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Nationally known physician to speak at AIDS conference

Dr. James M. Oleske, a nationally renowned specialist in pediatric AIDS and one of the first physicians to diagnose AIDS in children, will deliver the keynote address at a conference entitled "AIDS and the American Family: The Year of the Child," on Friday in Clearwater. The all-day conference, sponsored by Bay Area Community AIDS Response (BACAR), is intended to promote awareness, education and sharing of resources about AIDS.

Also on the program will be Joyner Sims, chief of Florida's AIDS program; Rosa Martinez, who fought a three-year battle with the Hillsborough County School Board on behalf of her daughter Eliana, who died of AIDS last November; Dr. George Van Buren II, a Manatee County pediatrician and expert on adolescent AIDS; Thomas Liberti, AIDS coordinator for District VI of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS); James Goss, AIDS coordinator for HRS District V; Deborah Cohen, assistant AIDS coordinator for HRS District VI; Angela Cyr, executive director of the Academy of Hospice Physicians; and Linda M. Butler, administrator of health and safety services for the Upper Pinellas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Las Fontanas, 15481 49th St. N, Clearwater. The fee of $25 includes lunch.

To register, call Linda M. Butler at 446-2358 (Clearwater).

That elusive self-esteem We hear all the time about how children and adolescents need lots of self-esteem. But how do you know if your child has self-esteem - and what can you do to help your child get more? A program sponsored by All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg called "Nobody Likes Me...

Building Your Child's Self-Esteem," will explore some of the components of self-esteem - peer pressure and rejection, body image, confidence at school, and relationships with parents and friends - and how you can help your child bolster self-confidence in these sensitive areas. The featured speaker will be Lisa Miller of the department of psychology at All Children's. The program is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the hospital's education and conference center, 701 Fourth St. S. For reservations, call 892-4188. Free.

Women's health: last frontier?

Are women getting the short shrift by the health care system? Or are they putting themselves at the bottom of the list because of cultural conditioning that teaches women to regard their needs as secondary to their self-care? These questions will be explored by a panel of medical professionals at a program entitled "Women's Health - The Last Medical Consideration?" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the regular meeting of the Caladesi chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. For information, call 784-4878 or 733-6172. A "social," beginning at 6:30 p.m., will precede the program. Free.

Addictive behavior Addictions extend beyond substances, into relationships, love, family dynamics and overall style of living. Even when there is no substance present, experts now tell us that our family systems can be full of addictive types of behavior - denial, lack of intimacy, depression. The Center for Problem Resolution will offer an eight-week series on chemical and co-dependency at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this Thursday, in the doctors' lounge, Sun Coast Hospital, 2025 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. The first meeting, led by a counselor, will explore the nature of the diseases of addiction and a video will be shown. Other programs include: "Survival Roles in a Dysfunctional Family," "Adult Children of Alcoholics," and "Relationship/Addictive Love." For information, call 585-9986. Free.

Baby's first step How do children learn to move? What are the normal stages of development toward that fateful day when they take their first stroll across the room? Find out at the regular meeting of Parents Network, a support and educational organization for parents of pre-school-age children. This month's meeting, featuring Vickie Dakin, a pediatric physical therapist, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in classrooms 3, 4 and 5 in Humana Women's Hospital, 3030 W Buffalo Ave., Tampa. For information, call 872-2949 (Tampa). Free to members; $3 for public.

Medicaid - you might qualify Sometimes people are surprised to find out they are eligible to receive government assistance. Services offered by Medicaid, the federal/state health care program for low-income people, and the rules for eligibility will be reviewed at the regular monthly meeting of the Alzheimer's Support Group, an organization of relatives and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mental Health Services of Upper Pinellas, 1437 S Belcher Rd., second floor, Clearwater. For information, call Carol Ungerleider at 393-1600. Free.

The death of a parent When you lose a parent, you may be left with a lot of unfinished business - words not spoken, guilt, self-blame, all heaped on the loneliness and grief. If you lose both parents, you may feel as though you have lost a huge chunk of your identity and your past. A special workshop for adults who have lost a parent, either in childhood or as an adult, will be sponsored by Hospice Care from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. N, Largo. The workshop is meant to help you explore your feelings about the loss of your parent and find out how the death has affected your sense of self.

To register, call 586-4432. The program is free and includes a box lunch.

Looking for happiness Rev. Martin Padavoni, a priest and psychologist specializing in marriage and family, will present "In Search of Happiness," an inspirational program, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. Padavoni is the author of the book Healing Wounded Emotions. For information, call 733-0872.

Free, but donations will be accepted.

Burnout means fire is fading Can you manage stress so that you can do your job and meet the demands of your life without ending up in an emotional shredder? Lee Savage, a bay area executive, will talk about creating buffers to stress and protecting yourself against stress-related illness from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. Petersburg Junior College's Clearwater campus, social science building room 210, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. The program is sponsored by Women on the Way Challenge Center. To register, call 791-2634. Free.

-DIANE MASON Is your organization, self-help group or program open to the public? If so, let us know about it. Write (no information taken over the phone) to Diane Mason, Newsfeatures, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 419, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33731-0419.