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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Call (888) 831-0404 or visit the Web site at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Ombudsman meeting

The Pasco/North Pinellas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Elks Lodge 2284, 7201 Congress St., New Port Richey. The public is invited to address their concerns or issues of long-term care facilities during the discussion section of the meeting. Call (888) 921-0404.

Texas Hold'Em

The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present "AFTER FIVE - Texas Hold'Em" at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Sponsored by WJQB-FM 106.3, the event will feature prime rib or Chicken Oscar, auctions and door prizes. Cost is $75 per person with chips included. Call (727) 848-8888 or (888) 496-8004.

Blood drive

Fantastic Sam's at 5340 Little Road in New Port Richey and at 21633 Village Lakes in Land O'Lakes will sponsor Back to School Blood Drives from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday. All donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut and a coupon for a free pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream, a free T-shirt and a wellness checkup as well as a buy-one-get-one- free ticket to Pirate's Adventure in Orlando. They will also be eligible for a weekly drawing for two round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. Call (727) 568-5433 or visit www.fbsblood.org.

Support groups

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Unity Church of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey. This is a 12-step program that maintains anonymity. Call (727) 862-4556.

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Anyone suffering from the effects of fibromyalgia is invited to the West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Conference Center behind Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Jerry Solicito will discuss "Chair Yoga with Healthy Moves." Attendees are encouraged to bring list of doctors and medicines prescribed by them. Also bring lunch, and the hospital will furnish coffee, tea and water. Call (727) 863-4738.

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The Aging Assistance sponsored Caregivers Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at the administrative offices of Gulfside Regional Hospice, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Dr. Tin Chow of CARES Claude Pepper Center will discuss "Acupuncture for the Aging." The meetings focus on reaching caregivers who provide assistance to any long or short term debilitating disease. Call Betty Croft at (727) 847-1857.

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The Epilepsy Support Group for adults will meet at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, 9851 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call (727) 375-7774 or (727) 546-2856.

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The Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support group meeting four times a month for family and friends of those with mental illness. This include all types of brain disorders, including OCD, depression, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Daytime meetings are from 3 to 5 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Regency Park Civic Association Building, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey.

The evening meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Resource Room at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653. A new group, for families of young children suffering from brain disorders, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the North Pinellas Children's Medical Center, 5508 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Charity at (727) 457-8514.

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Nicotine Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursday of each month at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive in Holiday. Call (727) 937-1396.

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The Depressive Bipolar Support Alliance of West Pasco meets at 2 p.m. each Tuesday at the A Club, 5650 W Missouri Ave., New Port Richey, located behind Jimmy's Restaurant. Call (727) 819-9427.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers a support group this week. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., a group meets at the CARES Service Center, 7505 Rottingham Road. Call Michael Noel at (727) 841-4430 Ext. 3063 or Maureen Bell at (727) 856-6147.

Please send any health related meetings or information to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com or fax to (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200.

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