Lifestyle briefs, May 1

Benefit for local woman with cancer

A benefit for Maria Hyden is to take place 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Tiffin Eagles.

Hyden has been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and the benefit is to help assist with medical and other expenses.

The spaghetti dinner costs $10. There is also going to be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

For more information, call (567) 938-7416.

Bingo at the Moose moved to Sundays

Tiffin Moose Lodge has announced the weekly evening bingo game has changed to Sundays starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with regular bingo at 5 p.m.

Changes are being made to the game, as well. Those who want to play can pay $10 or up to $45 depending on the cards played. There also is a package deal — the Mega Pack – which includes a computer that plays 90 games for the player, who also can play all the games on cards.

Door prizes also are to be given away.

Also, Matthew Tschanen is selling Amish-built sheds in the front yard of the Moose, where there are 15 sheds on display.

MHRSB supports 24/7 crisis text line

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is promoting a 24/7 crisis text line.

This is in collaboration with Crisis Text Line, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.

The line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free 24/7 support and information via a source of communication people already use and trust: texting. The line works by sending the word “4hope” to 741741. A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds, all from one secure online platform. The goal of the crisis counselor is to help the person move from a hot moment to a cool moment, and when necessary, link them with appropriate services.

If you or someone you know would benefit from utilizing the crisis text line, contact the Mental Health and Recover Services Board office at (419) 448-0640.

First Step schedules events for women

FOSTORIA — First Step Health Family Resource Center has announced the 2018 Women’s Enrichment Series schedule.

The series is a variety of monthly gatherings and learning play-dates intended to take attendees out of their normal routines, stretch creative muscles and create a sense of community.

The schedule of dates and events is as follows:

• Meditation, yoga and benefits of a plant-based diet – May 7.

• Pallet Painting – May 21.

• Slimeology 101 – June 11.

• See you in the funny pages – June 18.

• Learn to play the penny whistle – June 25.

• Lavender wand making – July 9.

• Jazz Age tea – July 23.

• Cocktails, anyone? – July 30.

• Ukulele class – Aug. 6.

• Circle of friends wreath – Oct. 1

• Wizarding afternoon tea – Oct. 8.

• Harry Potter kids tea – Oct. 22.

• Heart strings, intro to string instruments – Oct. 29.

• Gratitude shadow box sampler – Nov. 5.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call (419) 435-7300.

Book about transhumanism wins literary prize

LONDON (AP) — A book that explores the quest to defeat death with technology has won Britain’s medically themed Wellcome Book Prize.

Mark O’Connell’s “To Be a Machine” beat five other finalists Monday for the 30,000-pound ($41,000) prize, which aims to bridge the gap between literature and science.

The Irish writer visited cryogenic labs, Silicon Valley tech firms and cyborg startups for his non-fiction exploration of transhumanism, which seeks to overcome human frailties by merging people and machines.

Artist and writer Edmund de Waal, who chaired the judging panel, said O’Connell’s book was “a passionate, entertaining and cogent examination of those who would choose to live forever.”

Funded by the Wellcome Trust foundation, the prize is open to all fiction or nonfiction works published in Britain with a health or medical theme.

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