Community Briefs

Residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., on Saturday, April 30. Screenings can check for plaque buildup in arteries, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density, kidney and thyroid function, and more. Screenings are affordable, with packages starting at $159, and consultants will create a package based on age and risk factors. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (877) 237-1354 or visit the website at

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will celebrate World Kidney Day on Thursday, March 10, with a full day of activities and events at the Emil & Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event and parking are free. Attendees will receive free comprehensive medical tests and the opportunity to review their screening results with a trained medical professional on site. Participants will also receive information on health and wellness, tips on maintaining a healthier lifestyle and, if necessary, referrals to healthcare providers. Screenings include urinalysis, blood sugar/A1C, blood pressure, body-mass index evaluation, blood draw, if necessary, and nutritional counseling. For more information call (312) 321-1500 or visit the website at

Nature lovers are needed to help maintain and plant trees throughout Iowa and Illinois. Volunteers can sign up now for virtual training through Trees Forever’s TreeKeepers classes. The course is designed for people who want to become more knowledgeable about urban tree planting and care, and it will empower attendees to become effective environmental volunteers. The next class series will be held Tuesdays, March 15, 22 and 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. An in-person field day will also be held for attendees in metro areas at a time and location to be determined. Registration is $15 and includes exclusive access to official TreeKeeper educational materials. Preregistration is required by March 14. For more information, call Molly Walkner at (319) 440-7756. To register, visit