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Al-Anon, an anonymous support fellowship from family and friends of alcoholics, meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. each Wednesday at the A Club at 5650 Missouri Ave. in New Port Richey. Call (727) 514-6031. Several groups for Al-Anon and Alateen meet throughout Pasco County. Call (352) 697-0497 for Al-Anon or (727) 847-0777 for AA Hotline.

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The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement support group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the first floor of Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (813) 273-8721.

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The Pasco County Lupus Support Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. every third Saturday at the New Port Richey Public Library, Room 2, 5939 Main St. Call Nicole at (727) 447-7075.

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The Chasco Challenge, Chasco Fiesta Charity Event, is looking for committee members to help with the March 28 event at the Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. Proceeds benefit individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Call (727) 848-8888.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present its 10th annual Gong Show at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Jewish Community Center in Port Richey. Tickets are $40 for preferred seating and $30 for others. Call (727) 848-8888.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice is selling ornaments for $5 to $25 for its Trees of Remembrance, to honor loved ones and raise funds for hospice. Call (727) 845-5707.

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Anyone working in services pertinent to elder care, health supplies and equipment and nonprofit organizations related to the aging process is welcome to attend a marketing luncheon at noon Wednesday at the La Casa Grande Retirement Home, 6400 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 847-2980.

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TOPS, a weight support group, meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. Call (813) 780-6696.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host its Man to Man prostate cancer support group from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 8763 River Crossing Blvd. in New Port Richey. The sessions discuss the importance of early detection, signs and symptoms, prognosis, disease stages, incontinence, impotence and latest research. Call (727) 842-8411.

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Community Hospital will host the Community Chatterboxes from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Community Hospital Health Care Center at 5400 School Road in New Port Richey. This is a support group to help people suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. Call (727) 845-0757.

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Are you stressed out? Do you want to increase bone strength and muscle flexibility? Yoga can help. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson, offers a yoga class from 11:30 to a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Cost is $6 per session. Bring a pad to kneel on and a towel. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several bereavement support groups in east and west Pasco County. The hospice also offers individual counseling as well as support for children, older adults and for the newly bereaved. Call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946 for times and dates.

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La Leche League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed, meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

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Susie's Group Support for former smokers meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 868-3835.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will host its regular breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. Thursday at the New Port Richey Center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Anyone who has been touched by any form of cancer may attend. Reservations are advised by calling (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will not conduct meetings for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group in December. Group meetings will resume on the fourth Tuesday of January from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call (352) 688-7744.

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A Sleep Apnea and CPAP/BIPAP Clinic is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday at the Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, Suite 1 in New Port Richey. Sleep questions, mask fittings, pressure checks and equipment questions are offered for free. Call (727) 845-0459.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice (HPH) offers ongoing grief support groups at no charge. A group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey. Another group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. A group meets every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, 38710 5th Ave., in Zephyrhills and from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Pkwy., in Land O'Lakes. Call (800) 486-8784 or visit hphospice.org.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice is raising money for hospice care through its 14th annual Tree of Life program. Ornament donation starts at $5 and may be given to honor a loved one, living or deceased. To donate call (800) 486-8784 or visit hphospice.org.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. today at Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. This is open to the public as well as hospice patients and families. Call (727) 845-5707 or visit grhospice.org.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free blood pressure and diabetes screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. (CARES) Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Co-Dependent Anonymous: Freedom CoDA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community Congregational UCC, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-5525.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers several support groups for people with mental illness and their famililies and friends. This includes patients with all brain disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com, or fax to: (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200 with any questions. Please send information at least 10 days prior to event.

Health notebook 12/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:05am]
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