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Exploring Oriental medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine works from a different premise than our Western allopathic practice. Many Oriental practitioners believe that health and well-being are governed by the flow of "chi" energy through the body; when the energy becomes unbalanced or the channels for energy become blocked, illness can result. In recent years, Oriental medical practices such as acupuncture and herbal therapy, which are thought to help clear blocked channels or balance the chi energy, have gained popularity in this country. If you'd like to learn more about acupuncture, herbs and dietary therapy, a workshop "Beyond Acupuncture _ Understanding Oriental Medicine," by acupuncture physician Patrick Sullivan of the White Crane Clinic, is 7:30-9 p.m. June 23 at the Tarpon Springs Library, Craig Park at Spring Boulevard S. RSVP, 942-4249. Free.

For gay and lesbian youth

Are you, or do you know of, a young person who is struggling with his or her sexual orientation? True Expressions is an informal, counselor-led "rap" program for gays and lesbians ages 16-28 that meets weekly at a confidential Pinellas County location. There is a group for middle and high school age youth and one for older adolescents. This is an emotionally and physically safe atmosphere with gay, lesbian and straight advisers, which offers acceptance and understanding, help in dealing with family and peers and with homophobia. The group also offers recreational activities. For more information or to connect with the True Expressions groups, call the Line, the gay referral agency of Pinellas County, at 586-4297 7-11 p.m nightly. Free.

And more . . .

Don't Blame ME, Daddy (False Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse: a Hidden National Tragedy) author Dean Tong will speak _ 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. at a special meeting of the Pinellas County Chapter of DAD'S support group to be held at Morrison's Cafeteria (Banquet Room), Seminole Mall, 11227 78th Ave. N, Seminole: free. The DAD's group addresses non-custodial parent issues; also, false child abuse allegations relating to custodial or non-custodial parents. Information, call Bob Zeller, 393-9647.

Dealing With the X Spouse _ noon-1 p.m. today, part of brown-bag luncheon series at the Centre for Women, 305 S Hyde Park Ave., Tampa: free. Counselor Liz Creech will offer strategies for dealing with estranged or former mates. No RSVP needed; participants bring their own lunch. 251-8437.

1993 Assisted Living Facilities directory _ the Suncoast Adult Care Association provides information on Assisted Congregate Living Facilities (ACLFs) for seniors who do not need skilled nursing home care. For information or a copy of the 1993 directory for Pinellas and Pasco counties, call 584-5820, 942-1411 or 823-7368.

_ RUTH WALSH

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