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Medicare enrollment, Courage to Tri race, other health notes

Need help enrolling in Medicare or navigating the program's options? The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE Program, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, can provide assistance.

Each year SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, serves seniors, retirees, the disabled and other Medicare beneficiaries by providing free, unbiased information and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a trained Medicare counselor.

Individuals new to Medicare may enroll during the Initial Enrollment Period, which is the seven-month period (birth month, plus the three months before and after) surrounding his or her 65th birthday. During this period, beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Parts A, B and D, or they may alternatively choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan with or without drug coverage.

All current and soon-to-be Medicare beneficiaries are invited to receive one-on-one SHINE counseling or enrollment assistance by calling the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas toll-free at 1-800-963-5337 or (727) 217-8111. Visit

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Ace. Lob. Grind. Sledgehammer. Poach.

Find out what these cool tennis-related terms mean and which ones help push a player to a win when U.S. Tennis Association players ages 15 and older vie for trophies and prize money in the 25th annual USTA Championship (Designated), sponsored by Guizar Tennis Academy.

The competition starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Total Tennis Center, 2565 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater.

Spectators will be admitted free.

Call (727) 799-3200 or visit

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Sculpt, tone and strengthen the entire body by participating in a Les Mills Body Pump class at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo.

Certified instructors will provide resistance workout training that focuses on low weight loads and high-repetition movements. The weekly class offers breath work, exercise, meditation and relaxation for students at all experience levels.

Cost is $5 to $9.25.

Call (727) 518-3016.

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Kundalini Yoga, known as the "Yoga of Awareness," utilizes exercises to help strengthen and balance the nervous and glandular systems and fosters meditation and relaxation.

A yoga class based on its principles is offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at A Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater.

Beginners are welcome.

Cost is pay what you can.

Call (727) 712-1475 or visit

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In an effort to promote optimal emotional health, Gulf Coast Community Services offers professional counseling for people ages 60 and up in finding solutions to relieve depression, anxiety and stress related to grief, changes in health, finances and other issues.

The sessions begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

The fee is donation-based.

For an appointment, call program director Meagan Flores at (727) 479-1826.

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Swim, run and bike in the Courage to Tri Triathlon, a USAT-sanctioned event featuring a 1/3-mile open-water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 13-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run beginning at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.

Awards will be given to the top three competitors in each division.

Participation cost for the Sprint Triathlon Relay is $130; Splash & Dash is $45; and Sprint Triathlon is $95.

Register online before Wednesday, Aug. 21, at (search "Courage to Tri") or in person from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Outspokin Bicycles, 2241 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

On race day, packets will be available for pickup from 5 to 6:30 a.m.

Call (727) 580-1896. Visit

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Empower mind, body and spirit at a health expo featuring health screenings, chair massages, interactive demonstrations and giveaways while checking out a community-wide garage sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo.

Admission is free.

Call (727) 587-6740 ext., 5008.

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Break through the barrage of negativity presented in advertising, world news and entertainment that builds inadequacy during a three-hour health seminar that promotes self-confidence at 10 a.m. Saturday. Aug. 24, at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Cost of the seminar is $45.

Call (727) 475-8991. Visit

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Summer temperatures beg for lighter culinary fare. Brad Myers will demonstrate a warm-weather menu that includes lettuce wraps and fruit-infused water at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Attendance is free.

Call (727) 443-6703. Visit

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The Auxiliary and Volunteer Program at Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, is seeking volunteers to work in all areas of the hospital, interacting with patients and visitors.

Those interested are encouraged to call the Auxiliary and Volunteer office at (727) 942-5072 or visit to fill out an online volunteer application.

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