Brides-to-be on a budget can find a deal and help others this weekend at the Brides Against Breast Cancer wedding gown sale.
Thousands of gowns donated by manufacturers, designers, retailers and individuals will be for sale for $99 to $799. Tiaras, veils, crinolines and other accessories also will be available.
The sale runs noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday on the fifth floor of the Discovery I Building at 915 Greene St. on the USC campus. Proceeds go to Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.
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GERMS, GERMS, GERMS
With swine flu in the news and seasonal flu on the horizon, EdVenture Children's Museum will conduct a series of free public health education programs for parents and children.
The programs focus on how to stay healthy during flu season and how to prevent the spread of flu viruses.
Kathie Williams, EdVenture's health education manager, will teach the Germs, Germs, Germs program through February at community sites throughout Richland and Lexington counties. One upcoming program is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at the State Fair.
Information: (803) 779-3100.
MAKEOVER FOR CANCER PATIENT
Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology is searching for a breast cancer survivor or current patient to receive a makeover at one of its local campuses.
Nomination forms and rules can be picked up at the schools at 449 St. Andrews Road and 7474 Garners Ferry Road. A winner will be chosen at each location and will receive hair, skin, nail and makeup services.
Information: (803) 960-8075.
The Columbia/Lexington Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. will stage a shrimp boil fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at 3809 Rosewood Drive in Columbia.
The annual event raises money for MIRCI's homeless programs. Tickets are $15. Information: (803) 786-1844, extension 105.
DONATE LIFE DUEL
Fans of University of South Carolina and Clemson can show their school spirit while saving lives in the Donate Life Duel through Nov. 23.
Supporters can help their schools win by signing up more organ/tissue donors on the new South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at Every11Minutes.org.
The winner will be announced and a trophy awarded at the USC-Clemson football game Nov. 28.
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'WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT'
Television stars Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker will headline Lexington Medical Center's "Women's Night Out," an annual celebration of breast cancer survivors.
The event is scheduled for tonight at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Tickets are $35, and proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center.
Eikenberry and Tucker, who are married, starred in the TV show "L.A. Law." Eikenberry is a breast cancer survivor, and they will talk about her experience and how it impacted their relationship.
Information/tickets: lexmed.com or (803) 936-8850.
GET FIT, GET HAPPY
The annual Get Fit, Get Happy Senior Wellness Expo is scheduled for Thursday at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia.
The free event begins at 10 a.m. Information: (803) 787-2023.
Recent swine flu deaths have prompted fears among parents.
Health experts caution that the H1N1 virus has caused relatively mild symptoms among most otherwise healthy children. But they warn parents of children with flu-like symptoms to look for these signs that could be warnings of more serious problems.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
If a child exhibits any of those symptoms, parents should consult a physician.
For more information, Palmetto Health has a brochure on its Web site for parents dealing with the flu. Go to ch.palmettohealth.org/documents/Brochures/CH%20Flu%20Brochure.pdf.
HEALING WITH HUMOR
Presentations on prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and healing with humor will be among the highlights of the S.C. Cancer Alliance's annual meeting Oct. 23.
The meeting runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Road, Columbia. It costs $25. Information: (866) 745-5680.