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Poetry Alive toperform in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS ó Poetry Alive will perform 7 p.m. Saturday as part of the cityís Stories Under the Stars series.
The event will be held on the patio at the Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St.
The series is organized by the cityís Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Cabarrus County Public Library as part of their summer events series. Waste Management is sponsoring the series.
Upcoming Stories Under the Stars include Bobby McMillon on Aug. 20 and John Fowler on Sept. 24.
Senior Fair to beheld at Oak Park
REACH (Rowan Education and Advocacy for Choices in Healthcare) will sponsor a Senior Fair/Open House at Oak Park Retirement 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.
Exhibitors will include independent living retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and non-medical home care, senior downsizing and move management, elder law, pharmacy, audiology, transportation companies, senior publications, information for veterans and their families, and more.
ěMost of the professionals that make up the REACH group work for individual for-profit companies,î said commented Harriet Boner, president of REACH and marketing director at The Laurels of Salisbury. ěWe are working in a non-profit capacity to be the best source of senior care and services provider information in the community,î .
For more information go to www.REACHforRowan.org or contact Harriet Boner via email at hboner@REACHforRowan.org
Oak Park Retirement is located at 548 White Oaks Drive (off Enon Church Road), Salisbury. Call 704-636-4600 for directions. The event is free and open to the public.
Free lecture on health and nutrition tonight
SALISBURY ó Simply Good Natural Foods will host a free lecture on health, nutrition and natural medicine at 6 p.m. today at 128 E. Innes St.
The event is open to the public.
Terry Lemerond will present the Pillars of Natural Medicine, including discussion of natural medicines that work to support health and wellness.
Lemerond will share his knowledge on the life-changing effects of proper nutrition, exercise and effective natural medicines.
He has more than 40 years experience in the natural health field.
He specifically will address inflammation, which not only causes pain but is a contributing factor to many diseases.
He will take questions from the audience.
Code Orange alert issued for air quality
Air quality officials have issued a Code Orange health notice for air pollution in the Charlotte metropolitan area today.
People who are sensitive to air pollution should avoid moderate exertion outdoors. Sensitive groups include children and older adults; people who work or exercise outdoors; people with heart conditions; and those with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory ailments.
The primary pollutant of concern is ozone, a highly reactive form of oxygen.
High ozone levels can impair breathing and aggravate symptoms in people with respiratory problems, and irritate the lungs in healthy individuals.
People with chronic lung ailments, older adults and children should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity in the afternoon, when ozone levels are highest.
In addition, residents of affected areas should refrain from outdoor burning.
on Code Orange and Red days.
It is illegal to burn paper, trash, construction materials and other non-vegetative matter in North Carolina.
For more information about air quality forecasts, open burning restrictions and other air issues, visit the divisionís website at www.ncair.org or call 1-888-RU4NCAIR (1-888-784-6224). Information about air quality in the Triad can be found at http://www.co.forsyth .nc.us/EnvAffairs/.

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