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Hearing demonstration: Manatee Ear Center, 2001 Manatee Ave. E., No. 104, Bradenton, will hold a free hearing screening and listening demonstration on worry-free rechargeable hearing instruments on Oct. 17. Call 941-745-1518 to make an appointment for a free consultation. Information: www.bradentonear.com.
Free flu shots: Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, in collaboration with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy, will be offering free flu shots 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 for all qualifying individuals. Medicare patients can receive flu shots without a co-pay. Free blood pressure and diabetes screenings will be offered to all in attendance. Volunteer patient advocates will be on hand to answer questions and assist qualifying patients with program enrollment. Good Samaritan Pharmacy is at 2502 N. Tamiami Trail in Nokomis. For more information, call 941-445-5687 or visit hgoodsamrx.org.
Al-Anon Meeting on Wheels: The Manatee/Sarasota District 12 Al-Anon Family Groups is putting a trial "Meeting on Wheels" on the road. This open meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Great Room of the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. There is no fee to attend the meeting. Al-Anon Family Groups have closed and open meetings. The closed meetings are for relatives and friends of persons whose lives have been affected by someone else's problem drinking of alcohol. Open meetings are for anyone interested in learning more about how the disease of alcoholism affects family and friends. AFG invites clergy, educators, health and criminal justice professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, judges, lawyers, police officers and anyone concerned about another's problem drinking to attend this meeting. The meeting will last approximately one hour. For more information about local Al-Anon Family Groups, go to www.al-anon12.org.
Dr. Harris Silverman will discuss cataracts at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31 at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton. Call 941-792-2020 for reservations. More information also can be found at www.TheEyeAssociates.com.
Free cataract screenings on the Sightmobile, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 22 at 7915 U.S. 301 N., Suite 101, Ellenton, and 9-11 a.m. Oct. 29 at 779 Cortaro Drive, Sun City Center.
Acupuncture: A free acupuncture lecture is offered 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Good Earth Natural Foods, 3110 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. RSVP: 941-284-6476.
Acupuncture open forum: Come with questions about pain relief, weight loss, stress reduction, fatigue, etc. Free meetings 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Family Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 5702-A Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton RSVP: 941-545-7305.
Aging concerns: Manatee Aging Network, a voluntary coalition of people representing both for-profit and nonprofit health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with aging issues, meets 9-10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 941-748-7797.
Balance screenings: Body in Balance Physical Therapy, 4442 Fifth St. W. and 701 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 10, is offering free computerized balance screenings to anyone concerned about their balance afraid of falling or experiencing dizziness. The screenings are designed to assess potential fall risk and fall prevention. General safety information is available with the goal of decreasing fall potential and avoiding the medical complications associated with falls. Information and reservations: 941-758-2111.
Cancer-patient groups: These cancer-patient groups meet at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.BlakeMedicalCenter.com/cancer. For information and registration, call 888-359-3552.
Yoga for cancer patients with Anne Silverman, 941-465-1590; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Exercise class for breast cancer patients with Marsha Shuford 941-798-2141; noon-1 p.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
American Cancer Society at Blake open 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Cancer Resource Center. Information: Diane, 941-782-7416.
Belly dancing for oncology patients: Counters the feeling of being stiff or rigid and helps improve flexibility; noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Caring Friends Support Group: meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Dolphin Pelican Room at Blake. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: Winnie Schroeder, 941-792-7204.
Lymphedema Support Group with Marsha Shuford, 941-798-2141; call for appointment.
Fibromyalgia exercises: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio LLC, 2046 43rd Ave. E., offers low-impact weight training and stretching exercises to reduce some of the pain, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon Fridays. Registration: 941-756-8850. Space is limited.
Fitness classes: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, offers Yoga Stretch at 11 a.m. Mondays and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes are suitable for varying levels of mobility. Cost: $5 for SEC Members, $7 for guests and free to Silver Sneakers participants. Information: 941-749-0100.
Hearing evaluations: John Limbrunner, BCHIS, offers evaluations by appointment at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton; 7915 U.S. 301 N., Ste. 101, Ellenton; 2111 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and 779 Cortaro Drive, Sun City Center. Appointments: 866-865-2020; information: www.TheEyeAssociates.com.
