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Ongoing Events

Individuals with Dementia and Caregivers Invited to Attend Memory Café
Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café is full of laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood. Plus, we provide cookies and coffee! The Memory Café is free to attend and no RSVP required. Just pop on in! Questions? Please call 877-851-1440. This event repeats on various days monthly at Somma Pizza & Sports Bar, 380 Route 909, Verona, and Eat’ n Park, 320 Oak Spring Road, Washington.

Memory Café – Oakmont area
WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of the month
January  10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12
TIME: 11:30 am to 1 pm
WHERE: Somma Pizza, 380 Route 909, Verona, PA 15147

Memory Café – Washington area
WHEN: 3rd Saturday of the month
January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15
TIME: 10 am to 11:30 am
WHERE: Eat’n Park, 320 Oak Spring Road, Washington, PA 15301

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Monthly Family Support Group Meetings
Looking for support around a diagnosis of Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease or Myeloma? 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors free monthly Family Support Group Meetings for all patients, family members caregivers and friends affected by blood cancers.

  • Greensburg, PA - Third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 PM 
    Our Clubhouse Westmoreland, 4893 Route 30 Greensburg, PA 15601 
  • South Hills (Bethel Park, PA) - Fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM 
    Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Rd. Bethel Park, PA 15102 

For more information or to register to attend please call: 1.800.726.2873, ext. 2882 

Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Kidzone Summer Camp
Camp activities include swimming, dancing, traditional sports, crafts, unique sports, reading, nature hikes and activities. Daily and weekly options available. For more information call Jared Englert at 724-225-WELL or email jenglert@whs.org.

The Pilates Body Class Schedule – You Are Never Too Old To Start a Pilates Program!
Burn calories, build muscle and improve your health in 2016. Learn Pilates Class is offered Monday evenings at 6:30 pm and Friday morning at 9:00 am. For more information, call 724-941-2411 and visit us online at www.thepilatesbody.org

Special Introductory Offer: Private lessons by yourself or with a group of 2 to 4 others (semi-private), is an opportunity to begin building a strong and progressive practice in Classical Pilates. Private lessons are set up by appointment only, from 6 am to 8 pm daily and on the weekends.  Call or email the The Pilates Body at 724-941-2411 to set up your first appointment. 

Quit Smoking Now!
To learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you quit smoking, call Pittsburgh Integrative Mental Health at 412-687-1234 or log on to www.pimhservices.com. Six-week programs (individual and group)

February 2018

Now through February 25
Phipps Exhibits and Events Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
At Phipps’ Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, enjoy a breathtaking stroll through the gardens as you delight in two of nature’s finest botanical wonders amidst vibrant tropical décor. See colorful orchids displayed in all of their glory throughout the glasshouse and admire the meticulously trained tropical bonsai in our permanent collection.

February 7
Surviving the Cure: Life after Stem Cell Transplant
Participants will learn about commonly encountered survivorship issues, specifically chronic graft-versus-host disease and other late complications, as well as the strategies to cope with these survivorship issues. In addition, speaker will discuss recommended surveillance and preventive practices for transplant survivors. Finally, both local and national LLS and community support resources will be presented. To register, please go to http://bit.ly/TransplantFeb7 0r contact Angela Austin at 412.395.2882

February 7
IS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU?
6 p.m., ECC. Bariatric surgery is an option for people who want to lose 100 pounds or more. This free information session is designed to give those individ-uals struggling with weight loss the facts to choose their best option. To learn if you are a candidate for this surgery, join Hiram Gonzalez, M.D., as he discusses this topic in detail. To register, call 724-258-1333.

February 7 & 16
NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP
 6 - 7 p.m. Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction. As a Twelve-Step program, the group offers help by sharing experi-ences, strength and hope. The Nar-Anon program is based on a set of spiri-tual principles and has no affiliation with any denomination. The only require-ment for membership is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. For more information, call 412-512-4718.

February 12
The Heart Answers Understanding, preventing, and managing heart disease
Join us for a panel presentation about caring for your heart. Your lifestyle and small changes in your diet and exercise can make a difference. Understanding the causes, diagnosis, and management of heart disease will help prevent and manage it at any age. 6:00 p.m. AVH Charles W. Young Conference Center. To register please call 1-877-284-2000 option 2.

