North Mississippi Hospice will sponsor a grief support group meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens. The meeting is open to anyone who has experienced loss. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 234-0140. (November 10, 2010)
A health fair for those 50 years of age or older will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. Blood sugar checks, vision, hearing, blood pressure and height/weight will be available at no charge, plus many vendors with valuable information. A fashion show, sponsored by JC Penney, and an exercise demonstration by Astria Goolsby of Verve will be held from 8:30 to 9. Flu shots will be available for $29.95 or, for those bringing their Medicare card, no charge. For more information, call RSVP at 232-2377. (November 8, 2010)
“H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. This family event mixes the celebration of Halloween with arts, crafts and the chance to learn that treats can be healthy. Rebel Body Fitness, Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Vegfund and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council host this activity that encourages families not just to walk on Halloween, but enjoy walking and making healthy choices together every night.
This free event features art, crafts and activities to engage the mind and body from bobbing for apples grown locally on a co-op farm, encouraging kids to play everyday to stay healthy, and use their creativity with crafts from Brilliant Easel Art School and the University Museum.
Several booths will be set up and many special activities will be held, such as giving kids the chance to see if they have the loudest, scariest scream at the scream contest hosted by Children’s Dental Center, a magic show by Steve Thomas, and stories from Square Books Jr. and the Oxford Literacy Council. These are just a few of the special activities and booths at H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square. (October 27, 2010)
The Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively (C.A.R.E.) support and exchange group meets at noon Wednesday at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community. This is an informal luncheon that provides those in caring situations an opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and concerns with others. A light lunch is provided compliments of Azalea Gardens. All caregivers are welcome and can get more information by contacting Sandra Enfinger at 234-9600 or Jo Ann O’Quin at firstname.lastname@example.org. (October 24, 2010)
The Mississippi Walk for Diabetes, hosted by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, will be held in Oxford on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The walk will take place on the Oxford Square. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in front of Oxford City Hall and the walk will begin at 2. Family-fun activities include a visit from the Rancor Raiders Garrison of Mississippi with special friends such as Darth Vader and several other Star Wars characters. Proceeds will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the state’s only nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes information, patient services, advocacy, and research to the 346,500 Mississippians with diabetes. Every dollar raised by the DFM stays in the state to support these efforts. In addition, 89 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes.
For more information on the walk or to make a donation, log onto www.msdiabetes.org or call 1-877-336-2873. (October 22, 2010)
The “More Than a Meal” program will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Stone Center on Washington Avenue. A free meal will be provided, tutoring will be available for students and more. For more information, call 801-4712. (October 15, 2010)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connection, a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Magnolia Room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. People learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding. For more Information, call NAMI Mississippi at 1-800-357-0388. (October 15, 2010)
The third annual Brian Dahl’s Birthday Ride will be held Oct. 23, startig in the Oxford Activity Center parking lot. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Activity Center or you can register online at www.racesonline.com. Registration is $30 and proceeds will benefit Angle Ranch, a local shelter for abused children. Three ride options and a walk will be available. The long ride (55 miles), intermediate ride (25 miles) and short (five to 10 miles) and a walk (one to two miles). For more information, call Deborah Bone, race coordinator, at 801-4306, or e-mail her at email@example.com. (October 15, 2010)
Baptist Centers for Cancer Care will host Renewal with Hope from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Center, 504 Azalea Drive. A light lunch will provided along with information for cancer patients, family members and caregivers on the necessity of good nutrition during and after cancer treatment. (October 15, 2010)
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, anyone can come to the Oxford Community Garden and get leaves that have composted since last fall. Leaves are free, and for a donation to the Garden, the compost will be loaded in your vehicle. Bring a truck, trailer or bags. The Garden is on University Avenue, pull in by the little white water building next to M & F Bank. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susie Adams at 234-3064 in the evening. (October 15, 2010)