Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 18, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 11/18/2010

FROM STAFF REPORTS
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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.

Refresher course for mature drivers

TRAVERSE CITY — The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3, and reservations are being accepted. This is the final class for 2010. The next class won't be held until April.

The classroom refresher course is for drivers ages 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 office, 520 W. Front St. Participants must attend both classes to receive a certificate that may entitle them to a discount on their car insurance.

The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For reservations, call 922-4688 or (877) 686-4688. To learn more, contact Lana Patenaude, 922-4688, or lpatenau@grandtraverse.org.

Third Level offered Donation Challenge

TRAVERSE CITY — To draw attention to Third Level Crisis Intervention Center's mission to help runaway, homeless and street youth and youth at risk, an anonymous donor has offered an Awareness Donation Challenge.

The donor will match up to $1,000 in donations made to Third Level between now and Tuesday, Nov. 30. To make a donation, call 922-4802 or go to www.thirdlevel.org.

TRAVERSE CITY — To draw attention to Third Level Crisis Intervention Center's mission to help runaway, homeless and street youth and youth at risk, an anonymous donor has offered an Awareness Donation Challenge.

In the last couple of years, Third Level staff has had 902 contacts with youth who were potential runaways, 687 contacts from youth who identified themselves as homeless or throwaway and 508 contacts from youth who needed shelter.

The donor will match up to $1,000 in donations made to Third Level between now and Tuesday, Nov. 30. To make a donation, call 922-4802 or go to www.thirdlevel.org.

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 titled "Boomers and Beyond: The Power of Choice ... Will It be Yours, Meaningful and Affordable Solutions for Long Term Care." The public is invited. Call 633-9430 to learn more.