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Health notes, July 12

Safe boating classes Saturday

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.

Seminars, events, classes, support groups

Saturday

Coping With Depression Workshop: Feeling Better About Ourselves offers the workshop "Toolbox of Recovery Using I-N-G Words" for coping with depression and bipolar issues. Through its specially designed "toolbox" presentation, certified peer specialist Les Ambush will discuss skills participants can use to sort through problems and deal more effectively with challenges, pain, fears and triumphs. Call for information and reservations or email les@fbao.org. Donations accepted. 10 a.m., Suncoast Hospice Community Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 822-3480.

Summer Sweat Zumba Bash: Dance your stress away and enjoy healthy treats, raffle prizes, vendors and more. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes or sneakers recommended. $10 advance, $15 day of. 6 p.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Monday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Tuesday

Tai Chi: An exercise class consisting of slow, graceful movements that strengthen both mind and body. $4, $3 with rec card. 9:30 a.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Wellness Sale Days at Nature's Food Patch: Everyone gets free wellness screenings and a 20 percent discount on all health supplements and body care products. Free. 11 a.m., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. naturesfoodpatch.com

Tap Dancing Class: Enjoy learning tap dancing to classic Broadway show tunes and improve balance, coordination, endurance and memory. There will be opportunities for group performances before a live audience. No experience is necessary. $3 with rec card, $4 without. 3:15 p.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Wednesday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Wellness Sale Days at Nature's Food Patch: Everyone gets free wellness screenings and a 20 percent discount on all health supplements and body care products. Free. 11 a.m., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. naturesfoodpatch.com

Laughter Yoga: Combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing to improve health. All ages are welcome. $4. 6:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 733-7296.

Recurring

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (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. Donations accepted. Visit foodaddicts.com.

Celiac Support Group: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. Although there is no cure, it can be controlled by following a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not easy. A support group can help. 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.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 midpinellas braintraumasupportgroup.com.

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.

• 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749.

The support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.

Nar-Anon Family Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. First meeting is free. (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101. Email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

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