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Free wellness day

Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio & Wellness Center is holding a free "Inspiring Wellness Day" from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Inspiring Actions, 1810 Webster St. (across from Fleet Farm). Advance registration is recommended, (715) 381-3148 or Speakers will present 30-minute small group presentations throughout the day on yoga, mind/body holistic therapy, tai chi, the chakra system, the New Energy, yoga for children, meditation, following your dreams, Holy Yoga and "Project Possibilities." There will also be information booths and displays, and chair massages.

"This is a day dedicated to inspiring wellness from the inside out," says Tracey Mortensen founder/owner of Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio & Wellness Center. "We invite you into the serenity of Inspiring Actions where we hope you'll begin a journey focused on mind, body and spirit."

"It is our heart-felt goal that you will find a sense of peace and purpose at Inspiring Wellness Day," said Jo Ann Bemoras, owner of Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio & Wellness Center. Bemoras left a career as a television journalist to pursue her passion for yoga and says, "I have found a sense of connection to my creator and a level of physical health that I am eager to share with others."

Alzheimer's walk

The annual Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk is scheduled Saturday morning, Sept. 20, at The Deerfield, 1127 W. Eighth St., New Richmond. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9:30. To start a team, walk as an individual or make a donation, contact the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Wisconsin chapter office, at (920) 469-2110 or visit

Blood drives

The American Red Cross is holding two area blood drives. The Hudson one is from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County UU. The other is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St., in River Falls. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE.

NAMI meetings

The National Alliance for Mental Illness meets at noon Thursday, Sept. 25, at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, located at Fourth and Cascade streets in River Falls. The group meets the last Thursday of the month and is a NAMI affiliate that serves St. Croix and Pierce counties. The group includes families, individuals with mental illness and care givers. Family to Family training is available for family members who have difficulty coping, supporting and advocating for members who have a persistent and severe mental illness. The training is free and scheduled Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Oct. 2 for 12 weeks at Servant of the Shepherd Church, 103 N. Fourth St., corner of Fourth and Maple streets, in River Falls -- bring a dish to pass if you can. For more information, call Marg Downing (715) 307-0355.

Caregiver workshops

Four workshops are scheduled for caregivers of people with memory loss from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 10, 21 and Nov. 4, and 9-11 a.m. Nov. 18, at Stillwater Medical Group main campus, 1500 Curve Crest Blvd. W. Cost is $20 per session, $60 for all four classes: Oct. 10, overview of memory loss by Dr. Stan Smith; Oct. 21, survival strategies for caregivers by FamilyMeans staff; Nov. 4, legal issues for caregivers by attorney Jeff Schmidt; Nov. 18, effective communication with medical personnel with FamilyMeans staff. To register, or for more information, call (651) 439-4840.