Health Happenings

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Charity events

• Pittsburgh East Relay for Life is holding a cookie sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 in the visitor entrance of Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Call 412-512-0533.

• The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. is sponsoring the following sales at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. Information: 724-258-1167.

-- "Christmas Candy Sale by Gene and Boots," 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

-- Steelers clothing sale, 8 a.m. Dec. 17, hospital lobby.

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 http://www.redcrosslife.org.

Seminars/lectures

• Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring "Innovations in Shoulder Pain" at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at its Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver, as part of its Innovations in Medicine series. Speaker is Richard Mitchell. To register: 724-258-1333.

• Linda Eastman, licensed massage therapist, will present a discussion, "De-stress for the Holidays: How Massage Therapy Can Help" at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Hilltop Hall at The Village at St. Barnabas, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Free massages will be offered afterward.

Classes/workshops

• Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, McCandless, is hosting a Vantage Point: Autism Workshop for Parents at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Call 412-366-8100 ext. 113.

• The Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross is holding the following safety classes. Registration is required. Call 1-888-733-2767.

-- Adult first aid/CPR/AED, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Downtown headquarters, 225 Blvd. of the Allies. Cost: $90. A Blended Learning Course with both online content and classroom segments.

-- Adult first aid/CPR/AED, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Downtown. Cost: $90.

-- Adult CPR/AED, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Butler County office; or 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Downtown. Cost: $70.

-- Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Butler County office, 312 Mercer St., Butler; or 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Downtown. Cost: $110.

-- Adult CPR/AED review, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17, Beaver County office, 133 Friendship Circle, Brighton; or 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 18, Butler County office. Cost: $55.

• Excela Health is sponsoring the following classes in the Memorial Conference Center, on the ground floor of Westmore-land Hospital, Greensburg. Call 1-877-771-1234.

-- Breastfeeding Success, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15.

-- Car Seat Safety, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

• The Alle-Kiski Medical Center is offering a two-part Safe Sitter baby-sitting course for children ages 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. Cost is $50 a person; registration required; space limited to six. Call 724-274-5202.

• Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a breastfeeding class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at its Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver. Partners and grandmothers are welcome. Information: 724-258-2229, ext. 25.

Support groups

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

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