Local health briefs: April 29

April 29, 2014 

Free Medicare event May 6

ANNA MARIA ­-- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE program is offering a "Welcome to Medicare, Happy 65th Birthday" presentation 2-4 p.m. May 6 at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will provide detailed information on the basics of the Medicare program, including Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and financial assistance programs. SHINE volunteers will also be available to answer questions and provide enrollment or benefit application assistance.

To RSVP or to learn more about the SHINE program, call the local Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

Replay Outreach holds kick off luncheon

BRADENTON -- Replay Outreach is hosting a kick off luncheon at noon May 2 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center Kiwanis Hall, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton, to bring awareness of alternatives to teen crime for church, business and community leaders in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Everyone is encouraged to join us for this free event, and learn how Replay Outreach is reaching troubled young lives in our community, mentoring them away from crime, and providing a group home for teens to get a fresh start. RSVP to info@replayoutreach.org.

Signing class for infants, toddlers begins May 1

SARASOTA -- Apparently, there is a lot of interest in teaching babies sign language -- the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Sarasota has been fielding calls from parents asking if there are classes.

Erin Bosch, the center's children and families coordinator, said books and shows like "Signing Time: Baby Sign Language" and "ASL for Kids" has been spurring interest among parents of hearing children.

So the center is starting a signing class for infants to children up to age 3 at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays starting May 1 and ending May 29. Each class is $5 and drop-ins are welcome, said Bosch.

Classes will be taught at the center, 1750 17th St., Building J, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-0260.

-- Herald staff report

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