PIZZA TO HELP THE PARTNERS: The Volunteer Partners at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital are encouraging community members to enjoy dinner from 4 to 8 tonight at the Pizza Ranch, 2451 Truax Blvd.

Hospital volunteers will be restaurant servers, and 10 percent of sales, as well as tips, will go back to the Volunteer Partners for the organization’s tuition assistance grant program and other worthy projects.

If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining evening out, this is it! And if you are interested in participating in this event as a volunteer server, call Mary Pengra at 715-717-4074, as volunteers are still needed.

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‘STORIES FROM THE HEART’: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will host “Stories from the Heart” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Luther Building Auditorium, 1221 Whipple St.

Hear heart patients share their stories about the challenges and triumphs in dealing with heart disease. They also will answer audience questions along with a medical panel of Cardiac Center experts, including Drs. Andrew Calvin and Robert Wiechmann and physician assistant Gloria Krueger. WEAU 13 news anchor Judy Clark will emcee.

The event will feature healthy recipe samples, music and prizes. Call 866-375-7464 by Thursday to register for this free event.

In addition, the footbridge crossing the Chippewa River at Phoenix Park will be lit in a variety of red hues on Feb. 21 to recognize those impacted by heart disease in the Chippewa Valley.

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ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG ADDICTIONS: Join HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health Body.Mind.Spirit for an event for those whose loved ones are battling alcohol and other drug addictions. The event is Monday, Feb. 25, at the Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m.

William C. Moyers, the public advocate for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will share his own story to highlight the power of addiction and the promise and possibility of recovery from it. During his talk, Moyers will address problems and solutions related to alcohol and other drug issues facing families, including the opioid epidemic. Learn what you can do to influence the next generation.

Moyers has appeared on “Larry King Live” and Wisconsin Public Radio. He’s the author of New York Times bestseller “Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption.”

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 715-717-6565 or going to Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the event.

From staff reports