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Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Features Walks, Education and Events

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Features Walks, Education and Events

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) will showcase how the pulmonary fibrosis (PF) community stands together in the fight against the life-threatening lung disease during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in September.

“We will shine the spotlight on PF by sharing important facts about the disease and personal stories from individuals who are impacted by it, “said William T. Schmidt, president and CEO of the PFF. “We want everyone in the community to get involved, come to our events and spread the word.”

More than 250,000 Americans are living with PF, which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. More than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S.

Community Events

The PFF Walk 2022 to raise awareness and funds for research and support of those living with PF is set for the following dates in September —

  • Sept. 10 – Diversey Harbor, Chicago
  • Sept. 17 – Crissy Field, Bay Area
  • Sept. 24 – National Walk Day, Virtually

The PFF Walk features two course options – 5K and one mile – and family-friendly activities, refreshments, educational materials about PF and more. Registration is free and those who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative PFF Walk t-shirt.

The second annual ILD Day on Wednesday, Sept. 14, aims to elevate awareness of interstitial lung disease (ILD), of which there are 200 different causes. ILD is characterized by inflammation and/or scarring in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and get oxygen into the blood stream.

As part of ILD Day, an educational webinar hosted by internationally recognized ILD expert, Dr. Anna Podolanczuk, will be held at 12 p.m. CDT on Sept. 14. The presentation will focus on “Progressive Pulmonary Fibrosis: What Patients Need to Know,” and will provide information to help patients better understand the disease and its progression. Webinar registration is available here.

Social Media

Beginning September 1, the PFF will post content every day on its social media channels with the handle @pfforg on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, using the hashtags #PFMonth and #BlueUp4PF. Each day, a fact about PF will be posted at 11 a.m. CDT and a story will be posted at 1 p.m. CDT.

The #BlueUp4PF campaign recognizes the effect of the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. Inadequate oxygen levels, which can be caused by PF, may result in the fingernails or lips turning a bluish color. #BlueUp4PF encourages people to wear blue, take a selfie, and post it on social media with the reason they are going blue for PF Awareness Month.

In addition, more than 100 iconic buildings, monuments and bridges will shine blue with hope for the PF community throughout September. The list of sites and the dates they will be illuminated during PF Awareness Month is available here.

About the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is to accelerate the development of new treatments and ultimately a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Until this goal is achieved, the PFF is committed to advancing improved care of patients with PF and providing unequaled support and education resources for patients, caregivers, family members, and health care providers. The PFF has a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance. The Foundation has met all of the requirements of the National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification Program® and has earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information, visit or call 844.TalkPFF (844.825.5733).

Contact: Dorothy Coyle

SOURCE The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

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Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Guided cycling tour Sept. 17 will follow festival featuring food, music, bike tune-ups




Barrie residents and visitors are invited to the active transportation and sustainability committee’s first-ever Bike the Night event, modelled after other similar events worldwide, on Sept. 17.

This event is a free, community-guided bicycle ride.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Meridian Place, 30 Simcoe St., Barrie

A 30-minute bike ride is scheduled to begin at dusk (around 7 p.m.). Participants are invited to dress up in costume, decorate their bikes with lights, and cycle leisurely through the streets of downtown Barrie and along the lakeshore path as part of a guided ride.

The event will include a pre-ride festival with music, food trucks, free bike tune-ups, games, giveaways, prizes, and Barrie Transit bike rack demonstrations.

This event is being planned and led by the active transportation and sustainability committee and Living Green Barrie, with support from the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, Cycle Barrie, Barrie Transit, Barrie Public Library, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Tourism Barrie, and Firebird Community Cycle.

To learn more about active transportation in Barrie, visit

For more information about the Bike the Night event, visit the Facebook event page. To participate in this free event, please register on Eventbrite. Registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that the committee can track the number of attendees.


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There’s An Enormous Dinosaur Corn Maze in Alberta & It’s Hosting Spooky Events Next Month

There's An Enormous Dinosaur Corn Maze in Alberta & It's Hosting Spooky Events Next Month

Drumheller is filled with stunning badlands scenery and more dinosaur bones than you could imagine, but this Alberta spot takes a new twist to celebrate the area’s prehistoric residents.

