The Astoria Lions Club offers free health screenings to combat preventable blindness and deafness from 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Astoria Safeway, 3250 Lief Erickson Drive. The screenings are made possible by the Oregon Lions Mobile Screening Unit Program.

The Lions Club is working with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation to provide free health screenings to the public in the following areas: visual acuity, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes and glaucoma. A three-hour fast (no food or drink other than black coffee and water) is required for the diabetes test.

The MSU Program has been providing free screenings to Oregon communities since 1994. Each year, the MSU Program provides services to roughly 6,000 adults statewide and free school screenings in visual acuity and hearing to about 14,000 Oregon children.

Vision and hearing have long been projects of Lions Clubs, following a challenge issued to them to become the "Knights of the Blind" at a national meeting in 1925 by author and speaker Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf.

The MSU Program has received extensive support from Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Freightliner, Anderson Brothers Trucking, Truck Wholesale Company, Spirit Mountain Casino and many others.