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| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 9:05 p.m.

Session looks at acupuncture use

UPMC St. Margaret will host a free presentation, “Acupuncture: An Alternative Medicine for Pain and Rehabilitation,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, O'Hara.

Dr. Tamia Patterson of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC St. Margaret will discuss the history and current use of acupuncture and the positive effects acupuncture can have on pain relief and rehabilitation.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, call 866-939-7787.

Grief group to meet at ACMH

The ACMH Hospital, in partnership with VNA Hospice Services and Palliative Care, is sponsoring a support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 2, second floor, at the hospital, One Nolte Drive, East Franklin.

Weathering Grief, a monthly support group since 2000, is for all in the community and intended for any type of loss. Appropriate participants are those whose loss occurred one month to two years ago.

Meetings take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

To register, please call the VNA Community Bereavement Center at 724-431-3520. Advance registration is recommended but not required.

Programs set at Mills mall

Upcoming programs at Allegheny Valley Hospital's Destination Wellness at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, include:

Highmark Senior Products seminars are being offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 25; and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17.

Find out how to choose the right Medicare plan. Compare the features of HMO, PPO and Part D plans. Save money and make sure you have prescription-drug coverage. A sales representative will be present with information and applications and available to discuss benefits, answer questions and explain enrollment. Call 800-978-6590 to reserve your space. A maximum of 50 participants per session will be accepted.A Blood Drive will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. All blood collected stays within the community.

— Staff reports

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