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October 2014
Be Captivated!
      Imagine holding an exquisite Louis XVI desk in the palm of your hand. Peering into a fully equipped kitchen, la turn-of-the-century Louis XVI parquetry deskProvence, that's no larger than a toaster oven. Placing an elegantly decorated cake on your littlest finger tip.
     You will find equally amazing treasures on exhibit and for sale at the 39th annual Showcase of Miniatures. The largest miniature show west of the Mississippi and third largest in the nation, the Showcase's reputation now attracts superb artisans from across the U.S. and around the globe. If you have never been, we know the show will have you "ooh-ing" and "ah-ing"!
     In addition to browsing 100 dealer booths and an exhibit of dioramas, you can participate in the raffle (tickets sold both days, Detail of a Provence kitchen drawing on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.), silent auction (Saturday, 10-2 p.m.), and free, hands-on "Tools and Techniques" workshop (Sunday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.).
     Children will find their imaginations sparked by the free and plentiful supplies at a kids' work table (both days, noon to 3 p.m.) and a sales table will be specially stocked with items for their miniature budgets. In addition, children and adults can preregister for classes.
     This family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose. The Fancy 2-tier miniature cake Doubletree is a pleasant ten-minute stroll from VTA's Metro/Airport light rail stop. All-day parking with a show-validated ticket is $10.
     Tickets are $7 for teens and adults, $5 for seniors (62+), and $3 for kids (5-12). Strollers and wheeled bags must be checked.
     Proceeds benefit PlaneTree Health Library so we are very grateful to the local volunteer committee of miniaturists and enthusiasts who put on such an enjoyable, well-run event. 
     Have a great time at the Showcase. See you there!
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News You Can Use

 

Food Labels & Gimmickry
     The October issue of Nutrition Action, one of our favorite newsletters, just published an article on food companies' use of "new buzz-words ('1 full serving of vegetables!' ' Empty grocery cart Made with whole grains!' 'Omega-3') to keep the same cheap ingredients (mostly white flour, sugar, and oil) flying on the shelf." Read it to become a savvier - and more cynical - shopper.
     Some label terminology is rather confusing. Did you know that "multigrain," "made with whole grains," and "whole grain" each mean something different? A brief video and article explain these and other sound-alike terms.

     You may also want to check the definitions of "organic," "free range," "natural," and four other, often-misunderstood terms.

 

Preventing Breast Cancer
Breast cancer pink ribbon      If you are a woman at high risk for breast cancer but not taking a preventive medication, you may want to revisit this issue with your doctor. This article links to a breast cancer risk calculator and describes the drugs' potential benefit and side effects.

 

Shoe Shopping + Bunions
     Are your shoes nice to your feet? Find out if you know all the tricks of smart shoe shopping with this "Shoe IQ" test. If Black & white dancing shoes you wear protective footwear at work, guidance in selecting work boots may be helpful.
     If bunions run in your family or if you have one starting to develop, you will want to lower your risk. If bunion pain is making work uncomfortable or keeping you away from pleasurable activities, this article discusses self-care measures and surgery.

 

ADHD in Kids & Adults
     The diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children requires an extensive evaluation. Drugs can be helpful for kids with moderate to severe Highlighted textbook cases. However, experts warn that ADHD diagnoses are often incorrect, and drugs are too often prescribed for young children and for kids with mild to moderate ADHD.
     Coping strategies for teens and adults are described in this report, which also discusses the effectiveness, safety, and cost of drugs used to treat ADHD in all age groups. To learn about diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults, visit this page.

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Spread the Word!.
     Please invite your friends and family to the Showcase of Miniatures by clicking the "Forward to a Friend" button at right (not your usual email forward button.) In addition, if you use Facebook, we hope you will share our event listingThis flyer is perfect for posting where you work, worship, or recreate.
In This Issue
News You Can Use
Spread the Word!
Events
Gourds & pumpkins
    All events are open to the public; pre-registration may be required.
* Fee for participation
^ Scroll down the linked web page.
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Fatigue during cancer^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 2
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Preventing & delaying type 2 diabetes^
Stanford - Thurs., Oct. 2
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Kids & teens with autism*
Stanford - Sat., Oct. 4
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Respite care for kids with special needs & their siblings
Milpitas or Los Gatos - Sat., Oct. 4
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Medicare
Mountain View - Tues., Oct. 7
Los Gatos - Wed., Nov. 5
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Healing after stroke*
Menlo Park - 6-week class begins Thurs., Oct. 9
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Pain & symptom relief in serious illness (palliative care)
San Jose - Thurs., Oct. 9
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Kids with spina bifida
San Jose - Sat., Oct. 11
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Stress management for teens*
Palo Alto - 3-session class begins Sat., Oct. 11
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Learning disabilities
San Jose - Tues., Oct. 14
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ADHD*
San Jose - Tues., Oct. 14
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Cervical myelopathy
Los Gatos - Tues., Oct. 14
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Schizophrenia & psychosis research
San Jose - Tues., Oct. 14
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Parenting a special needs child
San Jose - Wed., Oct 15
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Traumatic brain injury
San Jose - Wed., Oct. 15
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Breast cancer^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 16
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Healthy aging after spinal cord injury
San Jose - Thurs., Oct. 16
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Talking to kids about cancer (scroll to last page)
Mountain View - Sat., Oct. 18
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Men's health
Mountain View - Tues., Oct. 21
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Palliative care^
Stanford - Tues., Oct. 21
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Setting up a conservatorship*
San Jose - Thurs., Oct. 23
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Senior resource & wellness fair
San Jose - Thurs., Oct. 23
Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 23 & Nov. 6
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Running injuries^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 23
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Environmental chemicals & health
Mountain View - Fri., Oct. 24
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Exercise for fall prevention*
Los Gatos - 8-session class begins Tues., Oct. 28
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Osteoporosis*
Los Gatos - 4-session class begins Wed., Oct. 29
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Sex & drug use in neurodiverse teens*
Santa Clara - Thurs., Oct. 30
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Brain tumors^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 30
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Breast & ovarian cancer conference*
Redwood Shores - Sat., Nov. 1
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Behavioral challenges in dementia
Sunnyvale - Wed., Nov. 5

 

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