MIDDLETOWN-The Orange County Division of the American Heart Association will host “Go Red for Women,” a learn and live luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. The session will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Local restaurants will present Heart Healthy hors d’oeuvres. Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of females in America today. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for females, and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Cardiovascular diseases claim more than half a million women’s lives every year, more than the next 14 causes of death combined and almost twice the number of deaths caused by all forms of cancer. This amounts to about a death a minute. Yet alarmingly, only eight percent of American women recognize cardiovascular disease as a serious health threat. “Go Red for Women” will examine a woman’s influence in the community, at home and at work. Emphasis will be placed on the generational connection to health. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers and aunts are encouraged to attend together. A discussion will be led by Dr. Diane Pine of Orange Regional Medical Center. Cathy Markert, a resident of Middletown, will talk of her experience with an unexpected heart condition and successful heart surgery. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds will benefit women’s heart health educational programs in Orange County. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 342-1115.