Health Briefs: April 20

Union County volunteers to be honored by governor

MONROE – The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2012 Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service to five Union County recipients.

Awards went to Teresa and Jeff Weis for their work with United Family Services, The Fagala Family for their work with Union County Community Shelter and Destiny Sarno for her work with the American Red Cross.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award was first given in 1979 and this year marks the 34th consecutive year of the ward honoring people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through service.

SPCC Medical Assisting students conduct health and wellness fair

MONROE – South Piedmont Community College’s Medical Assisting students will host a Health and Wellness Fair on Monday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in SPCC’s Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Conference Center in Building A, on the Old Charlotte Highway Campus.

For more information, call Lori Starnes at 704-290-5825 or
Earth Day celebration in Stallings

STALLINGS – The Towns of Stallings and Indian Trail hold a joint Earth Day celebration at Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new splash pad will be operational for the festivities. Activities include tree planting, information on recycling and gardening, educational activities for children, and the Trip Rogers Band. In addition to the Earth Day celebration, Stallings residents and others can participate in Stallings Serves, a Town-wide beautification and service effort. Litter sweep will begin at 8 a.m. at the Stallings Civic Building where residents can pick up reflective vests, bags, and gloves. Several communities will hold food and clothing drives for needy residents that same day. For more information, or to register your community to participate in Stallings Serves, contact Tracie Frost at 704-684-0212 or Dena Sabinske at 704-821-3011.

Lions Club hosts vision van

WAXHAW – The Waxhaw Lions Club and North Carolina Lions Foundation will offer free vision screenings for visual acuity, cataracts and glaucoma Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Food Lion parking lot, 1301 N. Broome St. in Waxhaw.

The Lions Club foundation’s vision van travels across the state conducting vision screenings. The van is staffed with volunteers and there is no charge to have your eyes screened. the screening can be the first line in the detection of vision problems.

For more information, contact Mitch Padgett at 704-634-1761.

County offers rabies clinics

MONROE – Rabies clinics for dogs and cats are set for 16 locations from April 21 to May 19. State law requires every dog, cat and ferret over four months old to have their rabies vaccination. The vaccinations cost $10, cash only. The rabies clinics are sponsored by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Bureau, Union County Health Department and Brent Glenn, DVM. Rabies clinic locations and dates include:
Saturday, April 21: New Salem Elementary, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Fairview Elementary School, 10 to 11 a.m.; Benton Heights Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Marshville Elementary School, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Union Elementary School 4 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25: Union County Farmers Market 6 to 7 p.m.

International travel vaccines now available

MONROE – The Union County Health Department now offers vaccines for residents traveling internationally.

To schedule an appointment, call Lisa Amos at 704-296-4878 or email The health department is located at 1224 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe.

Union County Health Department offers dental clinic

MONROE – The Union County Health Department’s dental clinic offers consultations, cleanings, fillings, pupotomies, root canals, night guards, extractions, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, stainless steel crowns, porcelain crown and bridges, partials and dentures, and oral cancer screenings with general exams. The clinic is not free but does offer services at discounted rates. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 704-296-4829. The health department is located at 1224 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe.

Wingate University School of Pharmacy sponsors health fair

WINGATE – Wingate University School of Pharmacy sponsors a free health fair for the community on Friday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium at One Wells Fargo Building in uptown Charlotte. The fair will include blood pressure screenings, a bone density scan and hearing screenings by an audiologist. Numerous information booths will be set up and prizes will be given away.

For more information, contact her at

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