Walk/run and Fiesta for Safe Passage
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to a 5K walk/run, a one-mile walk and a Fiesta designed to help change the lives of at-risk children of impoverished families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump.
Both events will be held at the Grand Traverse Commons and are hosted by Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage. The Esperanza run/walk will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and will be followed by the Fiesta from noon to 2 p.m. with food, beverages, live music, a Guatemalan craft market, and information about Safe Passage programs.
For details, registration and pledging information, e-mail email@example.com, call 590-6072 or visit http://sites.google.com/a/safepassage.org/esperanza5k/home/traversecity.
Bikers invited to 'Ride 4 the Cure'
Thompsonville — Michigan motorcyclists will take to the open road for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Ride 4 the Cure."
The ride will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Crystal Palace Lounge. The cost is $25 per rider; $35 with a passenger, which includes the ride, dinner and entertainment. Shirts and pins will be available to purchase.
Proceeds will go to MDA to help patients in north central Michigan. For more information, call (989) 771-9612.
Benefit event for Hailey Pearson
INTERLOCHEN — A benefit will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, for Hailey Pearson, who has been diagnosed with aggressive thyroid cancer.
The event will start at 2 p.m. at the Interlochen Eagles Pavilion, 20724 U.S. 31, and will include a roast pork and turkey dinner, silent and Chinese auctions, a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and entertainment. Hailey is being treated at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, and proceeds will help with medical and travel expenses.
Walk raises money for AIDS center
TRAVERSE CITY — The sixth annual Northern Michigan AIDS Walk will benefit the Thomas Judd Care Center at Munson Medical Center.
The walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 26, at Medalie Park at Logan's Landing, South Airport Road. Registration is at 11 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. The walk will start at 1 p.m. on the east side of Boardman Lake to Hull Park, with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at Medalie Park. There also will be prizes, a silent auction, entertainment, children's games and food provided by The Cook's House.
Participants can register at www.aidswalkmichigan.org. Donations also may be made at the website.
Quota holds 'Walk for Hearing Health'
TRAVERSE CITY — Quota International, of Traverse City, will host its second "Walk for Hearing Health" on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Registration will start at 1 p.m. at Bryant Park on Peninsula Drive. The 1:30 p.m. walk will be along a 2.5-mile pre-planned course.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to make a pledge.
Munson offers seasonal flu shots
TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center's Urgent Care will offer seasonal flu-shot clinics.
Clinics will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Munson Community Health Center north entrance lobby, 550 Munson Ave. After Wednesday, Sept. 29, flu shots will be given at Urgent Care from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a walk-in basis.
The cost is $35, payable by cash, check or credit card, and all insurances now can be billed if it is a covered benefit. For more information, call 935-8686 and press 8 for a flu-shot update.
DVD lecture series focuses on health
TRAVERSE CITY — Nourish will offer a six-week DVD Lecture Series focusing on health after age 50.
"Nutrition Made Clear" will feature 30-minute lectures by Professor Roberta H. Anding. She is a licensed dietitian in the State of Texas, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, a certified diabetes educator and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.
The lectures will be offered at 6 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 27 through Nov. 1, at Nourish, 1545 S. Division in Kids Creek Market Place. Each lecture will be followed by 30 minutes of open discussion.
The cost is $15 per person or $25 for two. For details, call 421-3401 or visit www.nourish-tc.com.
New technology for better hearing
TRAVERSE CITY — Jeanne Strathman from the Advanced Hearing Center will discuss new technology available to help individuals hear better on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at The Village at Bay Ridge.
Strathman's program will start at 11 a.m. at the East Building private dining room and at 1 p.m. at the West Building craft room. The public is invited.
The Village at Bay Ridge is located at 3850 Scenic Ridge, off Silver Lake Road. Call 932-9455 for details.
Flu clinic will offer adult vaccines
Grayling — Mercy Hospital Grayling will hold a Community Flu Clinic.
The clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, will be in the hospital's main lobby. The 2010-11 flu vaccine will protect against an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus. It will be available for adults only.
Medicare patients are covered 100 percent. Those without Medicare coverage will pay $25. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or www.michigan.gov/flu.
Advanced Wound Center open house
TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center's Advanced Wound Center, which has offered care for patients with chronic wounds since June, will hold an open house Thursday, Sept. 30, to give the public a look at the latest innovation in chronic-wound treatment.
The center provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which uses specially designed chambers to provide patients with 100 percent oxygen at two or three times the atmospheric pressure. This evidence-based treatment has proven to help chronic wounds heal faster. Munson's center is the only one offering hyperbaric treatments in northwest Michigan. It has two hyperbaric chambers and the space to expand to four.
The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the center, 5085 Anna Drive, Suite C, in the lower level of the Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center. For details about the center and its services, call 935-0727.
Orientation for Probate volunteers
TRAVERSE CITY — The Probate Court Volunteer Services will hold a pre-service orientation for individuals interested in working as Volunteers in Prevention and Probation (VIPs).
VIPs help with office projects, work with youth on probation or as advocates for children in foster care. Learning Partner tutor/mentors in the elementary schools and guardians for those unable to make decisions on their own especially are needed.
The pre-service orientation, a series of three three-hour classes, will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Robert P. Griffin Hall of Justice, 280 Washington St. For details about additional dates, times and locations, call 922-4827.
Bikers Against Breast Cancer ride
KINGSLEY — A motorcycle color tour on Saturday, Oct. 2, will raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
The Bikers Against Breast Cancer ride will start at First Kicks Cycle Works, 260 E. Main St. Registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by the ride at 1 p.m. There also will be food specials and door prizes.
Color tour benefits Make-a-Wish
TRAVERSE CITY — A motorcycle color tour will be held Sunday, Oct. 3, to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at Outback Steakhouse, U.S. 31, and the ride starts at 11:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy scenery in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties with rest stops set up along the route. Registration is $20; $25 with a passenger.
Flu-shot clinic for Otsego seniors
GAYLORD — The Otsego County Commission on Aging will hold a flu-shot clinic for Otsego County senior citizens 65 and older.
Flu shots will be administered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, by appointment at the Alten Zimmer dining room, 120 Grandview Blvd. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and pneumonia also will be available.
For an appointment or details, call (989) 732-1122.
'Reading for the Health of It' series
TRAVERSE CITY — The Munson Community Health Library's "Reading for the Health of It" series continues with a discussion of Paul D'Adamo's "Eat Right 4 Your Type," a book about blood types and diets.
Mary Louder, DO, will lead the book discussion from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Munson Health Library at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For details or to register, call 935-9265.
Donations can help local families
TRAVERSE CITY — September is National Children's Cancer Awareness Month, and donations can be given in honor of Hailey Hall-Overholt, who died when she was 9.
All the money raised goes to local families who have children with cancer and need help with gas, hotels, bringing a sibling to visit and helping parents be on hand during treatments; donations are tax deductible.
Donations can be sent to: Munson Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Ruth Bloomer, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City MI, 49684.