Talmadge to host 11th annual health fair Thursday

INDEPENDENCE — See a 3-D printer at work at the 11th annual Talmadge Middle School Community Health Fair Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

All community members are invited to the event. Local health professionals and businesses that provide health-related services to the community will be there.

Oregon State University’s entrepreneurially designed Mobile Makerspace has teamed up with Community Services Consortium to offer a nine-week class involving hands-on exposure to how 3-D printing works, how to create 3-D objects, engrave, create custom T-shirts, and an introduction to business plan development and entrepreneurship.

The public may take a tour of the Mobile Makerspace during the health fair, and then the unit will be parked at the Independence Public Library from Monday until May 20.

Independence Library director Robin Puccetti will oversee a program where elementary students are introduced to the world of 3-D printing.

The public is again invited to tour the Makerspace on May 20 during the annual Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce’s Discover MI Town event.

The TMS community health fair also will have interactive exhibits, dental and medical information, fitness and recreation booths, physical therapists, local health and fitness events, and other fitness professionals and health care service providers.

School-aged children will have the opportunity to win prizes.

The Central Lions Club will have its mobile screening unit there to check vision and blood pressure. The American Red Cross will have a blood drive.

A therapy pony will be available to pet, and community members may meet Pup the Fire Dog.

Dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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