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Memory Mobile will visit Largo to help caregivers of Alzheimer's patients

EXPLORE OLDSMAR: If cycling is your thing, saddle up early to explore Oldsmar’s waterfront parks on a free 25-mile bike ride that begins at 7:30 a.m. today at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. For details, call (727) 415-8993 or (727) 669-1947.

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EXPLORE OLDSMAR: If cycling is your thing, saddle up early to explore Oldsmar’s waterfront parks on a free 25-mile bike ride that begins at 7:30 a.m. today at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. For details, call (727) 415-8993 or (727) 669-1947.

Health notes

Many caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease are unable to leave their loved ones alone or travel to receive needed services and information.

So the Alzheimer's Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is bringing its mobile office, the "Memory Mobile," to Pinellas County to provide free services to residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the chapter's office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709 in Largo.

The Memory Mobile offers memory screenings, confidential care consultation and family care planning assistance, up-to-date literature on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and Safe Return assistance for wanderers. Caregivers can also speak with an Alzheimer's Association program specialist about specific concerns.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Alzheimer's Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at (727) 578-2558 or email cipperlya@alzflgulf.org.

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Now that school's out, here's an opportunity to get the kids involved in outdoor activities. Every day this summer, Ace Golf is offering kids ages 5 to 15 a free small bucket of balls to hit on the golf range at Ace Golf Range at Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way and Crescent Oaks Golf Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., both in East Lake.

To participate, stop by either venue and pick up a punch card any time through Aug. 31. No purchase is necessary, but an adult must accompany the participating child.

In addition, kids can also play a full round of golf for free any day this summer with a paying adult at Wentworth and Crescent Oaks, where memberships are offered and public play is welcomed. Course and range hours vary.

Call Wentworth at (727) 942-4760 and Crescent Oaks at (727) 937-4653.

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Even man's best friend can suffer from stress and sore muscles. Stretch, massage and meditate the issues away with "doga," a one-hour bonding exercise tailor-made for humans and their canines. Class begins at 2 p.m. today at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.

There is a $15 class fee.

For more information, call (727) 388-0452. Visit spcatampa bay.org.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning and allied teens ages 14 to 18 can play games and watch movies while openly discussing everything from bullying to coming out and dating at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at Metro Wellness and Community Center, 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

There is no charge to attend.

Call (727) 321-3854.

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AMC Theatres and the Autism Society have joined to present a series of sensory-friendly films to those affected by autism and other sensory issues.

The series is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, and Tri-City 8, 5140 East Bay Drive, Largo.

To provide a more comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. Families can bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. Previews and advertisements won't be shown before the movie. Also, "Silence is Golden" rules will not be enforced, so audiences are welcome to dance, walk, shout or sing during movies.

This event is for ages 2 to 12. Price varies by theater.

Call Woodlands Square at (888) 262-4386 and Tri-City 8 at (727) 531-5796.

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Which natural methods help symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, fatigue, rashes and other allergy-related symptoms without side effects? Find out at a free seminar at 4 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Call (727) 443-6703 or visit naturesfoodpatch.com.

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Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries to help family and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one's drinking. Members help each other by practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics and giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County.

For information call (727) 548-6811. Visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

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Memory Mobile will visit Largo to help caregivers of Alzheimer's patients 06/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:43am]
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