July 14, 2013 2:45 AM

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


• A “Barnyard Bash” will be held at the Indiana County 4-H Day Camps July 16 to 18 in Plumville and July 23 to 25 in Penn Run. The camps are for children ages 7 to 12 and teen helpers are needed. Campers will learn about animal science and agriculture in Indiana County. Brochures are available at Penn State Extension. Call (724) 465-3880 for more information.

• Gambling mini-grants are available through the AIC Drug and Alcohol Commission. The purpose of these grants is to assist individuals and agencies in educating their local communities on issues relating to both problem and compulsive gambling. The mini-grants will cover speakers and alternative issues relating to both problem and compulsive gambling. The mini-grants will cover speakers and alternative activities as well. Examples of alternative activities include campouts, movie night, open skate night, etc. For more information, contact Carrie Bence at (724) 354-2746 ext. 306, or, or Jennifer McCroskey at (724) 354-2746 ext. 309, or jmccroskey@aidac. org.

• Katie’s Closet provides free clothing for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays upstairs at Zion Lutheran Church, Church and Sixth streets, Indiana. Use the glass-door entrance on the Church Street side of the building.


• Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks is a weight-management program designed to help you lose 10 pounds of your body weight in 10 weeks with regular exercise, balanced nutrition, lifestyle changes and group motivation. This innovative program shows you how to add a healthy balance to your life with the power of 10. Get the Drop 10 in 10 tool kit, which includes all the tools you need to make real changes for real results. For more information, cost, dates and times call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Home Alone and In Control, IRMC, (724) 357-7075. Program for children 12 and older; teaches home-alone skills and time management.

• 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.

• Survey/Damage Assessment teaches how to make assessment of damage to homes and areas affected by disaster through American Red Cross. Disaster Services: An Overview should have been attended prior to this training. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

• Tobacco Cessation Course, through Excela Health, is a seven-week program for those who have resolved to quit smoking. It includes one-on-one counseling. Times and locations vary. For information, call (877) 771-1234. Telephonic support is available 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by calling (724) 689-1891.

• Yoga for Men teaches how practicing yoga has been shown to help with relaxation to help men be healthier in body, mind and spirit. Classes are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at IRMC. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.


The Evergreen Boys and Girls Club’s Ruby Tuesday’s Community Give Back Program meets every Thursday. Grab your family and join them for a meal. Obtain a flier from Evergreen Boys and Girls Club and present it to your server on Thursdays. Ruby Tuesday’s will give 20 percent of your purchase to the club. For the flier and for more information, call (724) 910-6042.


Evergreen Boys and Girls Club’s “Knowledge, Loving and Healing for Your Heart” community information sessions are held to raise awareness of grief services and resources available in Indiana County. To register for the next session July 16 at the Commodore Fire Hall, call (724) 910-6042. The session is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.



• 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.

• 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.

• Breast Cancer Support Groups are available through Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at 6:30 p.m. every first Tuesday the hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• 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.

• Diabetes Support Group provides a dietitian and clinical nurse specialists to help people with diabetes develop and practice self-management. Call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Gluten-Free Support Group provides information on how to manage diet, recipes and resources that may be useful to those on a gluten-free diet. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• The Hepatitis C Education/ Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. 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. For more information, call (724) 548-7607 or (800) 323-1333.

• Breast Cancer Support Group is for individuals who have had breast cancer. The group generally meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. For more information, call (724) 357-8081.

• 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.

• Living with Ostomy Education and Support meets quarterly at various times and locations. For information, call (877) 771-1234.

• 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.

• Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, provides Christian-based groups with opportunities to make friends with other moms and share encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years. For mothers of preschoolers from birth to age 5 and expectant mothers. Groups meet as follows:

— First Assembly of God Church, Indiana, 9:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, (724) 349-8180.

• 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.

• Reach to Recovery is for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to receive support, information and resources through visits and conversations with trained breast cancer survivors.

Call (800) 227-2345.

• Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.



• 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 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.

• 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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