Collective Soles Run to benefit Relay for Life
Bay Park Collective Soles Relay for Life team will hold a Run for Life April 14 at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon.
Race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. A Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, open to ages 10 and under, will begin at 8:45 a.m. A 5K Walk/Race will follow at 9-9:15 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded in various categories, including overall male and female in the Kids Fun Run (all youth finishers get a gift). Fruit, sports drinks and other goodies will be available at the finish.
The registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $2 for kids. Online registration is available at www.imathlete.com/events/thecollectivesolesrunforlife ($1.96 service fee applies).
For more information, call Tia Meier at 419-836-9712.
Psychic Health Fair
A Psychic Health Fair and Bake Sale will be held April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Good Will Spiritualist Church, 300 E. Breckman, Walbridge.
For more information, call 419-833-5503.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is co-sponsoring a free course for friends, loved ones and caregivers of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder.
The Family Connections program will run April 12 through June 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Village Court North Apartments, 311 Parkview Ave., in Bowling Green.
Co-sponsored with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the course is designed to help families and friends of persons BPD understand the illness and cope with the tumult it can cause in their lives.
Family Connections is similar to NAMI’s Family to Family course for relatives of those with mental illness, which has received accolades from the many Wood County families who have completed it. Family Connections is designed to educate participants about DPD, help them navigate the mental health system with their loved one, and teach them to advocate for their needs. Specially trained instructors who have experienced mental illness in their own families teach the course.
NAMI Wood County has provided support, education, and advocacy for persons with mental illness and their families for more than 30 years. It is one of over 1,100 NAMI affiliates nationwide. For more information about Family Connections and other NAMI education programs, call 419-352-0626.
“Understanding Lymphedema” will be the topic of a program being presented April 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mercy Cancer Center at St. Charles, located at 2600 Navarre Ave. in Oregon.
Mary Berg, OTR/L CLT, clinical specialist from the Lymphedema Programs at Mercy will be the speaker. The discussion is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 419-407-1186 or 419-450-4940
Juvenile diabetes fundraiser
A vendor expo featuring games, a bake sale and raffles will be held April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dunberger Post, 4925 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Independent consultants will be on hand from BeautiControl, Lia Sophia, Tanya's Hats, Bows & More, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Usborne Books, Tupperware, Pure Romance, Thirty-one, ADavis Photography, For Every Home, Jewel Kade, ItWorks, Paparazzi Accessories and more.
In addition to bingo, there will also be 50/50 raffles, a bake sale, pizza and more.
For more information, call Cassi Sutter at 419-708-6710.
Health fair planned
Luther Grove senior apartment community, located at 2506 Seaman St. in Toledo, will host a health fair April 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Open to the public, the fair will include free blood pressure, blood sugar, bone density, hearing and balance screenings.
Representatives of a number of local health care service providers will be on hand, along with an attorney who will answer questions on assorted topics from obtaining a will to identity theft. Tours of the senior community and light refreshments will be available.
For more information, contact Somica Alexander, Luther Grove service coordinator, at 419-698-5476. Luther Grove is a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society that provides housing and services for seniors age 62 or older.
Mental Health Conference
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Wood County will host its third annual Mental Health Conference April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BGSU’s Levis Commons site, SR 25 off I-475 in Perrysburg.
Entitled “Back to Basics,” the one-day event will feature NAMI board members and staff – all of whom have personal experience of mental illness in their own families – presenting to others affected by the illnesses.
Participants will learn how to get help for their loved ones and gain insight into the illnesses. The fee for the workshop is $10, which includes lunch.
For more information or to register, call 419-352-0626.
Disaster response training
The North Central CERT Consortium will provide three-day disaster response training for local volunteers April 27-29, 2012 at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
There is no charge for the training. The conference, entitled “CERT Training Blitz,” will run Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. It is sponsored by the five-county emergency management agencies from Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties, and Terra State Community College. Coordination is provided by Resource Solutions Associates.
The program is intended to serve the citizen volunteers who comprise Citizen Emergency Response Teams across the region, but it is also open to individuals with an interest in disaster response and Citizen Corps participation.
Course offerings include the Basic CERT Course, Damage Assessment, Donations Management, Traffic Control, Emergency Scene Safety, Hazardous Materials Awareness, First Aid and CPR, Volunteer Reception Center Training,
and Animal Response. Leadership and Team Building, Flood and Tornado Response and Psychological First Aid round out the three days of courses. Instructors are all disaster response professionals from various areas.
Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties have Citizen Emergency Response Teams, involving more than 125 volunteers. Participation is open to the public.
Registration forms and a course agenda are available by contacting Deb or Sandy at 419-602-0758 or by emailing them at
. Registrations are first come, first served and space is limited. The deadline for pre-registration is April 24; walk-ins will be taken if space is available.
Practically a tournament
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will present the 24th Annual Practically a Golf Tournament (PGT) May 18 at the Clock Tower at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
The event will kick off with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The PGT is a unique and competitive 18-hole miniature golf Tournament, where area businesses, organizations or friends enter a foursome and compete for prizes and a trophy.
The registration fee is $120 per foursome, which includes t-shirts, goodie bags and a chance to win prizes. A live DJ, cigar roller, cash bar (beer and coolers) and other side games will all add to the fun and excitement of the day.
Open Play will be available to the public as well after the group tournament, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. One round of golf costs $5 per person. All proceeds benefit The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio.
“As a non-profit organization, we rely on you, the Northwest Ohio community, to help make our assistance possible”, said Roy Cherry, executive director of the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio.
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio manages and staffs more than 25 locations of residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The center provides respite care, adult day services, non-medical transportation service, a work enclave and job coaching.
The Epilepsy Center’s Awareness, Education and Outreach Programs include AED medication assistance, Family Camp, a Family Support Network, a Peer Support Group, a Resource Library, and Quarterly presentation on Living with Epilepsy along with The Kids on The Block puppet show to area schools. All programs and services are free of charge.
For more information, call Cherry at 419-867-5950.
Quit Smoking classes
The Premier Care Nicotine Treatment Center, located at 4349 Talmadge Rd., Toledo, will offer free Quit Smoking classes every Thursday 6:30 p.m.
Topics of discussion during the 90-minute class include self-help smoking cessation methods and how to open a smoking cessation dialog with a family member or friend. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the classes.
Class is limited. For additional information, call Paul Rutkowski at 419-475-2521.