ENNIS – Unity in the Community will hold its annual Health Fair and Community Fest at Ennis High School from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The event is to provide those who are under-privileged or elderly medical attention and information they otherwise wouldn’t receive.

During the fair, local residents will be provided with free screenings such as mammograms, prostate cancer, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, chiropractic and HIV.

The screenings include women and children who are on WIC (Women, infants and children). They also will receive free vision, hearing, and dental care during the health fair. Physicians will be available to provide free consultations.

Registration is required for those desiring to have mammograms and prostate screenings. Also, people who are interested in having their prostate, cholesterol or blood sugar tested, need to be sure not to eat prior to screening as this will have a negative effect on the reading.

Entertainment will be provided for the children during the event. Kid’s Zone 2013 will take place inside the health fair. Children will have an opportunity to get their faces painted, and take part in arts and crafts.

The Ennis Public Library will provide story-telling time for all children in attendance. There will also be a presentation of character lessons by local authors and community leaders. In addition, several clowns will provide entertainment for the children.

No reservation is needed, but parental sign in is required.

“No matter the activity, the health fair is for every member of the family,” event organizer Charlotte Watson said.

“This is an event that we look forward to each and every year,” Watson said. “Our goal has always been to bring the members in this community together, and this is one way that we strive to do so.”

Patricia Wilborn, Shirley Watson and Charlotte Watson started unity in the Community in 2002. Due to the failing health of their parents, the sisters set out to change the community of Ennis. They didn’t want those in the community who were considered in need and the elderly to go without the proper medical treatment.

In an effort to assist in meeting the medical needs of those in the community, the sisters formed a committee and established the nonprofit organization.

For registration information, contact Mary Anderson at 972-875-5909. To learn more about Unity in the Community of Ennis visit unityinthecommunityofennis.org.

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