The Sunny Spot adventure garden is right in the Drumheller Valley and it has its very own enormous corn maze which is a celebration of all things dino.

The dinosaur corn maze.The dinosaur corn maze.Courtesy of The Sunny Spot

The huge corn maze has twists, turns and dead ends that form a huge aerial picture of a T-Rex and triceratops.

At five acres in size, this maze will keep you occupied for hours.

While you can wander around the enormous corn maze during the day, The Sunny Side is also hosting events in September with a moonlight maze visit on September 10 from 8 to 11 p.m.

There will also be a super special spooky version on September 24 where you can try and make your way through the “field of screams.”

As well as the maze, the site also has a field of stunning sunflowers and a pumpkin patch.

There’s also some delicious food on offer from hand-pressed burgers to freshly cut fries. They even serve up their own special variations of poutine with flavours ranging from butter chicken, chicken alfredo, eggs benny and more!

The Sunny Spot

Price: $8 per person

When: August opening hours are Wednesday – Monday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. September opening hours are from Thursday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m. until September 24.

Address: 5225 Highway 10 E., Drumheller, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can make your way around the twists and turns of this huge dinosaur-themed corn maze. If you’re not afraid of the dark, you could also visit during one of the spooky nighttime maze events.


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Philippine Heritage Month event at Bower Ponds celebrates Temporary Foreign Workers

Philippine Heritage Month event at Bower Ponds celebrates Temporary Foreign Workers

“We were participating in a lot of local events, and then COVID-19 took us down. This year, we’ve managed to put on this first ever event, which we like to call Pinoy Fiesta. This is very common in the Philippines,” she said.

“This event is also a tribute to Temporary Foreign Workers, because being one is a journey and a challenge. That’s why we have other resources here for them to access. When you come to Canada using this program, you don’t have much of anything. I had luggage, $50 and my passport, but now I’m stable and I have my family here. It’s even where I met my husband.”

Rosales, a worker at Red Deer Regional Hospital, said for those in and outside the Filipino community who need help with the Temporary Foreign Worker program, aid is available through Catholic Social Services.

Lhen Ramiso has lived in Red Deer for 17 years, and also came here under the TFW program, starting out with Olymel where she’s now a lead hand.

Ramiso oversees the Oly Girls dance group, which performed for the first time at Saturday’s event.

“It’s really big for the group to do this. It’s a pleasure to share our culture, and we’re very proud to put a smile on people’s faces coming out of difficult times,” she said.

“When I came here in 2005, it was difficult having to leave my family back home, including my then nine-year-old daughter who I was able to get here five years later. It was such an overwhelming experience.”

Ramiso added she’s thankful that Canada allows for this type of opportunity to build a better life.

“Times are hard back home. Our hourly wage here is our daily wage there. It’s kind of difficult,” she points out. “Here, you can stay in a house with one person per room, while there it can often be 16 people in one house with two bedrooms, something I experienced. Now I live good and I’m very thankful to Canada.”

Red Deer-Mountain View Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen, has seen the TFW program undergo changes and scrutiny since becoming an MP in 2008. The program itself was created in 1973.

Dreeshen says the program is positive but unfortunately his office hears about a lot of people getting stuck in the system.

“We’re trying to prevent people from falling through the cracks, but we also hear concerns about people who need workers on the farm helping with planting, for example, but folks are getting lost in the system. Folks here are trying to make sure people are aware of this and what they can do,” said Dreeshen, who offered remarks on stage Saturday.

“It’s important employers know they’ll have enough workers, meaning it isn’t good when it takes too long to get people in. Especially on the agriculture side, folks who bring in Temporary Foreign Workers know the system and what they need to provide so they can have a solid workforce.”

Sometimes restrictions are also unclear for employer and employee, he noted, adding that clarity would be good on that front.

“The program’s objective is good. Many people, however, think the intent is just for people to use it to become Canadian citizens and bring family members here, but that’s not the case at all. Many come here and send money back home, giving their families better opportunity in their own country,” he said.

“I’m happy that it has helped so many families, not just here, but back home for folks. We certainly need great workers, and people who are committed to their communities. They are a hardworking group, they are people of faith, and they contribute in all the ways they can. It’s important to them, and it should be important to everyone.”

