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Health

Health Calendar: Support groups, free classes, events

BLOOD DRIVES
redcrossblood.org or 800-733-2767

• 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby.

• 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway St., Streator.

• 1:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.

• 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, First Baptist Church, 1401 State St., Ottawa.

• 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.

• 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa.

FITNESS
FOREVER FIT, 11:15 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Open Table UCC, 910 Columbus St., Ottawa; at local parks during spring and summer, 815-431-8034.

MARSEILLES AREA FIT CLUB, daily workout 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 227 E. Bluff St., Marseilles, see Facebook or call Heidi Henry, 815-343-6976.

MISCELLANEOUS

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PATIENT RESOURCE CENTER, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Streator Medical Arts Building, Patient Resource Center, Suite 200, 104 Sixth St. Wig boutique and cancer resources, 815-673-5620.

SCREENINGS

BLOOD PRESSURE, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Valley West Hospital, Sandwich, 815-786-3962, valleywest.org.

BLOOD PRESSURE, 9 to 10:30 a.m. second Tuesday each month, Evergreen Place Supportive Living Community, 1529 E. Main St., Streator, 815-672-0903.

BLOOD PRESSURE, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Marseilles Nursing Service, 227 S. Main St., 815-795-4332, nursingservice@mtco.com. Open 8 a.m. to noon first Wednesday each month.

BLOOD PRESSURE, GLUCOSE CHECKS, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Parker Nursing and Rehab Center, 516 W. Frech St., Streator, 815-672-2600.

CLASSES/EVENTS

CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION & REFRESHER SERIES, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays every other month, meeting room 1 at OSF St. Elizabeth, Ottawa. Registration required, 815-431-5269.

CHILD PASSENGER SEAT CHECK, 4 to 6 p.m. first Wednesday each month by appointment, OSF St. Elizabeth, 815-431-5499.

DIABETES EDUCATION, OSF St. Elizabeth, 815-431-5499.

HOW TO CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris Hospital. Register at morrishospital.org/events, 815-705-7832.

I'M A STAR TOO!, 6 to 7 p.m. second Monday every other month, meeting room 4 at OSF St. Elizabeth. One-time class designed for siblings ages 2 to 7 to prepare for the adjustment of a new sibling and the initial visit to the hospital after the baby is born, 815-431-5269.

PREDIABETES, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Whitman Assembly Room 2 at Morris Hospital. Register at morrishospital.org/events, 815-705-7367.

PRENATAL CLASSES, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, Illinois Valley Community Hospital meeting room office building, 1306 Sixth St., Peru. Preregister at 815-780-3860 or ivch.org.

SUPPORT GROUPS

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, Serenity Corner, 601 E. Hickory St., Streator.

ALANON/AA WOMEN, 6 p.m. Mondays, 224 1/2 W. Main St., Ottawa.

ALANON/AA WOMEN, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 633 E. Superior St., Ottawa.

ALANON, 7 p.m. Mondays, Streator Community Center, 701 S. Sterling St., 815-672-2685.

ALANON, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, 633 E. Superior St., Ottawa. Use side door, 815-434-5164.

ALANON, 1:30 p.m. every other Sunday, 611 E. Van Buren St., Ottawa. Wheelchair accessible, 815-434-5164.

ALANON, 1 p.m. Thursdays, St. John's Lutheran Church (side hall), Luther Drive and Shooting Park Road, Peru.

ALANON, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Pontiac Alano Club, 1400 North Division, Pontiac.

ALANON, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, United Church of Christ, 227 E. Erie St., Spring Valley.

ALZHEIMER'S CARE CLUB, 4 to 6 p.m. last Tuesday each month, refreshments, Parker Nursing and Rehab Center, 516 W. Frech St., Streator, 815-672-2600.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. third Tuesday each month, meeting room 4 at OSF St. Elizabeth, 815-433-6090.

