BLOOD DRIVES • Barron County: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 26, Rice Lake Moose Lodge No. 402, 40 E. Newton St.; and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake. • Chippewa County: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Moose Lodge 246, 8118 149th St., Chippewa Falls; and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Culver’s, 2573 Commercial Blvd., Lake Hallie. • Dunn County: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Alliance Church of Menomonie, 502 21st St. N.; noon to 6 p.m.
Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air. It’s been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep apnea. While it helps, he doesn’t like wearing the mask. “It’s like an octopus has clung to my face,” said Blumstein, 70, of Annandale, Va. “I just want to sleep once in a while without that feeling.” It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during
FREE FAMILY SWIM: Bring your friends and family for some splashing and exercise at free family swim events sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. Families and children of all ages are invited to attend in: • Barron: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Barron Municipal Swimming Pool, 27 W. River Ave. • Chippewa Falls: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Bernard F. Willi Outdoor Pool, 1 Bridgewater Ave. • Eau Claire: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Fairfax Pool, 4200 Fairfax St. •
SECIAL EVENTS • Medicare and You, 10 a.m. today, Eau Claire County Courthouse, Room 1277, 721 Oxford Ave. The free seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare, on Medicare, caregivers and families. Registration: 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636. • Caregiver Cafe, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, The French Press, 2823 London Road. Caregivers can join other caregivers to discuss experiences and issues and share ideas about caregiving. The cafe is held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
The following events are planned: • Tortoise and Hare 5K, 8 a.m. Saturday, July 21, Boyd Park, 1202 Fairway St. Information: tinyurl.com/y8b6oq53. • Cops & Robbers Donut Dash 5K, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, Barron County Fairgrounds, 101 Short St., Rice Lake. Information: tinyurl.com/ybwcpnjp. • Just Us for Justice Run/Walk, Wednesday, July 25, Carson Park. The kids half-mile race begins at 6 p.m.; and the 2- and 5-mile races, 6:30 p.m. Information: tinyurl.
CHICAGO — When Melanie Perry peers out the seventh-floor window of her Kenwood high-rise, she has a clear view of the helicopter pad at the University of Chicago Medical Center. “It’s as if God is telling me your kidney is in your view,” she said. “God is keeping me. He can move mountains.” Perry, 34, has spent most of her life hoping for better days. When she was a girl, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that claimed both kidneys. After her first transplant failed, her 16-
SPORTS PHYSICALS: Mayo Clinic Health System is offering Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association sports physicals and immunization clinics to student athletes in northwest Wisconsin who are entering grades seven through 12. Exams are required by the WIAA for participation in extracurricular sports activities. Physicals cost $35 during these clinics only; cash payment is required on the day of service. All students, whether coming in for a sports physical or not, are invited to
SPECIAL EVENTS weekdays during clinic hours, Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland sites in Barron, 1222 E. Woodland Ave.; Chetek, 220 Douglas St.; and Rice Lake, 331 S. Main St., Suite H. Appointments for all sites: 715-537-6747. Blood pressure screenings, • weekdays during clinic hours, Mayo Clinic Health System-Chippewa Valley sites in Bloomer, 1501 Thompson St., and Chippewa Falls, 611 First Ave. Appointments: 715-568-2000, Bloomer; and 715-720-4400, Chippewa Falls. Blood pressure
The following events are set: • River Falls Days runs, Saturday, July 14, River Falls City Hall, 215 W. Maple St. The 2-mile and 10K runs begin at 8 a.m., and the kids fun run starts at 9:15 a.m. Information: tinyurl.com/ybytpbkz. • Turtle Trot, 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14, St. Ann’s Center, 320 S. Pine St., Turtle Lake. The event includes a 2-mile run, 2-mile walk and 10K run. Information: tinyurl.com/yddbtkm7. • Colby Cheese Days races,
NEW RESIDENTS: The following new physicians have joined the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program as residents this month: • Dr. Owen Beck is from the southwestern United States. He graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. • Dr. Kiesha Bullock is from Alexandria, Minn. She graduated from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. • Dr. Cody Howe is from White Bear Lake, Minn. He