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Special events

■ The Creative Nonfiction and Staunton Farm foundations are sponsoring "Writing Away the Stigma: A Reading & Panel," featuring 11 southwestern Pennsylvania writers who suffer from mental illness, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. To RSVP or for more information, Call 412-688-0304.

Charity events

Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society is sponsoring a uniform, shoe and accessory sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the sixth floor family visiting room area of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Call 724-689-0206.

The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a Gene & Boots Candies Valentine's Day Candy Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Monday in the lobby of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. Information: 724-258-1167.

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is sponsoring its annual Corporate Cup Charity Ski Race and Sporting Clays on Feb. 28 at Seven Springs. The skiing begins at 9 a.m. and costs $250 per person; the shooting begins at 10 a.m. and costs $300. The deadline is Feb. 14. To register: 412-368-4400, ext. 2208.

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 at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, is offering "To PAP or Not to PAP" at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in its Charles W. Young Conference Center in recognition of is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Speaker is Dr. Swati Srivastava. Reservations are requested: 412-330-4469.

The Pain Treatment Center of Ohio Valley General Hospital, Kennedy, is sponsoring "Control Your Pain," a lecture on spinal cord stimulation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Josephine Roseta Auditorium of OVGH's School of Nursing building. Speakers are Drs. Ankur Gosalia and David DeChellis. Call 412-777-6313.

Allegheny Valley Hospital is sponsoring "Refusing to Hide: We're Here to Help You Understand & Live with Psoriasis" from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. Presenter is psoriasis patient advocate Rebecca Vidak. Space is limited to 30. Call 724-274-5202.


Allegheny General Hospital is sponsoring a two-part Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED class from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. respectively Saturday at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. The cost is $35 for one, $50 for both, manual included. Call 724-274-5202.

Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a Baby Care Class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. next Monday at its Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 900 Plaza Drive, Rostraver. Information: 724-258-2229 ext. 9.

Excela Health is sponsoring the following classes at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Call 1-877-771-1234.

-- Childbirth and Beyond, three weeks, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning next Monday, Memorial Conference Center.

-- Family and Friends CPR, 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 4, Conference Room D, first floor.

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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