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Oct. 29-Nov. 3

University of Utah students, faculty, staff and the public can learn more about health and wellness during the U.'s Wellness Week, on campus. The 17th annual Wellness Fair will be Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Olpin Union Ballroom with numerous giveaways and free health screenings. More than 100 groups will provide attendees with information that covers emotional, physical and spiritual health. Screenings include glaucoma, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and orthopedics. Flu shots will be available.

The Wellness 5K, "Run Like Health," will be Saturday at 10 a.m. on the east side of the Marriott Library Plaza. A one-mile-walking course is also available. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. T-shirts and water bottles are provided to each participant. Proceeds go to the Alternative Spring Break program to fund service-oriented spring-break trips and to the Student Health Advisory Committee, a group focused on increasing health awareness at the U. Register online at

Nov. 1

The Utah Ambulatory Surgery Center will hold its annual education conference at Embassy Suites, 110 W. 600 South, 2-7:30 p.m. For information, reservations,

Nov. 3

The Epilepsy Association of Utah is sponsoring its fall educational conference, 9 a.m.-noon at the University of Utah Center for Advanced Medicine & Technology, 729 S. Arapeen Drive (2210 East). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and admission is free.

More than 18,000 Utahns have epilepsy and one out of 10 Americans will experience a seizure sometime in their life. The conference will share the ABCs of epilepsy with a Helping Other People with Epilepsy presentation. Dr. Francis Filloux and Dr. Awais Raiz will answer questions about both child and adult epilepsy. C. Levi Webb and Alison Draper, from the Disability Law Center, will discuss the Americans with Disability Act and possible changes. For information, contact the Epilepsy Association of Utah at 801-566-5949, or e-mail

Nov. 3

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Rocky Mountain Chapter will host its first Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis Patient and Family Education Symposium at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope, east end of the U. campus. Free, starts at 8 a.m. The program features Dr. Stephen L. Guthery, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the U. and a clinician at Primary Children's Medical Center. Other speakers are Dr. Chad Gonzales, gastroenterologist at McKay-Dee Hospital, and Dr. Suzanne M. Daley, gastroenterologist at St. Mark's Hospital. Breakfast and refreshments provided. To register or for information, call 866-768-2232 or go online to

Nov. 3-28

Exhibit celebrates "Healing Through Art" at the Patrick Moore Gallery, 511 W. 200 South. Featuring the work of Pamela Nielsen, who bases her creations on the seven primary human energy centers in the body, called chakras. The artist's reception is Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m. and the gallery stroll is Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m.

Nov. 7

Baldomero Olivera will discuss conus peptides, ion channels, drug discovery and exogenomics as part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute's seminar series. The lecture is 5 p.m. in the sixth floor auditorium of the Institute, on the east side of the University of Utah campus.

Nov. 7

The March of Dimes Utah Chapter is sponsoring a prematurity summit to raise awareness about the realities of premature birth and the important role preconception health care plays in having healthy babies. Noon-4 p.m. in the Eccles Health Sciences Education Building at the University of Utah, 26 S. 2000 East. Speakers include Dr. Uma Reddy, medical officer of the pregnancy and perinatology branch, National Institutes of Health; Dr. Yvette Lacoursiere, assistant professor in the department of OB/GYN, U.; Nan Streeter, registered nurse, director, maternal and infant health, Utah Department of Health.

Nov. 9

Bruno Groenig Circle of Friends is offering a free lecture on "A Spiritual Way to Healing — Medically Verifiable." The lecture is at 7 p.m., Salt Lake County Complex, 2001 S. State, North Building, Room N3005. The lecture is free. For information, visit

Nov. 23

In conjunction with the Utah and BYU football game, the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity will hold its annual Kevin B. Kennedy Memorial Game Ball Run starting in the early evening to raise money for Camp Hobe, a summer camp for kids with cancer and their sisters and brothers.

The fraternity will carry the rivalry game ball from Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The fraternity has run the game ball since 1989 but changed its name and focus in 1994 to honor its past president, Kevin B. Kennedy, who died after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

The run has successfully raised more than $100,000 for Camp Hobe over the years. To make a donation and double check the starting time, call 435-513-8377.

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