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Special events

• The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is sponsoring a Veterans Employment Expo preparation workshop at 9 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 30 at the H.J. Heinz campus, 1010 Delafield Road, near Aspinwall. Registration is required. 412-395-6068.

• Canonsburg General Hospital is sponsoring a holiday vendors sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at its Outpatient Care Center, 160 Gallery Drive, Peters. 724-260-7000.

• The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is sponsoring "A Weekend Training in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, 3811 O'Hara St., Oakland. Speaker is Barry Stern. For more information, including costs, call 412-661-4224.

• The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System are sponsoring a symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation at 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 13 at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. Costs: $345 for physicians and faculty, $245 for occupational and physical therapists and nurses, and $150 for students and fellows. Call 412-624-5247.

Charity events

• The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. is holding a pretzel sale at 9 a.m. Friday in the lobby of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. The cost is $1.25 per pretzel or five pretzels for $5. For more information, call the gift shop at 724-258-1167.


• Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll, and its Regional Cancer Center are presenting a Breast Cancer Education and Screening Luncheon at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Presenters are Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki and Mohsen Isaac. Included are a light lunch, information regarding early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer as well as optional breast examinations. Advance registration is required. Call 724-258-1333.

Flu shots

• Butler, PA -- VA Butler Healthcare will be offering a flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its Primary Care Clinic, 325 New Castle Road, Butler Township. Veterans not enrolled for VA care may receive their flu shots if they bring a copy of their DD214. For more information, call 724-285-2223.

• Excela Health, in conjunction with the Westmoreland County Food Bank, is offering free flu shots at the following pantries. Call 724-689-0206.

-- Saturday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish, 1001 Mount Pleasant Road, Hempfield.

-- Nov. 5, 2 to 5 p.m., Cornerstone Ministries, 2200 Cornerstone Lane, off Puckety Drive, Murrysville.

Blood drives

• To find a blood drive near you, call:

-- The Central Blood Bank, 412-209-7000 or 1-800-310-9551.

-- The American Red Cross, 1-800-448-3543. For bloodmobile locations, check

• The Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring a blood drive from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. Call 724-274-5202.


• Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring "Innovations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)" at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at its Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver as part of its "Innovations in Medicine" series. Speaker is Surinder K. Aneja. To register, call 724-258-1333.

• The PriorityCare program at Allegheny Valley Hospital, 1301 Carlisle Ave., Harrison, is presenting "Women's Health -- Let's Ask the Doctor" at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in its Charles W. Young Conference Center. Speaker is Dr. Mark Mallinger of the Saxonburg Medical Center. To register, call 724-226-7339.


• The Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross is sponsoring the following safety classes at its Downtown headquarters, 225 Blvd. of the Allies, unless otherwise indicated. Call 1-888-733-2767.

-- Adult CPR/AED, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Downtown; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Butler County office, 312 Mercer St., Butler; and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Armstrong County office, suite 4, 245 Butler Road, West Kittanning. Cost: $70.

-- Adult first aid/CPR/AED, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $90.

-- Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Butler County; and Nov. 6, Armstrong County. Cost: $110.

-- First aid/CPR/AED for instructors, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 7. Cost: $500. Most attend both sessions.

-- Adult and pediatric CPR/AED 8 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Cost: $90.

• The Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring the following classes at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. Registration is required, and space is limited to eight unless otherwise indicated. Call 724-274-5202 unless otherwise indicated.

-- Joslin Diabetes Center's Self-Management Education, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8. Call 724-367-2400. Space limited to 20.

-- Heartsaver First Aid with AED/CPR, two-part class, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Cost: $35 for one, $50 for both. Space limited to eight.

-- Heartsaver AED/CPR, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Cost: $35. Space limited to eight.

-- Basic life support for healthcare provider, including CPR, 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 6. Cost: $50.

-- Basic life support for healthcare provider, including CPR renewal, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Cost: $30.

• Excela Health is offering the following classes. Call 1-877-771-1234.

-- "Living With Diabetes, Looking Forward," a series of classes for the newly diagnosed, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 3 and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 7, 420 Pellis Road Rear; 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 5, Frick Hospital, Mount Pleasant Borough; and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 6, Latrobe Hospital.

-- "Coping With Loss During The Holidays," 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4, First Baptist Church Greensburg, 1228 Brinkerton Road, Hempfield. Presented by Excela Health Home Care and Hospice.

-- "Breastfeeding Success," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6, first floor conference rooms, Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.

Support groups

• Self Help Group Network, a service of PA 2-1-1 Southwest, provides a database of support groups. Call 412-255-1155.

Special opportunities

• The Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring a children's coloring contest through Nov. 29 to recognize Hand Washing Awareness Month in December. Children may pick up pages beginning Nov. 5 at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. The deadline is Nov. 29. Call for information at 724-274-5202.



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