Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 14, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 10/14/2010


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'Pilates for Pink' classes in Frankfort

FRANKFORT — Studio on Main will host two classes as part of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's "Pilates for Pink" national breast cancer awareness initiative.

Pilates 101 will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. The introductory class is open to everyone. Pilates for Athletes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and is open to anyone who wants to enhance core strength, increase flexibility and improve posture.

Both classes will meet at Studio on Main, 402 Main St. A minimum $10 donation for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is requested. For details or to register, call 383-1885 or e-mail

Walk in for flu shot at mall in Traverse Traverse City — Flu shot clinics are being offered to the public at the Grand Traverse County Health Department's Immunization Station for everyone age 6 months and older. The site is located next to Subway in the Grand Traverse Mall, South Airport Road. Walk-in, no-appointment-needed clinics will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 19; 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 21; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22; 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 28; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29. The Health Department bills all insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare, or charges $30. For details, contact the Health Department, 922-2734 or visit

Free seminar will focus on balance

TRAVERSE CITY — A representative from Fast Fitness will give two presentations on balance Tuesday, Oct. 19, at The Village at Bay Ridge.

The seminar will be offered at 11 a.m. in the East Building's main dining room and at 1 p.m. in the West Building craft room, 3950 Scenic Ridge, off Silver Lake Road. The public is invited and encouraged to bring questions and concerns about balance and how to avoid falls. Call 932-9455 to learn more.

Driver refresher course scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22.

The classroom driver refresher course is for drivers age 50 and older. It will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days at the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging, 520 W. Front St. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Participants must attend both classes to obtain a certificate.

A final class for 2010 will be offered Dec. 2 and 3. For reservations, call 922-4688 or toll-free (877) 686-4688. For more information, contact Lana Patenaude, 922-4688 or

Series of balance classes offered

GAYLORD — The Otsego County Commission on Aging will offer an award-winning program designed to help individuals manage falls and increase activity levels.

"A Matter of Balance" emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The free class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon eight Thursdays, Oct. 21 through Dec. 16, at the Commission on Aging/Alten Zimmer Building. There will be no class Nov. 25.

For details or reservations, call the Commission on Aging, (989) 732-1122.

Harps for healing in music classes

TRAVERSE CITY — A four-hour introduction to Palliative Music class for the community and a Harps for Hope class for individuals facing life-threatening challenges will be offered.

The introductory class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. The cost is $40 and class size is limited. Folk harps will be provided for the course. For details or to register, call 223-9299.

A free six-week Harps for Hope class will start Sunday, Oct. 24, and will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will use a modal method of music for harp. Folk harps will be provided for the class and no musical background is required. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Marilyn Wares, 223-4895, to register or to learn more.

Paul Oliver will host Wellness Day

FRANKFORT — Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital will hold its 14th annual Wellness Day for uninsured and underinsured Benzie County residents.

Wellness Day started as a women's day activity with financial support from the local Zonta chapter. It has grown to include screenings for both men and women.

Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, include health screenings, blood typing, health information and more. For details, call 882-2232. A brief phone screening including age, gender and income questions may be needed to qualify for certain free services.

Flu and pneumonia shots available

TRAVERSE CITY — Maxim Health Systems will administer flu and pneumonia shots Friday, Oct. 29, at Glen Eagle Retirement Community.

The clinic will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Glen Eagle, 3950 Sumac, and is open to the public. Flu shots are $28 and pneumonia shots are $50 for those without a participating insurance plan. The cost is payable by cash or check. For details, call Glen Eagle, 935-4553.

Life-generating behavior workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education will offer a one-day professional and personal development workshop led by Gregory Boothroyd.

Boothroyd, Ph.D., is the author of "Going Home — A Positive Guide for Promoting Life-Generating Behaviors." He also is a nationally known lecturer and professor emeritus of Western Michigan University, where he served as professor of counseling.

"Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors" will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Boothroyd will explore commonly practiced self-defeating behaviors such as excessive worry, anxiety, eating disorders and more, and will highlight 12 practical techniques to help transition to life-generating behaviors and attitudes.

The workshop is for those in helping professions and the general public. It provides approved continuing education for nurses and is MCBAP qualified. Six continuing education credits (CEUs) are available.

The $99 cost includes lunch and a textbook. For details or to register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700 or visit

'Bras for a Cause' fundraiser planned

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors® is sponsoring an event to raise money for Munson Healthcare's Women's Cancer Fund.

"Bras for a Cause" will feature a runway show, music, food and an opportunity to bid on Art Bras and silent auction items. Sponsors can purchase a bra for $100, design and decorate it, and provide a male to model it. Admission to the event is $15. Proceeds go toward the daily financial needs of local families fighting a battle with cancer.

The fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., in the downtown Warehouse District. For details, tickets, to sponsor an Art Bra or donate to the silent auction, visit

Food assistance provided for elderly

TRAVERSE CITY — Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Ninth St., is the second location in Grand Traverse County participating in MiCafe (Michigan Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly).

MiCafe works with adults 60 and older by appointment. This eliminates long waits and interviews with the Department of Human Services, which administers the food program in Michigan.

Individuals can leave a message at the church, 946-5910, and a trained MiCafe volunteer will schedule an interview appointment. Income verification and some household expenses are taken into consideration and eligibility is determined by the DHS.

For more information about the program, call (877) 664-2233 or visit

Pharmacy offers prosthetics to needy

TRAVERSE CITY — A large donation from the Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer is helping local breast cancer survivors.

The donation of prosthetics, or breast forms, originally came from a well-known vendor, according to Melissa Fritz, of Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City. The High Tea, in turn, donated them to the pharmacy, 710 Centre St., which works with mastectomy patients for fittings.

The store has a certified fitter and a private fitting room; women need only call for an appointment. There is no cost and the donations are reserved for patients who don't have the funds to purchase a breast form after surgery.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Thompson Pharmacy and Home Medical Equipment, 947-8700, or go to

Fundraiser helps Elk Rapids woman

ELK RAPIDS — A fundraiser for Joy Marolf, a breast cancer patient, will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19.

Activities will be held in the Cherryland Middle School cafeteria from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday and in the Mill Creek Elementary School library from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Miche Bag products will be on display and raffled off; they're filled with breast cancer items and pink items donated by local merchants. There also will be Hope Breast Cancer shells for sale, with 25 percent of all sales going to Marolf and $5 of each shell sale going to breast cancer research.

Pink refreshments will be served.

If unable to attend, go online to see the items at or call Anna McKimmy, 499-6558, e-mail