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Doctor to host free sleep disorder class

A free health education event this week will focus on problems affecting sleep. 

According to the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, 40 million Americans suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders.

Edgerton Hospital's Medical director of sleep, Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi, will host a free discussion on the topic at the hospital on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Sleep disorders can include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep terrors. Treatment plans can be determined by a sleep study, which is an overnight diagnostic test monitored by a technologist.

Participants will be able to speak directly with Rihawi. To register call 608-884-1607 or visit www.edgertonhospital.com.

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Local non-profits form Edgerton running series

To gear up for the summer fundraising season, four non-profit organizations from the Edgerton area teamed up with to encourage attendance at their run/walk events. 

The Edgerton Lions, Edgerton Rotary Club, Chilimania and Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation are offering runners and walkers the chance to win a 50-inch flat screen high definition TV.

The TV drawing is meant to be an incentive for participants in the Edgerton Running Series races. Runners and walkers will have their name entered upon registration, which allows up to four chances to win. The drawing will take place on Sept. 19 at Edgerton Hospital’s Victory Fun Run/Walk. You don't need to be present to win, organizers said.

The following events are included in the Edgerton Running Series:

Trivia competition to raise funds for literacy group

A local nonprofit literacy group will host a trivia competition later this month to raise funds for the program. 

The Literacy Connection's 10th annual Trivia For Literacy contest will be held March 25 at UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., in the Hyatt Smith Commons area. 

This year’s event will be begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. The contest follows at 6:15 p.m.

Teams of up to six people cost $180, or it's $40 to join a team, according to the organization website. Participants should register by March 20.

Visit theliteracyconnection.com or call 608-352-0854 for more information.

Soul Food Luncheon to bring in money for multi-ethnic students

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) will host its annual Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday to raise scholarship money for multi-ethnic students.

Attendees will be able to sample a menu featuring baked and fried chicken, fried catfish and barbecue ribs. Various sides like candied yams, plus corn bread and desserts will be offered as well.

Filmmakers and movies take over Beloit for international film festival

The Beloit International Film Festival will transform restaurants and cafes into movie houses starting Friday.

For 10 days, close to 200 films will be screened and more than 200 filmmakers from as far as Europe and Asia will be in Beloit.

Co-founder and executive director Rod Beaudoin describes the atmosphere as "vibrant and diverse."

"Through the years we've gotten to be friends with some of the larger film festivals around the world, and those that are extremely hard to get films into they recommend people sending films to us," Beaudoin said.

"Bus Ride" is a three-minute film by Stephen and Cameron Pickering of Janesville. The drama centers on immigration, politics aside.

"Shot it over two days and edited over two days and it turned out to be our neat little piece with no dialogue," said Stephen Pickering.

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

A local author will discuss his new novel Tuesday at the library. 

Hedberg Public Library said Chris Ramos, a sci-fi fan and author of the young adult novel "Time to Expire" will discuss character creation and the science in his book about nanotechnology and rebellion.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library's program room. Organizers said a book sale and signing will follow.

The event is targeted toward teens and adults, and it's not necessary to register, according to the library website.

The library is at 316 S. Main St. in Janesville. Visit hedbergpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Edgerton Hospital, along with Women with Heart support group, is planning a program next month to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men, but it is preventable and controllable.

During a luncheon at the hospital on Feb. 6, Edgerton Hospital will offer an educational session and an American Heart Association guest speaker to highlight the national "Go Red for Women" campaign, a social initiative to raise women's heart health awareness.

Organizers said the presenter will educate and answer questions while participants enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch, goodie bags and a chance to win door prizes.