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HEALTH



Published: Sun, May 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



HEALTH

Celebrating nurses

YOUNGSTOWN -- Forum Health is celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with a variety of activities and events to recognize its 1,800 nurses in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. "Nurses Care for America" is the theme for 2002 National Nurses Week.

HIV will be topic

CANFIELD -- The Ryan White Consortium, a planning body for HIV health care from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Jefferson Counties, will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Ursuline Center, 4250 Shields Road. The meeting is open to the public. Call (330) 743-3333 for more information.

Sports Safety Fair

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Child and Life Education Department at Forum Health Tod Children's Hospital offers a Sports Safety Fair for Kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the parking lot of Tod Hospital, Gypsy Lane and Children's Drive. The event is in conjunction with National Safe Kids Week and EMS Week. Activities will include: Bike and helmet inspections; ambulance tours, water and fire safety information, as well as autograph signing by the Youngstown State University football team members. Call (330) 884-3018 for more information.

Recruiting volunteers

BOARDMAN -- Volunteer Services Agency, 5500 Market St., a United Way agency, is a local resource for volunteer recruitment, placement and management for people of all ages in the Mahoning Valley. VSA sponsors three programs: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which helps people 55 and older use their skills in the community; Volunteer Service to Seniors, which provides assistance and companionship to the elderly living independently in their homes; and the Volunteer Center, which helps people of all ages connect with local nonprofit agencies that need volunteers. Call (330) 782-1220 for more information.

Gentle Yoga classes

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Forum Health Center for Behavioral Medicine offers Gentle Yoga classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning in May; and Beginning Yoga from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting May 23, both at Northside Medical Center. Call (330) 799-0323 for more information and to register.

No ridicule in school

WARREN -- The Trumbull County Medical Society Alliance, in cooperation with Warren City Schools, Trumbull County Schools, Notre Dame Schools of Warren, and Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic School, is offering a workshop, "Don't Laugh at Me," aimed at preventing verbal ridicule and harassment in schools. The programs will be at John F. Kennedy High School, 2550 Central Parkway S.W. The June 19 presentations will be for teachers (K-8), teaching assistants, principals, counselors and parents. The June 20 presentations will be for counselors, social workers, prevention professionals, chemical dependency workers, psychologists, nurses, child welfare workers, and care providers, clergy, judges, magistrates and law enforcement and probation officers. The fee is $35. Call (330) 399-6270 or (330) 399-4844 by Monday to register.

Mental Health Month

POLAND -- Families in Touch, the National Alliance of Mentally Ill of Mahoning Valley, and Help Hotline, will observe May as Mental Health Month with a program from 2 to 5 p.m. May 16 at Poland Library, 311 S. Main St. The featured speaker will be Dr. Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, of Beaver, Pa., a practicing clinical psychiatrist who has had bipolar disorder since age 15. Dr. Vogel-Scibilia founded and operates an independent mental health clinic in Western Pennsylvania, is a clinical assistant professor at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and is on the medical faculty at the Medical Center in Beaver. The program is free. Call (330) 747-2696 or (800) 427-3606 for reservations.

Immunization shots

GIRARD -- A Well-Child immunization clinic will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Girard Health Department in the City Building at 100 W. Main St. The clinic is free to Girard City children. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18, and must preregister their child. Call (330) 545-6048 to register and for more information.

Balance for the elderly

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Staff from the UPMC Horizon Wellness Center will demonstrate activities that enhance balance for the elderly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Womancare Center, 875 N. Hermitage Road. There is no cost. Call (866) 347-7700 for more information.

Empty Arms service

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, along with friends and family members, are invited to attend UPMC Horizon's 10th annual Empty Arms Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the UPMC Center for Human Services, 60 S. Race St. Call (724) 589-6286 or (724) 829-2458.

LIBRARIES

Story times signup

COLUMBIANA -- The public library is accepting registration for the summer sessions of Storytime and Toddlertime. Classes will be on Thursdays June 6-27. Toddlertime -- for ages 18 months to 3 years -- will meet from 10 to 10:30 and 11 to 11:30 a.m. Storytime -- for ages 3 to 6 -- will be from 1 to 2 p.m. To register, call (330) 482-5509.

Digital audio books

NEWTON FALLS -- The public library is participating in the ListenOhio program, access to digital audio books for MP3 players. List of titles is available online at newtonpl@oplin.lib.oh.us. Call (330) 872-1282 for more information.

MISC.

Science fiction talk

HUDSON -- Five award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors will present a free panel discussion "Outta This World! The Craft and Career of Science Fiction," at 7 p.m. Monday at Hudson Library, 22 Aurora Street. The panel will include Mary Doria Russell, author of the best sellers "The Sparrow" and its sequel, "Children of God;" Maureen McHugh, author of four novels, including the recent "Nekropolis" and her first book," China Mountain Zhang," both named Editor's Choices by the New York Times; Geoffrey A. Landis, a NASA scientist who has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards plus a Locus Award for his new novel, "Mars Crossing"; Mary A. Turzillo, Nebula Award-winning author of "Mars Is No Place for Children"; and Steven Swiniarski, author of 14 science fiction and fantasy novels including his most recent, "Dragons of the Cuyahoga," published under his pen name, S. Andrew Swann. Each writer will talk about his craft and career, followed by questions from the moderator. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow. Copies of the writers' books will be available for purchase and autographing. Call (330) 653-6658 for more information.




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