The Pasco County Health Department offers flu shots for $25 payable by cash or check. The shot is free for patients who provide proof of straight Medicare. People are urged to make an appointment by calling the clinic of their choice: Dade City at (352) 521-1450; Zephyrhills at (813) 780-0740; Hudson at (727) 861-5661; New Port Richey at (727) 861-5260; Land O'Lakes at (813) 588-5173.
Breast-feeding class: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Limited seating. For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.
La Leche League breast-feeding support: 10:30 a.m. second Thursday of each month. All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.
Childbirth classes: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 28 through Dec. 2. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. $70. To register, call (727) 834-5630.
Immunizations: The Pasco County Health Department offers free immunizations for children through the age of 18 by appointment. For Dade City, call (352) 521-1450; for Zephyrhills, call (813) 780-0740; for Hudson, call (727) 861-5661; for New Port Richey, call (727) 861-5260; and for Land O'Lakes, call (813) 588-5173.
Pediatric CPR: 9 to 11 a.m. fourth Saturday of each month. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Cost is $15 for one person, $25 for two. Visit www.communityhospitalnpr.com.
Prenatal yoga: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Cost: $50 for four sessions. To register, call (727) 834-5630.
Benefit auction for the blind: Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind hosts its 22nd annual Benefit Auction at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Rotary Pavilion, 15328 Arlic Pottberg Road, Spring Hill. $15. Proceeds go to Pasco and Hernando County services. Call (727) 815-0303 or e-mail [email protected]
Clinics: St. John's Hearing Institute hosts ear wax checks and removal, hearing screenings and hearing aid checks. Participants who wear hearing aids receive one free package of batteries.
• 9 to 11 a.m. the second Monday of each month. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. CARES Elfers Senior Center, Grey and Barker Streets, Elfers, (727) 847-1290.
Specialized telephones: Florida residents with difficulties using the telephone because of a hearing loss or speech disability may qualify for free specialized phone equipment. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey, provides amplified telephones, text telephones, captioned telephones and ring signaling devices. Free hearing screenings by appointment. Call (727) 853-1010 or toll-free 1-866-685-9477.
Better breathers: 2 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. Bayonet Point Conference Center, at the rear of Regional Medical Center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call (727) 869-5566.
Caregiver education: 4 p.m. Nov. 11. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Physical therapist Jack Front will talk about how to provide assistance to help people move around the house.
Caregiver seminars: Help and resources for caregivers once a month in three different locations. To RSVP for each, call (813) 245-2372.
• 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Pasco Regional Medical Center, Medical Plaza I, Suite 108, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. Reservations are required.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29. West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. Reservations are required.
• 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Long Term Acute Care Hospital at Connerton, 9441 Health Center Drive, Land O'Lakes. Reservations are required.
Cholesterol class: 10 a.m. Tuesday. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Learn to control and reduce cholesterol levels. Offered the fourth Tuesday of every other month. Call (727) 834-5630 for reservations.
Dyslexia seminars: 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Dyslexia Correction, etc. at 26809 Tanic Drive, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel. Registration required. Call Randee Garretson at (813) 956-0502, visit www.dyslexiacorrection.com or e-mail [email protected]
Diabetic foods: 10 a.m. Oct. 28. Trinity Outpatient Center, Community Room, 2102 Trinity Oaks, New Port Richey. Presented by Dr. Ira Bennett. (727) 462-7500.
Dieting for diabetics: 9:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Taught by registered dietitian Bridget Shapiro. For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.
Smart seniors: 10 a.m. today. Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson. The class is part of the Smart Seniors School series. Topic is driving and public transportation. To register, call (727) 863-5808.
Yoga classes: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $6. Bring a knee pad and towel. Call (727) 863-6868.
Alzheimer's: Groups sponsored by the Alzheimer's Family Organization meet throughout Pasco during day and evening hours. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004 for a location.
Al-Anon: Anonymous support fellowship for family and friends of alcoholics meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the A Club, 5650 Missouri Ave., New Port Richey. Several groups for Al-Anon and Alateen meet throughout Pasco County. Call (727) 862-0336. Call toll-free 1-888-425-2666 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for the Al-Anon hotline.
Bereavement: Gulfside Regional Hospice offers free English- and Spanish-speaking bereavement support groups, as well as individual counseling, for people across Pasco County. Groups for parents, children ages 6 to 12 and teens ages 12 to 17 are also available. For times, dates and locations, call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946.
Breast cancer: 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Meetings are every other Thursday at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.
Cancer — Look Good, Feel Better: 2 to 4 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Florida Cancer Institute, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Open to all female cancer patients. Free. Reservations required. Call (727) 842-8411.
Cancer — Lymphedema: 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Florida Cancer Institute, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Led by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapy assistant. Call (727) 845-0757.
Caregivers: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson. Counselors from Gulfside Regional Hospice provide support and information for anyone caring for an elderly or ill person. Call (727) 845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.
Celiac disease and gluten-free eating: 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month. Shoreline Cafe at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Get recipes and information on area stores and restaurants. Call Don or Margaret at (727) 844-5106.
Codependents anonymous: 10 a.m. Mondays. Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.
Communication disorders: The Community Chatterboxes meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road, New Port Richey. The class is for folks suffering from communication deficits including aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. Meets every other Thursday. Call (727) 845-0757.
Diabetes: 2 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Pasco Regional Medical Center, Medical Plaza I, Suite 107, off State Road 52, Dade City. Discuss nutrition and health issues related to managing diabetes. Call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423.
Exercise at your own speed: 8:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, Holiday. Free-will donation. Call (727) 937-1520.