Health screenings: Prevention Plus conducts health screenings every month at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Included are stroke/carotid ultrasounds, arterial disease, osteoporosis and cholesterol testing, with discounts for multiple tests. Contact the center for a complete list. Registration: Prevention Plus, 888-667-7587. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 0,or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee, and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include: VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. For specific events and reservations, call 1-888-359-3552. To receive H2U Program information and membership application, call 941-792-0211. Activities offered include aerobics, bridge lesson, bingo, tai chi, line dancing, Wii, Zumba and more. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-5111 hosts the following classes, support groups and programs at the hospital: MOMM's Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families including: Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Mommy Yollet, Car Seat Check Ups, classes held in MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Support Groups include: Women Living with Cancer Support Group, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925; HOPE Stroke Support Group in partnership with Florida Home Health, for stroke survivors and caregivers 4-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, call 941-773-4628; Senior Advantage (50+) offers services designed to enhance health and well-being. Call the "What's Happening Line" at 941-745-7308 for information on events during the month, 941-745-7548 to find out about joining. For more information on community seminars, events and programs offered by Manatee Memorial Hospital, call 941-745-7545 or check the website at www.manateememorial.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County: meets at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. General membership meetings are 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday, support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday. NAMI Manatee is a grassroots, self-help organization whose mission and goals are threefold: to support family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness; to educate the general public through outreach; and to advocate for mentally ill individuals who are affected by no-fault biological brain disorders. Information: 941-758-3562 or 941-778-2095, or visit www.namimanateecounty.org.
Nutrition seminar: Confused about what to eat or drink before your workout? Want to know how to maximize your results? Your are invited to a free nutrition seminar offered at 6 p.m. Mondays at Snap Fitness West Bradenton, 3541 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Learn how to fuel your body, fire up your metabolism, release unwanted fat and get the most results from your exercise program. Information: 941-896-8817 or www.snapfitnes.com/westbradenton.
Om Gaia programs: Om Gaia Spiritual Center, 312 Old Main St., Bradenton, offers a variety of morning and evening yoga classes. Meditation class Thursday evenings. Other meditations available are Qigong, kirtan-style chanting and sahdna. The Power of Woman, women's group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Call for times and details, 941-747-1922.
Parenting and family matters: Family Resources, 361 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a variety of workshops, including "Relating to Your Teen: How to Improve Your Relationship," free workshop and snack offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; crisis intervention, family assessments and individual, group and family counseling; voluntary pay; and individual, marital, group and family support counseling for children and their families confronting difficulties involving family separation and divorce. Information: 941-741-3575.
Tobacco prevention: The Tobacco Free Manatee Coalition meets 4-5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December) at the Manatee County Health Department, 410 Sixth Ave E., Bradenton. Tobacco Free Manatee's mission is to reduce tobacco use in Manatee County.
Vision programs: A free cataract seminar hosted by Harris Silverman, MD, is held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton. Call 941-792-2020 for reservations. More information also can be found at www.TheEyeAssociates.com. The Eye Associates also offers free screenings for droopy eyelids and hearing evaluations. Reservations: 866-865-2020.
Weight loss: Join Lisa Grossman, DOM, AP, LCSW of Alchemy Acupuncture, Psychotherapy & Herbal Pharmacy, LLC, leads a structured support group that provides specific strategies, lesson plans and educational materials for achieving weight loss and total health. Studies show that people tend to achieve their weight loss goals quicker and with more permanent success in a supportive environment. Information: 941-779-7443.
Creative Movement Class: Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom Academy has added a class designed and structured for children with handicaps. Children will explore music and dance in a variety of stimulating and fun activities and exercises. The class is appropriate for children or teens with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, deafness, blindness, wheelchair bound, Down's Syndrome, and others. The class meets at 2 p.m. Saturdays at The Bella Danza Studio, 5702 Manatee Ave. W. Cost: $50/month. Information and registration: www.belladanzadance.com or Cindy Tanner at 941-301-5854.
Diabetes programs, classes: Manatee County Rural Health Services offers a free program for diabetic patients, including classes, to help them better manage their disease. Information: Rosa at East Manatee clinic, 941-708-8700, or Sherian at the North Manatee clinic, 941-721-2020.
Free diabetes classes are offered 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Southeast Administration Building, 919 53rd Ave. E. The classes will teach participants how to prevent and delay related diabetes complications, help control blood sugar levels and more. Information: 941-751-8100.
