Iowa State University Extension and Outreach next month will host the first of five classes aimed at connecting family caregivers to materials that will help them protect their assets and prepare for retirement while providing care.

The five-week Finances of Caregiving program will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays starting May 24 at Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St. The classes are free.

"Care does not have to mean that the person lives in your home," said Mary Weinand, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist. "It may mean that you provide transportation or other services to a person who still lives in their own home."

For most working Americans, this requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

For more information or to register, contact Weinand at or call (319) 931-5087.

Flower sale to benefit hospice

WEST BURLINGTON — Great River Health System-Hospice and Zaiser’s Florist and Greenhouse will have a spring flower sale to benefit patients at end of life and their families.

The sale will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 at Zaiser’s Florist & Greenhouse, 2400 Sunnyside Ave.

GRHS-Hospice will receive a portion of proceeds from annuals and perennials sold May 2. 

Funds raised will help provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties, and their families.

“This is our ninth annual flower sale,” said Missy Allen, Hospice fundraising specialist. “This fundraiser helps us provide services for our patients and grief-support programs that are open to the community.”

Gift certificates for any denomination can be purchased at Great River Health System-Hospice House or Zaiser’s through May 2. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

For more information, call Hospice at (319) 768-3350.

GRHS offers diabetes classes

WEST BURLINGTON — Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes each month.

The next afternoon series will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning May 7. Morning classes will be 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning May 17.

Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required.

Class topics include: proper eating for diabetes; managing blood sugars; medicines; diabetes-related health problems, and exercise.

Diabetes educators will assess needs for specific information and skills, teach self-care and provide continuing help. Most insurance companies cover the fee for the class series. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.

To learn more or to register, call (319) 768-4165.

Medicare session at Burlington library

Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St., will be the site of “Medicare Made Clear” at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The free program will offer an overview of the different parts of Medicare (parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover and how they work.

To learn more, call John Corey at (319) 201-0092.

Block party celebrates cancer survivors

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Hancock County Fights Cancer teams are gearing up for the annual HCFC block party to be held June 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse lawn. 

Cancer survivors will be honored at the block party with the “Deflate Cancer” ceremony. Survivors, including anyone currently being treated, are invited to arrive by 5:30 p.m. for survivor registration before the opening ceremony and victory lap.

Those who sign up in advance by May 10 will receive a special survivor T-shirt when they check in at the block party.

The party will include food, entertainment, a car show, children’s games and a time of celebration and hope.

To sign up or receive a purchase form for Lights of Hope, send an email to or download a form from the website,

HCHC to host jewelry sale

MOUNT PLEASANT — Friends of Henry County Health Center Auxiliary will sponsor a jewelry sale from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the HCHC Health Education Center.

Thousands of items from Masquerade Jewelry will be available for $5.

Proceeds will help support the programs and services of HCHC.