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on September 29, 2013 1:49 AM


• The Youth Anti-Drug Radio Message Contest, sponsored by the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, and Renda Broadcast, is for students grade 4 to 12 in Armstrong Indiana Counties. The theme is “Above the Influence.” Participants are required to write their own personal message that captures how they stay above the influence of drugs and alcohol. Messages may be submitted from a group, club or individual. Six winners will be awarded, one from each grade in each county, and will have their messaged either professionally produced or they may record themselves at the Renda Broadcasting studio in Indiana. The deadline for entries is Oct. 18. Winners will be announced Nov. 4 and prizes will be awarded. For more information, email or

• The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering adult and child vaccines and immunizations free or for $5 per poverty guidelines. This is for an adult or child that does not have insurance or has insurance that does not cover the cost of the vaccine. Vaccines and immunizations include those for shingles, chickenpox, MMR, tetanus, meningitis, HPV, polio, pneumonia, hepatitis B, and hepatitis A. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call (724) 357-2995.

• The PA Department of Health offers HIV testing and syphilis testing that is free and confidential Call (724) 257-2995 to schedule and appointment.

• Report prescription fraud or diversion by texting Text tip 411, 847411, and include the keyword RXTIP in the message, or call (215) 238-5164.

• Wheels for Wishes accepts donated vehicles to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virgina. There is free vehicle pick-up and all vehicles, running or not, are accept. The organization also accepts boats, motorcycles and RVs. Donation is 100 percent tax deductible.

For more information, call (412) 535-8268 or visit

• The Indiana County Reality Tour will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Indiana County Jail. This is for youth ages 10 to 18, parents and community members. For more information, or to register for the tour, contact Jennifer McCroskey at or (724) 354-2746, ext. 309, or Carrie Bence at or (724) 354-2746, ext. 306.



• The Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission in Shelocta. A free breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer McCroskey at or by calling (724) 354-2746 ext. 309.

• The Community Support Program will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Indiana Borough Building. For more information, call Joe Budjos at (724) 349-3350 or (724) 548-3451.

• The Indiana County Early Care and Education Committee will meet at noon Tuesday at ARIN IU#28, Indiana. For more information, call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18.

• The Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at ARIN IU#28. For more information, call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18.

• The Community Disability Awareness Workgroup will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at The Arc of Indiana County. This is a group of community members working together to provide information about disabilities to members of our community to help us get to know each other better and to make our community a better place for everyone.

• Family and Friends of The Arc’s “Let’s Have Dinner Together” will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ponderosa Restaurant, Indiana. This group meets on a monthly basis to discuss The Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.


• Adult Socialization Group is for adults with epilepsy through the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania. For more information, call the Pittsburgh office at (800) 361-5885.

• A Breast Cancer Support Group, for individuals who have had breast cancer meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call (724)357-8081 for location.

• Clear the Air is a one-session program that can give you the tools you need to get prepared, take action, stay motivated and quit smoking for good. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-8088.

• CPR Review is available through American Red Cross, Indiana County Headquarters. For more information or to register, call (800) 733-2767 or online at

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

• Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and long-term weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

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

• La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or are currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.

• 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.

• Let’s Talk for Girls and Mothers is a program for girls, ages 9 to 13, and their mothers to discuss physical changes, peer pressure, growing up and respect and empathy for changes occurring in both sexes. This program is $15.

For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-7075.

• 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.

• National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

• One Stitch at a Time, a knitting and sharing hour, will be offered Tuesday at IRMC’s Women’s Imaging Center Library at 10 a.m. This hour is for women in cancer treatment or those who are moving beyond cancer. Call (724) 357-8081.

• 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.

• Strong Women Strong Bones is a 10-week strength training course to help manage osteoporosis. The program includes a pre- and post-assessment and two days of strength training each week. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit


• 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 www.bowser

• 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 meets at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email skelly17839 or visit

• 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.

• Survivors of Suicide Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neuropsychiatric Associates Inc., IRMC Complex, Medical Arts Building, Suite 2200, Indiana. Gather together with others who understand the impact a death of suicide can have. Cost is $30.

Initial intake at Neuropsychiatric Associates for possible insurance coverage.  Call for more information, (724) 464-0270.

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