University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are providing free screening mammograms for women in Galveston County who are uninsured. Participants must register in advance and meet a list of criteria, including being a legal resident of Galveston County and not be more than 40.

The first free screenings will be Sunday, July 30, at the Greater St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, 6333 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock. The second free mammograms event will be Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Avenue L Baptist Church, 2612 Avenue L, in Galveston.

For more information about all eligibility requirements and how to apply, call Ida Hernandez, 832-505-1721. Applications also can be picked up at the churches, the UTMB Breast Imaging Department on the Galveston campus and the Breast Health Center on the League City campus.

Conversations about dementia

Family members, caregivers and friends of those with dementia are invited to the upcoming Learning Dinners series to learn more about dementia and to talk with Alzheimer’s and dementia specialists.

The panel of experts will feature the medical branch’s Dr. Mukaila Raji and OLLI Founding Director Dr. Michelle Sierpina. The Learning Dinners will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 1 at Moody Methodist Church, in the fellowship hall, 2803 53rd St., in Galveston. A light supper will be provided at each of the meetings. The meetings are free, but registration is required. Register online at or by calling 800-272-3900.

Patient pickup/drop-off change

Beginning Saturday, the patient pickup/drop-off location for the University Health Clinics off Harborside will be temporarily relocated to the adjacent Emergency Department garage. Visitor parking in Parking Garage 2 off Harborside will not be affected.

Entrance to John Sealy Hospital

The covered pedestrian walkway that leads to the front of John Sealy Hospital will be closed beginning Friday for construction. Visitors and employees will be directed to another covered pedestrian walkway adjacent to the hospital. The front walkway is expected to reopen in about a week.