Actress and heart disease survivor Donna Hartley will be among the headliners at the Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition on Saturday at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Hartley survived unexpected open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve in 2006. The experience inspired her to become an advocate for women's health programs. Hartley also triumphed over melanoma in 2002 and survived a plane crash in 1978.
The Women at Heart event features a variety of health-related demonstrations and classes and runs from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Information/register: (803) 296-2273.
The Lexington Medical Center Foundation has awarded $92,000 in scholarships to 60 nursing students from the Midlands, the largest amount ever awarded by the foundation.
Scholarship applicants are judged on grades, need and a submitted autobiography. The scholarships are for $2,000 for applicants attending a four-year college and $1,000 for students at technical schools or taking online courses.
SELECT HEALTH CENTER
Select Health of South Carolina will celebrate its new community service center with a back-to-school event for local families on Saturday.
The statewide health insurer's new center at 3315 Broad River Road in the Irmo area was designed to be a one-stop shop for residents to learn about community resources and programs offered through Select Health. The center won't officially open until later this year.
The insurer joined with community groups to offer back-to-school supplies, health screenings, entertainment and food from noon to 5 p.m.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP SPEAKER
Cancer survivor and neurosurgeon Dr. Cole A. Giller will be the guest speaker at the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group meeting on Sunday.
Giller, a professor at the Medical College of Georgia, will speak about deep brain stimulation, a surgical treatment of Parkinson's.
The Columbia group meets at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Medical Center Auditorium at I-26 and U.S. 378. Information: (803) 604-0061.
Got old prescription medicine and don't know what to do with it?
Don't simply toss it in your trash or flush it down a drain, where some drugs can be harmful to the environment. Instead, let the Lexington County Sheriff's Department handle disposal properly for you. You can dispose of the medication at one of their three facilities - 521 Gibson Road in Lexington, 111 Lincreek Drive in Columbia (Irmo area) and 102 Airport Road in Pelion.
Medication that is contained in a needle or syringe will not be accepted.
Either remove labels or use a black marker to blot out personal information on the labels.
BREAKFAST FOR YOUR BRAIN
The Capital Senior Center is offering a new program aimed at enhancing memory function. Breakfast For Your Brain is a six-week class that teaches mental exercises for the 50-plus crowd. The 45-minute classes begin Oct. 1 and will start at 8 a.m. each Thursday. Information: call 779-1971.
Hundreds of butterflies will be released Sept. 29 at the State House to honor friends who have been victims of ovarian cancer.
The event, set for 5:30 p.m., is designed to promote awareness of the whispering symptoms of ovarian cancer. The S.C. Ovarian Cancer Foundation's Riverbanks Region Chapter is sponsoring the event.
More than 26,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and more than 16,000 of them will lose their lives. It is one of the deadliest of cancers because its symptoms aren't easily recognized at onset.
KIDS AND ASTHMA
Kids with asthma often struggle to participate in sports.
An event this month is designed in part to help the youngsters, and their families, deal with their special concerns.
The Healthy Hoops Midlands Challenge features basketball lessons from USC coaches Darrin Horn and Dawn Staley, health screenings and asthma management tips for children ages 7 to 15 and their families.
The event runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. in Columbia.