Health briefs: Sight Center, Lions Club plan Drive-In Designer Purse Bingo

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        The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio and the Sylvania Lions Club will present a Drive-In Designer Purse Bingo Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Parkside Drive-In, 4500 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        Funds raised at the event will support services for people in Northwest Ohio who are blind or visually impaired, as well as advance the Lions’ mission to serve the community.
        Carloads of guests will play 16 games of bingo trying to win purses by designers such as Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke, Coach, Michael Kors, Cole Haan and more.
        The ticketed event offers guests the chance to fill a car with friends or attend alone. Space is limited to 250 cars. Tickets are $40 per person with advance purchase requested, and guests must be at least 18 years old to attend. Event-night admission will be $50 admission cash only. Admission includes 16 games of bingo, three coverall cards, a box of popcorn and a bingo dauber.
        Other event highlights include:
        • Special cover-all round for an extra special purse.
        • Extra cards available for purchase.
        • Raffle and auction prizes.
        • Food and drink concessions available for purchase.
        • Prize for best-decorated car.
        Purchase tickets online at or call 419-720-3937.
Red Cross blood drives set
        The American Red Cross has seen a shortfall of about 25,000 blood donations in the first two months of the summer, which makes it hard to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products. Donors are needed to keep the national blood supply from falling to shortage levels.
        In thanks for helping, all who come to give throughout the month of August will get a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice. Details are available at
        Upcoming blood donation opportunities through Aug. 31 include:
        • American Red Cross Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway – Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
        • Oregon: Aug. 29, 12-6 p.m., Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ave.
        • Curtice: Aug. 25, 12-5 p.m., Jerusalem Township Fire Department, 9501 Jerusalem Rd.
        • Elmore: Aug. 17, 12-6 p.m., Elmore American Legion, 279 Veterans Ave.
        • Oak Harbor: Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St.
        • Fremont: Aug. 16, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Ann Catholic Church, 1021 West State St.; Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fremont Alliance Church, 936 Brush St.
        • Gibsonburg: Aug. 26, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gibsonburg Community Church, 795 W. Madison St.
        • Lindsey: Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, 1375 S. SR 590.
        • Woodville: Aug. 29, 12-5 p.m., Woodville Township Fire Department, 321 E. Main St.
• Bowling Green: Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church, 315 S. College.
        • Millbury: Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd.
        • Perrysburg: Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 601 East Boundary St.; Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Mercy Health Perrysburg Hospital, 12621 Eckel Junction Rd.; Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 East Indiana.
        How to donate blood
        To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
CommUNITY Film Fest
        Seventeen films will be shown on the big screen and one will win the coveted Best of the Fest award during the 9th Annual CommUNITY Film Fest, Sunday, Aug. 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St.
        The CommUNITY Film Festival is a partnership among the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, FilmToledo and Maumee Valley Partners for Inclusion.
        The free event celebrates contributions made to the community and aims to challenge assumptions and enhance respect for individuals with disabilities.
        Individuals with developmental disabilities create five-minute movies on their own or with professional filmmakers who volunteer their time. Most were made via cell phones or tablets and all will be shown before the announcement of winners – chosen by a panel of judges in various categories.
        Aside from the Best of the Fest Award, this year’s award categories include Celebrating Our Community, Promoting Inclusion, Creativity, Celebrating Everyday Lives, Challenging Assumptions and Inspiring Audiences.
        The Film Fest will also feature performances by individuals from iDance Performing Arts Center on the theatre stage.
        More information is available at or the Lucas DD website.
Mercy Health hospitals recognized
        Mercy Health announced that three of its local hospitals were among 19 statewide that have been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance.
        ENERGY STAR hospitals use 35% less energy than their peers on average. In Northwest Ohio, Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital, Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital have been recognized for their work in energy efficiency. Also on the list was Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital and Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital in Cincinnati.
        “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care,” said Craig Albers, president, Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital. “We are committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”
        ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that considers occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. It is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.
        On average, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—without sacrifices in performance or comfort.
        For more information, visit
Mobile mammogram van to visit area locations
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit has visits scheduled throughout the region in August.
        The mobile mammography unit, customized for patient convenience, delivers 3D mammograms to women age 40 and older. The unit offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        Among local stops are:
        • Wednesday, Aug. 16, Mercy Health - Point Shoreland Family Medicine, 2755 Shoreland Ave., Toledo.
        • Thursday, Aug. 17, Mercy Health – Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        • Friday, Aug. 18, Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        • Monday, Aug. 21, Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care & Walk-in, 1103 Village Square, Perrysburg.
        • Tuesday, Aug. 22, Mercy Health – Franklin Medical Center, 2213 Franklin Ave., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Aug. 23, Old West End Community Health Center, 2244 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo.
        • Monday, Aug. 28, Progressive Wellness Medical Office Building, 7640 West Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
        • Wednesday, Aug. 30, Mercy Health – Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        • Thursday, Aug. 31, Dunbar, 2806 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo.
        While mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, patients should verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with their insurance carriers. Financial need-based assistance is available to those who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles). Call 419-696-5839 for more information.
        Screenings at the Mercy Health Mobile Mammography unit are by appointment only. Call 833-MAMM-VAN to schedule.
        To view a full list of dates and locations, visit
Monthly lab screenings
        Magruder Hospital offers monthly community lab screenings on the second Thursday of each month between 8 and 11:30 a.m. at the Magruder Community Clinic, 730 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.
        The main lab test is a CBC, CMP and lipid profile, which includes liver and kidney function, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, triglycerides and a complete blood count (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood) for $50.
        Add-ons are also available, including a lipid profile for $20; hemoglobin A1C for $20; PSA (prostate specific antigen) for $30; TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) for $25 and Vitamin D for $35.
        Appointments are required and may be made by calling 419-301-4304. Participants are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to their appointment time but can have water. No insurance is accepted – payment can be made by cash, check or credit card (no American Express).
Hospice yoga workshop
        Community members are invited to a four-week gentle yoga workshop aimed at connecting the mind, body and heart of those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
        Gentle Yoga for Grief will be held Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 South Detroit Ave. on the following dates:
        • Session 1: Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29.
        • Session 2: Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27.
        • Session 3: Nov. 3, 10 and 17 (no session on Thanksgiving).
        Grieving is a holistic journey. Yoga can help participants find their center and ease the pain of grief. All people regardless of fitness level, age and flexibility are encouraged to attend. This class offers yoga for all bodies and abilities.
        Conducted by a certified yoga instructor who specializes in yoga for everybody, participants will work through the energetic and emotional blocks of grief to find peace.
        The classes are free and open to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had a prior relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio, however, advance registration is required. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring water, a mat and a small towel or pillow.
        For more information or to register, call the Hospice Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001. To learn more about grief and loss or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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