A free diabetes and obesity education class meets 10-11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the RTI Insurance Building, 6371 Business Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The class is also offered 4-5 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Pinnacle Medical Center, 315 75th St. NW., Bradenton. Space is limited; call 941- 504-4000 for reservations.
"OutSmart Diabetes" Healthy Lifestyle Education Program offers updated classes on a regular basis, focusing on anyone wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. Day or evening classes offered. Six-hour comprehensive education class, held over two days, three hours each day. Complimentary blood sugar meter and testing supplies given for the person with diabetes if needed. Individual home visit made for the special needs client for diabetes education, blood sugar meter training, insulin training. Classes are taught by a board certified diabetes educator. Pre-registration requested; call 941-232-3846.
Fitness: G.T. Bray has announced a group fitness schedule which includes Yoga, cycling, karate, gentle aerobics, Zumba and more. Call 941-742-5923 or visit www.mymanatee.org for class schedule and membership information.
New Medicine Community exercise classes: Reduce joint pain, relieve stress, improve balance, and make friends at New Medicine Community located at Health Park East, 6020 State Road 70 E., Bradenton. Arthritis Foundation-certified tai chi classes and aqua classes as well as several other aqua classes offered for all fitness levels in the indoor pool heated to 88 degrees. Visit www.newmedicinecommunity.com for a complete schedule. If you want to attend a class for free or to reserve your spot, please call 941-761-9816.
Parkinson's disease: Parkinson Place, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, offers the following classes for Parkinson's patients and caregivers. Information: 941-893-4188.
Gentle/Chair Yoga & Meditation with Lynn Burgess, 10 a.m. first and third Monday; for patients and caregivers wanting easy and effective ways to stay calm and focused through ability-based yoga movements, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
Dance For Parkinson's with Leymis Wilmott, 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday; for patients and caregivers wanting a fun ways to stay active and engaged through expressive movement to live music. Based on the renowned Mark Morris "Dance for PD," Brooklyn, N.Y.
Care-4-Me with Denise Drabik, 2 p.m. first and third Tuesday; guidance, support and resources for caregivers through an informal Q & A group discussion and recommendations for the best individual care plan.
Caregiver Boot Camp with Marilyn Tait, 2 p.m. second Tuesday; for caregivers wanting direction, motivation, support and sociability through fun and upbeat motivational programs, offering the success strategies necessary to survive the stress and strain of long-term care giving.
Voice Aerobics with Mary Spremulli, 10 a.m. first and third Wednesday; for patients wanting to enhance speech and communication through breathing and voice exercises that can be practiced at home.
Ageless Grace with Mary Masi, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursday; for patients and caregivers wanting to enhance function and cognitive skills through 21 body-and-mind chair exercises that stimulate and utilize the five areas of the brain and promote lifelong comfort and ease.
Parkinson Power with Marilyn Tait, 10 a.m. third Thursday; positive and rewarding motivational programs focused on empowerment and everything you need to maintain a positive attitude and passion for life.
Support, classes for women: The Women's Center Classes and Support Groups at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., hosts these classes and events:
Health Education lectures on diabetes. Meetings are held weekly. Information: 941-232-3846.
ALS Association Resource Group. Meetings are held 1-3 p.m. first Friday of the month. Information: 888-257-1717.
More information and reservations: 782-2100 or visit www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com.
Senior exercise: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio is hosting affordable baby boomers and seniors low-impact fitness class: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Fridays. Seniors find out how you can exercise for free. Information: 941-756-8850 or www.trainerforce.net/personalfitness.
Stretching class: Active isolated stretching classes are beginning at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E, Ellenton. Learn how to deal effectively with such problems as sciatica, bulging discs, posture, gait and more. Classes are taught by Brian W. Smith, LMT, Massage Therapist for the USA Olympic Pairs Figure Skaters Ladwig & Evora. Call for class times at cost at 941-730-3369.
Women's exercise class: Live the Life's "Marriage & Family Works Project" is offering a weekly community exercise class for women this summer at 9:30 a.m. Mondays at 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. The class is taught by Revelation Wellness instructor Kristen Ross, and can be modified for all levels of fitness. Cost:s $10 a class or $32 for four classes. Bring a towel and water. Register online at MarriageWorksForYou.com. Information: 941-827-0500.