February 14
Memory Café – Oakmont area
Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café is full of laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood. Plus, we provide cookies and coffee! 11:30 am to 1 pm, Somma Pizza, 380 Route 909, Verona, PA 15147. The Memory Café is free to attend and no RSVP required. Just pop on in! Questions? Please call 877-851-1440. 

February 17
Memory Café – Oakmont area
Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café is full of laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood. Plus, we provide cookies and coffee! 10 am to 11:30 am, Eat’n Park, 320 Oak Spring Road, Washington, PA 15301. The Memory Café is free to attend. RSVP’s are helpful, but not necessary. To RSVP, please call Julie Elling at 724-250-4998 or Rena Tatka at 724-223-5745.

February 20
How kidneys function, what causes chronic kidney disease and how to maintain health kidneys.
1:00 pm. AVH-Natrona Heights. Charles W. Young Conference Center. To register, please call 724-591-4723 or visit our website at 222. KidneySmart.org/Class

February 28
INNOVATIONS IN ARTHRITIS
6 p.m., ECC. This education program focuses on new and innovative treat-ments for Arthritis. Ari Pressman, M.D., will discuss Arthritis treatments and what types of conditions can receive those treatments.

 

March 2018

March 3
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center Shake Your Booties 125th Birthday Party!
Come enjoy an evening at Heinz Field where Shake Your Booties will return to bring a memorable evening with great food, drink, and fun, including live music! 6:00 pm- 11: 00 pm. For tickets or more information, call 412-441-4884

March 6
The Eyes Have It. Common Eye Problems and Solutions
Dr. Sigal will provide an overview of the eye problems and diseases frequently experienced as we age: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Presbyopia and more... Following the presentation, the staff from Allegheny Ophthalmology will provide free eye screenings. AVH Charles W. Young Conference Center. To register please call 1-877-284-2000 option 2.

March 7-8
Phipps Exhibits and Events 2018 One Health One Planet™ Symposium
Opening reception: Wed., March 7 | 5 – 9 p.m.
Symposium: Thurs., March 8 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Internationally recognized speakers from around the country will come together to discuss Health Impacts: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment. Professors and researchers will delve into what’s happening with the planet with topics including climate change, air pollution, the decreasing availability of water, and the chemicals that can harm the health of people, animals and the environment.

March 8
Diet Myths and the Cancer Controversy
To educate oncology nurses on the current evidence based recommendations for cancer patients and their diet.
Oncology nurses at all levels and licensure, and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of patients with blood cancers. Approval for nurses has been obtained by the National Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society under provider number CEP 5832 to award 2.0 continuing education contact hours through the California Board of Registered Nursing.Upon completion of this program and submission of the activity evaluation, a certificate of completion will be issued to you within 30 days. To Register please go to http://bit.ly/CEMarch8 or contact  Angela Austin at 412-395-2882

March 10
What's On Your Plate Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo
10 am-2 pm at Community College of Beaver County Dome, Monaca, PA. Free Community Event. For event questions, please call 724-773-2045 or email rcatly@hvhs.org. Visi www.heritagevalley.org/expo for more information. 

March 14
Memory Café – Oakmont area
Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café is full of laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood. Plus, we provide cookies and coffee! 11:30 am to 1 pm, Somma Pizza, 380 Route 909, Verona, PA 15147. The Memory Café is free to attend and no RSVP required. Just pop on in! Questions? Please call 877-851-1440. 

March 17
Memory Café – Washington Area
Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café is full of laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood. Plus, we provide cookies and coffee! 10 am to 11:30 am, Eat’n Park, 320 Oak Spring Road, Washington, PA 15301. The Memory Café is free to attend. RSVP’s are helpful, but not necessary. To RSVP, please call Rena Tatka at 724-223-5745.

March 20
Ohio Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Day
9 am-1pm at OVH School of Nursing Auditorium. A Free Community Event. Free Health Screenings, including a free A1C test! Cooking Demonstrations with free tastings. Lecture Panel featuring OVH’s new Endocrinologist. Educational sessions and lectures. Free samples and gift card raffles. Vendor booths with diabetes supplies and services. Free Parking. To register call 412-777-6205 or log on.

