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North Pinellas health notes for Oct. 6

Morton Plant Mease is hosting its second annual "Girl's Night Out" event focusing on women's health, education and rejuvenation. Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pioneer Park, 420 Main St., Dunedin.

Featured will be free health screenings just for women, Ask-A-Physician, live demonstrations on health living and wellness including Zumba and Nia, entertainment and light refreshments, and an opportunity to win prizes.

To pre-register, call (727) 940-2825.

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Meet Count Dracula at a blood drive 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Publix Supermarket, 40968 U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs.

The Count will be on hand to encourage donations with BOGO theater tickets to the upcoming production of the stage play, Dracula, at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center on Oct. 21–30. All donors will also receive a free T-shirt and MOSI discount tickets.

Call (727) 937-5605.

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Clearwater's Aging Well Center, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs agency SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), will host three seminars for older adults who have questions regarding their Medicare choices for the coming year.

In conjunction with the annual Medicare election period Oct. 15–Dec. 7, SHINE officials will discuss Medicare coverage at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road.

For those who may have individual concerns, SHINE volunteers also will provide assistance at the Aging Well Center by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Those seeking help should bring along a list of medications, names of preferred health care providers, and any applicable documentation from existing providers.

Pre-registration is recommended. Call (727) 562-3070.

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In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, Morton Plant Mease Health Care invites members of the community to participate in its annual 1–mile "Walk To Remember" at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. The walk is dedicated to all the babies who are lost each year through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death and offers support for grieving parents.

"Walk To Remember" joins people together at walks across America to raise awareness about perinatal grief and ensure that sensitive care is given to parents who experience the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy.

To register for the walk, call Gwynneth Everington at (727) 298-6619.

Seminars, classes, support groups

the mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. today (meets the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, Second Floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, e-mail, or visit

take off pounds sensibly (tops): Weight loss group meetings are 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.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these 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 Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

alzheimer's caregivers support group: Meets weekly 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

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; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

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. Visit

Health news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, faxed to (727) 445-4119 or e-mailed to

North Pinellas health notes for Oct. 6 10/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:43pm]
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