June 01, 2014 1:45 AM

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


• AARP Driver Safety Program provides adults age 50 and older with a driving refresher class. Dates and times vary. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Big Brother/Big Sister Classes use puppets Molly and Sam to provide information for children ages 3 to 7 whose family is expecting a new baby. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-8088.

• Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants understand the function within the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Participants will learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, at (724) 465-5678.

• 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. The programs cost $75. For dates and times or more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Infant/Child CPR is held at IRMC. This is a 2 1/2-hour workshop concentrating on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking or has a respiratory or cardiac arrest. For more information, date and time, call (724) 357-7075. The cost is $25 per person.

• 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 affects of cancer treatment. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.

• 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.

• 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.


• A Community Disability Awareness Workgroup will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Arc of Indiana County, 120 N. Fifth St., Indiana. 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. Call (724) 349-8230 for more information.

• The Indiana County Early Care and Education Committee and the Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County will meet Tuesday at noon at Blue Spruce Park Lodge, Indiana. Call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18, for additional information.

• The Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Shelocta. A free breakfast will be provided. Contact Jennifer McCroskey at jmc or call (724) 354-2746, ext. 309, for more information.

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


• Family Promise of Indiana County will hold its second annual Ride and Dine for Shelter today with registration at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in New Florence.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 7 to 12. Children under 6 are free.

• Arc of Indiana County’s annual garage sale will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mack Park Fairgrounds.

Donations of clean, usable items will be accepted at the fairgrounds this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will also be accepted Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

No discontinued tube televisions or computer monitors will be accepted. Call (724) 349-8230 or (724) 465-6341 for more information.


• Alice Paul House provides information and support for children and adults who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other violent crimes. For more information, call (724) 349-4444.

• Arthritis Aquatics Program is offered at various locations. For more information, call the Indiana County YMCA at (724) 463-9622, Arthritis Foundation at (800) 522-9900 or Laurel Highlands Health Center at (724) 357-9991.

• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need.

For more information, call (800) 220-1990.

• Caregiver’s Support Group, a monthly support group for caregivers of people 60 years of age and older.

Are you giving care to someone and would benefit from learning new tips, exchanging ideas, providing your expertise to others and giving emotional support to others?

This group may be for you. Meetings are at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Rene at (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016.

• 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 (877) 333-2470.

• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen at Kristen.Hillebrand

• 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.

The group meets at 9:15 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, at The Summit Church, Indiana. Call (724) 349-8180 for more information.

• Narcotics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Excela Heath Westmoreland Hospital and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Excela Health Frick Hospital.

• Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greensburg.

For more information, call Excela Health at (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

• 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 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. Call (724) 349-5556 for the next session.

• 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.

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

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