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30th Annual Dublin Irish Festival is August 4-6.

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The 30th Annual Dublin Irish Festival dances its way into the heat of August this weekend. The Festival runs from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6. You can find a complete schedule of events online: Dublin Irish Festival

Tickets are $15 for adults at the gate. But if you purchase your tickets online until August 3, they are only $10. Children 12 and under are FREE. To buy online tickets, go HERE.

I have lots of memories of the Dublin Irish Festival. It has grown tremendously since we first started going there in 1996 (or close to it). It used to be a relatively small event, but it is so large now, you have to be bussed in from area parking lots. We actually haven’t been in a few years, because the crowds have become so massive and I also tend to wilt in the August heat. But I do love all things Irish! I am looking forward to going to see Mary Black perform this year on Saturday at 5:45 pm.

One of my favorite things to do at the Dublin Irish Festival, besides the music, is watching the Irish dancers. The Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance always features wonderful children and young adult dancers.

Additionally, if you enjoy traditional (and sometimes not so traditional) Irish music, there are always a ton of wonderful artists performing on various stages throughout the Festival. For a full list of groups that will be playing, please go HERE.

Looking for a kilt, Celtic artwork, or some lovely crystal? Now is the time to find it without crossing the pond. The Festival has a huge number of vendors selling anything and everything Irish. To see a complete list of marketplace vendors and what they sell, go HERE.

There will also be tons of food vendors, a Wee Folk Area, Celtic Canines, Celtic Sports, Beverage Tastings (of course!!), and even Sunday Mass Services (the Celts like to party, but they also give thanks for all God’s blessings).

May the sun shine warmly on your back this festive weekend (and it undoubtably will-so pick up some sun block at the pharmacy before you head to Dublin).

LIKE the Dublin Irish Festival on Facebook HERE.

For a festival map, go HERE.

For the complete 2017 Schedule of Events, go HERE, which is also downloadable to your phone if you look the schedule up on your phone.

Dog Days of Summer. Bring Your Dog to Our Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, August 4 From 11 am to 2 pm!

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To follow up with our Facebook postings featuring our canine customers at the drive up window, on Friday, August 4, we are hosting a customer appreciation day, “The Dog Days of Summer.”

Here is some information on the events happening that day:

  • Free hot dog giveaway: From 11 AM to 2 PM, all customers visiting our pharmacy will receive a free hot dog. Eat it yourself or give it to your dog buddy.
  • Free doggie bags: Customers who have loyal canine friends visiting the pharmacy will receive a free doggie bag for their dogs. You can even bring your dog passengers to the drive-through! Just be prepared, we’ll probably want to take a picture!
  • “Pick your breed”: Customers purchasing any over-the-counter products can participate in this game for a chance to win free prizes or discounts on their purchase.

Stop in and see us with your dog companions and get a hot dog for them or for you! It’s our way of surviving the Dog Days of Summer and thanking you for being such Loyal customers.

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Hoopla Days at Old 42 Antiques & Vintage Marketplace on Saturday, August 5.

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Join Old 42 Antiques & Vintage Marketplace on Saturday, August 5 for Hoopla Days.

Hilary Frambes, Plain City’s own award winning artist and the owner of Laughing Dog Studio will be creating an original work of chalk art in the parking lot between 11 am to 2 pm.

Professional drone photographer, Aaron Lewis, will take photos at 3 pm, including a large group photo of everyone in a circle gathered around Hilary Frambes and her chalk mural.

Plain City native Eric Chin will be performing acoustic music on the covered front porch.

Additionally, there will be outdoor vendors, as well as indoor vendors selling antiques, jewelry, vintage items, and more.

Food and dessert trucks will also be set up in the parking lot. Lemon shake ups will be available.

To find out more, visit their Facebook page HERE. For more information, you can call: 614-873-0277 or email info@old42.com

Old 42 Antiques & Vintage Marketplace is located at 8690 US 42 in Plain City (where the Dutch Kitchen used to be located next to the Jonathan Alder Junior High School).

Music in the Park Features the Shrine Jazz Band on Sunday, July 30 at 7 pm.

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Join the Shrine Big Band Jazz on Sunday, July 30 at 7 pm in Pastime Park, 344 North Chillicothe Street.

Plain City’s Music in the Park continues their season with this wonderful Free concert that will feature Big Band and Swing Music provided by the Shriners.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and meet in the Gazebo area of the park. You can make a voluntary donation to the Plain City Music in the Park program at intermission.

For more information and the entire summer concert schedule, go to: www.pastime-music.com

Here is a listing of the schedule for rest of July, August, and September:

July 30, Sunday, 7 pm, Shrine Big Band Jazz.