In 2017, there were about 550,000 TFWs in Canada, or about 2.9 per cent of the overall workforce, according to Statistics Canada. An estimated 27.4 per cent of those 550,000 worked in crop production.

Upwards of 100,000 TFWs come to Canada annually under the program which allows employers to hire international workers if there are no Canadians or permanent residents available.

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You’re invited to 2 separate events at Idaho Falls Zoo this month – East Idaho News


The following is a news release from the city of Idaho Falls.

IDAHO FALLS – Things are really heating up at the Idaho Falls Zoo this July.

The month is full of events so bring your friends and family to the best little zoo in the west.

Wines in the Wild is an evening full of wine tasting and music with the Jazz House Big Band. This adults-only event is hosted by the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society and will take place on Friday, July 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Food will be available for separate purchase. Tickets include access to the zoo and unlimited wine tastings. You must be 21 or older to attend and show valid ID. As a fundraiser, TPZS membership is not valid for this event. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

Each month throughout the season, artist Twyla Mahelona with Mahelona Studio will guide a small group of participants to create beautiful watercolor pieces for Watercolor in the Wild. For the July series, we will be painting our zebras.

The event is happening Wednesday, July 20 for people 16 and older. Space is limited so purchase your ticket right away. Ticket purchase includes all materials and admission to the zoo.

The Idaho Falls Zoo is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., including holidays.

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Kamloops-grown to highlight Farm2Chefs culinary event later this month

Kamloops-grown to highlight Farm2Chefs culinary event later this month

This year’s event will feature 26 participants, including local restaurants and caterers, as well as beverage makers and more.

“The idea is they try to use something seasonally appropriate that they buy from the farmer’s market or from a local supplier or purveyor,” Summers says. “[They] make a little one-, two-bite snack, basically, and everyone just kind of hangs out and has a good time.”

Nicole Mackie, Chef at Salty Fig Catering and Owner of The Cure Culinary Provisions is one of the chefs making culinary magic for the event. She joined Farm2Chefs during the pandemic and says she’s looking forward to her first grazing event

“Just being able to celebrate all the business we have in town,” Mackie says. “How hard everyone has worked over the last couple of years especially, and to be able to celebrate food with the people that we love.”

Every year, Farm2Chefs picks a local cause to donate the funds they raise during the grazing event. This year, the grant will help support the PIT Stop Program at the Kamloops United Church.

“Farm2Chefs, being a food-oriented organization, to support [PIT Stop] just goes hand-in-hand,” PIT Stop Program Coordinator Tomas Bijok tells CFJC Today. “We are so grateful to them for this money that goes to support our program so we can buy amazing food to serve to our guests, week-to-week.”

And once the food has been chewed and it’s time to clean up, Friendly Composting will be there to take away all the food waste from this year’s event.

“It was just a really neat opportunity to think about one-off events and how we can have a really, really huge impact with and change the narrative,” Katie Forsyth, co-founder and CEO of Friendly Composting says. “This is an event that’s been around for many years, and it’s cool to see it going that green-friendly route.”

With a little more than two weeks remaining before the event, Summers suggests that if you want to go, you’d better grab your tickets soon.

“Usually, we have quite a few tickets leading up to the final week of the event, but we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty,” Summers says. “I encourage people, if they want to, go on to Eventbrite with Farm2Chefs and get their tickets right away.”

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University of Michigan Dining hosting hiring events this month

University of Michigan Dining hosting hiring events this month

ANN ARBOR – Michigan Dining will host two in-person hiring events on July 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Quad Dining Hall.

According to a release, many positions start around $17-$18 per hour and select shifts offer higher rates.

Michigan Dining is currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Kitchen cleaners

  • Cooks

  • Food service workers

Interested candidates can apply at the event and receive a hiring decision before they leave. HR professionals will be on site to help provide hands-on support in completing resumes and job applications, according to a release.

Benefits from the first day of employment include:

  • Comprehensive health benefits

  • Paid vacation and holidays

  • A free meal per shift

Other benefits based upon time of employment are available, including eligibility for tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities once a 90-day probationary period has been completed.

In addition, employees can receive 2:1 retirement matching after completing one year of service.

