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'Lights of Love' celebrates season

Florida Hospital North Pinellas' Auxiliary Volunteers 26th annual "Lights of Love" celebration will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The event begins in the hospital's AllSpice Cafe with complimentary seasonal refreshments and musical entertainment. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., sip hot cocoa while enjoying local performers, a dedication to veterans, a visit from Santa and his elves and the illumination of the Lights of Love Christmas tree. A free gift awaits attendees in the hospital's gift shop.

Call (727) 942-2558.

Today

Beginner Tai Chi: Achieve stress reduction and improve balance and flexibility through a series of gentle movements and learn basic techniques for strength and relaxation. Register in advance, space is limited $20 monthly with rec card, $30 monthly without. 9 a.m., Oldsmar Senior Center, 107 State St. W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1155.

Child Passenger Safety: In an effort to reduce child deaths due to car accidents, Sunstar wants parents to learn what car seat is right for their child and how to properly install a car seat. Reduced price car seats available to those who financially qualify. Free. 9:30 a.m., Sunstar Paramedics Headquarters, 12490 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2056.

Saturday

YMCA Mash: Run or walk the 5K race with a post party, shirts and giveaways to benefit Mainstream Adults Sharing Hope. $20 advance, $25 race day. 8 a.m., John Chesnut Sr. Park , 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9622. www.ymcasuncoast.org

Safe Boating Classes: The one-day course, offered to participants of all ages, includes boat handling, navigation rules, state and federal legal requirements, boating emergencies, safety measures and vessel launching. After successful completion of the course, participants will receive state certification for boat operation. Seating is limited. Cost is $40 which includes all books. 9 a.m., Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 11-9, 847 Roosevelt Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 938-8568.

Tuesday

Health Events at Aging Well Center: The public is invited to attend a discussion group and explore ideas for living well. Free. 1 p.m., Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 724-3070.

Wednesday

Laughter Yoga: Laughter Yoga is fun for all ages, combining laughter exercises with yoga breathing to improve overall health and relieve stress. $5 members/$7 nonmembers (per class). 6:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 733-7296.

Recurring

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics. There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming 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 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

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. Donations accepted. Visit foodaddicts.com.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit midpinellasbrain traumasupportgroup.com.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

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 of Dunedin (behind church in fellowship hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Caregiver Support Groups: Local author and senior advocate Linda S. Burhans facilitates caregiver support groups at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Home Health, 13787 Belcher Road S, Suite 220, Largo; 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; 10 a.m. the last Thursday of every month at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at Pacifica Senior Living, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

Co-dependents Anonymous: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Union Street United Methodist Church, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. This 12 Step meeting welcomes both men and women. Call (727) 798-7069.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

Health notes and support meetings 12/05/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 7:14pm]

    

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