Naperville dental center offering free services Sept. 10; mental health/suicide backpack exhibit headed back to NCC; ‘Framed’ exhibit opens Sept. 17 at DuPage Children’s Museum – Chicago Tribune

Premier Dental Center will be providing free dental care from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at its 309 W. Ogden Ave. in Naperville.

Anyone in need of care can schedule an appointment, which are being offered on a first-call, first-served basis. Free fillings, cleanings or extractions will be provided.

Premier Dental Center is participating in Free Dentistry Day, where thousands of dentists across the country offer preventative dental treatment to those who don’t have dental insurance and go without procedures because they can’t afford them.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 630-355-3339.

Send Silence Packing, a traveling exhibit that draws attention to the issues of mental health and suicide, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at North Central College in Naperville.

Dozens of backpacks set up outside, each with personal stories from those who have lost a loved one to suicide, are the means used to raise awareness and connect individuals to mental health resources.

Organized by the nonprofit Active Minds, the exhibit has traveled the country for more than a decade and reached more than a million people. Data from the exhibit shows that those that view it want to learn more about mental health and may reach out to a friend in need or seek help for themselves, organizers say.

The traveling exhibit is sponsored by North Central College and local suicide prevention nonprofit organization, Nick’s Network of Hope.

The program is free and open to the public. Mental health professionals will be available to speak with anyone who experiences distress because of the display.

Framed: Step into Art, a traveling exhibit that lets children step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art, opens Sept. 17 at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville.

The exhibit provides information on each artist and conversational prompts that encourages children and adults to discuss the artwork and draw conclusions based on what they see, according the museum website.

“This immersive exhibit encourages children to ask questions and find answers through the exploration of art, and gain an understanding that everyone can have fun with art and appreciate it,” the site said.

The exhibit is included with the price of admission, which is $17 for adults and children and $16 for seniors (the price is reduced by $2 if tickets are purchased online).

For more information, go to dupagechildrens.org.

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