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Give blood for chance to win Super Bowl trip

Florida Blood Services is offering any blood, platelet or plasma donor who gives twice between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, entry into a drawing to win two tickets to Superbowl XLV on Feb. 6 in Dallas, with airfare and accommodations included. Restrictions apply so visit for details.

Donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening. In addition donors in October will receive a limited edition football inspired T-shirt.

Generally, healthy people age 16 (with parental consent) or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For locations and hours, call toll-free 1-800-682-5663 or visit

Staying active and mobile requires healthy feet. David Fine, DPM, podiatric medicine specialist, will conduct a free foot and ankle screening from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600, anytime.

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"Empower Yourself," a program featuring speakers and more than 50 organizations, will offer information and education for people with developmental disabilities 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Coachman Service Center, 2235 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater.

The event, sponsored by A.F.I.R.E. and Family Care Council, also features entertainment and door prizes.

Admission and parking are free.

Call Chris Deslandes at (727) 432-3582 or Virginia Ruf at (727) 797-0288.

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A free seminar on advanced laser treatment for prostate enlargement will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Enlargement of the prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a common problem, especially for men older than 50. The most obvious symptom is urinary urgency, especially during sleep. Guest speaker Dr. Paul Arnold, board certified urologist, will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of BPH and detail the procedures now available, including the advanced GreenLight laser procedures.

A light meal will be served. Space is limited. Reservations are required by calling (727) 943-3600, anytime.

Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

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RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 525-1749.

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BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. today (the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Enrichment Center, second floor, Room 201, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Open discussion. E-mail or call (727) 442-1819.

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Alzheimer's caregivers SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., visitors are welcome. Open discussion. Call (727) 787-1837.

Give blood for chance to win Super Bowl trip 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 4:04pm]
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