Briefly

Agency on Aging

to present Healthy U

The Area Agency on Aging is to host a free Healthy U-Diabetes class 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13 and 20 at Kiwanis Manor.

Healthy U is a free, evidence-based chronic disease self-management program to help adults gain confidence in managing symptoms and understanding how health problems affect their lives.

For more information or to register, call (567) 247-6503 or (419) 448-4541.

Spirituality Center to host ‘clean’

comedy show

St. Francis Spirituality Center is to present “Clean Comedienne” Leslie Norris Townsend at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling (419) 448-8544 or visit ritztheatre.org.

Spirituality Center announces events

The St. Francis Spirituality Center has scheduled the following events:

• A Lenten Retreat with Thomas Merton, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

• Stepping Through the Seasons: A Retreat for Women in Recovery from Addiction, 9 a.m.-noon March 3.

• Mini Oasis Day Lenten Retreat “Christ Crucified, Our King of kings: The Passion Story of the Gospels,” 10-11 a.m. April 1 and 17; May 1, 8, 15 and 22.

• Karl Rahner: Theologian of Grace, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 7.

• Assisi Within, May 14-17.

St. Francis to offer

dementia program

St. Francis Senior Ministries is to host Diagnosis: Dementia Putting the Pieces Together at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave.

The program gives the opportunity to caregivers and families to learn from Cathie Coleman, Leading Age consultant.

Attendees are to learn to understand the difference between Alzheimer’s, dementia, senility and other terms; how dementia impacts behavior and personality; tips for managing the changes; and meet the people who are key in their loved one’s success at St. Francis Chiara Unit.

To register, call (419) 447-2723.

CASA needs help; volunteer training set for March 20

CASA is seeking volunteers and is to host training March 20.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, call (419) 448-1442, email director@casaofssw.org or visit casaofssw.org.

Franklin County to

distribute bags that deactivate drugs

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio county is distributing bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

The Franklin County effort is an alternative to flushing pills or mixing them in coffee grounds or cat litter.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Franklin County’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health board is spending $20,000 to buy 5,000 bags.

The Franklin County and Columbus public health departments are to distribute bags during training sessions on using naloxone, a drug used to revive overdose victims.

The bags can neutralize up to 45 pills, six patches or six ounces of liquid.

Casino commission imposes new rules

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Casino Control Commission has new rules for skill-based games.

The Plain Dealer reported the commission created 28 rules concerning regulation and licensing in the skill game industry. New application and licensing fees are included in the gaming overhaul.

Commission spokeswoman Jessica Franks said the goal of the rules is to “weed out all the illegal activity.” Franks said the agency worked with industry leaders to craft the rules.

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