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| Monday, Feb. 13, 2006

HAVIN seeks hot line volunters

HAVIN, a domestic-violence and sexual-assault center needs volunteers for the shelter, the hot line and a number of other areas. HAVIN was founded by volunteers and continues to depend on them. The next 60-hour training seminar will begin March 6. Training times and days will be scheduled according to participant availability. To register for the training, call Laurie at 724-543-1180, ext. 230.

Medical center has speaker's bureau

Chicora Medical Center, a skilled and assisted-living facility in Chicora, offers a speaker's bureau program to civic organizations and community groups.

Available topics include: "How to Pay for Nursing Home Care," "Eating Healthy to Stay Healthy," "Staying Fit to Stay Healthy" and "Living Wills." One of the most popular presentations is Staying Fit to Stay Healthy, which includes a 15-minute sit-down aerobic session. The presentations are free and can be organized at the time and location of the community group's choice.

All presentations includes handouts; some include audiovisual aids. For information, call Chicora Medical Center at 724-445-2000 or toll-free at 888-353-2126, and leave a voice message.

Benefit auction set for March 12

The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania will sponsor the 12th Annual Sports Memorabilia Auction from 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 at the North Park Clubhouse along Route 8 in Gibsonia (5344 Ranalli Drive. Hosts for the event will be sports talk show hosts Ellis Cannon and John Phillips. Local athletes are scheduled to be in attendance and will sign autographs. There will be a free buffet and music.

Live and silent auctions will include autographed items from some of the biggest names in sports including, Ben Roethlisberger, Bill Mazeroski, Arnold Palmer, Sidney Crosby, Jason Bay, Muhammad Ali, Willie Stargell and Mario Lemieux.

The event will feature 200 autographed items. Proceeds are earmarked for the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania, which provides medical care, educational resources and support services to those with the illness. Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder with no known cause or cure.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door; $5 for children age 10 and younger. For information, call 412-566-1545.

Make-A-Wish seeks more volunteers

As a result of an increasing number of wish requests, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia needs people in Armstrong County to volunteer their time and friendship to assist with wish fulfillment.

As members of wish teams, volunteers meet with the wish child's family, act as a liaison between foundation staff and the family and aid in determining the most suitable wish for the child.

To become a volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a criminal-background check. Volunteers also help at special events such as golf tournaments, haunted houses and dances. They have the opportunity to help implement fund-raising programs at schools and in workplaces with Make-A-Wish staff. In addition, volunteers can help in the office with mailings, phone calls, filing, office support and special projects.

Attendance at one four-hour volunteer-training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. Training will familiarize a prospective volunteer with his or her duties to the foundation and the families. For information, call Sarah Pickard at 412-471-9474.

Blood-pressure readings scheduled

Monthly free blood-pressure readings, scheduled by the Visiting Nurses Association are:

Feb. 16, 10 to 10:30 a.m., East Brady Hi-Rise, Broad Street, East Brady.

Feb. 21, 10 to 10:30 a.m., VNA Office Ford City, 1410 Fifth Ave., Ford City. Feb. 22, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Balcony Towers Hi-Rise, 301 S. McKean St., Kittanning; 10:30 to 11 a.m., Garden Towers Hi-Rise, 280 S. McKean St., Kittanning; 11 to 11:30 a.m., No. 1 Hi-Rise Armstrong Court, 100 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning; and 11:30 a.m. to noon, The Salvation Army Building, 205 S. Jefferson, Kittanning; 1 to 1:30 p.m., Rural Valley fire hall, Rural Valley; and 2 to 2:30 p.m., Marion Center Bank, Dayton.

VNA seeks volunteers to provide companionship

The Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Western Pennsylvania is seeking people willing to volunteer their time to sit with terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Required training and materials are provided free to volunteers. Attendance in all classes in mandatory to become a certified hospice volunteer. Call Cassie Naron at 724-431-3502 or 800-245-3042, ext. 502, or e-mail cnaron@vna.com.

Yoga workshop scheduled at YMCA

A yoga-certification workshop will be at 8 a.m. March 4 and 5 at the Armstrong County YMCA, 138 N. Water St., Kittanning. Participants will learn how to teach yoga. This two-day certification covers 27 poses, standing, seating and balance theory, breathing anatomy, therapeutic and resting poses, safety cues, modifications with props, formatting a class, alignment strategies and meditation. To register, call 800-237-6242, or register online at www.netafit.org. The Armstrong County YMCA and NETA, a nonprofit fitness professional association, will co-sponsor the nationally recognized event.

Red Cross sets classes, blood drives

February classes offered through the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 433 Butler Road, Kittanning are: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, First Aid Recertification; and 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, Workplace Training. For more information, call 724- 543-1392.

Classes available on request include lifeguard management, baby-sitting, and adult, child and infant automated external defibrillation. To make arrangements, call the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 724-543-1392.

American Red Cross blood drives for February are: noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Elderton Volunteer fire hall, Lytle Street, Elderton; and 1 to 7 p.m Feb. 27, Dayton fire hall, Dayton.

Grief support group meets Feb. 21

Weathering Grief, an ongoing, monthly grief-support group, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Armstrong County Health Center Adult Day Care Center, 265 S. McKean St., Kittanning. This meeting is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one through death. There is no fee. Meetings are the third Tuesday monthly. The event is sponsored by VNA Hospice, Western Pennsylvania. For more information, call Jolene at 1-800-245-3042 or 724-431-3520.

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