Events

n Medicare’s annual open enrollment period runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. For a list of enrollment centers and their dates and times open for enrollment, call Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. at 724-489-8080.

n The Monongahela Valley Hospital blood drive will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the education conference center. The hospital, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. Registration: 724-258-1282 or redcrosslife.org.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital, in conjunction with the Carroll Township Police Department, will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. The event, a convenient and safe way for residents to remove unused drugs from their medicine cabinets, will be held on the hospital campus at the circular driveway area outside of the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Participants can remain in their cars and hand unwanted drugs to the police officers through their windows. Participants should remove any personal information from the bottles or packages of expired, unwanted or unused controlled, non-controlled or over-the-counter medications. Liquid products and creams in their containers will also be accepted. Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne diseases. Donors remain anonymous and police will not request identification. Afterwards, law enforcement officers will seal the boxes containing the collected medicine and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will weigh the boxes and safely dispose of the items.To find other collection sites, search by zip code at deatakeback.com or call 1-800-882-9539.

Courses

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 Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 in the education conference center. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host “American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED” 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Simulation Center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host Anthony Cuneo, a physician with The Orthopedic Group, at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conferece Center to give a free talk about non-surgical treatments for low back pain. He will discuss how low back pain can occur, as well as various non-surgical treatment options. The session will include light refreshments and free parking. Registration: monvalleyhospital.com or call 724-258-1333.

Support groups

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. Oct. 28 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 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 Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an Ostomy Support Group 2–3 p.m. Oct. 17 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 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: peopleofcourage@gmail.com siawso.org, or healingfriends8@gmail.com.

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.

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