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Special Events

■ UPMC East is holding a kickoff event for its new Monroeville Mall-Walker Program from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on the mall's Lower Level outside the Food Court. The event will feature educational programs; health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index; and an "Ask the Expert" session with diabetes educator and health coach Cindy Donovan. Refreshments will be provided. Walkers have access to the mall 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call 412-709-3973.

Charity Events

■ The Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society is holding the following events at Latrobe Hospital.

-- Jewelry sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Little Shop corridor, Excela Latrobe Hospital; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Monday, Corporate Services Center. Call 724-689-0206.

-- Lights of Love celebration in honor or memory of loved ones, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The cost is $5 per light. Donations received through Nov. 20 are eligible for inclusion in the roll book. Call 724-537-1733.


■ UPMC McKeesport is providing free health screenings 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish's Sacred Heart worship site, 1600 Brinton Road, Braddock Hills. Call 412-636-5273.


■ Allegheny Valley Hospital, in conjunction with Highlands High School, 1500 Pacific Ave., Harrison, is sponsoring a program on coping with concussions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium. Topics include: "A Parent's Perspective on the Recovery Process," "How Concussion Affects the Brain and Evaluation Standards tor Suspected Concussions -- What the Research Is Telling Us" by Dr. Kevin Kelly, neurologist from Allegheny Health Network's Concussion Management Center and professor of neurology at the Drexel University College of Medicine; and "The Safety and Youth Sports Act and Return to Play Protocols" by Missy Bauer, physician assistant and certified athletic trainer and a clinician at the Concussion Management Center. For reservations, call 412-330-4469.

■ Passavant Hospital Foundation is sponsoring the following programs.

-- Diabetes & Preventative Foot Care, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Road. Call 412-748-6640.

-- "An Update on Lung Cancer," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, North campus, Community College of Allegheny County, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless. Speaker: Dr. Ghulam Abbas. Call 412-369-3701.

■ Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a program on hospice and palliative care from 7:15 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. Dr. Daniel A. Iracki, whose specialties include palliative care, internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, is discussing "Ethical Conversations Between Patients, Families and Physicians About Hospice: How and When to Have Them." Vickie Carolla, director of operations for Amedisys Home Health Care, is addressing "Myths, Facts and Tips for Hospice." A panel will include Dr. Iracki, Ms. Carolla, the Rev. John Fiero of the True Vine Anglican Church and coordinator of the MVH On-Call Chaplains Program and families of patients who have experienced palliative care and/or hospice. A continental breakfast is being served. For reservations, call 724-258-1932.


■ The Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross is sponsoring the following safety classes. Call 1-888-733-2767.

-- Adult CPR/AED, 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Downtown headquarters, 225 Blvd. of the Allies; 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Armstrong County office, suite 4, 245 Butler Road, West Kittanning; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Butler County office, 312 N. Mercer St., Butler; and Downtown. Cost: $70. The two Nov. 19 classes are Blended Learning courses with online and classroom segments.

-- Adult first aid/CPR/AED, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Downtown; or 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Armstrong County. Cost: $90.

-- Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Butler and Downtown. Cost $110. Both sessions are Blended Learning courses with online and classroom segments.

■ Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is holding the following classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 412-802-8299.

-- "It IS Easy Being Green." Cost: $10 per couple.

-- Sibling program for older children ages 4-8 of expectant parents. Cost: $35 per family.

-- "Dogs and Storks," for dog owners expecting a child, 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

■ Allegheny Valley Hospital is sponsoring a two-part Heartsaver first aid and CPR/AED class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 23 respectively at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. The cost is $35 per person for each part, $50 for both. A required manual is included. Call 724-274-5202.

Fitness Classes/Clinics

■ Aerobics Plus is sponsoring seven weeks of Low Impact Aerobic/Toning classes at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning today at Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road. The cost is $55 for all sessions or $5 per class. For information, call 724-468-4830.

■ The Integrated Medicine Program and Lupus Center of Excellence of the Allegheny Health Network, in cooperation with the Arthritis Foundation, is offering a nine-week workshop in "T'ai Chi for Health" from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week in the Professional Building at Allegheny General Hospital, North Side. The cost is $85. Call 412-330-4469.

Special Opportunities

■ Breathe Pennsylvania is offering free cold weather masks throughout November in recognition of National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month. Call 1-800-220-1990.

■ Excela Health Home Care and Hospice is sponsoring a Hospice Memory Tree as part of the Parade of Trees at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Route 30, Hempfield. Participants are to receive a white bell-shaped paper ornament to decorate that can be returned to hospice staff for trimming or brought to the Dec. 3 tree dedication event. The trees are be on display in the lobby area of the Ramada from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2. For additional information, call 724-689-1653.

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