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Health notes: Clearwater Free Clinic opens Valerie Nisk Annex

Attendees at the grand opening of the Valerie Nisk Annex are, from left, Alicia Nisk, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Clearwater Free Clinic board president Bruce Livingston, Alice Nisk, CFC executive director Jeannie Shapiro and Ronald Nisk.

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Attendees at the grand opening of the Valerie Nisk Annex are, from left, Alicia Nisk, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Clearwater Free Clinic board president Bruce Livingston, Alice Nisk, CFC executive director Jeannie Shapiro and Ronald Nisk.

On May 9, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers, County Commissioner Karen Seel and Clearwater officials joined supporters and friends of the Clearwater Free Clinic for the official opening of the clinic's new Valerie Nisk Annex. After the ribbon-cutting, guests were offered guided tours and refreshments.

Property for the annex, at 705 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, was purchased in 2010 with funds donated by Ronald and Alice Nisk in memory of their daughter, Valerie Nisk. The property acquisition also allows for future expansion as the health needs of the uninsured rise.

"The annex is the place where new patients are screened and introduced to clinic services," said Jeannie Shapiro, Clearwater Free Clinic's executive director. The building also houses the development office and meeting rooms for the clinic's educational and wellness programs.

In addition to treating patients with physical ailments, the clinic is looking for grants and financial support to fund a behavioral health program. "We'd love to treat the whole patient," said Shapiro.

Last year clinic volunteers provided patients from Tarpon Springs to Pinellas Park with more than 14,000 patient visits and dispensed more than 34,000 courses of medication.

Established in 1977, the Clearwater Free Clinic provides free primary health care to children and adults who do not qualify for government assistance and who cannot afford private medical care.

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Renee Jean Llauget of Clearwater received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree May 11 from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, Tenn.

Llauget, who received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida, is the daughter of John and Nanet Llauget.

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Lace up those running shoes and take part in the Beach to Bayou 5K Run that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with the start/finish line near the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd.

The fast, flat, out and back course includes the town's scenic and historic areas. Net race proceeds benefit Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation. Registration is $20; $25 on race day. Call (727) 942-5048 or visit active.com.

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Discover how much fun a person can have dancing to high energy music in 4 feet of water. Sign up to participate in Aqua Zumba Bash at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo.

The class includes chair massages and door prizes. The cost is $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call (727) 518-3126.

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Every day this summer, Ace Golf is offering kids ages 5 to 15 an opportunity to get outside and work on their driving skills with a free small bucket of balls at two Tarpon Springs golf courses; Wentworth, 2990 Wentworth Way, and Crescent Oaks Golf Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. Stop by and pick up a punch card anytime now through Aug. 31. (No purchase is necessary, but an adult must accompany the participating child.)

Kids can also play a full round of golf for free any day this summer with a paying adult. Course and range hours vary by facility. Call (727) 942-4760 or visit wentworthgolfclub.org.

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Because Florida's daytime temperatures average 90 degrees during the summer, it's extremely important to understand the heat index and the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses in student athletes.

Family medicine physician Keith Spain will discuss these topics and help parents develop a strategy for hydration and nutrition for practices, games or competitions at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Greenwood Recreation Complex and Pool , 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Admission is free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit myclearwater.com/gov/depts/parksrec/ facilities /ngrc.asp.

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Synchronized swimming, a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, was recognized as an official Olympic sport at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Learn how it's done at a free synchronized swimming clinic at 5 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo.

At 7 p.m., see the Suncoast Waterworks synchro team present the "Big Top Synchro Show," a performance that combines music, dance and aquatic athleticism into one choreographed routine. Admission is $8, $5 for children/students/seniors. Call (727) 669-4115.

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Health notes: Clearwater Free Clinic opens Valerie Nisk Annex 05/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 3:53pm]

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