2006-02-09 / About Town

High blood pressure topic of talk tonight

On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Friends of the Jamestown Library will host “High Blood Pressure: How to Beat the Silent Killer” presented by Lifespan Community Health Center.

According to the American Heart Association, one in three adult Americans have high blood pressure also known as hypertension. Nearly one third of these people do not even know they have it. In the program, participants will learn about risk factors, prevention, and treatment of high blood pressure. Sarah M. Freelove, a registered nurse and program co-ordinator for Lifespan’s Community Cardiac Initiative, will also discuss a new phenomenon called pre-hypertension. Free blood pressure screening will be available before the presentation.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Jamestown library at 423-7280.

Teen program on civil rights today

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. will be at the Jamestown library on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. to talk with teens about his experiences in the U.S. civil rights movement.

LaFayette has been an activist in the civil rights movement, as well as a minister, educator, lecturer, and he is an authority on the strategy for non-violent social change.

Among his many accolades and titles, LaFayette was a trusted friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee in 1960, and a leader of the Nashville Movement in 1960. He was involved in the Freedom Rides of 1961, and the 1965 Selma Movement. He is chairman of the International Non-violence Executive Planning Board and has been reappointed by Governor Carcieri as the chairman of the Rhode Island Select Commission on Race and Police-Community Relations.

LaFayette is currently a Distinguished-Scholarin Residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

Free and open to the public, registration is not required for this library program that will take place in the building’s meeting hall.

Kids can make Valentine’s cards

Kids can make Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family at the library on Friday, Feb. 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The valentine card workshop will be for children ages 5, and over and all materials will be supplied. Registration is not required for this free program, which will take place in the library meeting hall at 26 North Main Rd. For more information, call Rowena Burke, the children’s and young adults’ librarian, at 423-7280.

Teens workshop on beadcraft at library

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a Valentine’s Day Beading Workshop at the Jamestown library.

Deb Goyette, owner of the Purple Door bead shop on Conanicus Avenue, will lead the workshop. Materials will be supplied to create earrings, necklaces and bracelets — perfect for Valentine’s Day presents.

Funded by the Friends of Jamestown Library, this program is for students in sixth grade and over. Registration is not required for this free program, which will take place in the library meeting hall at 26 North Main Road. For more information, call Rowena Burke, the children’s and young adults’ librarian, at 423-7280.

Enter to win spaying or neutering for pets

The Humane Society of Jamestown is offering several chances to win a free spaying or neutering for local pets.

On Feb. 12, forms and collection boxes will be available at town businesses and public buildings. Those interested should fill out the form. The winners will be announced later in the month.

The humane society wants to end animal overpopulation, and since 1973 it has assisted with the altering of more than 1,000 animals.

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