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Column: Northside Hospital offering skin cancer screenings
by Sally F. White
June 11, 2014 01:58 PM | 5210 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is opening its facilities for free public skin cancer screenings June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. As with other cancers, early detection is important, and the Northside health care system is dedicated to preventive programs as well as medical caretaking.

With the advent of summer, the institute wants to help people get ready for sun protection and provide skin assessments in a private setting. The National Cancer Institute reports early detection is important and nearly 2,000 cases of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in Georgia this year.

The free screening will be at the Northside Hospital Cancer Center on Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs. Screening attire is shorts and a T-shirt.

The screening is free but appointments are required. Free parking is available.

The center is one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer services in the Southeast. It combines the latest technology and research with compassionate patient-centered care encompassing the entire cancer experience, including education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, research, support and survivorship.

The overall nonprofit Northside health care system has more than 120 locations across metro Atlanta including three acute-care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Sandy Springs, Canton and Cumming.

Appointments and information: (404) 845-5555, ext. 0 or (information only)

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Dave Smith, program leader of Honor Flight Georgia, will give a patriotic presentation June 19 at the Atlanta World War II Round Table’s monthly luncheon at the Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County.

The Honor Flight Network is a national nonprofit volunteer group created to pay tribute to American veterans for their sacrifices by transporting heroes to Washington for visits and reflections at military memorial sites. Smith will highlight his talk with a PowerPoint history and video illustrating that World War II was not only a threat to the U.S.’s existence as a nation but also to its culturally diverse, free society.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 640 WWII veterans die each day and that patriotic veteran organizations are welcoming more retired Korean War and Vietnam War soldiers each year to honor their service to the nation.

The round table’s monthly 11:30 a.m. luncheons are for anyone interested in history and patriotism. Its members are veterans of WWII or other military actions including the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars. The public is invited to attend the $15 per-person luncheon; no reservations are required. The 2014 commander is Lee Weinstein.

Information: (770) 928-4579 or

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The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is inaugurating its 9/50 Southeast Arts Presenters Summit June 20 through 22. The event is free and open to the public at the center’s campus on Means Street in west Midtown. The presentation will showcase a consortium of nonprofit and independent contemporary art presenters and publishers for a weekend salute to regional arts.

The 9/50 title refers to the fact nine of the nation’s 50 states will be represented: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The summit concept will afford arts professionals and audiences a chance to meet and mingle with colleagues in the arts and print and online publications and pursue curatorial and collaborative ventures and unique art-oriented initiatives.

Some 20 presenters will host special happenings over the weekend. A welcome to presenters and center members at the Patron Artist level June 19 at Hotel Indigo in Midtown will kick off the series. A ticketed public opening night June 20 in the center’s courtyard will feature food and beverages, a performance by emcee duo Tiger Moon and an introduction of participating artists and organizations.

June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., events will be free to the public with coffee and beverage bars and food trucks on site. That night will feature the keynote address by Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries at Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts. He will talk about the challenges and pleasures of presenting exhibitions and projects in off-center locales.

June 22, public hours are from noon to 5 p.m. A public panel discussion, titled “Does Regionalism Exist?” at 2 p.m. in the center’s lecture hall will be about how location impacts the way artists, curators, publications and institutions consider their community perspectives and histories.

Funding for the presentations is provided in part by the nonprofit Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Information and tickets: (404) 688-1970, ext. 216 or

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Two metro Atlanta bridge clubs are joining a nationwide effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research June 21, the longest day of the year.

Titled The Longest Day, the partnership was inaugurated in 2013 by the American Contract Bridge League, which formed 160 teams and raised $500,000 for support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s care and research efforts.

The 2014 marathon-style Atlanta games will be held at the Duplicate Bridge Center on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in DeKalb County and the Bridge Club of Atlanta on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. All proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Association programs.

Many national and local bridge aficionados have been significantly affected by the disease and initiated the league’s bridge benefit on the summer solstice — which has 16 hours of daylight. Players honor friends and loved ones who have been stricken with Alzheimer’s and also keep their own mental skills sharp.

A challenging and rewarding card game, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life. Founded in 1937, the league is the largest bridge organization in the world and each year sanctions 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments representing every state plus Canada.

“Studies have shown links between games such as bridge and successful aging,” said league CEO Robert Hartman. “The game challenges and stimulates mental acuity and has strong social aspects that can aid successful aging. Support from our members raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association to conquer the disease and introduce bridge to a new audience that can benefit from the mental stimulation.”

The two metro Atlanta bridge centers will host bridge games from sunrise to sunset with members serving as team captains: Laura Wade will captain the Suite P Players at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Center, and Sam Marks will captain the Bridge Club of Atlanta. The clubs also offer beginner bridge lessons as a way to involve the community and players.

The association is the world’s leading voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate the disease through research and enhanced care while reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Registration and information: (678) 812-4324 or

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A daylong statewide educational symposium is set for June 21 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Vinings and produced by the ALS Association of Georgia.

It will bring together patients, caregivers, medical professionals and exhibitors to discuss the latest developments in treatment of devastating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig disease. Sessions are free to one patient and one caregiver and $45 for others.

Titled Living for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, the comprehensive sessions are open to the public and will provide the latest information regarding respiratory, mobility and speech issues; symptom management; nutrition; communications; caregiver support; end-of-life issues and patients’ legal and financial matters.

Notable panelists introducing interactive workshops will include Dr. Richard S. Bedlack, director of the Duke University ALS Clinic; Dr. Jonathan D. Glass, director of the Emory ALS Center; Dr. Michael H. Rivner, medical director of Georgia Regents University’s ALS Clinic; M. Bryan Freeman, founder and CEO of Habersham Funding and a financial planner for people with ALS and lawyer Elaine G. Levine, co-founder of the firm Manning, Levine & Marlowe LLP.

Just what is ALS? It is a motor neuron disease usually attacking upper and lower motor neurons and causing degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. First described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when the baseball hero abruptly retired after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between age 40 and 70. As many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

While advocating for a cure, the nonprofit association aims to empower, care for and support all those living with ALS in Georgia. The most significant advances of research have occurred in the last decade with the promise of advances in technology and the genetic revolution giving aid to ALS researchers in unlocking the mystery.

Registration and information: (404) 636-9909 or

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