AleFest Winter will take place Saturday, Feb. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $50 in advance; $55 day of event, maximum 1,000. For more information visit www.alefest.com.
The Oakwood Athletic Boosters will host their Annual Spring Fundraiser and Silent Auction on Saturday. March 14, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Features entertainment, complimentary beverages and appetizers. Tickets - $20 in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Kerry Harlan at 299-4217, Stephanie Dickerson at 294-8451 or Diane Scott at 294-8469. Proceeds benefit Junior/Senior High Athletics.
Starting on Feb. 2 and ending on April 14, Wright Library will continue its “FolktalesAround the World” series for homeschoolers grades 1-6, held on consecutive Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Activities including folktales being read to the group, a craft, and a snack based on 11 different countries including China, Mongolia, Canada, Argentina, Iceland, India, Sweden, Kenya, Ireland, Morocco, and Mexico.
Books related to that day’s topic will be available for check-out. Children do not need to live in Oakwood to participate, and parents are welcome to stay. All programs will meet in the Library Meeting Room.
Calling all Superheroes! Little boys, ages 2 to 6, accompanied by their moms, are invited to dress up as their favorite superhero and join forces with Batman, Superman, and Spiderman at a special superhero program at Wright Library on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Leap over “tall buildings,” make your very own superhero, and even get a picture as Superman! Bring your camera! Refreshments will be served.
This program is free, but registration is required. Registration begins Monday, Jan. 26. Please stop by the Children’s Room or call 294-7171 to register.
Visit the Wright Library website at www.WrightLibrary.org.
Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, this tax preparation is free and open to any older adult in the area. Volunteer tax counselors receive extensive training in the correct preparation for all types of tax returns.
Appointments are required, the tax payer should bring their 2007, and all forms received in reference to their 2007 return with them. Call 298-0775 after you received all 2008 tax documents to make your appointment. Appointments can be made starting now.
Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday beginning in February
Times: Tuesday 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 A.M.
This workshop explores the art of memory writing and putting your life experiences into words. Participants will be given many tools to help them generate ideas and words for the page. Exercises, writing prompts, and fun activities will help to aid in this often difficult process. Participants will also read and discuss a memoir during each class meeting. Wednesday, February 11, 6-8 P.M.
Writing a college application or scholarship essay can be stressful. Find out how to write an essay that not only reveals who you are and highlights your accomplishments, but also gives you an edge over other applicants. Workshop starts Feb. 8, 2009.
Miami Valley South Health Center is hosting a special program just for women, Tuesday, Feb. 10. The theme of the free two-hour event which begins at 6 p.m. is “Keeping a Young Heart”. The program will give women simple steps to help lower the risk of heart disease through exercise, good nutrition and stress reduction.
Several South Dayton organizations have teamed up with Miami Valley South for this event.
For more information about this program and upcoming events at Miami Valley South Health Center, or to make a reservation for the Feb. 10 event call 1-877-MVH-HLTH.
Knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure can save your life. You can learn these important numbers for free — right in your community. In honor of American Heart Month, Miami Valley Hospital will provide free cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), blood sugar and blood pressure screenings throughout February.
Screenings are free and everyone is welcome. No appointments or fasting is needed.
“Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death,” said Pamela Reichel, executive director of Premier Community Health, which is part of Miami Valley Hospital. “Getting screened and knowing your numbers can save your life. Even if you find out your numbers aren’t what you want them to be, knowing you have a problem gives you the power to do something about it.”
High blood pressure increases the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. And often, a heart attack or stroke can be the first sign you have high blood pressure. It’s called “the silent killer” because you can have no signs of a problem — no dizziness, bloody nose or headache — and have dangerously high numbers. Knowing your blood pressure, and following your doctor’s instructions to control it, is very important.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Lowering total cholesterol that is too high reduces the risk of heart disease and of having a heart attack, even if you already have heart disease. Your HDL, or good cholesterol, is the number you want to raise. An HDL of 60 or higher can actually give you some protection from heart disease. Keeping your cholesterol numbers in a good range is important for everyone.
If an individual needs a lipid test done, PCH can help with that, too. A lipid test is a laboratory test that tells you your total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. This is a fasting test. Appointments are required and available Monday through Friday at Samaritan Clinical Laboratory and select Compunet Clinical Laboratories. For an appointment, call CareFinders at 1-866-608-FIND (3463).
More than 30 events are being offered in the greater Dayton region. For a complete listing of locations and times, call CareFinders at 1-866-608-(FIND).