MANATEE -- The Anna Maria Island Privateers are out for blood … blood donations, that is, during a weekend blood drive June 4 and 5. The drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the social hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
It will support local blood banks and also the Privateers Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for college to students in Manatee County.
For each pint of blood donated in the name of the Privateers, a private organization has promised to give $100 to the scholarship fund.
The Privateers, a nonprofit group, was formed in 1971 to support youth programs.
In 2010, more than $29,000 in scholarships were awarded to students, according to the Privateers website.
SkinSmart Dermatology open house in Sarasota
SARASOTA -- SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota has newly expanded offices and plans to show them off at an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 2. Those who attend will receive gift bags filled with sample products, plus discount offers for cosmetic services and skin-care products.
The evening also will include raffles for products and services, and a live demonstration of equipment that analyzes complexions for sun damage, evenness in skin tone, wrinkles and pore appearance.
Dermatologist Elizabeth Callahan opened Skin- Smart in 2005 to offer medical, surgical and cosmetic services. The new office includes a large retail space for products.
Callahan sees patients who need skin cancer surgery, or have other skin care concerns. Practitioners on staff perform cosmetic treatments, including Botox injections, cosmetic fillers, and laser treatments.
SkinSmart Dermatology is at 5911 N. Honore Ave., Suite 210, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 308-7546.
County offers free vision screenings June 16
BRADENTON -- Free vision screenings for adults and children will be available at the Manatee County Health Department from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 16. The clinic will be open to walk-ins and no appointments are needed.
The health department is at 410 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton.
Staff and volunteers from Prevent Blindness Florida, who are nationally certified in eye care, will conduct the screenings.
Prevent Blindness Florida is a nonprofit advocacy group that provides vision education and services to help people keep their eyesight. Its “Healthy Vision Corner” is available at health departments in five counties, including Manatee.
The free vision screenings are to detect possible eye problems, but aren’t a complete eye examination. Those who don’t pass the screening will be referred to an eye-care specialist for a more comprehensive exam.
Assistance also will be given in finding free eye care or glasses for people who qualify based on financial need.
Hearing Loop system now available at Whole Foods
SARASOTA -- People with hearing aids may want to take their purchases to cash resister No. 1 when shopping at Whole Foods Market, 1451 First St., Sarasota.
Recently, the natural foods store installed a “hearing loop” at the cash register.
The hearing loop’s technology makes it easier for people to hear what the cashier is saying.
The loop is wireless and transmits sound directly into a hearing aid that is equipped with t-coils. This allows the hearing aid to function like a personalized speaker; spoken words become clearer.
Most recently manufactured hearing aids have t-coils, which were originally made to amplify phone conversations.
Hearing loops have long been popular in Europe, and are gaining in some parts of the United States, including Sarasota and Manatee County.
Loops are in place at Caragiulos and Owen’s Fish Camp restaurants in Sarasota, the North Sarasota Public Library, and the Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.
Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.