AURORA, Ill. — Matt Ward will be the first to admit — and with a broad grin on his bearded face — he was “a good guy but a bad kid” who put his family through hell during a few rebellious years at West Aurora High School that eventually got him sent to “reform school.”

ORLANDO — All Katie Donzanti and the yoga class at her Curry Ford Road studio wanted to do was downward dog. Instead, they got a face full of dog slobber and ear nibbles.

Following is a list of community festivals scheduled this spring, summer and fall in west-central Wisconsin. Telephone numbers and websites, if available, are listed for additional information.

DALLAS — Breast cancer survivor Mary Dunklin went through the tests, the waiting and a haze of doctor visits.

NEW ORLEANS — Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm’s 170-mph winds pummeled her home and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside the city with her boyfriend’s mother.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — While Bay-Waveland Middle School teacher Logan Pullin says writing is not his strong suit, his personalized, handwritten and hand-delivered letters are making Bay High School seniors feel special.

LOS ANGELES — Roberto Rocha has been yelled at and called names. Men have threatened to shoot him. He’s visited jails, knocked on doors and approached strangers across Los Angeles County — all in search of syphilis.

LOS ANGELES — After years of growing doubt about the value of screening men for prostate cancer, a new analysis of existing clinical trial evidence has found when men between 55 and 70 get the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test, lives are saved.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blind for more than 30 years, Paul Mimms — who lost sight in his left eye as a 23-year-old serving in Vietnam and years later lost sight in his right to glaucoma — has long relied on helpful technologies.

CHICAGO — Jim Watkins lives with pain so intense it can snatch his breath away. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and the best way he has found to control the anguish is with daily doses of tramadol, an opioid medication.

As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter. Neither Ellen’s daughter — nor her husband — felt they could read it to her without breaking down.

WAUSAU — Right now Pearl the puppy has limited skills. She’s pretty good at not peeing in the house. She sits upon command — most of the time. And she’s terrific at flopping over to expose her pudgy belly for petting.

“One two three four, two two three four, three two three four” — the voice rang out through a sunlit room, the rhythmic counting in tandem with three rows of adults moving through strength training exercises.

DAYTON, Ohio — Abigail Martin is grateful for the lifesaving drugs her 22-month-old son, Aston, takes for his epileptic seizures, but the listed price — $180,000 for an eight-week treatment — leaves the Miami Township, Ohio, mother shaking her head.

FAIRLAWN, Ohio — At AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, bowling pins fell to the floor with a thud as the Skrew Ballz racked up a hefty number of strikes and spares.

CHICAGO — For more than three decades, fast-food chains have relied on the chemical industry to keep grease and oil from soaking through burger wrappers, french fry cartons and pizza boxes.

When Monica Zanetti and Jeremy Reed first noticed each other at a furniture store, it was love at first sight.

LOS ANGELES — It’s one of those coping skills that come with living in earthquake country: Putting the risk out of your mind until that moment you feel the shaking.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This city, where the rate of drug overdose deaths is nearly 10 times the national average, has done more than most to fight the heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic.

BALTIMORE — Gordon McGlothlin, who took his first puff at age 12 behind his family’s garage, tried to quit smoking for years, but no cessation technique worked until he used a psychedelic drug.

Doctors describe 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon as a walking miracle — he is only the fourth person in the U.S. to survive an infection from the so-called brain-eating amoeba.

In 1931, Congress passed a bill to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States. But the decision was far from simple.

Since 1969, the Rock Falls Raceway has brought all manner of speedsters to burn rubber on the Dunn County Track. The raceway is a quarter-mile drag strip in a rural setting nestled among the pine trees in the Dunn County town of Rock Creek.