poetry of Walt Whitman), Clifton J. Noble, Jr.: Golden Slippers (commissioned piece) AND Gabriel's Trumpet, plus a set of spirituals.

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In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Mon. 5/16
6 PM

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Chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov travels from fine restaurants to home kitchens in his native Israel to find an incredibly comprehensive portrait of the 70+ cultures that make up Israel and some very tasty looking foods. In Search of Israeli Cuisine will be followed by a Q+A with chef Michael Solomonov and Director Roger Sherman and a cookbook signing.

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Pack Up Your Sorrows
Documentary

Wed. 5/18
630 PM

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Join us for this free screening of the documentary "Pack Up Your Sorrows", featuring singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson of Massachusetts and her journey to live a healthy life with bipolar disorder. Reservations are required in advance. Doors open at 615pm.

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Asian American & Pacific Islander
Mental Health Forum

Fri. 5/20
9 AM - 3 PM

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Please join us for this 7th annual Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health forum where we will discuss "Weaving Our Many Identities into Well-Being". See flyer for additional details.

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Pops on Demand: You Choose the Tunes

Wed. 5/25
8 PM

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YOU choose the music in this exciting, interactive concert experience! The Boston Pops draws on its incredible library of music, and even more incredibly virtuosic musicians, to play selections that the audience chooses by cell-phone! You'll get to pick your favorites among classical, film, Broadway and rock music. Be sure to bring your phone or mobileweb- enabled device to join in the fun!

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Express Yourself

Thurs. 5/26
7 PM

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This event is free and open to the public. Youth practice all year to peform skits, dancing, music and more. This show is as good as any you would see at the Citicenter. Howard always goes and highly recommend you do as well. A few years ago the event earned a Coming Up Taller award from Michelle Obama.

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A Celebration of Spring

Thurs. 5/26
730 PM

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For the past sixteen years Revels has collaborated with Perkins School for the Blind on a music-filled "Celebration of Spring", featuring both Perkins students and Revels performers. These free, hour-long inspirational programs demonstrate the power of traditional materials to bridge cultures and boundaries.

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June Events

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Mental Health & Law Enforcement Conference

Wed. 6/8
8 AM - 4 PM

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This 6th annual mental health conference is for: Police and First Responders, Emergency Service providers, Department of Mental Health, NAMI, Justice System partners, and other interested parties. Conference is free, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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