Prostate screening at Loretto

The Loretto Hospital is offering free prostate cancer screenings for uninsured or underinsured men living in Austin and surrounding communities throughout the month. For more information or to schedule a screening, call (833) TLH-LOVE.

Free COVID testing in Austin Sunday

The testing will take place Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5051 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to testing, other community services, including a mask giveaway, haircuts for children, a pre-Thanksgiving meal and Narcan distribution, will occur.

Masks, hand sanitizer to be distributed Saturday

Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) will be handing out masks and hand sanitizer 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at two locations, George Rogers Elementary School, 1045 S. Monitor Ave., and Sayre Elementary Language Academy, 1850 N. Newland Ave. State Reps. La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly also will be at Saturdays’ events.

Free flu shots available throughout Chicago

Find the nearest flu clinic near you. West Side locations include La Follette Park (Oct. 19), Riis Park (Oct. 27) and Columbus Park (Nov. 2). Getting vaccinated this fall is especially important to prevent a convergence of flu and COVID-19, experts say. The Centers for Disease and Prevention recommends everyone – with a few exceptions – who is 6 months of age or older get the annual flu vaccine.

Vacant lots in Austin transformed

Seven years ago, the space across the street from Patricia and Robert Hart’s house in the 600 block of North Latrobe Avenue was a literal dump. Now, with help from the group Human Scale, they’ve turned it into an accessible community garden. Next year, they will turn half the pergola into a greenhouse, and the other half into a workshop where events and classes about gardening and healthy eating can be hosted.