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Morton Plant Mease Alzheimer's and Memory Loss Clinic will offer a five-week memory training course 10 a.m. to noon every Friday beginning this week at PTAK Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater. This course is designed to help participants with general strategies to improve memory, develop techniques to recall numbers, remember names and faces and learn factors that affect memory. Registration is $50 for the five-week course. To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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American Legion Post 238 will host "A Call To Arms" blood drive 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 900 Main St., Safety Harbor. A free lunch is available for blood donors. Call (727) 724-9601 or visit americanlegionpost238.org.

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Florida Hospital North Pinellas presents, as part of its Healthy Happenings events, An Evening for Breast Cancer Awareness 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Innisbrook's Edinburgh Hall, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Visit with area vendors specializing in breast cancer products and services, learn more about the cancer care services available at Florida Hospital North Pinellas, have the opportunity to dine with your favorite doctor and take part in a panel discussion with breast cancer surgical experts. The event is free. Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

Saturday

Handling Allergies in Pets: Dr. Deva Khalsa will cover pet topics including itchy skin problems, digestive disorders and chronic ear problems resulting from allergies. Free. 3 p.m., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. www.naturesfoodpatch.com.

Monday

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group: Free. 7 p.m., Bardmoor Outpatient Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. (727) 953-6877.

Tuesday

Women's Symposium: Women in Networking present the annual event with a mix of exhibits, workshops and intensive networking to empower women to achieve their personal goals. Proceeds benefit Faces of Courage and Suncoast Voices for Children. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 5 p.m., HCA Patient Account Services, 31975 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 460-0962. winsymposium.com

Zumba: A high-energy Latin music and dance class. $5-$6. 5:30 p.m., Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

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. (727) 733-7296.

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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. Wednesday (meets the first Wednesday of every month) at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; 10 a.m. Thursday (meets the last Thursday of every month) at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. Saturday (meets 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) 789-7069.

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

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 donations are accepted.

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.; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly:

• 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. 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.

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.

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 people have found 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@tampa bay.rr.com.

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Health notes 10/03/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:00pm]

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