Moments in Time
By Morgan Smith
It is September 25th and as the Girdwood Elementary School bell rings, children are either gearing up to go home or for some, they are getting ready for the new season of Chess Club to begin. From 3:15-4:15 p.m. every Wednesday, kids of all ages get to play against one another to not only hone their skills but learn new moves from coach Mr. Gary. With competitive chess rules applied during the entire length of the class, every moment is a new challenge while presenting the kids with an opportunity to have some fun. And with parent volunteers rotating week to week, there are always new opponents to play and strategy’s to learn. So if you have a student interested in joining the fun, contact Four Valleys Community School to sign up today.
Saturday September 28, and the day seemingly starts like every other day, but there is something special happening at the Girdwood Community Room, the Girdwood Community Health Fair. This was a free event starting at 9 a.m. and going until 1p.m. and is an wonderful opportunity to get free to no cost health care or just go mingle and ask questions. Everyone is welcome.
Staffed with volunteers armed with resources to help you get the information you are seeking or booths packed with a variety of health topics just to get you informed, there is no wrong reason to stop in. Call in advance to schedule your mobile appointments for Reproductive Health, Mammograms and Prostate Exams. Also during this event, there is an opportunity for reduced cost blood work, including TSH, CHEM27 panel and AIC.
The Anchorage Health Department was also on hand to provide no cost flu shots, breast and cervical screening, pregnancy testing, birth control startup, and sexually transmitted disease testing, including HIV and HEP C.
When I stopped by, the Health Fair seemed to be a hit. Lots of people taking advantage of this unbelievable chance to get such affordable medical help and the volunteers were so welcoming and made all attendees feel at ease. A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Alaska for striving to make this event happen each fall and to all of those who helped make this Health Fair happen. You all made the community we live in a little healthier and happier.