Etcetera - 10/18/10

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The musical tells the story of the "stop-start life of a bipolar mother and the hell her unreality wreaks on her family as she rides the sharp edge between coping and insanity."

The play was developed in Seattle, went on to be a huge smash on Broadway and is now on national tour, said Farrell Adrian, president of National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington.

"If you like musicals and/or want a powerful evening of entertainment, I hope you will buy a ticket for the March 3 8 p.m. NAMI Night performance," Farrell said

It will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. talk by Dr. Delaney Ruston, a Seattle physician and filmmaker. She employs film to affect change in the public's understanding of how mental illness impacts families. Her latest film, "Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia," will start airing this fall on PBS stations nationwide.

The 5th Avenue will donate $10 from each ticket sold for the performance to sustain vital NAMI statewide and eastside efforts to support, educate and advocate for those who suffer from a mental illness, their families and friends. Tickets can be ordered online at www.5thavenue.org/account/login.aspx

"I am inviting all my friends and our NAMI Board members are inviting all of theirs," Farrell said. "I would be overjoyed if you invited lots of your friends as well."

NAMI Washington works with families around the state who are dealing with mental illness. It recently completed its final year of a government grant so this new source of funding will help the organization continue its work.

For more about NAMI Washington, call the office at 360-584-9622 or e-maile office@namiwa.comcastbiz.net

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Tickets are just $3 for a talent show being put on by Walla Walla High School Choir students at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The performance will be in the Wa-Hi Auditorium. Admission for students with ASB cards are $2.

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Meanwhile, parents and students at Blue Ridge Elementary have the opportunity to spend a night at the Walla Walla Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The activity is designed to encourage reading at home. Students and parents will receive free library cards. Friends of the Walla Walla Public Library will provide refreshments and transportation from the school to the library to encourage widespread participation, according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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