Thanks to grants from the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, three community organizations will be conducting gambling awareness efforts during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. These organizations include: 1) Acres for Life, Center for Growth and Learning, 2) Club Recovery, and 3) Pathways Counseling Center. Their planned activities are detailed below:

Acres for Life, Center for Growth and Learning will be holding an Open House for professionals, individuals and families on March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will include:

  • Nita Kordonowy, MA, LACD, NCGC, who will discuss how to recognize problem gambling, when to seek assistance and what resources are available for support and treatment
  • Hands on experiential demonstrations with horses throughout the evening, providing insight into how these amazing animals can help with the awareness, support and recovery process.

Acres for Life is located at 11720 – 256th Street, Chisago City, MN. 55013. For more information, contact Laurie Burgess, Acres for Life equine specialist at (612) 801-4662.

Club Recovery will be hosting a Gambling Awareness Program on March 8 at 7 p.m.   This program will feature a speech by Joe Bailey, “Healing from Within.”  Mr. Bailey is a well-known psychologist, speaker and author of The Serenity Principle: Finding Inner Peace in Recovery and Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Avoid the Frenzy of the Fast Lane.  The program will allow audience members to interact with the speaker and compulsive gambling experts to explore issues surrounding recovery and compulsive gambling.

Club Recovery is located at 6550 York Ave S., Suite 610, Edina, MN  55435. If you are interested in attending, please register with Club Recovery, LLC at (952) 926-2526.

Pathways Counseling Center will be speaking to a class of high-risk youth at Hopkins High School on Wednesday, March 6. The class is about healthy living skills and will focus on money management.  It will include a discussion about the costs of gambling, the risks involved and healthy alternatives.