ALZHEIMER'S CARING FRIENDS, for caregivers, family and friends, 6 p.m. third Monday each month, lower level Peru Public Library, 1409 11th St. Sponsored by Illinois Valley Alzheimer's Group, 815-339-6465, 815-223-1885.

AUTISM, for parents of children with autism, 7 to 8 p.m. 15th of each month, fireside room at Ottawa Friendship House, 1718 N. 2525th Road, Sheryl Gavin, 815-830-7202.

BEREAVEMENT, 5 to 6 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday each month, OSF St. Elizabeth meeting room 4, 815-433-6090.

BREASTFEEDING, La Leche League of the Illinois Valley, 815-894-3303, email ivlllgroup@gmail.com or visit llloftheiv.blogspot.com.

BREATHERS, individuals with chronic lung disease, COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis, 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, family birthing suites classroom at Morris Hospital, morrishospital.org/events, 815-705-7837.

CANCER, "I Can Cope," 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6, morrishospital.org/events, 815-364-8915.

CANCER, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. second Wednesday each month, Valley West medical office building, 815-786-9198, valleywest.org/cancer.

CANCER, 6 p.m. second Monday each month, special procedures conference room just off the West Street lobby at IVCH, 815-780-4618.

CANCERCARE, 1 p.m. second Wednesday each month, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, 815-695-9926.

CANCER PATIENT, first Thursday each month, Midwest Center for Cancer and Blood, 15 Pleasant Ave., Sandwich, 815-786-8484.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossbridge Community Church of the Nazarene, 4161 Columbus St., Ottawa, celebraterecovery.com, 815-434-3794.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, 6 to 9 p.m., meal at 6 p.m., Mondays, Grace Community Church, 1634 Route 23 North, Streator, Celebrate Recovery-Streator on Facebook, 815-672-7700.

CELIAC DISEASE, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday of March, June, September and December, OSF St. James conference rooms 1 and 2, 2500 W. Reynolds St., Pontiac, 815-842-4536.

CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS, 6 to 7 p.m. third Tuesday each month, Evergreen Place Supportive Living, 1529 E. Main St., Streator, 815-672-0903.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, 7 p.m. fourth Thursday each month, meeting room in IVCH office building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru, Rita Studzinski, 815-223-7663.

COPD, “Inspirations: Living Well with COPD” 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, OSF St. James Pontiac, first-floor conference room, 815-842-4583.

COPD, chronic lung disease, St. Joseph Medical Center at the Center for Healthy Lifestyles, Bloomington, 309-661-5151, osfhealthcare.org/calendar.

DIABETES, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, first-floor conference room at OSF St. James, Pontiac, 815-842-4970.

DIABETES ACADEMY, IVCH Sixth Street office building, Peru, 815-780-3576.

DIVORCE, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Country House Restaurant, 10 Third St., La Salle, 815-223-1001.

DIVORCECARE FOR ADULTS AND KIDS, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, 815-695-9926, email secretary@foxriverlutheran.org or visit dc4k.org.

EPILEPSY, 6 to 7 p.m. second Thursday each month, Peru YMCA, 300 Walnut St., Erika, 815-414-8655. No meetings in December, January or February.

EPILEPSY, 6 to 7 p.m. first Monday each month, FBS classroom at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Erika, 815-414-8655. No meetings in January or February.

FAMILY CAREGIVER, 10 a.m. second Friday each month, Bridges Senior Center, 815-431-8034.

GASTRIC BYPASS, 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday each month, OSF St. James conference rooms 3 and 4, 815-934-5429 or 815-674-5429.

GLUTEN-FREE, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday each month, OSF St. James conference rooms 1 and 2, 815-842-4536.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN, 5 to 6 p.m. third Tuesday, Bridges Senior Center, 815-431-8034.

GRIEF RECOVERY, 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday each month, IVCH fourth-floor conference room C, 815-780-3426.

GRIEFSHARE, for those who have lost a loved one, Central Church of Christ, 2001 E. Main St., Streator, 815-673-1581.

