VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VISION SCREENING: Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries' Amblyopia Vision Screening Program is in need of volunteers to help reach as many preschool children as possible during the upcoming school year.
Trained vision screeners go into preschools in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Training and all necessary materials are provided for the screenings. Sessions generally take about two hours. All scheduling and follow up is handled by the program coordinator.
Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is reduced vision in an eye resulting when the pathways of vision in the brain do not grow strong enough. Anything that interferes with clear vision in either eye during the critical birth-to-age-6 visual development period can cause amblyopia, and neither child nor parent may know there is a problem until screening is provided.
Volunteer training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6, with a light lunch included, at the Goodwill facility on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown.
For additional information or to attend the volunteer training session, contact Nancy Chambers, amblyopia program coordinator, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday at 330-759-7921, Ext. 1222.
OSTOMY GROUP TO MEET: The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Cedar Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
The group provides information and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies. The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, families and friends. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.
The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month at alternating locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
RESPITE PROGRAM OFFERED: YWCA of Youngstown's Respite Care Program for Children with Special Needs is offering a four-week respite program from Aug. 6 to 31 for children with various disabilities.
A one-time $60 registration fee will be charged. For more information, call Jennie Andrews at 330-746-6361.
The program is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extended hours. The program will be held at the YWCA Discovery Place, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown.
Funded by the Hine Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Foundation, the YWCA is also recruiting teachers for the respite program. A special education degree or related degree and experience is required. Mail resumes to 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503.
SCHOOL OF AUTISM NEEDS SUPPLIES: The Potential Development Program's School of Autism will hold a back-to-school supply drive throughout the month of August.
The items collected will be used in the kindergarten through eighth-grade classes during the upcoming school year. The School of Autism is a nonpublic charter school for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Last year, 52 students were enrolled.
Some of the items needed for the upcoming school year include crayons, colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, pens, paper, tissues, construction paper, scissors, two-pocket folders, glue sticks and rulers.
Donations can be dropped off at the School of Autism, 880 E. Indianola Ave., Youngstown, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Potential Development representative will also be at the Southern Park Mall Community Day on Aug. 10.
For more information, visit Potential Development Program on Facebook, the agency's website at www.4pdp.org or call the agency at 330-788-0588.
NAMI BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE: NAMI MV (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has begun its summer schedule for support group meetings. Instead of two meetings per month, there will be one.
The next meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the D&E Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.
The regular schedule for all NAMI MV support group meetings will resume in September at the same locations. Evening support groups from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday.
Daytime support groups resume from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday.
For information, call 866-671-3169 or Dianna at 330-540-8583.
VOICE CLUB TO MEET: The Mahoning Valley New Voice Club, a support group for laryngectomees and their families and friends, will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Youngstown hearing and Speech Center, located in the Beeghly Medical Park, 6614 Southern Blvd., Youngstown.
For more information, contact Donna Hendricks at the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, 330-726-8855.
MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. For more information and to confirm meeting, contact Kevin at 330-306-8399 or email Kevincode7@aol.com.
GIRARD OFFERS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: The Well-Child Immunization Clinic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Girard Health Department in the City Building. A $10 administrative fee will be charged per child.
Parents are to bring a copy of the child's immunization record, and a parent or guardian must accompany children younger than 18. Parents must pre-register their children by calling the Health Department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 330-545-6048.
CHILD IMMUNIZATION IN NILES: The Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., will offer child immunizations from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15 and 22. No appointment is necessary, but parents must bring children's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS IMMUNIZATIONS: The Warren City Health Department will hold a childhood immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20. All clinics are walk-in; no appointment is necessary. The child should be well, free of fever, rash or illness. A shot record is required and a $10 administration fee will be charged or Medicaid cards are accepted.
All clinics are held at the Health Department Community Services Building, 418 S. Main Ave. S.W., Warren. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
CHRONIC FATIGUE GROUP TO MEET: Chronic Fatigue and / or Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., Warren. This will be a general meeting. For information, call 330-847-7001.
FLU CLINIC TO BE HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit, hang-up or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield. For more details, call 330-599-2402.
TRUMBULL COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY BOARD: August monthly schedule
FRIDAY, 8:30 a.m., Core Providers Meeting in the Board Conference Room.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the facility is located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542 unless otherwise noted.
St. Joe's at the Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call or stop in for more information.
FLU SHOTS: Starting in September. $25 or Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. By appointment only.
