Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
ANNOUNCEMENTS :: AARP Tax Aide Program provides tax form assistance for those individuals 55 and over. Call Oak Place Community Center for appointment. The next programs will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Oak Place, 1055 Oak St., Indiana.
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 service helpline to Indiana County. County residents are now able to dial 2-1-1 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. Go to www.pa211sw.org, www.humanservices-countyofindiana.org, or www.uwindianacounty.org for more information.
State Rep. Dave Reed will have a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Village, 1155 Indian Springs Road, White Township. Call (724) 465-0220 to RSVP.
The Open Door has moved to the second floor of the Atrium Building, at 665 Philadelphia St., Suite 202, Indiana. All phone numbers will stay the same.
The Care Center of Indiana County is celebrating it’s second annual open house, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 125 N. Fifth St. Indiana. Proclamation and speeches will be at 5 p.m. followed by a self-guided tour; stay for the food and refreshments among colleagues, friends and community members, and enjoy the event in honor of the children in Indiana County. For more information, call (724) 463-8595.
An Autism Awareness Open House for parents, educators and the public will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at ARIN IU#28, 2895 West Pike, White Township. Resources from ARIN’s Autism Lending Library and Assistive Technology Lab will be available for review all day. There will be informational sessions and discussions on the educational issues related to the needs of students with autism and support services available to schools. The workshop is free and open to everyone. For more information on the entire event, call Jan at (724) 463-5300, ext. 1106, or email email@example.com.
Marion Center School District will hold kindergarten registration Friday. For more information, call (724) 463-8615. Parents are required to bring the following: Proof of residency, the child’s official birth certificate, the child’s immunization record with the following: two doses Varicella (chickenpox) or proof of having had the disease, Hepatitis B series (all 3 doses), four DTP (if fourth dose was given prior to age 4, a fifth DTP is needed), two MMR (measles, mumps & rubella), three or more doses of oral polio vaccine and custody papers (if applicable).
Aqua Aerobics helps tone muscles and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Classes are designed to allow participants to go at their own pace. Non-swimmers are welcome. For information, call (724) 463-9622.
Cyber CPR is a new way to learn adult CPR and first aid. Participants take the knowledge portion of the course online at their own pace. The CPR and first aid skills are then tested in the classroom with an instructor. The online portion must be completed before attending the skills session. For more information or to register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org.
Yoga for Health shows how yoga is suitable for most adults because of the non-strenuous nature and how it can be useful to help relieve symptoms associated with some conditions, such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.
Healthy Relationship Project’s Free Weekend Retreat will be April 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn in White Township. The retreat is sponsored by the Children’s Aid Society of Clearfield. Why not welcome a fresh beginning with your spouse? Get away together and gain new strategies for respectful talking and listening, managing stress, team building and problem solving all the while having fun! Overnight stay, a gift card, program materials and meals are free. Call to enroll at (814) 765-2686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity Super Bingo, April 7th; sponsored by the Homer City Fire Department; at the Homer City Fire Hall; doors open at noon; early birds start at 1:30 pm; $25 donation per ticket; advance tickets at 724-388-1145 or 814-322-2247; or sold at the door.
A Brighter Future Brunch, hosted by the IUP Hospitality Management & Bridge Core; April 7th; at the Allenwood Restaurant, in Ackerman Hall on the IUP Campus; Free parking; Adults: $10; children 3-11: $6; Proceeds benefit Lifestep’s Child Check Program in Indiana County; tickets can be purchased by calling 724-349-1122, ext. 101 or the IUP Hospitality Management Department office at 724-357-2626
Small Games of Chance Training, sponsored by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rustic Lodge. The event is free and includes dinner. Sgt. James Jones of the Pennsylvania Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be the trainer. Limited seating is available. For more information, call (724) 354-2746.
Community Support Program, 1 p.m. Thursday at the Indiana Borough Building, Indiana; Call Joe Budjos at (724) 349-3350.
Indiana County Early Care and Education Committee, noon to 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, at ARIN IU#28, Indiana; call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18 for additional information.
Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at ARIN IU#28; Indiana; Call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18 for more information.
The Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition meets Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission in Shelocta. A free breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer McCroskey at email@example.com or by calling (724) 354-2746, ext. 309.
Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders Family Support Group, through Family Behavioral Resources, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Airport Professional Center, Suite 524, 1380 Route 286 East, White Township. A social skills group meets in conjunction with the support group. Children of all ages and developmental skills are welcome. For more information or to register, call (724) 465-0369.
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.
Community Psychiatric Centers Parent Support Group offers speakers on autism, ADHD, behavior, dyslexia and depression one Monday per month in Blairsville. Register at (724) 850-7200.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, for emergency services personnel such as ambulance crews, firefighters, law enforcement officers and any others who respond to critical incidents, meets every six weeks. In offering debriefing services, the team helps prevent the negative impact of acute stress on emergency workers and helps with the recovery process. For more information, call The Open Door at (724) 465-2605.
Divorce Care provides study and support from a Christian perspective for separated or divorced adults at Grace United Methodist Church, Indiana. Registration is required. This program is offered in the fall. For more information, call (724) 463- 8535.
Grandparents as Parents provides information and support to family members who are actively involved in the lives of others’ children through ARIN IU 28. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Aging Services Inc. Community Center. Child care is available. For information, call Andrea at (724) 463-5300, ext. 1235.
Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is held six times a year at IRMC. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.
Man to Man, through the American Cancer Society, is for men facing prostate cancer to receive support, information and resources by talking with trained prostate cancer survivors. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, call Kristen at (724) 834-9081, ext. 65281.
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.
Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.
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.bowserfh.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.grasp help.org.
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.