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ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Arc of Indiana County is accepting donations of gently used/new items for its Garage Sale in June. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until May 31, at the Indiana County Fairgrounds in the building across from the grandstand. Suggested items include home goods, tools, toys, furniture, videos and games. For more information, call (724) 349-8230.

• The Open Door is offering a “Youth Crisis Walk-in Weekend Program” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at The Open Door, 665 Philadelphia St., Suite 201. Youth can speak with a crisis worker about whatever crisis they may be experiencing (school, family, bullying, LGBT+, drugs, alcohol, addiction, anxiety, depression or other issue). The program is free. If Sundays aren’t convenient, walk-in hours are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. For more information, call (724) 465-2605.

• The Open Door offers Family Intervention Services. Have a loved one struggling with addiction? Are they resistant to getting treatment? Want to get them help but not sure how? The Open Door is offering alcohol and other drug interventions. For more information about costs or an appointment, call (724) 465-2605.

• The Open Door offers Gambling Services. Are you preoccupied with gambling? Do you constantly plan how to get more gambling money? Do you try to get back the money you lost by gambling more? Call The Open Door at (724) 465-2605 and learn about their gambling services.

• The accessAbilities Inc.’s “Little Learners, Parent-Child Play Group,” is held from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Indiana County Head Start/Early Head Start, 155 N. Clymer Avenue. The program is for children birth to age 3. For more information, call (877) 822-8272 or visit www.accessabilities.org.

• Kids’ Kamp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through 2019 at The Montgomery Church of the Brethren, 5227 Purchase Line Road, Commodore. The free camp is for children in kindergarten through grade 8. For more information, call (724) 254-9720 or email pastor@montgomerycob.com.

• Laurel Legal Services no longer have physical office locations in Indiana and Armstrong counties. Individuals will still be able to obtain advice and possibly representation from Laurel Legal Services. For more information, call (800) 253-9558 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Indiana County Office of Planning and Development offers a Housing Accessibility Program that provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to Indiana County residents with permanent physical disabilities. The work performed will enable residents to maintain their independent living status by modifying their homes to accommodate their disability. Eligibility requirements must be met, including income and homeownership guidelines. For more information, contact Tina Coleman at (724) 465-3872 or tcoleman@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us.

• The PA Department of Health is offering vaccines/immunizations by appointment only at the Indiana County State Health Center, 75 N. Second St., Indiana; the Blairsville Community Center, 101 E. North Ave., Blairsville; and Plumville Presbyterian Church, 168 Main St., Route 85, Plumville. Free STD testing is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday and 1 to 2:30 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Indiana County State Health Center, 75 N. Second St., Indiana. No appointment is necessary.

• Apply for a car seat loaner and get it properly fitted through the Car Seat Safety and Loaner Program sponsored by the Citizens’ Ambulance Service. For an appointment, call (724) 349-5511.

• The Indiana state police barracks offers free car seat checks on the third Wednesday of each month. All families must register ahead of time with Trooper Greenfield at (724) 357-1998.

• Naloxone (Narcan) training is offered by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (i.e., prescription pain medication or heroin). It blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can restore breathing within two to eight minutes to prevent death. Anyone can obtain free naloxone by completing training with a staff member. Call to schedule an appointment in Indiana County at (724) 463-7860.

• The Salvation Army Food Pantry is open to the public. Photo ID is required and appointments are encouraged but not mandatory. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

• The Salvation Army Family Game Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 2 at The Salvation Army, 635 Water St. Admission is free. Chips, candy and soda will be available for purchase. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

• The Indiana County Department of Human Services and the United Way of Indiana County have partnered with PA 2-1-1 Southwest to bring a free Human Services Helpline to Indiana County. County residents are able to dial 211 and be connected with a live operator 24 hours per day, seven days a week, who can connect them with human services help. Please share this number with family and friends who may not be sure where to turn for help with such things as emergency shelter, food banks, crisis intervention, child care, and other health and human service resources.

• Aging Services Inc.’s Caregiver Support Program is for caregivers providing for loved ones over the age of 60 or raising grandchildren due to the inability of the parent to care for them. The program may be able to assist caregivers with expenses needed to care for their loved ones. For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

• Aging Services Inc.’s APPRISE Program is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help all Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medi-care. For more information, call (724) 349-4500.

• Aging Services Inc. runs a thrift shop from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St. Donations of gently used clothing, books, shoes, jewelry and kitchenware are accepted. Call (724) 465-2697 to make arrangements to donate.

• The Saltsburg Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday. Breakfast is open to the public and no reservations are needed. The cost is $2.50. For more information, call (724) 639-9055.

• The Chestnut Hills Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (724) 459-5251.

• The Mahoning Hills Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Monday. No reservations are needed. The cost is $2.

