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Health notes for North Pinellas County

Morton Plant Mease Triathlon hits the water early Sunday

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, sanctioned by USA Triathlon and presented by the Skip Cline Society, begins at 6:50 a.m. Sunday with a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico off Sand Key Park in Clearwater. From there, participants will bike 13 miles over the Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway bridges and then undertake a 3.1-mile run, finishing in Sand Key Park.

Athletes wanting to participate can visit for online race registration. Registration fees are $80 for individuals and $100 for relay teams. Proceeds benefit pediatric services at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

For information, call (727) 953-9198.

To raise awareness about prostate cancer, the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers will host Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bright House Field, 601 N Coachman Road, Clearwater. Wearing blue jerseys, the Clearwater Threshers will take on the Daytona Cubs.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a blue replica Threshers jersey.

Some of the players' jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off with other donated items from local businesses during the silent auction.

Proceeds from the event will be used to provide community screenings and education services, as well as assistance for prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment.

Tickets are $5 to $9.

Call (727) 467-4457, e-mail or visit

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The Palm Harbor Library will host a blood drive in its parking lot on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All donors will receive a wellness checkup including a cholesterol screening.

Donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and bring personal identification. Parental consent is required for donors age 16.

To make an appointment, call Florida Blood Services toll-free at 1-800-682-5663 or visit

Seminars, classes, 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

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly 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. Mondays, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings appreciated.

alzheimer's caregivers support group: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), 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. Visit

head and neck cancer support group: 7 p.m. Monday (meets the fourth Monday of every month), Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Room 130, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, (727) 953-6877.

cpap/bi-pap clinic: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mease Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 953-6877.

Health notes for North Pinellas County 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:37pm]
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