Recovery Speaker Series wraps up

Imagine being a teenager with a mental illness. Now add substance abuse.

You’ve got what mental health professionals call a dual diagnosis adolescent. A local expert will talk about how culture influences dual diagnosis adolescents at 7:30 p.m. on March 27  in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica.

The speaker is Michelle Johnson-Jennings, co-director of Research for Indigenous Community Health and assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Duluth campus.

The free talk will follow a social hour at 6:30 p.m. It’s the final talk in the Recovery Speaker Series sponsored by Clean Recovery Services at St. Scholastica and Hazelden addiction treatment center.

You can learn more by calling (218) 723-6527.


Donation station

Eh? has heard of donating canned goods, time, blood and even plasma (but is it really a donation if they pay you?) but this is the first Eh? has heard of a bone marrow drive.

One way to cure bone cancer is by donating bone marrow. This is called stem cell transplantation.

The Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization at the University of Minnesota Duluth is organizing a bone marrow drive on April 8 and 10 at the Kirby Plaza lower level, in front of the bookstore, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learning safe serving

The University of Minnesota Extension office is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement to be Certified Food Managers.
The certification course, using the ServSafe curriculum, will be from
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 22 at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Participants must attend the entire session to be eligible to take the certification exam, which begins at 4:30 p.m. This seven-hour course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration fee is $175. Registrations are due by April 8.

The Serve It Up Safely course also will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Cloquet Forestry Center.

Serve It Up Safely is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified Food Managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. University of Minnesota Extension educators and university specialists developed this renewal course that meets these criteria.

Registration fee is $75. All registrations are due by April 8.

The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely renewal course also are available online. For more information, go to or contact Connie Schwartau at or (507) 337-2819.

Dance against cancer

Dancing won’t necessarily cure cancer, but it can help raise money for the fight against it. Performers from a handful of local dance companies will perform during the eighth annual Dancing Against Cancer Showcase from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Black Bear Casino’s Otter Creek Event and Convention Center.

Tickets are $5 and all of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In the past seven years, the event has raised more than $15,000 for the hospital.
Performers include Elite Dance Productions, Dream Dance Academy, Desert Caravan Dance Troupe, Shooting Stars Dance, Beledi Middle Eastern Dancers, Duluth Dance Center and artist JP Roquet.

Free program on seizure disorders

A free patient education program for people with seizure disorders and their families will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Lake Michigan Room of the Holiday Inn and Suites, 200 W. First St.

Dr. Richard Kanoff is presenter of the program on treatment options for people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. It’s sponsored by Cyberonics, a Texas-based medical devices company. He will talk about refractory epilepsy, available treatment options and vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Reservations are not required but are appreciated. To register, call Krystal at (800) 332-1375, Ext. 2729.

Thanks for smiles

Medical Teams International and the Salvation Army’s partnership to provide free and low-cost dental care to Duluth families in need are marking their first year of cooperation.

The partnership has gotten support from District Dental Society, Ordean Foundation, Junior League of Duluth, Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth, Duluth Fire Department and, most recently, a grant from Essentia Health. Medical Teams International and the Salvation Army wanted to thank those organizations for their help. And they use every bit of help they can get.

Spokesman John Braddock said each of the mobile dentistry vans cost between $350,000 and $500,000. But, Braddock says, “You can have all the vans you want, but you have to have the volunteers.”

So, MTI wants to thank the volunteer dental teams, too.

Train for the pain

For those with the guts and gusto to sign up to torture … hem, hem … train themselves to run one of the races under the Grandma’s Marathon umbrella this summer, the annual Gearing Up for Grandma’s pre-race seminar will help whip runners into shape.

The seminar’s featured speaker is Carrie Tollefson, a Minnesota runner who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meter and fits in the running world like a foot in a sneaker.

Other speakers include Grandma’s Marathon medical director and Essentia Health orthopedic/sports medicine physician Ben Nelson, Essentia Health dietitian and diabetes educator Heather Pitschka and the owners of Tortoise and Hare Footwear, Jim and Mary Stukel.

The seminar is free and will take place from 9-11 a.m. March 1 at Essentia Health’s First Street building.

For more information, call (218) 727-0947.

Free smile work

There’s always a reason to smile, if one looks hard enough. This Saturday, Dr. Camille Zelen and her staff at Mount Royal Dental are sure to provide a few smiles, or at least help with those smiles.

Zelen and staff are set to host a free dental clinic for children in support of the American Dental Association’s national Give Kids a Smile program at Mount Royal Dental, 1624 Woodland Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon.

Free dental screenings, treatments, education and advice to children and their parents or guardians will be provided at the clinic.

“February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and hosting a Give Kids a Smile event is a great way for us to celebrate children’s dental health,” Zelen said in a statement. “This clinic will be fun and informative for both adults and children. We have received a lot of support from the community and have many kid-oriented giveaways planned.”

According to the statement, the Give Kids a Smile program was created in 2003 by the American Dental Association to provide quality dental care for underserved children. What began as a one-day event in February is now a year-round national program with more than 41,000 volunteers. Each year, Give Kids a Smile events nationwide benefit more than 450,000 children.

For more information on Give Kids a Smile, go to

Smile, Tooth Fairy

America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive is looking to bolster some smiles with a drive to collect oral care products for at-risk children as part of Two Harbors’ nonprofit Just Kids Dental’s celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Just Kids Dental will be at the Hermantown Wal-Mart today to collect community donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and rinse.

The nonprofit will be set up from 1-3 p.m. near the Vision Center to promote children’s oral health and encourage donations.

“We are so grateful that Wal-Mart, an America’s ToothFairy Proud Underwriter, is helping to ensure children across the nation benefit from our National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign,” Fern Ingber, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation president and CEO, said in a statement.

Meeting for the minds

The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2014 is scheduled to take place March 1 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., in St. Paul.

There will be a day’s worth of educational information and support by recognized experts. Topics will include strategies for caregiving, legal and financial planning and the latest research. There will also be exhibits and displays with books available at the conference bookstore.

There also will be a number of breakout sessions and keynote speakers.

To learn more and to register, go to or call (952) 857-0548.