Those of us who are old enough to remember actress and comedian Gilda Radner's indeliable characters  Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella from Saturday Night Live, take note. (And for those who don't know Radner's work, there's always You Tube.)

Radner died in 1989 from ovarian cancer. Since then, Gilda's Club, a non-profit support network, has opened clubhouses around the country to support those suffering from cancer as well as their families and friends.

A ribbon-cutting at the Minnetonka facility -- the first in Minnesota -- is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 10560 Wayzata Blvd. The event is open to the public.

At Gilda's Club Twin Cities, men, women, teens, children, their families and friends, can receive free services intended to manage the emotional and psychological issues associated with cancer.

The clubhouse features space for support groups and healthy lifestyle programs, such as nutritional cooking classes, restorative yoga and meditation, expressive art therapy, family movie nights, and children-specific programs in "Noogieland."

GCTC will partner with the area's medical professionals and institutions, and other Minnesota cancer organizations. A number of local real estate firms and professionals came together to see the local project through, some of them offered their services pro bono or at deeply discounted rates. They include: Eva Stevens of United Properties and the Clubhouse Committee Chair, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, RJM Construction, Stewart Title and Lindquist & Vennum

The centers are named for a quip from Radner, who said, "Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I'd rather not belong to."

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