Stay Vigilant Against Breast Cancer

September is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all women are reminded to self-check and get mammograms to guard against lumps.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has lots of information about the disease at its website. Click here.

Here in Redding, Sept. 25 is the deadline for two upcoming breast cancer-related events. That’s the final date to nominate people for Soroptimist International of Redding’s “Person of Distinction” award, which recognizes volunteers who help get out the word about breast cancer and/or assist families stricken with the disease. It’s also the final date to register for free October breast exams.

Nominations for the Soroptimist award should go to Shari Rowsey at srowsey@nu.edu. For a nomination form, and for more information about the Oct. 14 awards banquet, click here.

The breast cancer screenings for qualified women aged 40 or over are scheduled for Oct. 29 at Mercy Regional Cancer Center in Redding. The screenings include a mammogram and a clinical breast exam. To find out if you qualify for this state-funded program, call 246-3729. Appointments are limited, and registration must be completed by Sept. 25.

  • Mark Your Calendars for Sept. 17, when environmentally wise gardening is the topic at Thursday Night Out at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Ellen Zagory, director of horticulture at the University of California-Davis Arboretum, will recommend 100 plants that grow with less water while supplying food and habitat for birds and insects. She’ll include low-maintenance plants proven to do well in our climate. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event will be $3 for Turtle Bay members and $5 for non-members. 
  • DVD I Watched on the Dreadmill: “The Wackness,” a quirky comedy about a young pot dealer and his best friend and customer, a screwy psychiatrist played by Ben Kingsley, in the New York summer of ’94. I liked this warm-hearted little film.
  • I was thinking about business cards and how succinctly they sum us up. We are complex people with many responsibilities, defined not by just what we do for a living, and we can’t be described on a single card. We need a range of business cards that focus on our various talents and pursuits. For example, based on how I spend a good portion of every day, I need a business card that says, “World’s Largest Pool Boy.” That might impress people. What would your special business card say?

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Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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