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Mountainland Head Start will hold its Fall Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orem City Center Park, 100 N. 200 East. A $1 admission charge for each child will allow participation in the activities. Those activities include crafts, obstacle courses, a maze, train ride and more. There will be a small additional charge for pictures and food.

Preregistration is required for families and is accepted at Mountainland Head Start, 264 W. 300 North, Provo. Call 375-7981 for more information.

PROVO

Relief may be around the corner for Utah County residents suffering from leg pain, thanks to free health screenings at local hospitals.

As part of Legs for Life, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center will hold a screening to determine if victims of leg pain are at risk for peripheral vascular disease. PVD, which affects tens of thousands of Americans, is caused by blocked blood flow in the arteries of the legs and can cause pain or swelling, difficulty walking, numbness and skin discoloration.

Physicians will be on hand at the screening to determine patient risk and offer nonsurgery alternatives.

The screening will be held Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Plaza located on the hospital campus. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 357-7056.

AMERICAN FORK

A large, painted ceramic-and-mosaic mural has been completed in the Healing Garden courtyard at American Fork Hospital. The mural occupies the west wall of the garden and measures 15 feet high by 45 feet long. The "under the sea" theme shows fish, shells and a variety of sea plants and animals.

The courtyard floor includes four 4-foot mosaic pavers. The artwork was completed by husband and wife Wayne Gearing and Louise Fischman. Gearing is a Utah painter, and Fischman an artist and teacher. She also designed therapeutic art programs at Primary Children's Medical Center.

Their materials include acrylic paint, hand-glazed ceramic tile, inlaid hand-cut Byzantine glass mosaic and porcelain tile. The work took several months to complete and complements the garden's waterfall and courtyard. It's also visible from the intensive care unit waiting area and from windows in several main hospital corridors.

OREM

The Orem Beautification Committee is sponsoring a "Weed Out Warriors" program to help keep city flower beds weed free. Volunteers are needed to watch over and take care of various planting beds throughout the city.

This volunteer program is good for families, retirees, clubs or student groups who live in the area of a park with flower beds. Weed Out Warrior volunteers will be provided with a Warriors T-shirt and gloves. Each group assigned a flower bed or bed area will have a sign posted giving credit to the volunteers caring for the spot.

Orem will provide the plants, watering, fertilizing and guidance as needed for the areas. Volunteers are asked to check for weeds in their areas at least once a week. Call Cody Fowler at 229-7577 to volunteer.

AMERICAN FORK

Alan and Suzanne Osmond will kick off the Family Lecture Series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at American Heritage School in American Fork. The monthly lectures are free and open to the public.

The Osmonds will speak on "Strengthening Families with One Heart" as well as how their family survives life in the entertainment world. A question and answer period will follow.

The Family Lecture Series aims to strengthen families through exploration of family-related issues. Future dates and speakers include: Alan and Karen Ashton on Oct. 24, Roger and Rebecca Merrill on Nov. 21, and Ed and Pat Pinegar on Jan. 9.

Located directly east of the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple, American Heritage is a private, nonprofit school serving children from kindergarten to eighth grade and using an LDS gospel base in all academic learning.

For more information on the Family Lecture Series or the school call Cheryl Karr at 642-0055 ext. 503 or e-mail Ckarr@AHSmail.com.