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Fall 2007
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This Is Not the Life I Ordered
Saturday, September 22, 10-11 a.m. (booksigning follows)
Good Samaritan Hospital Auditorium
Light refreshments, so RSVP to 408/559-2555
     Jackie Speier, the popular former assemblywoman and state senator, and Jan Yanehiro, who won Emmys for KPIX's "Evening Magazine" and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award Photo of book cover: This is not the life I orderedfrom the United Nations of San Francisco, will talk about unexpected, difficult challenges which they and their two co-authors have experienced. Those trials - and the skills and wisdom the women consequently developed - are the basis of their inspiring new book, This is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.
     Please note that this free, lively talk will be at Good Sam's auditorium as we and our co-sponsor, h2u, are expecting a big turnout.
     Jan and Jackie will be happy to sign their book for you and copies will be available ($19.95) after their talk.
Upcoming Community Health Events

7:00 p.m., Monday, September 24

     Eating disorders will be the focus of a lecture and Q&A session presented by the Eating DisordersEDRC logo from jpg Resource Center and the Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley. For more information about this free event, call (408) 559-9385 or visit the Commonwealth Club.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 4
     Get your carotid artery checked and determine your body mass index (BMI). Learn how to lower your risk factors at the Stroke Awareness Fair. Admission and all screenings are free! Becoming more popular every year, this event takes place at Good Samaritan Hospital. For details, call 408/559-2555.
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Show up
for Showcase!

Enjoy exquisitely tiny art, support PlaneTree 
10-5 p.m., Saturday
11-4 p.m., Sunday
October 13 & 14
South Hall of San Jose Convention Center
(on Balbach St. between Almaden Av. & Market St.)
    The fourth-largest exhibit and sale of artistic miniatures in the U.S. welcomes browsers to a new downtown location. With free hands-on activities for kids, dioramas representing amazing talent and patience, and zillions of miniscule wares to marvel over, the Showcase will be fun for your whole family.
    Admission proceeds will benefit PlaneTree Library.
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    If you're wondering about PlaneTree's next steps ... Thanks for asking!
    We have been talking and listening to colleagues and community members, determining our way forward. We are examining several options. A strategic planning session in early November will gather community and business leaders on our behalf.
    We appreciate the contacts, narratives, and contributions many of you have generously given. Thank you.
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Real science.
Really amazing.
    The Tech Museum's "Body Worlds 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" opens new windows into our physical selves. One feature is the "Three-pound Gem," inspired by the latest findings in neuroscience. The Health Trust sponsors this exhibit, which opens September 27 and closes January 26.

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