Community digest 3/24/05

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Curves members giving 900 pounds away

The seventh-annual Curves food drive held in Cape Girardeau collected 900 pounds of donated food and paper products from members during March. The donation to the Safe House for Women was received by director of operations Allison Leonard and education coordinator child advocate Lisa Niederkorn.

Candidate forum airing on cable channel

The League of Women Voters candidate forum will be shown daily at 4:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. on cable Channel 23 until the April 5 election. Although Walter White, Thomas Reinagel and Debra Mitchell-Braxton did not attend the forum, Mitchell-Braxton faxed a statement from Washington, D.C., which was read by the moderator of the forum and will be a part of each broadcast.

AARP offering driver safety program in May

AARP's driver safety program, the nation's largest classroom driver refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and older, is offering a course from noon to 4 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the Bank of Missouri, 3247 William St. The eight-hour course teaches defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, rules of the road and how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to AARP graduates. There is a fee to take the course and participants must attend both days. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call Robert Harper at 243-2396.

Sporting, card games to benefit MS Society

Special events will take place at different areas of Westfield Shoppingtown West Park on April 9 to benefit the National MS Society. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., near J.C. Penney court, a free throw competition and video game dance-off will be held. A golf swing analysis also will be held near Famous Barr court. From 5 to 9 p.m., the former Mr. Bulky store will be the setting for a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament. A Bunko tournament will be held near Famous Barr.

Hospice foundation plans teleconference

The Hospice Foundation of America is hosting a teleconference on ethics and opinions and responses on methods to im-prove or enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill from noon to 3:30 p.m. April 20 at the University of Missouri Extension Office in Jackson. Pre-registration is required for adequate seating. A companion textbook containing additional information is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for an additional cost. Books must be reserved by March 31. The teleconference is free to anyone who wishes to attend. Contact Helen Sander at VNA Hospice at 344-0801 or (800) 481-0520, or the extension office at 243-3581.

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