Suncoast hospice celebrates an official opening
Suncoast Hospice House Brookside, 164 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, opened its doors to the public Sept. 29 with a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting, tour and reception. The new residence features more than 50 images by fine art photographer Alan S. Maltz.
The 34,000 square foot hospice house will accommodate 30 patients, with special areas set aside for their family members. The building and grounds are designed to honor the dignity of patients and their families in an atmosphere of peace. Maltz's images play a key role in enhancing Brookside's serene environment with their focus on light, beauty and nature.
"We are so pleased to be able to share Alan Maltz's beautiful work with our patients and their families. His images convey warmth and tranquility — perfect for our lovely new hospice house and its mission," said Pat Lucas, regional director, Suncoast Hospice Houses Woodside and Brookside.
Suncoast Hospice House Brookside will welcome its first patients in November.
Seminars, classes, support groups
Manage pain: A free seminar on a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Ashok Poluri, pain management specialist and director of the National Pain Institute.
Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.
Diabetes help: More than 23 million people in the United States have the much-misunderstood disease of diabetes. Find out how it can be managed safely and naturally at a free seminar, "It's Easier to Handle Diabetes Than You Think," with Dr. David Minkoff at 6 p.m. Wednesday at LifeWorks Wellness Center, 301 Turner St., Clearwater. To reserve a seat, call (727) 466-6789.
Family health: Morton Plant Mease Health Care offers a Family Health Fair to the Dunedin community 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 1400 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin.
The event, sponsored by MPM Health Care and Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network and hosted by the Hispanic Ministry-Dunedin Assembly of God, features free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, as well as information about Pinellas County's Mammography Voucher program and MPM Cancer Patients Support Services.
Children will enjoy a bounce house and other youth activities.
Call (813) 310-7682.
NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: Nar-Anon is a fellowship for friends and family of drug addicts. Meeting are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 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 to 10 a.m. weigh-in, 10 to 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.