August 6, Sunday, 7 pm, Lower London Street Dixieland Band, featuring 1920’s and dixieland music.

August 13, Sunday, 7 pm, Emerald City Swing Orchestra is Central Ohio’s premier Big Band and is regularly featured at the Emerald City Ballroom for dance sessions.

August 27, Sunday, 7 pm, Trombone Plus will delight the jazz enthusiasts with trombones, drums, brass, and a piano.

September 10, Sunday, 6 pm, Shrine Concert Band will perform patriotic and family oriented music.

September 3, Sunday, 6 pm, Rain date for performances cancelled previously due to the weather.

For more information and the remaining schedule for the rest of the summer, you can also visit the Village of Plain City’s web site HERE.

Support Your Bones, Support Yourself. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Kevin Wenceslao.

Bone-Health

Our bones are responsible for many functions. They are the framework for our bodies, providing support. They protect our organs, allow us to move, and even produce red and white blood cells which help provide our bodies with oxygen and the ability to fight off infections.

Unfortunately, over time or without proper care, our bones can weaken, which can lead to a disease called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone and becomes frail, which can lead to painful breaks or fractures. Fortunately, there are ways to take care of your bones to prevent this condition and also ways to manage your life if you have weak bones.

Osteoporosis is a common type of bone disease. Our body maintains a balance between breaking down old bone and making new bone. If this balance is disrupted, and we lose too much bone, this leads to osteoporosis. Unfortunately, as we age, our bones sometimes break down more than we can create, which leads to a natural loss of bone as we get older. If we do not take proper steps to maintain our bones, we can become more susceptible to developing osteoporosis.

A bone density test conducted by your doctor can help diagnose osteoporosis and determine how severe it may be. In some cases, the doctor may order specific bone medicine in order to help the bones.

How do you know if you are at risk for osteoporosis? Well, there are two types of risk factors: controllable and uncontrollable. As mentioned above, getting older increases our chances of getting this disease. Other uncontrollable factors include:

  • Gender: Women are at higher risk than men due to smaller bones and hormone changes during menopause.
  • Ethnicity: White and Asian women are at greater risk than other races.
  • Family history: People with family members who also have osteoporosis or a history of fractures can be at risk.

If you fall into those categories above, it is especially important to take extra care to maintain your bones. The risk factors that every person can control are listed below:

  • Diet: Low calcium or Vitamin D supplementation from your diet contributes to greater risks.
  • Physical activity: Getting too little exercise or having an inactive lifestyle also increases your risk factors.
  • Alcohol: Drinking can increase your risk of developing bone disease, as well as falling and breaking your bones.
  • Body Weight: Being underweight can lead to frailty.
  • Smoking: Cigarettes can cause early menopause and prevent your body from utilizing calcium properly which leads to earlier development of bone disease.
  • Medications: Some medications can cause bone loss such as glucocorticoids, cancer treatment medicines, and seizure treatment. It is important to discuss the risk/benefit of your medications with your doctor if you are concerned.

Diet is a key factor in keeping your bones healthy. It is important to have your calcium and Vitamin D levels regularly checked at your doctor’s visits.

Many foods can be good sources of calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium is an important mineral that is necessary for your bones and teeth. Calcium can be found in most dairy products.

Vitamin D is found in small amounts in food, but most of it is provided by getting enough sunlight.

Listed below are the different foods to look for if you need more calcium and Vitamin D in your diet:

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If diet is not enough or not an option, your doctor may recommend getting over-the-counter Vitamin D and calcium supplements. At Plain City Druggist, we offer a wide variety of supplements in different strengths to meet your daily needs. These supplements can come in a multiple forms ranging from traditional tablets to chewable gummies and liquids. Ask your pharmacist for more information next time you come visit.

Daily intake of Vitamin D and calcium can vary depending on your age, current health condition, or diet. It is possible to get too much calcium and Vitamin D, so it is important to consult your doctor to determine your individual needs.

The chart shown below represents recommended daily intake and maximum intake for an average person.

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By adjusting your daily lifestyle, you can reduce your risks of developing bone disease. Even if you already live with osteoporosis, taking these steps can help prevent it from getting worse and ultimately prevent falls and fractures.

Sharing this information is a great first step in helping yourself and those you care about.

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References:
Bone Health For Life. (2014, July). National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Bone_Health/bone_health_for_life.asp#2
Learn What Osteoporosis Is and What It’s Caused by. National Osteoporosis
Foundation. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from https://www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/