The Old School, 20 Gay St., will host a radio interview and dinner-to-follow Wednesday, Oct. 12.

From 5 to 6 p.m., the “Rockland Metro” show on WRFR-LP, 93.3 FM, will interview Dr. Ira Mandel about fighting the opium-abuse epidemic. Immediately following the interview, the Old School will host a dinner symposium to continue the discussion.

Mandel is the founder and director of the Knox County Recovery Coalition, an alliance of local professionals and volunteers providing recovery help, legal assistance, family support, educational outreach and other programs aimed at reducing the burden of addiction in the community.

Each week, WRFR’s “Rockland Metro” show invites a guest to discuss life in Rockland. Guests often participate afterwards in an Old School dinner symposium.

Dinner symposia at the Old School are free and open to the public. Participation in each symposium is limited to 12, so participants must reserve their place in advance. Participants are asked to help by bringing food, helping prepare the event and/or cleaning up afterwards.

To reserve a place at the table for this Wednesday’s dinner symposium with Mandel, contact Robert Lichtman at For more information about the radio station, visit; about The Old School, visit