Area residents are encouraged to participate in the annual "Have a Heart" day scheduled by area healthcare providers Saturday, Feb. 9.

It is offered by the doctors and staff of Dental Associates of Decorah, P.C., Waukon Dental, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, Wis.

The event is scheduled during the Valentine's Day season as a community service project to provide services to those in need.

Since the event started in 1991, it has grown to include several towns and businesses.

Children ages 4 through 18 seeking appointments could receive a complete dental examination, consultation, necessary X-rays, sealants, emergency dental care or a needed filling at no charge.

The goal is to provide services to those who have not sought recent dental care for various reasons. No financial proof of need is required.

Although no one is excluded from the day, the doctors hope to reach area residents in need.

Call the closest office for an appointment - Dental Associates of Decorah, P.C., 563-382-2441; Waukon Dental, 563-568-4528; Family Dentistry Associates of Monona 563-539-4651; and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C., 608-326-6886.