Thursday, Feb. 22 Better Health Care for All That there are racial inequalities in health care is well documented, but how to solve a seemingly intractable problem? Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has some definite ideas. She’s dedicated her research to understanding inequalities in aging and how racism has impacted determinants of health. Fashaw-Walters’ talk, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Moving from Colorblind to Color Conscious Health Care Systems,” will examine how to change traditional thinking to better serve communities of color in health care. She’s coming to CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services as part of Black History Month and the college’s Diversity Celebration Series, in collaboration with CSUMB’s Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence. [PM] 4:45pm, reception; 5:30pm, speech. Thursday, Feb. 22, Otter Student Union Ballroom, 3118 Inter-Garrison Road., Seaside. Free, reservation required. bit.ly/CSUMBFierceUrgency. Trashed Treasures If someone tells you that you look trashy, you would most likely be offended. But here, it’s actually a compliment. The Alliance on Aging’s upcoming Trashion Show will be a night where art, fashion and ecology come together to celebrate glamor and sustainable fashion, organizers say. The show is a fundraiser for Alliance on Aging, which provides various programs for seniors in Monterey County. Organizers also hope it will inspire others to reduce waste by transforming discarded materials. “One person’s trash is another’s treasure” never seemed more appropriate. [EC] 5:30pm Thursday, Feb. 22. Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City. $90-$100. 655-1334. allianceonaging. org/trashion-salinas. Friday, Feb. 23 Hearts and Minds After a certain age, and it’s different for everybody, getting older is no longer something to look forward to. It has its benefits—mainly wisdom, and perhaps wealth, but the fact is that at a certain point everybody’s body, and maybe their mind too, starts to break down. It’s tough to reconcile when it finally hits, but it’s important to remember: It happens to everybody, to some extent. How to slow or stave off a cerebral decline, particularly as it relates to the brain’s relationship with a healthy heart, is the subject of California Arts and Sciences Institute’s panel discussion at Wave Street Studios in Monterey titled “Mind and Heart: As We Age.” Dr. Quinn Kennedy, 22 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY february 22-28, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Rey Ruppel Rey Ruppel was a Monterey legend. A local commercial photographer between 1935 and 1960s, he left a humongous body of work—photos that beautifully document Monterey County. They capture high school games and other festivities, the happiness of the years and people that passed. Monterey Public Library acquired 10,000 photos by Ruppel in 2011, after his death. The collection is mostly digital. Visit the information desk inside the library and ask about Ruppel and the California History Room. Guests must fill out a short form and provide a current and valid identification card. For assistance or research inquiries, email libchr@ monterey.org. [AP] 22-28 february HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountyweekly.com California History Room Archives, Monterey Public Library Carmel Art Association VISUALS Victoria Waddy “Smiley Face” (acrylic, wood and gouache) by Victoria Waddy is one of many happy works now presented at the Carmel Art Association. For the Love of Art is an annual exhibit at CAA. This year, 19 Monterey County schools and 85 student artists participated, which was one of the largest shows within this program to date. CAA’s mission is highlighting certain students and their artworks and statements. For the Love of Art is an art exhibition and competition for junior and senior high school students across Monterey County. On display until Feb. 27. [AP] See films from the 2023-2024 Banff Festival of Mountain Films. After You’ve Gone is a story about a female fishing guide in the Adirondacks. After many hardships, she takes a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Argentina. Banff Centre “Mind and Heart: As We Age” provides insights on the body over time, as well as research on healthier aging.