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on April 14, 2013 1:50 AM

Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.


-- Midday Rotary Funding is available to fund projects that implement innovative ways of enhancing community and international volunteer service. The average award is $300. However, awards of up to $1,000 are granted. Award amounts are based on the merit of the project. Funded projects benefit the local and world community and reflect the mission of Indiana Midday Rotary. Projects also contribute within at least one of the avenues of Rotary Service. Organizations must complete an Indiana Midday Rotary 2013 Grant Application to be considered for funding. Please note: Indiana Midday Rotary will not fund personnel or general operating expenses. In some cases, specialized, sub-contracted services are funded. Organizations must demonstrate their not-for-profit or nonprofit status to be eligible for funding. Indiana Midday Rotary grant applications are due April 15. If you want an application or have questions about your organization’s eligibility to receive Indiana Midday Rotary funding, please email Brian Parks at

-- State Representative Dave Reed will hold a Town Hall meeting 4 p.m. Thursday at the S&T Bank Arena, 497 East Pike Road, Indiana. For more information and to RSVP, call (724) 465-0220.

-- The Alliance for Community Respite Care of UCP/CLASS, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Office of Long-Term Living, announces the availability of a limited number of Lifespan Respite Mini-Grants. They are now accepting requests from family caregivers to receive up to $300 in a respite stipend. Families must meet criteria and eligibility requirements. For more information, call Susan at (888) 954-2424 ext. 2121, or email snavish@ucp

-- Fun Family Film Festivals, sponsored by the Indiana Armstrong Patriots, are held at the Indiana Theater, Philadelphia Street at 2 p.m. There is a $5 donation required per family. For a list of movies and dates, visit

-- A Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the S&T Bank Arena. For more information, call (724) 471-7220 or (888) 573-5733.

-- The library is currently developing programs with retirees and active seniors in mind. Stop by and fill out a “Boomers and Beyond” survey to help plan future events. For more information, contact Kim at (724) 465-8841, ext. 3.


-- Family Services: Providing Emergency Services teaches participants how to interview disaster victims and provide them with necessary emergency assistance. Participants should have attended Disaster Services: An Overview training prior to this class. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, at (724) 465-5678.

-- Lamaze Birth of the Family classes prepare parents for pregnancy changes, birth and parenting roles. Evening and day classes are available at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

-- Ornish Advantage/Spectrum helps to prevent heart disease and improve health with a six-week program focusing on nutrition, stress management, exercise, nutrition and group support. For dates and times, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

-- Preschool and Progressive Swim Classes are held in seven-week sessions at the Indiana County YMCA. Preschool is for children ages 6 months to 5 years, and progressive is for children 6 years and older. Enrollment is limited. (724) 463-9622.

-- Your Changing Body for Boys addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for boys ages 9 to 12 and their parents. The class meets quarterly. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

-- Your Changing Body for Girls is a workshop addressing the emotional and physical changes of puberty for girls ages 9 to 12 and their parents. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.


-- Evergreen Boys and Girls Club is participating in the Ruby Tuesday Community GiveBack Program on Thursday. Grab your family and join them for a meal. Obtain a flyer from Evergreen Boys and Girls Club and present it to your server on these days. Ruby Tuesday will give back 20 percent of your purchase to the club. For the flyer and more information, call (724) 910-6042.

-- The 13th annual Consumer Recovery Forum, “Realizing Recovery: We Deserve It,” will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday at the Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry Township. For more information and to register, visit

-- The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Cancer Survivors Conference, “Celebrating 25 Years Through Music, Laughter, and Courage,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville. The conference is free to cancer survivors and patients, and $10 for caregivers, family and friends. Admission includes lunch and giveaways. To register, call (412) 919-1100 ext. 1157 or visit wrsurvivorsconference.


-- Hepatitis C Support group meetings 6 p.m. Wednesday at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support that you need to live with, get treatment for or prevent exposure to hepatitis C.

-- Alzheimer’s Support Group, sponsored by Hillsdale Nursing & Rehab meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens’ Ambulance Station, Hillsdale. Call Kim Neff at (814) 743-6613 for more information.

-- Breast Cancer Education and Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information contact Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

-- Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, meets Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Hempfield Twp., Westmoreland County. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

-- Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

-- Gam-Anon is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234.

-- HIV/AIDS support for people living with HIV/AIDS meets two times per month through UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 534-6732 or (866) 429-1583.

-- Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is held six times a year at IRMC. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.

-- Keep on Dropping is a free weight management support group to keep those who have lost weight recently motivated and are on track to continue to lose. Join a team of coaches at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

-- Living with Diabetes is a recurring series that provides diabetes management information. Most insurance companies cover the costs. A physician referral is required. For more information, call Excela Health Diabetes Center at (724) 537-1066.

-- Men’s Anger Group, Catholic Charities, meets in Greensburg. A registration screening is required. For more information, call (724) 463-8806 or (866) 409-6455.

-- Moms and Babes support and play group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. Registration is not required. For information, call (724) 357-7496.

-- Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greensburg. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

-- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Riverfront Place, 810 River Ave., Suite 160, Pittsburgh. For more information, call (412) 322-5680 or (800) 721-7437.

-- Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA in Altoona. For more information, call (800) 237-9009.

-- The Arc of Indiana County Parent Support group meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. This is for parents of children of all ages and abilities. For more information, call (724) 422-4379 or email

-- Weight Watchers, for more information call (800) 651-6000 or visit There is a fee.


-- Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers a bereavement lending library open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call (724) 349-3100 or (888) 923-5550.

-- C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, offers support services through an interactive website for bereavement and grief support literature at

-- Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. Call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

-- Curran Funeral Home Grief Support Group, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Call (724) 639-3911 for dates, times and location.

-- GRASP, or Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, offers support and sources of help for families and individuals who are in bereavement due to a substance misuse death. The group will begin in late February and will meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email skelly17839@ or visit www.grasp

-- Graystone Church GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Sessions are offered in the spring and the fall. Registration is not necessary, and participants may join at any time in the series.

-- Highmark Caring Place, through the Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or biweekly for grieving children, adolescents and families. Call (888) 224-4673.

-- John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home offers a bereavement support group open to the public. Call (724) 463-4499.

-- Hopeful Hearts, a service of the VNA of Indiana County, is a child-focused family bereavement support center. Hopeful Hearts provides peer support at no cost for all family members when someone close to the family has died. Families meet biweekly in a safe, caring and confidential environment. For more information about this program or volunteer opportunities, call (724) 349-3888 or (877) 349-3888.

-- Pregnancy Loss Support Group provides support for families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Call (877) 771-1234.

-- Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Inc. offers a support group and a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc.

-- Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, (724) 459-9115; information and support offered by phone.

-- Robinson-Lytle funeral home offers a bereavement library with books, videos and other information for adults and children. Call (724) 349-9700.

-- Sharing Grief Support Group is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (724) 349-2000.

-- VNA is open to anyone coping with grief and loss at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Rev. Spiker.

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