Great American Smokeout is today
TRAVERSE CITY — The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is today.
The event officially started in 1977 to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good. However, it traces its roots back to 1971 when Arthur P. Mullaney challenged the citizens of Randolf, Mass., to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the saved money to a high school scholarship fund.
Northwestern Michigan College has some activities planned on campus today to educate students about tobacco cessation resources. The Michigan Department of Community Health Tobacco Quitline, (800) 784-8669, continues to provide free telephone coaching for the uninsured and those with Medicaid and Medicare, plus free nicotine replacement medications for those who quality. Information is available at www.michigan.gov/tobacco.
For more local information, contact Lisa Danto, 271-3684. The toll-free telephone number for the American Cancer Society is (800) ACS-23345, and information also is available at www.cancer.org.
Support Red Cross SwingShift dancers
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to support the American Red Coss of Northwest Michigan by watching its SwingShift & the Stars dancer Brody O'Connell from 7&4 News and dance instructor Laura Cannon.
O'Connell and Cannon will recreate the dances steps that landed them in the top three performances at the Nov. 5 SwingShift event and also has has raised $932 for the Red Cross through the Oct. 1 competition. The couple will perform at 10 p.m. Friday in Shimmers Nightclub at the Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E. Front St. The doors open at 9 p.m. and Shimmers will donate half of its door proceeds to the Red Cross.
Culver Meadows open house, seminar
TRAVERSE CITY — Culver Meadows Senior Living will host an open house and offer a seminar on long-term care.
The open house, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Culver Meadows, 1661 West Silver Lake Road, will be followed at 7 p.m. by a seminar on long-term care. The public is invited. Call 633-9430 to learn more.