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Covid Mental Health Challenge

Covid has devastated the world in two ways- via death and disability from this contagious disease, and via mental health disruptions caused by the chaos it has caused.  Lives have been turned upside down by shutdowns, quarantines, hospitalizations, unemployment, and so much uncertainty. The sheer amount of fear and uncertainty that accompanies any pandemic raises…

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Drive-Thru Notary for Absentee and Mail-In Ballots

Growing up, we learn that voting is our most valued, our most sacred privilege. It is through this simple act that we can shape the future of our neighborhood, our town or city, our state, our country, and, ultimately, the entire world. During this pandemic, so many of us have felt isolated and alone. Through…

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My PhD Journey, How it Unfolded and What I Learned – Dr. Jo Grove

Parkway Speaker Series Parkway member, Dr. Grove will present on her dissertation, which studied the challenges and experiences of blind and visually impaired students as they navigated their time in college.   ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84898581439?pwd=V1JhZXNod1JSTjVJcm1QYWhOck9JQT09 Meeting ID: 848 9858 1439 | Passcode: 256973 | Phone: (312) 626 6799

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk Day is October 24, 2020. While we aren’t having a large in-person gathering downtown this year, we will walk as a team while others in our community do the same.    This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is everywhere: on every sidewalk, track and trail. The virtual opening and Promise Garden Ceremony is at 9:00 AM. Watch…

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Tuesday Evening Dialogue Session beginning October 13

The next TED book is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. This is a tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart. Pulitzer Prize winner 2004. You can get the book on your device, through the library…

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Amish Apple Fritter Bread

Amish Apple Fritter Bread 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. Vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cups diced apples (about 4 med apples) mixed with a…

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Alzheimer’s News

Apples and Alzheimer’s In a 20-year study of 2,800 adults age 50 and over, those who consumed more foods rich in flavonoids such as; apples, berries, tea, red wine and dark chocolate were 2-4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) compared with people whose flavonoid intake was low. Flavonoids, found…

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Harper School at Parkway

The education wing will again be filled with the joy of students as we welcome Harper School to their second campus in the area. Pictured are Joe Wagner, founder of Harper School, ringing the commemorative PUNS school bell, and Council President Linda Tossing. Harper Hybrid is an in-person school for K-5 students whose regular school…

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“A Story of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” as told by John Dwyer 11/8

Parkway member John Dwyer will speak about his experiences as a merchant seaman on the Great Lakes during his college years, including serving on the Edmund Fitzgerald. He will speak about the sinking of the Fitzgerald in 1975 and the efforts over the years to find the causes of the tragedy. You may not have…

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Alzheimer’s News

Alzheimer’s News: This past week was the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Monday research was presented showing receipt of Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations are associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Included in Tuesday’s research was news that a blood test for Alzheimer’s markers of abnormal Tau protein may show changes in the brain…

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