• Elder Abuse Awareness Program; In Pennsylvania, elder abuse is defined as abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment.

The signs of elder abuse may not always be easy to read. If someone you know needs help, call Aging Services Inc. at (724) 349-6190 24 hours a day. Reporter’s identities are never disclosed.

• Aging Services Inc. holds an aquatics water program for those age 50 or older from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Zink Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. The class consists of aerobics done in the shallow end of the pool, so knowing how to swim is not necessary. Cost is $4 per class.

For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016 and ask for Vicki.

• A Home Cooked Evening Meal is offered at 5 p.m. every Monday at the Chestnut Hills Social Center, 26 Heybert Drive, Blairsville. The meal is for individuals age 55 and over and the cost is $3.50. Many different activities and events are scheduled each week. Reservations must be made by noon the day of the meal by calling the center at (724) 459-5251.

• A Home Cooked Meal is offered at 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Saltsburg Social Center, 212 Point St., Saltsburg. The meal is for individuals age 55 and over, and the cost is $3.50. There is a 50/50 drawing as well as other events and activities.

Reservations must be made by noon the day of the meal by calling the center at (724) 639-9055.

• My Best Friend’s Closet, sponsored by the Saltsburg United Methodist Church, is a free, gently used clothing closet that is open from 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every other month.

• Community Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve meals. The kitchen is open from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the social hall at Dixonville Wesleyan Church; the second Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, Clymer; and the third Thursday at Penn Run Christian Outreach Center. For more information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498 or visit sites.google.com/site/dwccommunitykitchen.

• New Life Community Church is hosting “Indiana County Soup for Souls,” a free meal for any community member, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month in the old K-Mart store, Indiana Mall, 2334 Oakland Ave., White Township. The next meal will be May 30. For more information, visit Indiana County Soup For Souls on Facebook.

• Katie’s Closet provides a wide variety of free clothing for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday at Zion Lutheran Church (upstairs) on the corner of Church and Sixth streets.

• A variety of free clothing for children and adults will be available by appointment only at Christos Clothes Closet, Homer City United Presbyterian Church, 40 E. Elm St., Homer City. Use the red door behind the Dollar Store. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (724) 479-2695.• First United Methodist Church of Marion Center’s Clothing Closet provides free clothing from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in Marion Center. For more information, call (724)-397-5517.

• Free clothing is available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. the last Saturday of the month at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church’s clothing closet in Kent. For more information, call (724) 726-8895 or (724) 479-8941.

• The Indiana County chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for donors. If you are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 105 pounds and are in good health, you may donate blood every 56 days. Minors must have parental permission. No appointment is necessary. Call the Chestnut Ridge Chapter at (724) 834-6510, the Indiana County chapter at (724) 465-5678 or visit www.redcross.org/pa/Indiana for more information.

COMING EVENT

• A Prepared Renter Program is held the fourth Thursday of every month (except July and December) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PA CareerLink Building, 300 Indian Springs Road, White Township. Developed by the Regional Housing Coordinators of the Self Determination Housing Project of PA and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the PREP program educates renters on the basics of renting, including budget basics, how to prepare a folder of references and information to assist in filling out housing applications, an understanding of the language of a lease, how to be a good renter and tips for moving out. To register, contact Christina Coleman at (724) 465-3872 or email her at tcoleman@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us.

CLASSES

• ABCs of Baby-sitting provides training for girls and boys ages 12 and older regarding the responsibilities of baby-sitting. The student will be prepared to interview for a baby-sitting job, keep a journal and learn how to feed, entertain and care for an infant, toddler, preschooler and school-age child. Students will also learn first aid for emergencies. The two-day class (five hours each day) meets at Indiana Regional Medical Center Urgi Care Center, second floor. Cost is $50 per student. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

• “All About Baby” workshops focus on getting to know baby, visits to the doctor, immunizations, bathtime fussiness, safety, child care and infant nutrition. It is held at the Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Urgi Care Center, second floor. For costs, dates and times, call (724) 357-7075.

• American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers trains professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child and infant victims. Consistent with the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for health care providers and public safety professionals. Go to www.redcross.org, click on Training & Certification at the top of the page or call (800) 733-2767, option 5, to register for this fee-based course.

• “Children in the Middle,” offered by the Center for Divorce Education, is a parenting education class effective in changing both parents’ attitudes and behavior about divorce-related problems faced by their children. For more information, call the Community Guidance Center at (724) 465-5576.

• Indiana Regional Medical Center will hold a “Home Alone and In Control” class. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

• Look Good ... Feel Better, is The American Cancer Society’s free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Call to find out program dates. The program is held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Indiana Regional Medical Center — Chestnut Ridge Blairsville. For more information or to register, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

• Medical Fitness is a supervised, structured exercise program for inactive adults or those at risk for health problems. Any adult who wishes to improve their fitness level or health is invited to attend. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-8088.

