A musical forum titled “The Wake Up Call,” brought together last Saturday at the State Theater individuals all united in one purpose, to educate the public and stamp out youth alcohol and prescription drug use and abuse.
Sponsored by the Auburn Christian Science church, participants were introduced by the moderator David Mackenroth and included Brandon Barry, Vice President of the Placer County Youth Commission, who presented some startling statistics surrounding this problem in our county. The Auburn Hip Hop Congress, organized by Natalie Pohley, premiered their new video, showcasing members who have brought themselves out of these issues through creative writing and music. TNT (Take Note Troupe) of Loomis contributed their talents by dramatizing some of the TV ads regarding over-the-counter drugs. Becka Callahan, coordinator of a new chapter in Auburn of CORR, Community Recovery Resources, was on hand to inform attendees of services they provide to adolescents and their families.
The final part of the program featured professional speaker and spiritual healer, Norm Bleichman from Boston, who assured the audience that addictive behavior is not only manageable but curable through the knowledge and acceptance of an individual’s relationship to an all-loving and good God. A young man, also a member of the Christian Science church, spoke clearly and convincingly of his recovery path that led finally to a relationship with God when he was introduced to the teachings of Christian Science, based on the ministry of Christ Jesus still relative today.
Gail Mackenroth, Newcastle