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Local Free Clinic continues service to the uninsured

The Clearwater Free Clinic at 707 N Fort Harrison Ave. delivers medical care to low-income, uninsured families in the community. In 2011, the CFC provided more than 14,000 patient visits at little or no cost to those who qualified and was named the 2012 Small Non-Profit of the Year by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"The growing number of uninsured residents in our area need somewhere to turn for affordable health care," said Jeannie Shapiro, executive director of the Clearwater Free Clinic. "Through donated services, the clinic provides critical services to those who cannot afford insurance or private health care.

"The lack of health care for the uninsured is not just a problem for the uninsured, but for all of us," she said. "No community can be truly healthy if a significant portion is excluded from basic health care services."

Since 1977, the Clearwater Free Clinic has provided office visits, medications, lab work, X-rays, other medical procedures and specialty referrals. The clinic, a volunteer driven, nonprofit, non-government medical facility, provides services at little or no cost to those who do not qualify for government assistance and cannot afford private medical care or insurance.

Limited parking is available off Seminole Street, directly behind the clinic. Parking is also available at 705 N Fort Harrison Ave., which is the Development Office. Please check signage before parking.

Call (727) 447-3041.

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In collaboration with St. Petersburg College and Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Healthy Happenings presents its first annual Spring Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at SPC's Tarpon Springs campus, 600 Klosterman Road.

Visit with staff from hospital service lines, community businesses, St. Petersburg College and neighbors. Educational material, health screenings, health information and senior living options will be available.

Admission is free. Call (727) 341-4772 for information.

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Team Lincourt Pharmacy Walks for Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis affects about 40 million people, and the number of Americans with the disease is expected to increase.

The staff of Lincourt Pharmacy will be walking as a team for the "Let's Move Together Arthritis Foundation Walk" beginning at 9 a.m. May 5 at Tampa's Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave.

The public is invited to join Team Lincourt. Donations to help find a cure will also be accepted.

For more information, stop by the pharmacy at 501 S Lincoln Ave., Suite 10, Clearwater, or visit http://awtampa.kintera.org/ lincourtpharmacy.

Seminars, classes and support groups

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. There is no cure, but it can be controlled by going on a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.com.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.

MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport group.com.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

Mail news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

Health events calendar 04/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 7:03pm]

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