Medicare beneficiaries and those nearing retirement will have opportunities to get their questions answered this month:
* Dec. 5, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave.
* Dec. 11, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, 221 W. First St.
To schedule an appointment for either event, call the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433.
Senior LinkAge Line, which is a service of the Minnesota Board of Aging, is offering the sessions through the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging.
Today is the perfect time to quit smoking, a Minnesota nonprofit says.
It’s the 38th annual Great American Smokeout, a news release from QuitPlan Services says, with its hopes set on the nearly 16 percent of Minnesotans who still smoke.
The agency promises that a smoker who quits will experience an improved sense of taste and smell within 48 hours and that a pack-a-day smoker will save more than $2,700 in the first year. That smoker’s life expectancy also will have increased by 56 days.
It offers help in developing a plan to quit at quitplan.com or (888) 354-7526.
QuitPlan Services is operated by the nonprofit Clearway Minnesota, funded by money awarded from tobacco companies in the settlement of a 1998 lawsuit filed by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
A book fair at Barnes & Noble will benefit a therapeutic riding facility in Esko.
People can visit NCRide’s information table at the bookstore from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to pick up a voucher to present to a sales associate at checkout.
Those who prefer to shop online can visit bn.com/bookfairs and enter ID No. 11196277 to show their support.
Jeffery Tucker also will be holding a discussion and signing his new book, “Warmed by Windchill” at 1 p.m.
The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a sites.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/cepp panel discussion regarding the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
The panel, which takes place Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in UMD’s Bohannon Hall, Room 90, will feature Rep. Carly Melin, DFL, representing District 6A. Melin introduced HF 1818, a bill to allow people with serious illness access to, and use of, medical marijuana upon a doctor’s recommendation.
The panel also will include Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans for Compassionate Care; Rep. Bob Barrett, a Republican representing District 32B; and Cody Wiberg, Pharm.D, who is the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.
UMD Continuing Education will bring youth mental health first aid certification training to UWS on Nov. 9 at the Marcovich Wellness Center, Room 2440, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mental health first aid is a public education program that assists with classifying and reacting to signs of mental illness. The training is for amateur responders. No prior experience with mental health care is necessary.
Individuals age 16 and older are welcome to participate. The cost is $135 per person, which includes light refreshments but does not include lunch.
For more information or to register online, go to regonline.com/mentalhealthfirstaid2013.
Enger Tower will have a partner in purple on Sunday evening.
Not only will the iconic Duluth landmark be lit in purple to call attention to pancreatic cancer awareness, but we’re told Tower Hall at the College of St. Scholastica also will bear a purple glow.
It’s all part of a Sunday event sponsored by the Twin Cities Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at St. Scholastica’s Presidents’ Hallway. A reception from 6 to 7 p.m. will be followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony for Purple Night of Hope and Remembrance.
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You’re used to checking out books from the library, but the Duluth Public Library and Insure Duluth are inviting you to check out health care.
A free event for people with questions about obtaining health coverage through MNsure, Minnesota’s version of the new online health insurance marketplace, will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the Green Room of the main library, 520 W. Superior St.
Children’s activities also will be available.
If you want to be enrolled while you’re there, you should bring income information and Social Security numbers for each family member.
If you have questions, contact MNsure navigator Dawn King at (218) 730-4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, you can join in the launch of Duluth’s “Happiness Initiative.”
John de Graaf — a PBS documentary filmmaker, activist and former Duluth resident — will explore how to measure well-being and happiness. He’ll talk about how and why these measures should guide public policymakers.
De Graaf’s work includes the films “Affluenza,” “The Take Back Your Time: Official Handbook” and “What’s the Economy for, Anyway?”
The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wellstone Hall in the Duluth Labor Temple, 2002 London Road.
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