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Health notes for north Pinellas

Seniors can try out for a Wii bowling league at Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2009)

Seniors can try out for a Wii bowling league at Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater.

Dads can get a mini massage from licensed massage therapist Stacy Pickhardt on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Father's Day at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Massages are free, but tips are appreciated.

Call (727) 443-6703 or visit natures

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Competitive and fun-loving seniors are invited to try out for a Nintendo Wii bowling league from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater, at 1204 Rogers St.

Tryouts are free and open to all skill levels. League bowling time has yet to be determined.

To find out more and to reserve a tryout time, call (727) 442-8104.

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Destress and energize your life with Laughter Yoga, a combination of laughter exercises and yogic breathing offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

Cost is $5 for residents, $7 for nonresidents.

Call (727) 733-7296.

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"Tai Chi for Movement and Balance," a fall-prevention program for seniors developed at the Oregon Research Institute, incorporates two dozen tai chi forms that emphasize weight shifting, postural alignment, and coordinated movements aligned with synchronized breathing.

Sessions also include musical accompaniment and a review of movements from the previous class.

An intermediate class is offered at 1 p.m. and a beginners class at 2 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

Call (727) 784-3332 or visit

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Menopause can bring with it a host of unusual and sometimes confusing symptoms.

Morton Plant Mease will offer a free seminar, "The Natural Way: Alternatives to Hormone Therapy," hosted by menopause expert and OB/GYN Dr. Stephanie Van Zandt at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Morton Plant Hospital (Powell Cancer Center), 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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In an effort to sharpen the memory and cognition skills of seniors in a fun and stimulating group session, Clearwater's Senior Citizens Services and Cheri McKee, publisher of The Puzzle Pages, will host a free puzzle party at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater, 1204 Rogers St.

Entertain your brain playing Alligator Sudoku, Word Seek, Cryptoquote, Binaro, Trivia, Code Cracker, Word Search and Super Crosswords.

To reserve a spot, call (727) 442-8104.

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Tired of counting sheep? Neurologist Dr. Diana Pollock will discuss foods and activities that promote sleep at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

To register, call (727) 953-6877 or visit

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Studies have shown that keeping the mind active, being physically and socially active, lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy diet may delay or help prevent the onset of dementia in some people.

Learn more at a free seminar at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pacifica Senior Living Belleair, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

Call (727) 491-5436.

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All ages are invited to strive for their personal best by participating in the Sunsets at Pier 60 Beach Race Series, presented by the West Florida Y Runners Club, featuring a 5K race at 7 p.m. and 1-mile kids fun run at 6:45 p.m. Friday. The race starts and finishes at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.

Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $15 (without race shirt) and $20 (with race shirt). Future race series dates are July 19 and Aug. 2.

Call (727) 462-6466 or visit

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Health notes for north Pinellas 06/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 3:36pm]
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