Good Samaritan to host public celebration for opening of Hedde Center

The Good Samaritan Foundation is inviting the community to a grand opening celebration of the Charles C. Hedde, MD Health Education Center from 6-9 p.m. on June 11.

The event will take place in the parking lot on the north side of the Hedde Center, 520 S. Seventh St. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities, which includes free food, fun and entertainment. Local band Bad Medicine will be performing classic musical hits throughout the night.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Blue Jeans Center to host fundraiser

The Blue Jeans Center in Monroe City will host a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The menu includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, a roll, dessert and a drink.

The price is $10 for adults and $5 for children ten and under.

Eat-in or carry out are available. All proceeds go to the Blue Jeans Community Center.

Registration open for United Way’s new 21-Day Equity Challenge

The United Way of Knox County last week announced the launch of a new 21-week Equity Challenge, one meant to help people recognize their own bias — particularly in terms of race, class and gender.

People can sign up now for the 21-week Equity Challenge via the United Way’s website. It works by sending out a weekly email to participants directing them to that week’s directive. Topics include things like race and racial identity, privilege, white fragility, institutional racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, stereotyping, the LGBTQ community and even ageism and disability, to name just a few.

Each link takes the participant to a choice of articles to read, a podcast to listen to or a video to watch, such as a Ted Talk. There, too, are corresponding activities, and each lesson is only meant to take about 15 minutes.

The challenge officially kicks off on Juneteenth (June 19) and lasts through World Kindness Day on Nov. 13.

To register for the 21-Week Equity Challenge, visit https://www.unitedwayofknox county.org/21.

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