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All are welcome at Leather City Commons in Peabody this morning at 7:30 for the 62nd National Day of Prayer. Every year, the president and all 50 governors write a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. Leather City Commons is at 53 Lowell St. A second prayer gathering will take place at 7 p.m. at South Congregational Church, 60 Prospect St., Peabody. For more information, call 978-531-7912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese students at Salem State University are holding several fundraising events for the victims of the April 20 earthquake that struck the Sichuan Province in China. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake was responsible for at least 196 deaths and 11,470 injuries; at least 21 people are still missing. Fundraisers will be held on Salem State’s Central Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marsh Hall; from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Bertolon School of Business; and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bertolon School of Business. To date, Chinese students at Salem State have raised several hundred dollars for earthquake victims. Future fundraising events will include charity sales of T-shirts with the Chinese characters “Sichuan, Jiayou,” which means “Sichuan Strong.” Proceeds go to the One Foundation, which was founded by Chinese Red Cross Ambassador Jet Li; the One Foundation is the first Chinese private charitable fundraising organization that covers the three areas of disaster relief, children's welfare, and the training of public welfare professionals.
At 8 p.m. enjoy a free evening of music and beat poetry at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem, in a symposium to commemorate Salem State University's first academic conference on Jack Kerouac and the Beats in 1973. SSU students and faculty will read poetry by Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, as well as music from the artists who inspired the Beat Generation writers. The evening will also feature a special guest reading by Laura Boss, editor of Lips poetry magazine and a contemporary of Corso. Tonight's event kicks off the opening of the 2013 Mass Poetry Festival. For more information, visit www.salemstate.edu/arts/kerouac/.