LifeCenter Plus to host 'Pedal for Heroes'

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LifeCenter Plus to host 'Pedal for Heroes'

LifeCenter Plus is hosting a "Pedal For Heroes" fundraising event to support veterans Feb. 24 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the facility, 5133 Darrow Road.

Members and non-members in the Stow and Hudson area are invited to participate in honoring 276 fallen Ohio veterans by cycling for 276 minutes, one minute for each fallen soldier who has sacrificed his or her life in the Middle East since the terrorist attack of Sept. 11.

"The Pedal For Heroes event honors the military personnel whom have lost their lives and supports local veterans programs while engaging in physical activity," said Jerry Lynch, a main organizer of the event. "Ohio veterans have given so much for us. This is an opportunity to help local veterans and support their efforts to transition back into the community."

LifeCenter Plus encourages the community to form teams to cycle on stationary bicycles for 276 minutes. Participants may also choose to walk, row, swim, or run for the allotted time.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Pedal For Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide services to local veterans. Last year, more than $16,000 was raised by 11 participating fitness facilities in Northeast Ohio.

For more information, contact Jessica Shenker, at 330-655-2377 ext. 138.

'Toast to Hudson'

Gala set for Feb. 25

The community is invited to one of Hudson's premier affairs, "Toast to Hudson," an evening gala, Feb. 25 at Rosewood Grill, which will be open exclusively for this event that night. The gala will benefit Hudson Community First and Hudson Community Foundation.

The event includes wines, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction items such as a fishing excursion upon a private boat, use of a VW Beetle Convertible for a month, and a raffle to win a piece of jewelry donated by Jewelry Art and valued at more than $500.

Tickets are $75 per person ($125 per couple) for guest tickets and $120 per person ($200 per couple) for patron tickets, which include a program listing. Reservations are required. The event, which holds 200, traditionally sells out quickly. To secure a ticket call Laura Gasbarro at 330-650-0752.

Doug and Sally

Mayfield to visit Learned Owl

The writing team of Doug and Sally Mayfield will visit the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St. in Hudson, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. They will share their debut novel, "The Angle of Declination." "Angle of Declination" tells the story of Allison Hayes and her husband Mike Bowman, a Vietnam vet whom she loves deeply yet struggles to understand. The Learned Owl reports it is "a radiant odyssey of love, forgiveness and renewal." Doug and Sally Mayfield live in northern Minnesota. For more information, call 330-653-2252.

Heart expert to lead workshop at Yoga Lounge

The Yoga Lounge, 89 First St., Suite 207 in Hudson, will host a workshop with special guest author Terry Gordon Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. The workshop is part of the Yoga Lounge's program to transform bodies and minds through 40 Days to Personal Revolution. The Yoga Lounge is hosting this innovative renewal process created by Baron Baptiste by incorporating "No Storm Lasts Forever" by Gordon as an example of healing through journaling.

"In No Storm Lasts Forever" Gordon teaches that experiences become calamities if we make the conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting adversities, we can choose to be grateful for them, embracing them as gifts from the Divine. Books will be available for sale at the workshop courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop.

Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic-trained cardiologist, practiced within mainstream medicine for more than two decades. Named the American Heart Association's National Physician of the Year in 2002, Gordon is nationally recognized in matters of the heart. As a motivational speaker, he has shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer; as a musician, he is the co-host of Docs Who Rock, a United Way event. He is spearheading a national campaign called The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, which will place Automated External Defibrillators in every school in the country, protecting children from sudden cardiac arrest.

Admission to the workshop is $10. Sign up at the Yoga Lounge (330-653-3377) or the Learned Owl Book Shop (330-653-2252). Only floor seating is available and space is limited.

Author leads workshop

On Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. author, Robin Yocum, will lead a writing workshop at the Stow Munroe Falls Public Library on the importance of character in a novel. Characters keep a reader turning pages. Scene setting is important and plot is critical, but your characters must have depth and believability to connect with readers. Yocum will deliver a 90 minute seminar on character development. It will explore the genesis of character development and help you create characters that will drive your writing. In short, we'll give your characters, well, more character. Yocum will also be signing copies of his newest book The Essay.

Yocum is a former award-winning reporter with the Columbus Dispatch. Yocum won 30 local, state and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing. For more information, contact the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

In Style helps fight women's heart disease

In Style Accessories, 96 First St. in Hudson, will continue its Go Red Campaign to help fight women's heart disease in February. In Style Accessories will offer a 10 percent discount off of any Bonn Bons purchase and also donate 10 percent of each Bonn Bons sale to the American Heart Association through Feb. 28. In addition, the shop will donate $1 to the American Heart Association for every new Facebook like and Twitter/Pintrest follow its receives.

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