November is adoption awareness month and Catholic Social Service is hosting the first annual Bubbles for Babies event from Nov. 14 to 18 to raise awareness about infant adoption. The fun, week-long celebration is an opportunity for individuals to pick up a bottle of bubbles and blow bubbles-both real and virtual-about their experiences and stories of adoption. The event culminates on Nov. 19, National Adoption Day, when one name will be drawn for a very nice prize basket.
Sunflower Early Education Center will sponsor a free screening to all children birth through two from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Migrant Parent Advisory Council at Washington School, corner of 12th and Washington. The screening will answer questions about autism and early childhood concerns. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-692-4087 or 792-4087.
If the Red Cross is in Great Bend to collect blood, Milton, 77, and Merita, 75, Rice of Pawnee Rock will be there. This husband and wife team has given a total of 356 pints of blood, 188 for Milton and 168 for Merita, which equals 44 1/2 gallons. Together, their blood donations over the years may have helped save up to 1,068 lives.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Indian civil rights leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, has continued the legacy of his late grandfather through peace activism and nonviolence promotion. He will share lessons learned from his grandfather at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University Campus.
The medical establishment generally regards placentas (afterbirth) as biohazardous waste, but to New York City placenta chef Jennifer Mayer, they are a nutrient-laden meat that can alleviate postpartum depression and aid in breast milk production (among other so-far-unverified benefits).