March 22-23
State Rep. Dan Miller’s 5th Annual Disability Summit
Includes topics of interest for parents, students, and professionals seeking continuing education, resource fair and employment fair at Beth El Congregation 1900 Cochran Road Pittsburgh.  Free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.DisabilitySummit.com

March 22
Tuberculosis Education Conference
Breathe Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are jointly sponsoring the 2018 Tuberculosis Education Conference at The University Club, Pittsburgh from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Target audience: Health care providers. For more information, visit breathepa.org

March 27
Update on Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy for Blood Cancers
Participants will learn the rationale behind CAR T-cell therapy and which diseases this is currently being used to treat. The speaker will discuss the logistics of CAR T therapy from the patient standpoint and will also discuss the potential risks and side effects of CAR T therapy and how they are managed. Finally, both local and national LLS and community support resources will be presented. We encourage you to invite your caregiver and family members. Pre-registration for this free program required. Please go to http://bit.ly/March27CARTto register or contact Angela Austin at 412.395.2882

March 29
How kidneys function, what causes chronic kidney disease and how to maintain health kidneys
1:00 pm. AVH-Natrona Heights. Charles W. Young Conference Center. To register, please call 724-591-4723 or visit our website at 222. KidneySmart.org/Class

 

April 2018

April 8
8th Annual cookies4chris Luncheon & Vendor Sale
South Hills Country Club, 4305 Brownsville Road, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch served at 1:00 p.m.. Unique Local Vendors, Dream Vacation Raffle, Basket Auction, Silent Auction, Prizes and World-Famous Pittsburgh Cookie Table. TICKETS $40 each (tables of 10). TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 14TH. Contact Marietta Barrett 412-885-2374 or email cookies4chris@ccalliance.org

Support Groups

ALZHEIMER'S

Presbyterian SeniorCare, in affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association, offers monthly support and educational sessions. All are free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Marasco Kuhn at 412-826-4059 or jmarasco@srcare.org.

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Woodside Place, Presbyterian SeniorCare: 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139
Contact: 412-826-4059

Presbyterian SeniorCare, in affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association, offers monthly support and educational sessions. All are free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Marasco Kuhn at 412-826-4059 or jmarasco@srcare.org.

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Presbyterian SeniorCare, Hillsview Chapel: 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301
Contact: 724-223-5745

ADDICTION

Bridge to Hope Support Group
Drug and alcohol addiction and its accompanying tragedies have touched countless Americans from all walks of life and from all backgrounds. The Bridge to Hope provides free education and support to such affected families. Anonymity respected. Bridge to Hope Support Group is an Outreach Program of the Passavant Hospital Foundation and as such is a support organization only and does not offer medical or psychological advice. Meets weekly on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Conference Room #1, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. No registration is necessary. For additional information, call (412) 748-6640.

BEREAVEMENT

Beyond Bridge to Hope Support Group
Beyond Bridge to Hope is a monthly Bereavement Support Group for adult family members who have experienced the death of a loved one due to drug or alcohol abuse. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center in McCandless Township. They are facilitated by a certified grief counselor, whose specialty has been in the area of bereavement for the past 24 years, Susan Wesner, RN, MSN, CS, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. The meetings are free of charge. Beyond Bridge to Hope Bereavement Support Group is an Outreach Program of the Passavant Hospital Foundation and as such is a support organization only and does not offer medical or psychological advice. No registration is necessary. For additional information, call 412-748-6640.

Good Grief Center offers Bereavement Support Groups
The Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support offers support groups for anyone having trouble coping with the death of a loved one. General groups are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on second and fourth Thursdays. A "Daughters without Mothers" support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. The Good Grief Center, a nonprofit organization located at 2717 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, serves all ages and is a division of Ursuline Senior Services. To register, call 412-224-4700 or send e-mail to support@goodgriefcenter.com. For more information, visit www.goodgriefcenter.com.

SouthernCare Hospice
Offers a monthly Bereavement Support Group free to the public. The group meets from 4:30-5:30 the Third Monday of every month at 90 West Chestnut Street, Ste. 500, Washington, PA 15301. No registration is required. For more information please call 724-222-7425.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group at Monongahela Valley Hospital
Monongahela Valley Hospital will begin a Suicide Bereavement Support Group for anyone who has been touched by suicide. Sessions will start Monday, February 9, 2015, and will meet the second and fourth Mondays through May at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. The free informal group meetings will be led by staff Psychologist Sam Lonich, who has extensive professional experience working with suicide survivors. The last day to register for the sessions is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Register by calling 724-268-1144.

