5 Things Oct. 8: Norton Track Boosters 5k, Virtual Breast Center and More

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1. Norton Track Boosters 5k registration open
Registration is open for the Norton Track Boosters 5k. The 5k is Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. while the 1-mile kids race starts 10:15 a.m.  This event will take place rain or shine. The flat, fast wheel measured 3.1 mile course will start on the side of the J. S. Solmonese Elementary School. The course is open to all runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes. T-shirts will be available to the first 100 pre-registered participants. New running shoes from DB SPORTS to the overall first place female and male runners will be awarded, as will turkeys and trophies to the top three finishers in six age group categories for males and females. There will also be post race food, drinks and a raffle. Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the kids run. It is due Nov. 9. After this date, registration is $5 more for the 5k.  Make checks payable to Norton High School Track and Field Boosters and mail them to Norton High School XC & Track and Field 5K c/o Joanne D’Onofrio, 3 Hadley Road, Norton, MA 02766. Race day registration is 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the J.C. Solmonese Elementary School. For more information contact Kent Taylor at 508-789-8791 or ktaylor@norton.k12.ma.us. Online registration can be found at

2. Harvest Day
Join Kidz Wurld, 11 Robert Toner Blvd., N. Attleboro for Harvest Day with baby farm animals at 1 p.m. Come hold baby bunnies, ducklings, goats, pigs, kittens and more in this educational program. There will also be apple cider and apple donuts. Event is free with a playtime admission of $11.

3. Virtual Breast Center
October marks the opening of Signature Healthcare’s Virtual Breast Center, where through collaboration between an expert patient navigator, oncologists, radiation therapists and radiologists, all patients found to have a breast exam abnormality are followed and counseled.  The center is “virtual” because a patient’s primary care physician can dial into the discussion, as well as experts from pathology, surgery, pharmacy and nursing for consultation.  Also new for patients is the Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation program.       Signature Healthcare will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness throughout October with the following community activities:

-          Get A Mammogram for a Gift: All Signature Medical Group patients who call to schedule and receive their mammograms during the month of October will receive a free pink Pandora-style charm bracelet.

-          Signature Healthcare’s Pink Video:  Signature Healthcare departments will “dance for awareness” in a compilation video produced by staff. The unveiling will take place on two different dates in the organization and will be posted on the website.

-          Mammogram Scheduling: Signature Healthcare imaging will host three informational tables/ events to encourage employees to schedule mammograms and provide educational giveaways.

-          A Day of Healing. Oct. 16: Signature Healthcare's Radiation Therapy Department will sponsor a full day of relaxation and educational workshops to 10 area women who are in treatment for breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors.

-          Reiki “I Can Cope.” Oct. 23, 3 to 5 p.m., Signature Healthcare Radiation Therapy, 680 Centre St., Brockton: A certified Reiki specialist will be present to work with cancer patients.

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5. High near 59, low around 38
Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 38.



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