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Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

 

The Board of Directors of the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest has launched two scholarships and awarded two grants totaling $41,590 for second quarter, 2015. According to the Blood Center, this money is meant to continue its commitment to funding education, technology and research advances in the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine.

 

Scholarships for community college students studying phlebotomy at the Community Colleges of Spokane, North Idaho College and Lewis & Clark State College will be offered beginning in the fall. Each institution will receive $3,000 per year for scholarship awards to offset registration and program fees.

 

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.

 

Free immunization clinics offered at Spokane Public Schools April 13-17

Free immunization clinics offered at Spokane Public Schools April 13-17

 

Free immunization clinics will be offered at Spokane High Schools from April 13th-17th.

 

The clinics will be offered through a partnership between the Spokane Regional Health District, Group Health Foundation and Spokane Public Schools.

 

Dates and locations for the clinic are as follows:

  • Rogers High School- Monday, April 13th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m
  • Ferris High School- Tuesday, April 14th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Lewis & Clark High School- Wednesday, April 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Shadle Park High School- Thursday, April 16th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • North Central High School- Friday, April 17th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Department of Health asks dog owners to help track ticks through online survey

Department of Health asks dog owners to help track ticks through online survey

 

Washington state health officials are asking dog owners to go online and fill out a short, anonymous survey, and to send the agency any ticks they find during tick season.

 

In Washington, taking the dog for a later winter or spring-time walk comes with the added task of checking four-legged friends for ticks. The tick season has already begun in Western Washington, and in the next few weeks, the Washington State Department of Health says ticks will emerge from their winter hideaways elsewhere in the state.

 

“Many dog owners have found a tick or two on their furry friend after coming home from a walk outside,” said Dr. Liz Dykstra, entomologist for the Department of Health. “We’d like to know more about when and where they’ve picked up ticks, and if their dog has ever been diagnosed with a tick-borne disease.”

 

Spokane County Library District introduces new series of programs aimed at health and wellness

Spokane County Library District introduces new series of programs aimed at health and wellness

 

The Spokane County Library District will present a spring series of programs to provide wellness ideas and practices for everyday living. The theme of the programs is "Nourish", and classes are aimed to act as inspiration to stimulate the participants mind, energize their bodies, and renew their spirits.

 

Programs in the Nourish series are free to attend and will be held at all ten of the District library locations. The line up features exercise classes including yoga and Tai Chi, as well as other programs designed to entice participants to explore the Inland Northwest.

 

Other classes will explore the health benefits of fermented foods or an afternoon cup of tea. In one class, a local chef will share his experience with cooking locally and will also give a cooking demonstration.

 

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Free Bloomsday training clinics to be offered by Providence and Group Health beginning March 14

Free Bloomsday training clinics to be offered by Providence and Group Health beginning March 14

 

For those who plan to participate in Bloomsday, but still have some training to do, Providence Health and Services and Group Health are teaming up to offer offer free trailing clinics. These clinics will  provide a medically-sound, gradual conditioning and training programs each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College beginning March 14th.

 

Whether individuals plan to walk, jog, or run the Bloomsday course, these clinics are tailored to all race participants. Each clinic will feature expert information, a warm-up routine, and a training course especially designed to mazimize each participant's preparation.

 

Training routes will start at one mile, and increase by one mile per week. Medical assistance will also be available during the training, and water stations will be placed along the routes. On site volunteers will be there to assist participants until the last person finishes.

 

Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

 

The Spokane Firefighters Union is advising people to take the opportunity to check and change the batteries on their smoke detectors when setting their clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.

 

According to the Spokane Firefighter's Union, two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Firefighters from the Spokane Firefighters Union, IAFF Local reminds citizens to not only change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in their smoke alarms, too.
 

“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” said IAFF Local 29 President Don Waller.