The Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and Alleghany Highlands Community Services will be hosting a free Opioid Awareness Event featuring speaker Angalia Bianca, author of the book “In Deep” and a performance by local band On Common Ground. 

This community event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Jackson River Sport Complex, starting at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Before Angalia Bianca became one of Chicago’s foremost authorities on violence interruption and prevention, and before she received international recognition and was honored by the city of Chicago, she was a criminal, a master manipulator, a brilliant con artist. 

Bianca spent 12 years in prison for forgery, embezzlement, drug dealing and theft. But now she has gone far beyond the expectations for recovery to a life of service fueled by an unrelenting determination to make a difference. 

Bianca was once a gang member; now she puts her life on the line to interrupt gang violence. For 36 years she was a heroin addict; now she mentors people in recovery. She was homeless; now she appears as an invited guest, speaking across the country and around the world. 

Bianca crawled out of the deepest hole imaginable; now through her work with CeaseFire/Cure Violence she climbs back down to change lives. In Deep is a blunt, honest look at Bianca’s life. Her mind-blowing stories take readers deep into a life of grit and gang violence that seems inescapable.

Her story is at once fascinating, terrifying, and ultimately full of hope. 

After the speaker, local band On Common Ground will perform. 

On Common Ground plays a variety of music including modern country, classic rock and dance music. The band features Gretchen Jamison on vocals, Jeff Dudley on guitar and vocals, Bink Jenkins on bass and vocals, Bim Gardner on drums and vocals, and Mary Lee Sowder on piano and vocals.

The Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and Alleghany Highlands Community Services recognize the importance of reducing drug use in our community for the safety of our community members. 

Please join us in coming together as a community to make this possible.

Concessions will be available for sale.

For more information, please call Chelsea Dunaway at 540-965-2100 ext. 133.