Monday, February 3, 2003

Good News

Flu shots offered for free

A total of 500 free flu shots will be offered to elderly and low-income residents Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the English Woods Recreation Center, 1990 Sutter Ave., North Fairmount, and at the Millvale Learning Center, 2009 Millvale Court, South Cumminsville.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Kroger Pharmacy are working together to offer the free shots. The shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The flu shots also will be given to residents of Page Tower, 619 Central Ave., West End, on Tuesday.

"The flu is just now coming into our area, and if an individual gets vaccinated now, resistance to the flu will build within two weeks," said Matt Feltman, Kroger pharmacist.

For more information, call Kroger Pharmacy at 782-3384.

The sound of music will be in Over-the-Rhine Saturday and Sunday at Nast Trinity United Methodist Church, 1310 Race St.

The music will be presented by MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's choir. The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Catherine Roma, director of MUSE, said the music will feature the African-American tradition, including old and new spirituals. Kenny Smith, soloist and pianist, will perform.

"We have felt for a long time that our presence in Over-the-Rhine would be a way to better understand this underserved community," Roma said.

The concerts are free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the food pantry program at the church.

Xavier University sophomore student Jomaile Holland will represent Ohio at the National Youth Summit on Preventing Violence, Feb. 15-18 in Anaheim, Calif.

Holland will be part of 50 youth ambassadors who will develop crime prevention policy recommendations that will go to President Bush, the vice president, Cabinet members, Congress and governors.

"The summit will help me to see the real target areas that we need to reach out to, primarily our youth," Holland said.

Jeff Lueders, public affairs manager for LifeCenter, is asking for participation in health fairs, and civic and community programs to increase organ donations. LifeCenter is an organ recovery agency. To help, call Lueders at 558-5555.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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