PNEUMONIA VACCINES BY APPOINTMENT ON VARIOUS DAYS: Cost is $48 for pneumonia vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call to make appointment.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
STRONG BONES - STRONG PEOPLE: Personalized strength training and nutritional education for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or are at risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING: Cost is $20 a month. Nutrition classes are held once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call to register.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS EDUCATIONAL CLASS: 1 to 2:30 p.m. today. Learn about blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure from health specialist Gloria Pozega, RN. Call to register. Bring your results from cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressures with you.
FREE NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES and FREE LIVING WILLS and DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTHCARE: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, with help from palliative care staff.
FALLING PREVENTION CLASS: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tips and training. Free balance testing by physical therapy, and tai chi chih movements taught for balance. Call to register.
SLIM DOWN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. A six-week program taught by registered dietitians. Classes teach how to make lifestyle changes in the areas of food, activities and behaviors. Cost is $40. Call 330-480-3151 to register.
TALK WITH THE DOC PROGRAM - AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS: Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 16. Dr. Tiffany Victor speaking. Call to register, 330-652-7542. Cost is $2 and includes a light lunch.
TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTER
COMMUNITY HEALTH CALENDAR
PRE-OP KNEE CLASS: 10:30 a.m. today, Conference Room F, ground floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.
WOMEN'S CANCER JOURNEY SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, TMH Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren. Cancer Center Waiting Room. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. For additional information call 330-841-1962.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 1 to 2 p.m. Aug.13, Conference Room F, ground floor. No registration required.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION MEETING: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 15, Conference Room B, ground floor. For additional information, call Erin at 330-533-3300.
PRE-OP HIP CLASS: 10:30 a.m., Conference Room F, ground floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, TMH Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren. Cancer Center Waiting Room. Open to all cancer patients.
SENIOR CIRCLE LUNCH AND LEARN: noon, Cafe Conference Room. Rudolph Choich Jr., MSc., MBA, director of pharmacy services, on medication safety. Call 330-841-5665 by Aug. 14 to register.
SATURDAY LAMAZE IN A DAY: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Prepares mothers-to-be and their partners for a shared learning experience. In addition to learning Lamaze techniques, class attendants will receive important information about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Call educational services at 330-841-9880 to register.
NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
July schedule of events:
Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: One Day Childbirth Class is designed to accommodate parents whose busy schedules may make it difficult to attend our two-week course. The cost of the class is $50. Medicaid, Caresource or Unison can be billed directly for registration fee. Cards should be taken to the class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.
Aug. 13, 5 to 7 p.m.: The Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets the second Monday of every month in the Occupational Therapy Department at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. For more information, call Todd Murdock at 330-544-1411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: ''Look Good ... Feel Better'' is a free program for women in cancer treatment. The workshop is facilitated by trained cosmetologists who teach women with cancer how to understand and care for changes in skin and hair that may occur during treatment.
The program is offered in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. The program will be held at Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, in the Clayman Room. Registration is required at 800-227-2345.
Aug. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Breastfeeding Class. The class provides parents with up-to-date information.The class meets the second Tuesday of every month. The fee is $10 but free if enrolled in childbirth class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.
Aug. 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Cancer Caregiver Support Group. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building Radiation Oncology Department. All caregivers are welcome. Call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information.
ARTHRITIS EXPO IN TRUMBULL COUNTY: Learn to live well with arthritis at the Arthritis Foundation's Trumbull County Expo. Experts in the field of arthritis will be presenting updates on rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, arthritis medications, back pain and osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle. The physician speakers will also be taking questions from the audience following their presentations.
The Expo is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at McMenamy's Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.
An Arthritis Foundation exercise demonstration, hot lunch ($4 donation), health screenings, exhibits, and door prizes will round out the day.
Call 1-800-245-2275, Ext. 6433 to pre-register, or register online at TrumbullExpo.kintera.org.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding its monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Today at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Howland.
Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900.
AUTISM SPEAKS HOLDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Autism Speaks will hold the National Conference for Families and Professionals, "Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Providing Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents with ASD," Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Columbus in Columbus.
This two-day program will focus on medical issues and approaches to providing comprehensive and integrated care for individuals with ASD. There will be science sessions and targeted workshop sessions.
Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Ricki Robinson from the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, and Dr. Peter Gerhardt from the McCarton School.
For more conference information and updates on registration e-mail ATN@AutismSpeaks.org.