• “Smoke-Free for Life” is a smoking cessation clinic through Breathe PA designed to help people quit smoking and stay smoke-free for life. For dates and clinic sites, call (800) 220-1990.

• “Your Changing Body for Girls” addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for girls ages 9 to 12 and their parents. The class is held monthly at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

FAMILY SUPPORT

• All Recovery and Family Recovery meets Wednesdays. For an appointment, call Ray at (724) 676-2111 or My New Leaf, Inc., at (888) 948-4424. Family Recovery provides both information and guidance that family members need to make the necessary and often painful choices that family recovery requires. Group members reach out in empathy to newcomers who are facing the fresh, private grief of addiction and accompany them on their healing journey to recovery.

• Autism Awareness Parent Support Group is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Indiana Total Therapy, 2010 Shelly Drive, White Township. The group provides dialogue and peer support for parents and caregivers with individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. For more information, call (724) 762-5464 or email aapsgroup89@gmail.com.

• Brain Injury Outreach and Support program is for those who suffer from a brain injury, their family members and anyone who would like to be a peer or mentor for someone with a brain injury. For more information, contact Lisa Cullen, project coordinator, at (800) 237-9009 or at lcullen@cilscpa.org.

• Highmark Caring Place, The Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or bi-weekly for grieving children, adolescents and families. For dates, times and locations, call (888) 224-4673.

• Drug and Alcohol Family Education Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at The Open Door, in partnership with the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission. This is a free eight-week curriculum for individuals seeking to learn more about addiction and the impact addiction has on the family. Participants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register at (724) 465-2605, ext. 125.

• Families Affected by Mental Illness, sponsored by Indiana Regional Medical Center and NAMI, meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in IRMC’s Private Dining Room #1, 835 Hospital Road, White Township. FAMI provides support for anyone who supports a loved one with mental illness. For more information, contact Karla at (724) 762-9218 or at kshaffer@indianarmc.org.

• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group meets the last Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December in Private Dining Room 1 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.

• Myasthenia Gravis Association offers monthly face-to-face support group meetings. For dates and times, call (412) 566-1545 or visit www.mgawpa.org. A virtual support group is available at www.facebook.com/mgawpa.

• Narcotics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the New Leaf Community Center, 736 Lincoln St., Bolivar (bottom floor of K&K Flowers and Coffeehouse). For more information, contact Mike at (724) 422-9827 or My New Leaf Inc. at (888) 948-4424 or NewLeafRCO@gmail.com.

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

• Recovery Support Services for individuals, families and communities are available at the Spirit Life Recovery Community Center, a faith-based Recovery Community Organization. Their goal is to put a face and voice on recovery and serve as a physical location to organize the local recovery community’s ability to care and give back. For more information, call (724) 717-6492 or visit www.spiritliferecoverycenter.org.

• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets weekly at various locations: 5 p.m. weigh-in and 5:30 p.m. meeting Thursdays at Clymer Methodist Church, Fifth and Hancock streets, Clymer; 5:15 p.m. weigh-in and 6:15 p.m. meeting Mondays at Grace in Ministries Building, 728 Church St., Indiana; and 8:45 a.m. weigh-in and 9:45 a.m. meeting Tuesdays at Purchase Line Methodist Church. For more information, call (724) 465-6389 or visit www.tops.org.

GRIEF SUPPORT

• Adult Grief Support is offered in six-week sessions. Dates and locations vary. For more information, call Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

• Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers lectures and grief seminars to public groups upon request. 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.bowserfh.com.

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

• GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) helps families and individuals who are grieving due to a substance misuse death and provides support via phone and private meeting. For more information, call (724) 762-3344, email atskelly17839@gmail.com or visit www.grasphelp.org.

• John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, White Township, 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 that 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 Diane Giever at (724) 463-6340.

• Rairigh-Bence Caring and Sharing Grief Support Group offers a support group, in addition to a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc. For time and date, call (724) 349-2000.

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

• Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services are offered at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Obstetric Unit, for those suffering a neo-natal loss, miscarriage or tubal pregnancy. Trained counselors provide counseling and support and are available for private consultations by appointment. For more information, call (724) 357-7060.

• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Riverfront Place, 810 River Ave., Suite 160, Pittsburgh. Private meetings are also available at (412) 322-5680, ext. 4, or skelly17839@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.grasphelp.org.

• VNA Family Hospice Grief Support Groups are open to all of those coping with grief and loss at VNA, 850 Hospital Road, White Township. The afternoon group meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Lori Parks at (724) 463-8711. The evening group meets for six consecutive sessions. For dates, times and more information, contact Janice Starry at (724) 463-8711.