Cheer Up the Blues preparationThe campus of Perry Wellness Center is filled with holiday cheer. In Hope Park, lights twinkle overhead. Rudy’s Happy Patch Market is filled with seasonal décor, including potted poinsettias for sale. Christmas trees around the center are filled with decorations.

After last week’s Christmas parade, peers and staff are preparing for the center’s next seasonal milestone: the annual open house and Cheer Up the Blues celebration. Established to publicize the problem of seasonal depression faced by many during the holiday season, the event celebrates hope and recovery.

This year’s event promises to include lots of Christmas carols, a bonfire, food, Christmas browsing in the market, and a drawing for gasoline cards. The event is sponsored with WISK Radio, which will be doing a live remote from the campus, and local Chevron stations.

Founder Stuart Perry extends an invitation to the public: “We invite citizens to visit us at 302 East Furlow Street from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and share in the festivities of the holiday.”

In the photo above, Michelle, Laurie, Sonya, and Daisy select ornaments to fill the season’s first Christmas tree.

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