Third Annual Community Coffee House to Celebrate Healthy Relationships

Come celebrate healthy relationships while enjoying the talents of Melrose! On Saturday March 5, the Safe STEPS for Teens Project will host its third annual Community Coffee House. This event, called “Voices Against Violence,” will feature performances centered around the themes of friendship, love, and relationships.

The Coffee House is being organized by Melrose High School students Tess Castergine and Keith Morris, and will feature performances by middle and high school students and faculty members, as well as local musician Bill McQuaid and his son Sammy, Melrose resident Kris Rodilico, Rebecca Zama and more. Performances will include songs, instrumental performances, and poetry. Morris will join MHS Junior Rachel Freed in emceeing the event, along with MHS senior Joe Colozzo.

This year’s Coffee House will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Temple Beth Shalom, 21 East Foster Street in Melrose. All are welcome and admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited and refreshments will be sold.

The Coffee House is being sponsored by the Safe STEPS for Teens Task Force, a joint project of the Melrose Public Schools and the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. The event is being held just after the end of February, which is nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. The Safe STEPS Task Force is planning additional events throughout the month of February, including a Youth Leadership Summit with middle and high school students from Melrose and surrounding communities.

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