Fibromyalgia: West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group meets 2 to 4 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Conference Center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call (727) 378-4852.
Fighting memory loss: CARES Senior Moments programs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson and CARES Crescent Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., Dade City. Call (727) 863-6868 or (352) 518-9300.
Grief: Hospice offers the following grief support groups at no charge:
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Harvester Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Hospice, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey.
• 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 11. HPH, 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City.
• 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 5. Hospice, 12029 Majestic Blvd., Suite 1, Hudson. No fee. Registration required by calling (727) 863-7971.
• 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 38710 5th Ave., Zephyrhills.
• 2 to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
•2 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Pasco Regional, Medical Plaza I, Suite 108, State Road 52, Dade City. Call Angela at (813) 245-2372.
Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784; visit hphospice.org for information.
Mental illness: The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers several support group meetings for patients with disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and multiple personalities, as well as support groups for their friends and family. For times, dates and locations, call (727) 992-9653.
NAMI Connections for families and friends:
• 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in Conference Room C, Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Also 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the Resource Room. Call (727) 992-9653.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Shoreline Cafe at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call (727) 808-6757.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. Call (727) 992-9653.
Multiple sclerosis groups:
• The West Pasco Multiple Sclerosis Self-help Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month. Community Hospital Healthcare Center, 5400 School Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 372-1568.
• 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Wellness Center, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 782-9306.
Nervous disorders: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The Parish Center, St. Michael's Church, 8014 State Road 52, Hudson. Call (727) 815-8739 or visit on the Web www.LowSelfHelpSystems.org.
Sleep apnea clinic: 1 p.m. Mondays. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Information on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) treatments. Call toll-free 1-800-940-5151 and select option 4.
• The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center offers free Quit Smoking Now support groups on Tuesdays. For locations, dates and times, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
• The Pasco County Health Department has a Quit Smoking Group that meets Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free nicotine patches for a limited time. Call (727) 861-5250 ext. 279.
Tai chi for those with limited mobility: 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays through December. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4125 U.S. 19 N, New Port Richey. $4. Call Karen at (727) 849-4905.
Weight loss: TOPS, a weight support group, meets 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. Call (813) 780-6696. A second group meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Jasmine Lakes Clubhouse, 7137 Jasmine Blvd., Port Richey. Call (727) 869-1747.
Blood pressure clinic: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. Free. (727) 847-3814.
Blood pressure screening: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Free. Call toll-free 1-877-422-3627.
Blood pressure/diabetes screenings: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. CARES Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.
Breast and cervical cancer screenings: The Healthy Woman Today program provides screenings for women older than 50 who are low income and uninsured. Women ages 40 to 49 may also qualify for breast cancer screening services, as well as younger people with breast abnormalities. For information, call Billie Pryce at (727) 816-1100.
Health screenings: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. No fee. Call (727) 863-6868.
HIV testing: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Nov. 26. Spirit of Life Church, 4133 Thys Road, New Port Richey. The Pasco County Health Department will provide free, anonymous, oral HIV testing. For information call (727) 861-5250 ext. 172 in New Port Richey or (352) 521-1450, ext. 346 for Dade City.
Mammography screening: Screenings and radiologist readings by appointment. Community Hospital in New Port Richey. $60. Call (727) 834-5636. Not eligible for insurance reimbursements. Some restrictions apply.
Orthodontic exams: Dr. Myron S. Graff offers a free screening to patients of all ages, by appointment, at 5522 Gulf Drive in New Port Richey or 1822 Health Care Drive in Trinity. Call (727) 848-5525.
Speech and language screenings: Free screenings by Kernaghan and Moore: Speech and Language Therapy Services at 7633 Cita Lane, Suite 101 in New Port Richey. For children ages 2 to 12 by appointment only. Call (727) 376-1111.
Blood donors: Florida Blood Services needs blood. Healthy people, ages 16 and older and weighing at least 110 pounds, are asked to share. Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663.
CARES bill payer program: Volunteers offer free assistance to seniors who need help writing checks, paying bills and balancing checkbooks or budgeting. Volunteers are screened and trained to help folks ages 60 and older. Call (352) 518-9300 or (727) 862-9291, ext. 224.
Cell phones for seniors: The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas collects cell phones and distributes them to seniors in the community. For donation and distribution sites, call the Senior Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337.
Event organizers needed: The Alzheimer's Family Organization needs people to organize two upcoming charity events. Call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.
Gulfside Regional Hospice: The thrift shop in Land O'Lakes needs workers. Clerical volunteers are needed at Gulfside's main office in New Port Richey. For volunteer opportunities, orientation and training, call (727) 845-5707.
Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital: Year-round residents are needed to volunteer in the hospital, 1395 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Openings are in clinical and non-clinical service areas, including gift shop, snack bar and clerical positions. Call Miriam Pace at (727) 942-5072.
Hospice volunteers needed: Office volunteers are needed in Dade City and Zephyrhills. Please call Diana Unger at (352) 518-1400.
Hospital gift shop: The Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City needs volunteers. Call Monica Sivon at (352) 521-1138.
Pregnancy center: The West Pasco Pregnancy Center needs volunteer nurses, office workers and client advocates at the center, 5330 George St., New Port Richey. The center offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, ultrasound, parenting programs and skill classes. Call (727) 846-9999.
Senior health clinic: Volunteer physicians and nurses needed for the clinic at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-3077.
Send health related items to Arleen Spenceley at [email protected], fax to (727) 869-6233, or mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, Fl. 34668. Call (727) 869-6235. Please send information about events at least 14 days in advance.