“Experience the Theatre”
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and The University of Toledo’s Department of Theatre and Film will present a workshop on “Theatre Improv Activities” Friday, May 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo.
The workshop will focus on improvisation and acting techniques and is designed for persons who have mild memory loss. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 for more information and to register.
Skin cancer screening
Free skin cancer screenings will be offered Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-noon at the offices of Mitchell Dermatology, 702 Commerce Dr. (off SR 25), Perrysburg.
For more information, call 419-872-HOPE (4673) or visit www.mitchellderm.com.
Weight Watchers meetings
ProMedica will host weekly Weight Watchers meetings every Tuesday at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Michigan Conference Room, 2801 Bay Park Drive, Oregon.
Weigh in begins at 12:15 p.m. with meetings beginning at 12:30 p.m. These meetings are open to all Weight Watcher members.
Epilepsy Center fundraiser
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will present the Annual Practically a Golf Tournament (PGT) fundraising event Friday, May 17 at the Clock Tower at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Last year, more than 43 teams competed in the event – a unique and competitive 18-hole miniature golf tournament where area businesses, organizations, or just friends are invited to enter a foursome and compete for prizes and a trophy.
Enter a foursome for $140 and get a T-shirt, goodie bag, chance to win prizes and help a cause important to Northwest Ohio. DJ-Ritchie, cigar roller, cash bar (beer and coolers) and CornHole will add to the fun and excitement of the day.
“As a non-profit organization, we rely on you, the Northwest Ohio community, to help make our assistance possible”, mentioned Roy Cherry, Executive Director of the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio. “All funds raised will be used to directly support our programs in Northwest Ohio.”
For more information, contact Cherry at 419-867-5950.
Bike to the Bay
Nearly 1,000 participants are expected to take the ride of their lives at the Bike MS: Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike-To-The-Bay June 29 and 30.
The goal this year is to raise a half million dollars for Multiple Sclerosis research, local programs and services to keep the over 3,500 people with MS in Northwestern Ohio moving.
The event begins at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee and takes riders through some of the most scenic back roads in Northwest Ohio.
Bike to the Bay offers a one-day, one-way route as well as the three traditional two-day route options: 50, 75 and 100 miles each day. The event includes catered meals, and several rest stops fully stocked with snacks and beverages. There is also complete medical, safety, and bicycle repair support along the well-marked routes, as well as support vehicles that ride along to assist cyclists.
The finish line for the first day for riders on the two-day routes (50, 75, and 100 miles) is at Port Clinton High School. Once there, cyclists enjoy a pasta dinner and receive a free ticket on the Jet Express to Put-In-Bay for the rest of the day. Camping and shower facilities are available free of charge on the Port Clinton High School grounds, along with overnight bike storage.
The second day begins with a pancake breakfast and then riders follow the well-marked route back to Maumee where finish line festivities await, including a barbecue chicken dinner.
To register, call 1-800-FIGHT MS or visit nationalMSsociety.org/oho. The deadline to register is June 26.
Course input sought
NAMI Wood County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is gauging interest for the NAMI Basics course it wants to offer this spring or summer.
NAMI Basics is a free six-part course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. Taught by trained instructors who have themselves cared for individuals with early-onset (before 13 years of age) mental illness, the course shares basic information about the major mental illnesses as well as practical skills for handling challenging behavior. Formerly known as Hand-to-Hand, the course has won positive reviews from participants in Wood County, according to Jessica Schmitt, NAMI Wood County Executive Director. The organization wants to gauge interest in a spring session before it schedules the course.
Learning your child has a mental illness can change family life profoundly. Parents and caregivers must deal not only with the illness itself but also with a mental health care system that can be bewildering. NAMI Basics was designed to address these needs. In the six-week course, parents:
• are introduced to the typical stages of reaction to their child’s diagnosis (crisis, shock, denial, grief, and acceptance.)
• develop insight into their child’s experience of mental illness.
• learn to separate their child from the illness that alters his behavior and abilities.
• receive current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia, and Substance Abuse Disorders.
• get tips on navigating through the school and mental health systems to obtain the best results for the child.
• learn how to advocate for their child and how to plan for crises and relapse.
One of over 10,000 affiliates nationwide, NAMI Wood County has provided support, information, and advocacy for families of those with mental illness for over 25 years. Its programs receive support from the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
Call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626 to express interest in “NAMI Basics.”
Social Security gets “smart”
Social Security is offering a new mobile optimized website, specifically aimed at smartphone users.
People visiting the agency’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov, via smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows devices) will be redirected to the agency’s new mobile-friendly site. Once there, visitors can access a mobile version of Social Security’s Frequently Asked Questions, an interactive Social Security number (SSN) decision tree to help people identify documents needed for a new/replacement SSN card, and mobile publications which they can listen to in both English and Spanish right on their phone.
In addition, visitors to the new mobile site can learn how to create a personal my Social Security account to get an online Social Security Statement, learn more about Social Security’s award-winning online services, and connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.
For people unable to complete their Social Security business online or over the telephone, the agency also unveiled a new mobile field office locator. The new mobile office locator has the capability to provide turn-by-turn directions to the nearest Social Security office based on information entered by the person.
Each year, more than 35 million Social Security web page views come via smartphones.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is launching a new cookbook — Favorite Family Recipes: 43 Dishes for a Healthy Soul — as a resource for the Association’s Power To End Stroke campaign, which raises awareness of stroke, especially in African-Americans who are more susceptible to stroke compared to others, and encourages action to lower risk.
Favorite Family Recipes offers recipes such as creamy corn chowder, salmon patties with sour cream and Dijon topping, and vegetable gumbo. These family comfort foods retain their Southern flair but lose much of the sodium.
The cookbook will be available on ShopHeart.org while supplies last. For more information on Power To End Stroke, to register for the cause campaign and to get tools to help you reduce your risk for stroke visit, PowerToEndStroke.org.