Women's Night Out is back with its annual spring renewal for the spirit.
"It's a program that we've been offering to our community for over 25 years," said Sherry Turchetta, UPMC Altoona community education specialist. "It's kind of a rite of spring, a celebration that we do in the spring to encourage area women to come together and just enjoy an evening with friends, family, co-workers."
The evening presented by UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club and held at The Casino at Lakemont Park includes dinner and guest speaker Tami Evans, a motivational speaker who "firmly believes laughter is a vital part of learning and living," according to her website, www.tamievans.com.
Speaker Tami?Evans will be the special guest at UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club’s “Women’s Night Out.”
"Laughter is one of the most powerful health care products available to us today," Evans said in an email. "Seriously, laughter has been scientifically proven to affect your body the same way as exercise, which helps improve cholesterol and blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, strengthen the immune system and create a desire for healthy foods."
Laughter can also make you a better employee, she said.
"There is a direct correlation between companies who have 'fun at work' and employee motivation, productivity, creativity, satisfaction and retention," she said.
If you go
What: Women's Night Out
When: Arrival begins at 5:45 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. April 24
Where: The Casino at Lakemont Park
Tickets: $40. To register online, visit UPMCAltoona.org/WNO. Tickets will be distributed at the door. For more information, call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665.
"Humor is a blessing in all our lives. I choose to look for humor in every day, I think it is a choice we can make, and I encourage everyone to develop it by interacting with people who also choose to find humor in life."
Laughter helps with learning, too.
Evans believes "laughter is the fastest most effective path toward learning," she said. "If you are bored trying to learn a new tool or concept, there is little chance you will remember it - however, if you are being shown the tool or concept in a humorous story, you are not only likely to remember it, but actually implement it into your life."
Evans is a member of the National Speakers Association, which named her as a top new speaker in 2012; and the Screen Actor's Guild, Actors' Equity Association and the Association for Television and Radio Actors, having appeared in "One Life to Live," Woody Allen films and off-Broadway plays.
"We are going to have such a fun night at the UPMC Altoona Women's Night Out," Evans said. "I am grateful and excited to present 'When the Chick Hits the Fan,' which helps the women to leverage levity for a lighter life. The program is a celebration of women, life, love and shoes."
Her only female-focused program "is a fun story-based humor presentation revolving around different aspects of being a woman," she said.
Other popular programs she offers include "Put the Show Into Business," and "Half Full of It: Activating Optimism and Other Hard Core Soft Skills," which is also the title of her new book, she said.
Friends of UPMC Altoona and the UPMC Altoona Foundation will sponsor fundraisers during Women's Night Out. Chances to win jewelry donated from Your Jewelry Box will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit women's health services at UPMC Altoona.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.