Yoga in the Garden: Flowing Yoga poses for Every Body, beginners to intermediate, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 at Palma Sola Botanical Garden, 9800 17th Ave., Bradenton. Classes include an emphasis on back and neck safety with licensed and certified instructor, Janice Behling. Bring your own yoga mat and 2 optional yoga blocks. Cost: $10 per class or 3 for $25 per week with proceeds being donated back to the Palma Sola Botanical Garden.
Yoga and strength conditioning: Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, offers these programs:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Pat Richmond; no charge, but donations to the park are appreciated. Information: 941-795-8223.
Candlelight/restorative yoga: 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday with Pat Richmond; $10 a session.
Full body cardio and strength conditioning: 8:45-9:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with Key Fitch; call for information: 941-779-4082.
Yoga: 8:30 -9:30 a.m. Monday and 6-7 p.m. Thursday with Angela Simone; call for information: 941-792-2527.
Yoga/Pilates: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday with Laura Bennett; call for information: 941-758-1741.
Yoga: Move, breathe and relax with certified yoga instructor Genevieve Lessard, RYT, in the Historic School Hall at 1505 Center Road, Terra Ceia, 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. First class is free; others begin at $7.25 each. Beginners are welcome. Information: 941-565-4601 or e-mail GenevieveYoga@gmail.com.
Yoga Arts: 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton, offers Hatha Yoga and Restorative/Therapeutic classes. Hatha Yoga, 5:45-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9:30 -10:45 a.m. Saturday. Restorative/Therapeutic classes, 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday and 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday. Eight sessions is $80. Classes are taught by Preston Whaley Jr. Yoga Arts has added a new class for people looking to discover yoga. The class, offered 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays at the studio, helps participants build a foundation of skeletal alignment, core strength, standing balance and mindfulness. Cost: $80 for eight sessions; $14 for a drop-in. To register, call 941-747-9397. Information visit yoga-arts.net.
Yoga/Pilates: with Balance Pilates Studio group classes are 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at North River Body Therapies, 905 25th Drive E., Ellenton. Reservations: 941- 773-2967.
Classes at Om Gaia: 312 Old Main St., Bradenton: Monday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Basic Yoga, Level 1-2; 6-7 p.m. Beginning Yoga; Tuesday: 6-7:30 p.m. Beginners Kundalini Yoga; Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-noon Basic Kundalini Yoga; 6-7 p.m. Basic Yoga Level 1-2; Thursday: 6-7:15 p.m. Regular Yoga Level 2; Friday: 10-11 a.m. Gentle Restorative Yoga; 6-7:30 p.m. Regular Kundalini Yoga; Saturday: 5-7:30 a.m. Multi-Level Yoga; Sunday: 5-7:30 a.m. Morning Sadhana from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. One hour of Japji, one hour of Kundalini Yoga practice and one hour of chanting. Cost: The first yoga class is free. 10 classes for $100 or $15 per class fee. Information: www.omgaiagifts.com or 941-747-1922.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: offers power yoga classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; traditional yoga, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-10 a.m. Saturdays; and an advance class 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturdays at 1926 Manatee Ave. W. Nonmembers, $8, members $5. Information: 941-747-6797.
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County: offers gentle yoga classes 9-10:30 a.m. weekdays and meditative yoga 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays at 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Please bring a mat. Cost: members, $5; nonmembers, $10. Information: 941-366-1700 for more info.
G.T. Bray: Classes are held at 6 p.m. Mondays at the G.T. Bray Activity Center, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W. $32. Information: 941-742-5974.
Integrated Healing Arts: 4216 Cortez Road, offers relaxing, stress-relieving yoga instruction with master Orton Graves, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $15 per session. Reservations: 941-739-2225.
Bradenton Yoga Studio: holds yoga and pilates classes. Cost: $12 walk-in and $55 for a five-class pass. Information: www.birdlandyoga.com.
Yoga classes: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday on the beach at the Pine Avenue public beach access, gulfside, in Anna Maria. The cost is by donation, and the class is open for all. No mat required; just bring a beach towel or sheet. Information: 941-794-6723.
Beach yoga: 8:30 a.m. Sundays south of the cafe at Manatee Public Beach. By donation. Bring a blanket or towel.