A few hors d'oeuvres, some fun conversation, a little pampering ... and a mammogram?

Until recently, the idea of putting the word "fun" and "mammograms" in the same sentence wasn't likely to happen. Now, Newton Medical Center will host two "Ladies Night Out" mammography parties from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Nov. 14 in the Women's Center.

In support of October's breast cancer awareness campaign, the events are designed to encourage women to get their recommended annual mammogram screening. Screening mammograms are recommended for women 40 years of age and older.

Attendees at the "Ladies Night Out" mammography party will enjoy complimentary desserts, tasty hors d'oeuvres, relaxing chair massages, cosmetic services and great company, along with their mammogram.

Other than the cost of the mammogram (insurance will be billed for the cost of the mammogram, and participants are responsible for any additional fees), the event is free. Encourage your mom, daughter, sister, friend or co-worker to register with you!

Space is limited and reservations are required. To register for Newton Medical Center's "Ladies Night Out" mammography party, contact Women's Center coordinator Karen Troyer at 804-6243 or karen.troyer@newtonmed.com.