n Excela Health will host a blood drive on behalf of the American Red Cross 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Main Lobby, Excela Square at Frick, 508 South Church Street, Mount Pleasant. Preferred registration: 800-733-2767, or signing up online at redcrossblood.org.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the education conference center to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. Registration: 724-258-1282 or visit redcrosslife.org.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host two different three-week Managing Your Diabetes classes. One set of classes is scheduled on Tuesday mornings and one set of classes on Wednesday afternoon, both in the education conference center. The morning classes are scheduled 9-11 a.m. Aug. 13 and 20 and the evening classes are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 21. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Required registration at least one week prior to the start date of class: 724-258-1483.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the course Advanced Carbohydrate Counting 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the education conference center. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Required registration at least one week prior to the start of class: 724-258-1483.
n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.
n The four-week Smoke Free For Life program, sponsored by BREATHE Pennsylvania will be hosted by the Monongahela Valley Hospital every Monday in September beginning Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Program participants will learn how to overcome barriers that keep them from quitting, develop a customized “quit-plan” that will lead to success, learn the art of positive self-talk, practice sound techniques to manage stress, develop strategies that will prevent relapse and receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. The session is broken down into four, two-hour courses. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration: 724-258-1462.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the class Innovations in Medicine: “Stroke Education” at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the education conference center. This program is designed to educate you about strokes. Charles Gennaula, M.D., will describe the signs of having a stroke, causes, treatments and the after effects. He will also discuss stroke prevention and what puts you at a higher risk. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.
n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.
n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.
n Caregiver support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new physical therapy department. Light refreshments are provided. Open for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or 877-771-1234.
n Mon Valley Hospital will host a Suicide Bereavement Support Group 1–2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 26 in the education conference center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Required registration: 724-678-3601.
n Mon Valley Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s Support Group 6-8 p.m. Aug. 13 in the education conference center. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the families, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations: 724-258-1333.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an Ostomy Support Group 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the education conference center. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Information: 724-258-1773.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a Prostate Cancer Support Group 6-7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the education conference center. All prostate cancer patients, families and caregivers are invited to attend this free support group. Information: 724-292-9404.
n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.
n Excela Health will host a grief and loss support group for men only from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14 at Bud Murphy’s, 718 McCormick Avenue, Connellsville. These social support groups are presented in a relaxed setting. Individuals are welcome to purchase lunch and enjoy with others who have been through similar situations. Information: 877-771-1234.
n Excela Health will host Compassionate Friends, intended for those who have experienced the death of a child, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12, in Conference Room 4B at Excela Square at Frick, 508 South Church Street, Mount Pleasant. Information: 877-771-1234.
n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity Church parlor, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown. Please enter at the handicapped ramp entrance. A second is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone else’s drinking. Information: al-anon.alateen.org or pa-al-anon.org.
n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information: email@example.com siawso.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Missing Piece of My Heart support group, 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Crime Victim’s Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.
n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.
n Stepping Stones Bereavement Support fall program will begin on Monday, Sept. 9. It meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Uniontown. The program runs for 10 weeks with different topics being presented weekly. Anyone who is newly bereaved or is still having problems dealing with grief is invited to attend. There is no cost to participate. Information: 724-439-1683.