According to Michigan Dining, full-time, year-round positions will start in mid-August. When the academic year ends in May, employees will transition to roles within Student Lift Facilities before resuming their positions at Michigan Dining in mid-August.


“Positions available during the Michigan Dining hiring event are covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the AFSCME union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment,” reads a release.

The South Quad Dining Hall is located at 600 E. Madison St.

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Shericka Jackson’s feat makes the women’s sprint events a must watch at World Athletics Championships next month

Shericka Jackson’s feat makes the women’s sprint events a must watch at World Athletics Championships next month

For a while the worry for the world of athletics has been who will fill the void left by the great sprinter Usain Bolt. The World Championships in Oregon is next month and Yohan’s Blake’s return to form with a blistering 9.85 seconds, his best timing in a decade, could not have come at a better moment. In the 200 metres, the build up to the showdown between defending world champion Noah Lyles and the next big star Erriyon Knighton got even bigger when Lyles beat the 18-year-old to win the men’s 200m final at the US Athletics Championships.

Lyles showed why he is in the form of his life as he gained ground on the straight after Knighton was ahead coming out of the curve. While Blake and Lyles have been in focus, the women have gone about setting the track on fire ahead of the Worlds.

On Sunday at the Jamaican Championships in Kingston, Shericka Jackson (21.55 seconds) ran the third-fastest 200 metres in history to complete the sprint double and laid down the marker for her countrymates Elaine Thompson-Herah (22.05) and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (22.14) who finished second and third respectively.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect to run this fast. I knew I was in good shape and when I spoke to the coach yesterday, he wanted a proper execution and the curve was one of the areas discussed. I think I did well on the curve, my coach told me to run the first 100m hard and do whatever I want afterwards. I am just grateful,” Jackson was quoted as saying by World Athletics website.

Jackson had also won her first Jamaican national in the 100 metres with a season best of 10.77 (0.9m/s).

Jackson is now only third behind Florence Griffith-Joyner’s (21.34) and Thompson-Herah’s (21.53) when it comes to the 200 metres.

If Jackson can keep this form going, and Fraser-Pryce runs both the sprint events it will be thrilling to watch the women’s 100 and 200 metres.

In fact, Thompson-Herah is gunning for Griffith-Joyner’s long-standing 100 metres world record of 10.49 seconds set in 1998. Thomson-Herah, the 100 metres and 200 metres champion of the Tokyo Olympics, in some people’s books should already be given the title of the fastest woman ever in the 100 metres. Her 10.54 achieved last year with a wind speed of (+0.9 metres per second) is more authentic than Griffith-Joyner’s, they say.

The reason has to do with the wind readings at the US trails back in 1988 when the current world record was set.

The controversial record has remained in the books though a malfunction in the wind gauge came to light later. Griffith Joyner’s world record set during the Quarterfinal 1 of the 1988 US Olympic trials, had a wind speed of zero. However, an IAAF (now World Athletics) study in 1995 found that the wind gauge had malfunctioned. Based on analysis of wind speeds during heats and qualifiers (tailwinds of at least 2.7 m/s and as high as five metres per second were recorded), the study concluded that when Quarterfinal 1 was being held the wind speed was actually +5.0m/s and not zero. The IAAF didn’t strike Griffith Joyner’s time off and till date it remains unbroken.

In a BBC interview from last year after she ran 10.54 seconds, Thompson-Herah said, “A few years ago I was asked whether I could break that record and I said it was not possible,” she said. “But for me to run 10.54 means it is within reach, therefore it means anything is possible.”

If Thompson-Herah breaks what has been considered an ‘evergreen record’ it will go down as one of the greatest feats in sport.

But don’t be surprised if Blake provides the added excitement in the men’s 100 metres.

“You have to believe in yourself,” said Blake. “I’m the second-fastest man in the history of the sport. The naysayers kept me going, whenever they say I won’t make it or I should give up, I use that to fuel me and push through,” Blake was quoted as saying by World Athletics.

Blake was also going through personal trauma because his father had suffered a stroke. He dedicated the win to his father.

“I just came out here to do this for him because I’ve been in disarray all week and just kept strong to win,” the 2011 world champion said.