A free educational program for persons with Type 2 diabetes, Take Charge of Your Diabetes, includes three health screenings, eight educational sessions and an individual nutrition consultation with a registered dietitian and/or certified diabetes educator.
The program will begin with a health screening at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA of the Suncoast, 1005 S Highland Ave., Clearwater. Each class will meet 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks with two followup meetings. Participants are encouraged to bring a support person to the educational sessions at no extra cost.
To obtain more information or to register, call Nan Jensen at (727) 582-2104.
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Blood donations will be accepted at Florida Blood Services' Bloodmobile during a drive to help support the troops at any one of three upcoming dates: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater.
Call (727) 442-5293.
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Miles for Hope, a new advocacy group created for brain tumor patients, will have its first meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 1, 601 Main St., Dunedin.
The support group plans to meet on the fourth Thursday of every month.
Call Patty Wells, Morton Plant Mease Neurosciences, at (727) 734-6839 or Bob and Barbara Gibbs, Miles for Hope, at (727) 647-6548. Information is also available at milesforhope.org.
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Morton Plant Mease Health Care is hosting a free health and safety information fair for parents of infant children from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Babies R Us, 21315 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. The event includes infant and child CPR demonstrations, prenatal and "Mommy & Me" yoga demonstrations and information on parenting classes offered through Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Pediatricians will be on hand to answer medical questions. Learn about the Rainbow Recovery sick-child program and enter to win a $50 Babies R Us gift card.
Free child car seat safety checks will be offered to a limited number of participants; and an appointment is required. To preregister, call (727) 462-7500.
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The Senior Informational Club will present a free community caregiver symposium 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Stratford Court of Palm Harbor, 45 Katherine Blvd., Palm Harbor.
Professionals will speak on various topics to help caregivers learn to avoid mistakes, reduce stress, save money and improve quality of life.
Special guests include Amanda K. Wolf, elder law attorney; Genevieve Faulk, geriatric care manager; Beth Warren, relocation specialist; Dale Smrekar, certified personal property appraiser and professional estate liquidator; and Gregg Mazza, certified senior adviser.
Lunch will be provided by Stratford Court.
Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call Michelle at (727) 787-1500.
Seminars, classes and 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., Crystal Beach; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Naranonfl.org.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m., Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 7:30 and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave.; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Dry Dock, 1733 Alt. U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit oapinellas.org.
RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 525-1749.
TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 9-10 a.m. weigh-in, 10-11 a.m. meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1025 Union St., Clearwater. Call Beulah Little at (727) 461-7101. There is a fee for this class.