Saturday, March 28, 2009

April 2009 Awareness

Did You Know? April is....

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The theme is Prevent Sexual our workplaces, with the slogan Respect Works! April 8 is the SAAM Day of Action

National Minority Health Month
The theme is Ordinary Couples Don't Plan Their Pregnancies: Be Extraordinary! Preconception health is a family affair.
Also be sure to visit the National Minority Health Month Foundation website.

Alcohol Awareness Month
April 9th is National Alcohol Screening Day

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Contains a resource guide and community resource materials.

National Autism Awareness Month
April 2 is World Autism Day

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

National MS Education and Awareness Month is an effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) and affiliated groups to raise the public's awareness of multiple sclerosis. The vital goals of this campaign are to promote an understanding of the scope of this disease, and to assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare. For more information, please visit the MS Foundation's website or the National MS Society's website.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week, which is March 16-22, 2009, is an event geared towards informing the public about neuroscience research and to increase public awareness about the brain.

For more information, please visit the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week website, or the Dana Foundation's International Brain Awareness Week website.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March is Women's History Month

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? This year's theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet." Read President Obama's Proclamation for Women's History Month!

For more information about the month visit the National Women's History Project or for information about women in history and famous women leaders, visit the InfoPlease website.

Ohio Events

The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate and honor important women in the history of Ohio during Women's History Month, March 1 – 31, 2009, with tours of the Ladies' Gallery and a special display. A small display will be on view in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room. The exhibition will focus on books by or about Ohio women. The display will feature children's authors, politicians, activists and women in the arts. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Ohioana Library. Ohio Statehouse visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Ladies' Gallery during their tour. The Ladies' Gallery is a place of honor and learning in the Ohio Statehouse. The room pays homage to Ohio's first six women legislators who paved the way for women in government. The room also honors all women who have served in the Ohio General Assembly.

Third Annual Women Trailblazers Panel Discussion — 7 to 9 on March 5, 2009, Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron. Moderator, Debra Adams Simmons, Cleveland Plain Dealer managing editor. Panel members: Cynthia Flynn Capers, Ph.D., registered nurse, professor, university coordinator of Academic Leadership Initiatives, interim dean, College of Education, University of Akron; Theresa Carter, president, Omnova Solutions Foundation; Marigold Linton, Ph.D., director, American Indian Outreach, University of Kansas; Dr. Helen Qammar, director, Institute for Teaching and Learning, associate professor of chemical and bio molecular engineering, University of Akron; and Lisa M. Vidacs, senior vice president, Cash Operation, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Free. Reservations, 330-972-6446.

Women in Blues — The Northeast Ohio Blues Association, along with ArtsinStark, will present the Women in Blues music series. Saturday: 1:30 to 3 p.m., ''Classic Blues Singers'' workshop with Jen Maurer; 3:30 to 5 p.m., ''Making a Connection With the Audience'' workshop with Veronica Krug; 8:30 p.m. to midnight performance by Back Alley Gatorz with Susan Minton. Sunday: 1 to 3 p.m. ''Lyrics - From a Man's to a Woman's Point of View'' workshop with Kristine Jackson; 3 to 4 p.m. NEOBA meeting; 4 to 8 p.m. Second Sunday Blues Jam featuring Kristine Jackson with Jen Maurer and Craig Wise of Mo Mojo and Collette Venables of Blues Alliance. All workshops are free. Evening performances are $5. All events will be held at Don Panchos Tex-Mex Cafe, 2105 W. State St., Alliance. 330-257-2013 or

Women's History Month Presentation — 7 p.m. Tuesday, University of Akron Student Union Theatre. Guerrilla Girls on Tour! New York City-based touring theater company will present Feminists Are Funny. For more information, call 330-972-7008 or visit

Family Day Celebration — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14, International Women's Air & Space Museum, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland. The museum will be celebrating Women's History Month with a new exhibit on Amelia Earhart titled Flight to Fame: The Life & Legacy of Amelia Earhart. Free. 216-623-1111 or

''In The Company of Extraordinary Women'' — 4 p.m. March 21 and 22, Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, Akron. Honoring great women of the past at a tea featuring an actress portraying Grace Hower Crawford, who will be the hostess for a Victorian Tea and actresses portraying Elizabeth Buchtel, co-founder of the University of Akron; Sister Ignatia, a key figure in Alcoholics Anonymous; and Mary Wright Pierson, one of the first female doctors of the Western Reserve. For information, call 330-972-6909.

The Struggle for the Vote: Women's Suffrage — 7 p.m. March 24, Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls. Victorian expert Laura Loew tells about suffragettes and their cause. 330-928-2117.

Women's History Month Speaker — 7 p.m. March 26, University of Akron Student Union Theatre, University of Akron. Vinie Burrows will present Sister! Sister! a collection of narratives celebrating the joys and struggles of women from around the world. For more information, call 3360-972-7008 or visit

National Girls and Women in Sports Day — 2 to 6 p.m. March 29, Alliance Family YMCA, 205 S. Union Ave. The event is a collaborative effort that allows representatives of women's sports to educate girls and young women about the benefits of sports and to participate in sports. 330-823-1930.

Women's History Month Convocation — 10:35 a.m. March 31, Mount Union College, Dewald Chapel, 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance. Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor will be the featured speaker. Free. 330-823-6063.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

National Sleep Awareness Week 2009

March 1-8th is National Sleep Awareness Week. Many Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep, and more people are turning to medications to help them sleep. Sleep disorders affect more than 70 million adults in the U.S. although many individuals may not know that they have a sleep disorder. Psychologists can provide behavioral therapy that is quite effective for many sleep disorders.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

National Sleep Foundation
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
NIH/NIMH Sleep Disorders Information