BREASTFEEDING/PRENATAL

Community Health and Education Programs
The Washington Hospital Breastfeeding Support Group For pregnant women, mothers who are currently breastfeeding, fathers and siblings. Last Monday each month (except December) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room The Washington Hospital. Register by calling 724-250-4476.

CANCER

Third Monday of each Month "Teal Hearts Network” - Support Group for Cancer Survivors
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOOC), Pittsburgh Chapter, and the Cancer Caring Center have teamed up to offer “Teal Hearts Network” at the Cancer Caring Center’s Bloomfield Headquarters.  Mary Urban will lead the group, which will offer survivors the opportunity to share common concerns and experiences. Meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00. Registration is requested by calling the NOCC at 412 661-1095.

Living Each Day Support Group
For cancer patients and their families. Second Thursday each month.
5:30 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register by calling 724-229-2278

Prostate Cancer Support Group
For patients with prostate cancer and/or their families. Third Thursday of each month.
7 to 8:30 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register at 724-229-2278

Free Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar - Second Monday of each month.
Christopher J. Myers, MD, minimally invasive bariatric and general surgeon with the UPMC Horizon Bariatric Surgery Center, will offer a free bariatric surgery information seminar at UPMC-Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Associates. Dr. Myers will continue to hold information seminars at the Franklin office the second Monday of every month. To register for the seminar or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers, call 724-588-6660. UPMC-Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Associates is located at 44 Circle St., Franklin.

CHILDREN/TEEN

Teen Outreach Program
With Mary Jo Podgurksi and the staff of the Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc. ECHO – Educating Children for Healthy Outcomes – Home-based early intervention program for children in grades 4-8. Parents & Daughters – Girls ages 9-12. Parents & Sons – Boys ages 10-14. Pregnant & Parenting Teens – Supportive services for high-school teens that are pregnant or parenting. Teen Father Program – Young fathers up to the age of 22. For more information, call (724) 222-2311.

Healthy Family Home Training Camp
The Allegheny YMCA, the Wilmerding YMCA and the Homewood Brushton YMCA is offering The Healthy Family Home Training Camp. This 12-week program helps families prevent obesity by engaging them in activities that support a healthy lifestyle.  Incentives like family memberships are offered to participants at no cost.  Groups are now forming.  To learn more, contact Gretchen North at 412-227-3820 or gnorth@ymcapgh.org.

FOOD/BARIATRIC SURGERY

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous Meetings
CEA-HOW is a non-profit 12-Step, self-help group for anyone who has a problem with food. It is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have a problem with food addiction or compulsive eating, CEA-HOW might be for you. It's simple, it's free & it works! It's a new way of life. For more information, call 412-225-1664, or email info@ceahowpa.org or visit our website at www.ceahowpa.org.

Sunday

  • 8:30 a.m. - Bethel Park Library, 5100 W. Library Road (Book Study), Bethel Park, PA 15102

Monday

  • 6:30 p.m. - Avalon Ministry Center, 336 South Home Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202 (Avalon)

Tuesday

  • 7:15 a.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, 550 S. Main Street (Pitch), Washington, PA 15301
  • 4:30 p.m. - Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Avenue (Book Study), Dormont, PA 15216

Thursday

  • 7:00 a.m. - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, PA 15317

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, PA 15317

Saturday

  • 8:30 a.m. - Alliance Church, 2510 Old Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
  • 9:00 a.m. - Christ Church Parish House, 122 N. Maple Avenue Rear, Greensburg, PA 15601

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

North Hills Support Group
Meets every second Tuesday of the month.
Passavant Hospital, Donor Hall, 6:30 pm. Contact Judy at judpot50@yahoo.com or call 412-979-2233. All are welcome, patients, family, caretakers, friends!

STROKE

Stroke Support Group
Share feelings associated with life after stroke, as well as obtain information on services available to stroke victims and their caregivers. Third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register at 724-229-2449

The Allen Place Stroke  Support Program
Meets every Thursday of the month.
10:30 AM—1:00 PM at 227 Bonvue Street, Pittsburgh. Health education and training, social activities, physical activity, guest speakers and nutritional experiences.  For more information, contact Jerry Ann Allen, RN, MPM, Executive Director, at 412-231-1531 and visit www.allenplacecommunity.org.   

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