Wednesday, March 14

TRAVELING WITH DIABETES: 10 to 11 a.m. March 14, Watson Clinic, Library, 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, free, registration required, Becki Bentz 863-680-7307. Diabetes Support Group presentation with registered nurse Gloria Willey and registered dietician Nancy Ulm.

MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY PROGRAM: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Winter Haven Hospital Center for Behavioral Health, 1201 First St. S, Winter Haven, free, www.baycare.org. Provides education, support and socialization for participants diagnosed with mental health issues, moving them toward recovery.

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT PRE-OPERATIVE EDUCATION CLASS: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, Classroom B201, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, free, registration encouraged but not required, Clarissa Watkins at 863-687-1100 ext. 2975. Class is designed to inform patients and their families about what to expect when considering elective total joint replacement surgery, from pre-operative preparation to post-hospital recuperation. Topics include pain management, daily routine, ambulation, exercises and discharge planning.

QUIT SMOKING NOW: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 14, Winter Haven Hospital, Wellness Center Conference Room, 200 Ave. F NE, Winter Haven, free, registration required, 877-252-6094, www.baycare.org. This class covers creating a quit plan, coping with cravings and physical and emotional symptoms. Free quitting aids are available while supplies last and only if medically appropriate.

WALK & TALK THERAPY: 6 p.m. second Wednesdays, Polk State College Trails, 999 Ave. H NE, Winter Haven, free, 863-651-7969. Featuring licensed counselor Antionette Pollard, no topics off limits, betrayal, abuse, infidelity, depression, grief and more. Bring water.

 

Thursday, March 15

BLOODMOBILE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15, H&R Block, 414 Citi Centre St., Winter Haven; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17, Walmart, 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18, Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church, 700 Lake Howard Drive, Winter Haven. Call 863-297-1840 to confirm locations and times.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Highland Park Church, Room 101, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, free, registration required, 863-291-5560, jthye@cshospice.org.

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT: 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 15, Winter Haven Hospital, Wellness Center Conference Room, 200 Ave. F NE, Winter Haven, free, registration required, 863-297-1808, www.baycare.org. Increase your knowledge of total joint replacement, prepare for surgery and get familiar with the recovery process.

MEMORY ENHANCEMENT GROUP SESSION: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Community Building, 1820 CR 540A, Lakeland, $15 per session fee includes care partner preregistration required, 863-838-2433. Alzheimer's or other dementia support group.

PHYSICIAN LECTURE: 2:30 p.m. March 15, Poinciana Public Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Kissimmee, free, reservations required, 888-253-8117, 407-530-2013, pmct.marketing@hcahealthcare.com. Dr. Oral James, gastroenterologist at Poinciana Medical Center, will conduct a lecture on colorectal cancer awareness and will discuss symptoms, surgical options and lifestyle modifications for this condition, followed by a Q&A.

EATING BETTER FOR LESS: 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 15, Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, free, registration required, www.eventbrite.com/e/eating-better-for-less-tickets-41384498148. Learn tips and tricks on how to eat healthy on a budget. Includes food demonstration and tasting of a budget-friendly recipe.

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: 6 to 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, St. David's Episcopal Church, 145 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, free, John at 863-513-2264. The Polk Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness support group for family, friends and caregivers of persons diagnosed with a mental illness.

 

Friday, March 16

GRAY TSUNAMI - LIVING WITH PURPOSE: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16, First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, free, reservations recommended but not required, graytsunami.eventbrite.com. Educational forum for seniors and family members, caregivers, policy makers, law enforcement and aging services providers. Topics include caring for self, caring for others and caring for community.

LEARNING DIABETES THE FUN WAY - EAT TO BEAT DIABETES: 10 a.m. to noon March 16, Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Ave. A NW, Winter Haven, free, registration required, www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-diabetes-the-fun-way-eat-to-beat-diabetes-tickets-42021422205. Learn from a registered dietitian how to fill a healthy plate at meals and fit in all the foods you love through games and activities.

 

Saturday, March 17

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: 5 p.m. Saturdays, Highland Park Church, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, free, 863-647-3518, celebraterecovery@hpnaz.org. A program to help those who are broken, depressed, addicted, or have other problems. A Christ-centered program based on both the Beatitudes and the 12 Steps from AA. Includes dinner, fellowship, worship and sharing.

 

Monday, March 19

MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY PROGRAM: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Lions Park clubhouse, 820 Ave. L SW, Winter Haven, free, www.baycare.org. Provides education, support and socialization for participants diagnosed with mental health issues, moving them toward recovery.

WALMART BLOOD DRIVE: 2 to 7:30 p.m. March 19, 2602 J.L. Redman Parkway, Plant City; 5800 U.S. 98 N., Lakeland; 3501 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland; 36205 U.S. 27, Haines City, oneblood.org/walmart. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. Donors also receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Donors need to be ages 16 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a photo ID. Appointments honored, walk-ins welcome.

MEMORY ENHANCEMENT GROUP SESSION: 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Senior Helpers Office, 2515 Troy Ave., Lakeland, $15 per session fee includes care partner, preregistration required, 863-838-2433. Alzheimer's or other dementia support group.

CHAIR YOGA: 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Lakeland Regional Health, Hollis Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, free, reservations requested, Karen Rose at 863-904, 1912, karen.rose@myLRH.org. Taught by Joyce Hasenzahl, this yoga session is a slower-paced class, focused on relaxation. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes (no shorts or tank tops).

OVARIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 19, Winter Haven Hospital, Wellness Center Conference Room, 200 Ave. F NE, Winter Haven, free, www.baycare.org. A group for individuals with ovarian cancer to share emotions and experiences with other patients.

CENTRAL FLORIDA WHILE WE'RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, The Church on The Hill, 1111 Scenic Highway, Dundee, free, Tammy 863-332-9140, TamSiegel@aol.com. Support group for people who have experienced the loss of a child at any age.

 

Tuesday, March 20

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, VITAS Offices, 38251 U.S. 27 S., Suite B, Davenport, free, 863-583-7100. Presented by VITAS Healthcare, for those who have lost a child of any age.

MEMORY ENHANCEMENT GROUP SESSION: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sunshine Bank, 101 W. Main St., Bartow, $15 per session fee includes care partner, preregistration required, 863-838-2433. Alzheimer's or other dementia support group.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, South Florida Baptist Hospital, Community Resource Center (main lobby), 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City, free, 813-757-1200.

MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 20, Winter Haven Hospital, Quality Improvement Conference Room, 200 Ave. F NE, Winter Haven, free, www.baycare.org. For men who have cancer or who have survived it, this group offers information and provides a safe, welcoming place to give and receive support from others.

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT: 1 to 2 p.m. March 20, Bartow Regional Medical Center, Classroom 1, 2200 Osprey Blvd., Bartow, free, registration required, 863-519-1665, www.baycare.org. Increase your knowledge of total joint replacement, prepare for surgery and get familiar with the recovery process.

EATING BETTER FOR LESS: 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 20, Salvation Army, 2455 Jim Galloway Road, Lakeland, free, registration required, www.eventbrite.com/e/eating-better-for-less-tickets-41384416905. Learn tips and tricks on how to eat healthy on a budget. Includes food demonstration and tasting of a budget-friendly recipe.

NEWBORN CARE: 6 to 9 p.m. March 20, Winter Haven Women's Hospital, Classroom A, 101 Ave. O SE, Winter Haven, $15, registration required, 855-314-8352, www.baycare.org. Covers various aspects of safe infant care including feeding, diapering, bathing and signs of illness, as well as cues and communication.

 

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