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Red Cross

For information or to make an appointment at any of the Missoula-area sites, call 543-6695 or the number listed. The Missoula center is at 401 W. Railroad St. Upcoming blood drives include:

• Tuesday, May 25 - Plains VFW Hall, noon to 5 p.m., call 826-3856; Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Polson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, noon to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 26 - Glacier Bank, Kalispell, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, May 27 - Superior Area Ambulance Center, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., call 822-4520; University of Montana, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in University Center Rooms 332 and 333, call 243-5874 or visit and enter sponsor code "gogriz"; and Marion Community Hall, 3 to 5 p.m.

• Friday, May 28 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 1 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Bigfork Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1 to 6 p.m.

Coming soon

Mental illness presentation - Missoula NAMI will present a community discussion titled "What is Mental Illness? Three Families' Experiences" on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. Refreshments will be served.

Spine seminar - Element Physical Therapy, 2455 Dixon Ave., Suite A, will host a free seminar on "Taking Care of Your Spine" at noon Wednesday. Topics will include avoiding injury, managing pain and doing simple daily activities to keep your neck and back supporting you. Call 543-7860 for more information.

Blind and Low Vision Expo - MonTECH (Montana's Assistive Technology Program) is hosting the free event June 4 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. See the latest technology and visit with product vendors. For more information, call 243-5751.

Marathon preparation - Run Wild Missoula will present the talk "Formulating Your Race Strategy for the Missoula Marathon" on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Good Food Store, 1600 S. Third St. W. The speaker is Courtney Babcock, cross country and track coach for the University of Montana.

BodyTalk programs - To learn more about BodyTalk and see a complete calendar of courses visit The following programs are scheduled in Missoula:

• Modules 1 and 2 advanced practical class, June 11-13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call Tori, 880-8749, for registration information and class details.

• Free lecture and sample clinic, June 30, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. Contact Debra Shorrock, 728-6347, or Rosie Smith, 240-9103.

• ACCESS class, July 10, Holiday Inn Express-Riverside. Cost is $100 (a special rate of $50 is being offered to nurses). For class registration and details, call Tori at 880-8749.

Free health information - Intentional Thought Circle sponsored by Well-Self Consulations offers free information on women's health, Bach flower essences and family wellness at 4 p.m. Sundays throughout May at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main, in the board room. Groups will be a maximum of five people. For more information go to or call 370-2918.

Ongoing programs

AA and Al-Anon - For the latest Alcoholics Anonymous meetings list, visit the Web site or call the Missoula hotline at 543-0011. The information line for Al-Anon and Alateen, which are 12-step recovery programs for relatives and friends whose lives have been affected by alcoholism, is 721-5818.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group - Meets the fourth Monday of each month at St. Patrick Hospital, Conference Room B, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 273-2429.

Breast cancer support group - Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 420 W. Pine St. Call 329-5656.

Breast cancer wellness group - Meets the second Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Community Medical Center. Sessions are free and open to patients who have or who are in treatment for breast cancer. For more information call Michelle at 327-4517 or Deb at 327-3912.

Cancer Center support group - Meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Montana Cancer Center, 500 W. Broadway, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Meetings are free and open to those in all phases of testing, treatment and follow-up for cancer, as well as family and friends. For more information call Katy at 396-6294.

Cancer support group - A weekly support group for anyone affected by cancer meets from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Polson United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. For more information call Tammy Watson at (406) 824-2868 or Terri Haynal at 883-1580 (work) or 883-2065.

Caregiver Support Group - Riverside Health Care Center, 1301 E. Broadway, hosts a monthly support group on the fourth Saturday at 10 a.m. for whose who have loved ones living in a skilled nursing setting. Call 721-0680 for more information.

Emphysema support - EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right to Survive) is an online, nonprofit support/advocacy group for people with COPD/emphysema. Log on to to learn more about the disease and how to live with it.

Free health exams - Women ages 50 to 64 who have no health insurance or insurance that will not pay for breast and cervical health exams, and who meet the necessary income guidelines, can receive free exams through the Partnership Health Center's Breast and Cervical Health Project. Call 523-4789 for an appointment.

Health Insurance Assistance Service - Montana cancer patients can call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour toll-free number to be connected to a health insurance specialist to ask about coverage and insurance programs specific to the state. The number is 1-800-ACS-2345.

Lupus support group - The Kalispell group, which is open to people with lupus, fibromyalgia and other auto-immune diseases as well as their relatives and friends, meets the second Friday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Summit Health Center in Conference Room 3. For more information call (406) 837-1055 or go to

Mended Hearts - The support group for heart disease patients and their families meets on the second Monday of the month from September through May at 2 p.m. in St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building Conference Room 3.

A facilitated support group meeting precedes the regular meeting at 1 p.m. Volunteers also can visit heart patients and their families to provide support and encouragement. Call 329-5824 for more information.

Men's cancer support group - A support group for men with head, neck and throat cancer meets the last Thursday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Montana Cancer Center located at St. Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway. For more information and to secure a place in the group, call Greg at 214-9697 or e-mail

Mental health - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) family and friends support group meets 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Providence Center, 900 N. Orange St., in Room 109, lower level. Call

543-3055. NAMI Connections recovery support group meets 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., in the board room. Call 549-9017.

Nicotine Anonymous - The group meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Missoula Indian Center, Building No. 33, at Fort Missoula. It is open to anyone who wants to become or stay nicotine free through a supportive group setting. For more information call Jen at 829-9515, Ext.110, Monday through Wednesday.

Overeaters Anonymous - Area meetings include 5:30 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St.; and 10 a.m. Wednesday at 203 Main St., Stevensville. For more information about this 12-step program and meeting lists worldwide visit the Web site

Ostomy support group - Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital's cafeteria. Call Sandy at 543-0931, Marie at 728-6730 or Dona at 626-4425 for more information.

Parkinson's support group - Meets the second Thursday of the month, September through May, at 1 p.m. at Montana First Credit Union, 3208 N. Reserve St. Call 543-3760 or 829-8843.

Stroke survivor support group - Meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Providence Center cafeteria, 900 N. Orange St. Each month features different educational topics and guest speakers. For details call Pam Meck, St. Patrick Rehabilitation Center clinical nurse manager, at 327-3280.

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly, an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness organization, meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 2701 S. Russell St. Call 826-3564.


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