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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ada.org/givekidsasmile.aspx.
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.
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 alz.org/mind or call (952) 857-0548.
Dentists at more than 200 locations throughout Minnesota are providing free dental care to kids this weekend.
The work for the 12th year of the Minnesota Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program includes teeth cleanings, fillings, sealants and exams for kids whose families can’t afford care.
Kara Conry Dentistry, at 1420 London Road, Suite 206, in Duluth is participating from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Call (218) 481-7474 for details.
Word is, the Black Woods Blizzard Tour raised $760,000 to help provide treatment and care for people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). (This is a preliminary number, as they still were tallying money brought in during the silent auction and banquet.)
The annual event included a three-day snowmobile ride through Northeastern Minnesota — and riders included Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who served as a tour host.
It’s the end of January. History would indicate that your New Year’s resolution again is buried beneath a drippy mound of Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream. Shrug.
No, no shrug!
The Duluth Public Library kicks off its Health Happens @ Your Library series with a health fair from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the main library’s Green and Gold rooms.
The fair includes information about exercising, eating well, quitting smoking and dealing with stress. A MNsure navigator will be available to answer questions about health insurance.
Health coach Elizabeth DeVaney will offer tips on staying motivated and making healthy life changes.
There will be prizes, snacks and free books for kids.