Mariners offers free screenings
Mariners Hospital's annual community health fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at the Tassell Medical Arts Building on the Mariners campus, Mile Marker 91.5. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Free screenings of blood pressure, vision, glucose, hearing, osteoporosis, cholesterol, oral cancer and breast cancer will be available. Appointments are not necessary and fasting is not required for the cholesterol test. Sign-up for screenings will end at 12:30 p.m.
In addition, a Health Council of South Florida representative will be available to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and to enroll people in health care programs that are part of the ACA.
The health department will offer Hepatitis B immunizations, Hepatitis C rapid testing, HIV rapid testing, and information about the environmental health program related to East Islamorada.
Health care information will be available at booths staffed by organizations such as AHEC, VNA/Hospice, Healthy Start Coalition, American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation and SHINE. OneBlood will hold a blood drive. The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag.
Gallery unveils new exhibit
An upcoming exhibition at Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207 Duval St., will feature new work by Michele Byrne and Christos Calivas. It begins with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and runs through March 10. Early viewing starts today.
Calivas' paintings explore the spectrum between realism and abstraction inspired by his surroundings in Maine, Greece and Key West. Byrne's work is centered around her theme "The Art of Conversation," depicting people in lively social situations on the beaches, streets and popular cafés of Key West.
Calivas, a self-taught painter, works in Maine and spends part of his time in Greece and Key West. His passion for sailing and the outdoor world is reflected in his subject matter, often encompassing waterfront wharfs and vessels, local architecture, the sky and water.
Plein air artist Byrne has received numerous awards and will be exhibiting the work she produces in Key West and paintings inspired from her most recent trip to Paris.
Joint replacement seminars
Lower Keys Medical Center will host free joint replacement seminars to help people eliminate concerns and anxiety, learn about pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, and receive information on pain management techniques. Participants will also learn the difference between the types of services available at discharge, including home health rehabilitation, HealthSouth Miami rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient therapy.
These free seminars are offered by physical and occupational therapists at Lower Keys Medical Center. The class is held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the dePoo Building, 1200 Kennedy Drive, Key West.
A complimentary lunch is served afterward, Contact Lannie Manuel at 305-292-5872. Reservations are necessary at least one week in advance.