October 6, 2010 Edition

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Health Fair, HFD
events set for Saturday



Billy Blair (from left), Raul Blasini and Junior Briner look over the Hoxie Service Center to make plans for Saturday's events. The combined events include Lawrence County Prostate Screening and Health Fair and the Hoxie Fire Department's Open House and Safety Awareness Day.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
Two special events will be combined Saturday for one big day of health screenings, safety tips, food and fun at the Hoxie Service Center and Hoxie Fire Department. Everything is free.

The first event is the Third Annual Lawrence County Prostate Screening and Health Fair set for 8 a.m. to noon. The second event is the Sixth Annual Hoxie Fire Department Open House and Safety Awareness Day set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hoxie Fire Department will begin serving free barbecue plates at 11 a.m.

Both events will be held at the Hoxie Service Center, 500 Southwest Lawrence, and in the surrounding area, including the Hoxie Fire Department on Highway 63B.

Prostate screening and health fair

Raul Blasini of Pocahontas is organizing the prostate screening and health fair with the help of Junior Briner of Lawrence Health Services. Blasini is a prostate cancer survivor and advocate for early detection through screening.

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is co-sponsoring the free screenings for men age 35 and older or with a history of the disease from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary.

For women 40 and over, Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be providing a number of certificates that are good for a free mammogram.

Free onsite screenings will also be provided for the following: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and much more.

"It's all about serving our people, said Junior Briner at a meeting of the Lawrence County Health Coalition.

Several agencies will be on hand to assist and provide information or activities. Among those participating are: the Area Agency on Aging, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Black River Technical College nursing students, Lawrence County Health Department, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Coalition, The Children's Shelter, Lawrence Health Services Diabetic Education and the Get Fit Program.

The Black Rock Lions Club will also be taking donations of old eyeglasses.

HFD open house, safety awareness

The Hoxie Volunteer Fire Department open house and safety awareness event on Saturday will overlap with the health fair, beginning at 10 a.m.

Highlights will include the free barbecue meal, as well as Ronald McDonald, who will greet children from noon until 2 p.m.

Other planned activities include: firefighter photo booth, bounce house, face painting, Arkansas Game and Fish Aquarium, silent auction, Smoke House, child identification kits and health kits, bike safety, Internet safety, Hoxie School marching band and choir, Storm Tracker, Hoxie Police, State Police, fire trucks, ambulances and more.

Demonstrations and planned events will be held until 3 p.m.

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