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North Pinellas health notes for Jan. 17

Pamela Seefeld is a clinical alternative pharmacist.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2008)

Pamela Seefeld is a clinical alternative pharmacist.

Today

The Art of Well-Being: Morton Plant Mease's Cancer Patient Support Services offers cancer patients and their families a new creative arts program that focuses on the connection between creativity and health and how utilizing a person's creative side can impact healing and recovery. Rotating monthly activities include painting, journaling, poetry, music and movement. Free (registration required). 4 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital (Axelrod Pavilion), 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater. (727) 953-6877.

Friday

Keep the Brain Sharp and Smart: Morton Plant Mease Alzheimer's and Memory Loss Clinic will offer a five-week memory training course that teaches participants practical techniques for enhancing memory ability. Conducted by Dr. Gary Small at UCLA Aging Center. $50. 10 a.m., Morton Plant Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St,, Clearwater. (727) 953-6877.

Saturday

Beach Walk: Hit Clearwater Beach for a 2-mile out-and-back walk starting at the Palm Pavilion and ending at Chapel-by-the-Sea. Includes a pancake breakfast, music and a silent auction. Benefits the RCS Food Bank. $25, $20 with food donation, $10 children, 5 and younger free. 8:30 a.m., Palm Pavilion Grill & Bar, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater. (727) 446-0430. www.palmpavilion.com

Sunday

Clearwater Halfathon, 5-Miler and 5K Fitness Walk: With two competitive races and a non-competitive fitness walk, this course is designed to challenge athletes of all abilities with multiple bridge ascents and rewards them with spectacular views from each bridge's summit. Both courses are within a quarter-mile of Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. $30-$45. 7:05 a.m., East Avenue at Cleveland Street, Clearwater. (727) 347-4440. www.clearwaterrunning.com

Monday

Ageless Grace: A chair-based exercise group that addresses balance, cognitive function, joint mobility, spinal flexibility, systemic stimulation, right-left brain coordination and confidence. $3-$4. 10:30 a.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Wednesday

Causes and Treatment of Shingles: Dr. Cynthia Miller will discuss the treatment and prevention of shingles, including a vaccine that protects adults who may be at risk. Free. 12 p.m., Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. www.myclearwater.com/cpl

Skills and Games: To promote better health through activity and develop coordination, kids in grades K-5 can play games including dodgeball, basketball, relay races and obstacle courses. Wear athletic clothes and appropriate shoes. Held 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free with rec card, $1.50 without. 4:30 p.m., Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar. (813) 818-0149.

Shamrock 'N Run 5K Race Training: At this training group program, participants will meet for group runs and will receive homework and information to help them meet their goals and finish the race. Class fee includes the Shamrock 'n Run registration cost. $40/$50 adult, $20/$25 youth, must have rec card. 6:30 p.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. www.PlayLargo.com

Recurring

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics. There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

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; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first 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 midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

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

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.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

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. the first Wednesday of every month at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; 10 a.m. the last Thursday of every month at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. 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) 798-7069.

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Tuesday

Improving Health Naturally: Clinical alternative pharmacist Pamela Seefeld discusses ways to improve health with natural pharmaceuticals. Free. 2 p.m., Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. www.myclearwater.com/cpl

North Pinellas health notes for Jan. 17 01/16/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:07pm]

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