GRIEFSHARE, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, griefshare.com, 815-695-9926, email secretary@foxriverlutheran.org.

HARMONICA GROUP, pulmonary disease, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis, 11 to 11:30 a.m. last Thursday each month, Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital, 100 W. Gore Road, 815-705-7837. Participants should bring harmonica if possible, playing experience not required.

HEART FAILURE, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, family birthing suites classroom at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., 815-705-7832.

HEART FAILURE, St. Joseph Medical Center at the Center for Healthy Lifestyles, Bloomington, 309-661-5151, osfhealthcare.org/calendar.

ILLINOIS VALLEY BRAIN INJURY CLUBHOUSE, 815-672-3000.

ILLINOIS VALLEY DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE, 6:30 to 8 p.m. first and third Monday each month (except federal holidays), IVCH, fourth-floor conference room C.

LIFE AFTER LOSS, 5:15 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday each month, OSF St. James second-floor education center, 2500 W. Reynolds St., Pontiac, 815-842-4978.

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER, for women undergoing cancer treatment, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6, morrishospital.org/events, 815-364-8915.

MEN'S RECOVERY (ADDICTION), 7 p.m. Saturdays, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, Larry McClimans, 815-671-1125.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Marseilles Church of the Nazarene, building behind church, 918-652-1080.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays, Serenity Corner, 601 E. Hickory St., Streator.

OBESITY, 6 p.m. second Friday each month, EnergyPsi, 190 W. Main St., Grand Ridge, 815-349-5706.

ORAL, HEAD AND NECK CANCER, 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 21, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6, morrishospital.org/events, 815-364-8915.

PARKINSON'S RECOVERY, 4:30 p.m. second Friday each month, EnergyPsi, 190 W. Main St., Grand Ridge, 815-349-5706.

PARKINSON'S, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. first Monday each month, St. Margaret's Hospital first-floor presentation room, 600 E. First St., Spring Valley, 815-664-5311.

PINK RIBBON CLUB, breast cancer, 5:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday each month, Valley Regional Cancer Center lobby, Peru, 815-220-0342, ivbrca.com.

POSSIBILITIES/DBSA, depression and bipolar, IVCH, Jenny Waskiewicz, 815-223-8792.

RAINBOWS, for children dealing with death, divorce and loss, St. Margaret’s, 815-664-1638.

SISTER SUPPORT BREAST CANCER, 1 p.m. first Thursday each month, IVCH fourth-floor conference room C, 815-223-7878.

STRAIGHT ROAD TO RECOVERY, 7 p.m. Fridays, Open Bible Church, 1013 E. Livingston St., Streator, 815-510-9303.

STROKE & APHASIA, Morris Hospital, 815-705-7440.

STROKE CLUB, first Friday each month, OSF St. Elizabeth. Designed for survivors of stroke and their family members, 815-431-5316.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, 7 to 8:30 p.m. second Monday each month, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway St., Streator, 815-854-2576 or 815-257-2818.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, 7 to 9 p.m. first Monday each month, Salem Lutheran Church, 1022 N. Main St., Sandwich, 630-482-9696.

TRANSPLANT, Live Life pre- and post-transplant, 6:30 p.m. second Monday each month, conference room of IVCH office building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru, 815-780-3521.

VISIONS, 12:30 to 2 p.m. first and third Thursdays each month, St. Margaret's first-floor presentation room, 815-664-1440.

WOMEN'S (LIFT), 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, Sandy Mathre, 815-793-1032, or Darlene McClimans, 815-708-2464. For women healing from past hurts or ongoing situations for which they need support; children can attend AWANA program at same time and location.

TO INCLUDE an item in the health calendar, submit information by noon Tuesday, one week before publication. Information can be sent by email to bernied@mywebtimes.com, by fax at 815-433-1639, or in writing to Health Calendar, c/o Bernadine Dorsett, The Times, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

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