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Charity Events

■ The Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Program Committee at VA Butler Healthcare, 325 New Castle Road, Butler Township, is organizing a food drive throughout the month January benefiting veterans. Non-expired, non-perishable foods are being collected for February distribution. Call 1-800-362-8262.

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, 1-800-733-2767. For bloodmobile locations, check


■ The PriorityCare program of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, in conjunction with Highmark, is offering a Medicare educational seminar at 6 p.m. next Monday at its Charles W. Young Conference Center. For reservations, call 412-330-4469.


■ Allegheny Valley Hospital is sponsoring a class in basic life support for health care providers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. The cost is $50 per student, including required manual. Call 724-274-5202.

■ Mon-Vale Health Resources is offering the following classes from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll, except where indicated. Call 724-684-9536 except where indicated.

-- Breastfeeding, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. next Monday, Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver. Partners and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-258-2229, ext. 9.

-- Adult CPR, Jan. 28. Cost: $40. Advance registration required. Sponsored in conjunction with Valley Health & Safety Training Center.

-- Public first aid, Jan. 30. Cost: $30. Sponsored in conjunction with VHSTC.

■ Penn State Extension is offering a Safe Water Drinking Clinic for those who use well water from 1 to 3 or 6 to 8 p.m. March 12 at its Westmoreland County office, Donohoe Center, 214 Donohoe Road, Hempfield. The cost is $72. Participants must pick up a water testing kit by Feb. 14, collect samples, and return them to the office between 6 and 10 a.m. Feb. 17. To register, call 724-837-1402.

Support Groups

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

Fitness Classes/Clinics

■ Aerobics Plus is sponsoring seven weeks of low-impact aerobics classes at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning next Monday at Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road. The cost is $59 for all 14 classes or $6 per class. Call 724-468-4830.

■ Excela Health is sponsoring a six-week class in Basic Yoga for people who have participated in yoga before from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 5 at Frick Hospital, Mount Pleasant Borough. The deadline is Tuesday.Call 1-877-771-1234.

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