‘Open the Dialogue’ series continues May 10 at The Gathering Place


CLARKS SUMMMIT — Part 4 of the Open the Dialogue series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St.

This segment, entitled “Moving Forward – Helping You Engage,” welcomes children ages 12 and above.

Attendance earns participants the opportunity to win a large screen TV and a Safer Lock Box. Tickets are required and may be obtained by logging onto The Gathering Place Clarks Summit Facebook page or emailing Anne Armezzani at gatheringplaceCS@gmail.com

This series is dedicated to opening the dialogue concerning the drug epidemic plaguing our communities. Open the Dialogue’s mission is to facilitate a dialogue among caretakers with children in grades 5-12 and beyond. The hope is that through this four part series, the fear, secrecy, shame, and stigma that are the hallmarks of this national emergency can be eliminated.

Part 4 explores a variety of topics related to helping families engage in substance abuse awareness and prevention. The speakers and their topics are Timothy Rowland, Lackawanna County Coroner – “The Awful Truth”; Judith Price, First Assistant District Attorney of Lackawanna County – “Law Enforcement, Prosecution & Prevention”; Don Wydeen, Certified Recovery Specialist, The Wright Center – “HOPE: Conquer the Stigma”; and Emily McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor – “Family Matters: Exploring Substance Abuse Prevention.”