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Health & Wellness: Free events, screenings, support groups

BLOOD DRIVES

redcrossblood.org or 800-733-2767

  • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St.
  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru.
  • 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.
  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru.
  • 1:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.
  • 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, First Baptist Church, 1401 State St., Ottawa.
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff St., Marseilles.

FITNESS

AREA FIT CLUB, 9 a.m. weekdays, River City Apartments Community Room, 860 Clark St., Marseilles, Heidi, 815-343-6976.

FOREVER FIT, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Walsh Park, Bellevue Avenue, Ottawa, 815-431-8034.

GROUP EXERCISE, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fox Valley Older Adult Services, Fox Valley Community Center, Sandwich, 815-786-9404.

TAI CHI, 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, East Side Park, Congress Street, Ottawa, 815-431-8034.

TAI CHI, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fox Valley Community Center, Sandwich, 815-786-9404.

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.

BIRTH TO AGE 5 PLAYGROUP, 5 to 7:15 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of month, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pontiac. Registration required, 815-842-4584.

VALLEY WEST MATERNITY SUITES TOURS, Sandwich, 7 p.m. Mondays or by appointment, 815-786-3962.

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.

CLASSES/EVENTS

CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK, Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru, 815-780-4618.

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.

CHILDBIRTH, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, IVCH office building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru. Pre-registration requested, 815-780-3860.

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

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

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.

INTRODUCTION TO BREAST-FEEDING, Morris Hospital, morrishospital.org/events, 815-942-3012.

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 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.

BREAST-FEEDING, 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, Morris Hospital, morrishospital.org/events, 815-705-7837.

CANCER, "I Can Cope," 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, 7 to 9 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, chronic lung disease, St. Joseph Medical Center at the Center for Healthy Lifestyles, Bloomington, 309-661-5151, osfhealthcare.org/calendar.

DIABETES, 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 Wednesdays 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, 815-675-1581.

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, Morris Hospital, 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 Tuesdays 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, Morris Hospital, 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, 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, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Whitman Assembly Room 1 at 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.

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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