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| Monday, Aug. 4, 2008

Free Child Check screenings set

Armstrong County: Lifesteps' Child Check is a fre screening service for all children from birth to 5 years of age. The Lifesteps' Child Check team will conduct screenings:

• Wednesday and Thursday: Rural Valley WIC at the Rural Valley Presbyterian Church, 901 E. Main St., Rural Valley, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Aug. 14: Apollo WIC at the Apollo United Presbyterian Church, 401 First St., Apollo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Aug. 15: Kittanning WIC office, 104 Parkview Drive Suite 1, Kittaninng, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Aug. 15: Apollo WIC at the Apollo United Presbyterian Church, 401 First St., Apollo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Aug. 16: Kids Closet, 507 20th St., North Apollo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Aug. 19: Leechburg WIC, Armstrong Primary Care Center, 116 Main St., Leechburg, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

A Child Check visit takes approximately 30 minutes to complete with the results discussed immediately with the parents. The screening looks at the child's development in the areas of playing, talking, seeing, hearing, moving and thinking. Parents are urged to have their children screened so that any developmental problems can be caught at the earliest stage.

Appointments are recommended, but are not required. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Lifesteps at 724-283-2154, Ext. 313, or 800-225-2010.

Red Cross sets classes, blood drives

The American Red Cross classes offered for August at its location at 418 Third Ave., Suite 4, Ford City, are:

• Adult CPR Training: 6-10 p.m. tomorrow.

• First Aid: 6-10 p.m Wednesday.

• Adult CPR Recertification: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 14.

• First Aid Recertification: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 19.

• Adult Child Infant CPR AED Training: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 27.

• First Aid: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 28.

For more information, call 724-763-2272.

Classes available on request are lifeguard management, baby-sitting, and adult, child and infant automated external defibrillation. To make arrangements, call the Armstrong County Chapter at 724-763-2272.

The American Red Cross blood drives for August are: Wednesday, 1-6 p.m., United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport; Aug. 11, noon-6 p.m., St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 361 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning; Aug. 13, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Manor Township Municipal Building, 306 Bryon St., McGrann; Aug. 14 noon-6 p.m., Leechburg Elks Club, 228 Market St., Leechburg; Aug. 22, 1-6 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 915 State Route 68, East Brady; Aug. 28, 1-7 p.m. United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., Freeport.

August is eye exam month

A spokesman for Sears Optical at Hilltop Plaza, East Franklin, reminds readers that August is National Eye Exam Month and urges families to make annual eye exams a part of the family's overall health routine. A typical eye exam can detect eye diseases such as glaucoma as well as conditions like diabetes.

Senior driving classes scheduled

Seniors for Safe Driving holds highway safety education programs for Seniors 55 years of age and older. The programs being presented are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and upon completion makes seniors eligible for a five discount on their automobile insurance premiums across the board for a period of three years. This discount is mandated by Pennsylvania state law. The class locations, dates and times are:

• 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 14 and 15 ACMH Hospital, East Franklin;

• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 21 St. Andrews Village, Indiana.

As mandated by Pennsylvania State Law, if anyone has never participated in a senior driving program before, they must attend a two-day program. To qualify for a one day program, they must have taken a senior driving program in the past. There will be no exceptions.

For information and to register call 800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245. The fax number is 724-284-8845. Register online at www.seniorsforsafedriving .com, or mail to Seniors for Safe Driving, P.O. Box 2132, Butler, PA 16003.

Support group now forming

A group is forming in Kittanning for Panic Relief Inc., a nonprofit educational organization, for a panic attack, anxiety, and stress program. Attendees will learn how to understand panic attacks, anxiety, and stress and to stop obsessing over fears. The organization will help coordinate the meeting. Once there are enough members interested in starting a meeting a start date and time will be announced. To register, contact Judy Schiffman, director, at 732-940-9658.

Support groups meet in Kittanning

These groups are sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Armstrong County and meet in Kittanning:

• Depression support group: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the MHA office, 150 S. Jefferson St. The next anger group on Wednesdays will resume after registrations are held. To sign up, call 724-548-5054.

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