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Health events in Pinellas

Students take on Camp Nurse Jr.

Seminole Middle School students Emily Harris, left, and Stephanie Middleton, both 13, spent part of their summer vacation at Camp Nurse Jr., an interactive, weeklong camp offered by Mease Dunedin Hospital. The camp is taught by registered nurses and introduces seventh- and eighth-graders to several health care professions through hands-on activities and visits to various hospital departments.

A free seminar on the topic of advanced treatment options for prostate cancer will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Purendra Sinha, radiation oncologist.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

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Retired nurses or nurses taking a break in their career can utilize their nursing skills and provide additional comfort to hospital patients through a new volunteer program at Mease Countryside Hospital.

An informational luncheon on the volunteer nurse program will begin at noon Thursday at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. To reserve a seat call (727) 725-6290.

Participants will assist hospital staff, patients and families by offering bedside companionship, reinforcing teaching and assisting with hygiene and feeding.

Participants will have access to the hospital's continuing education program, free nursing license renewal and basic life support certification.

Two years of nursing experience is required. An active RN or LPN license is not required, but participants must have held a previous, unencumbered license.

For information, contact Clinical Coordinator Melanie Hynes at (727) 725-6247.

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A free, two-hour workshop, "Understanding Different Dementia: One Size Does Not Fit All," will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave. SE, Largo.

Presented by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist and dementia care and training specialist, the program is designed to improve the quality of life for people experiencing memory problems and their care partners and offers help, hope, laughter and encouragement for everyone touched by this condition.

Seating is limited. To register, call LaDonna at (727) 588-0020.

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The public is invited to the Celebration of Life, a remembrance event for deceased loved ones, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The setting will be beneath a sprawling oak tree adjacent to the hospital where a patriotic-themed ceremony will take place.

There is no charge to attend and no reservations are necessary.

For information, call Alan Schukman at (727) 942-5000, ext. 3617.

Seminars, classes and 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

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 7:30 and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave.; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Dry Dock, 1733 Alt. U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit

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.

TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 9 to 10 a.m. weigh-in, 10 to 11 a.m. meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1025 Union St., Clearwater. Call Beulah Little at (727) 461-7101. There is a fee for this class.

Health events in Pinellas 07/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 4:44pm]
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