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WILKES-BARRE – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross conducts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

Donors who cannot attend a community drive may donate at the fixed donor site in Hanover Township.

In addition to those listed below, blood drives are conducted from noon to 5 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at the chapter house, 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre, and at the regional blood center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Hanover Industrial Park, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon.

Collections also take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazleton. For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, ext. 2150.

A list of area blood donation sites follows:

Friday: 2:30-7 p.m., Davis Manor, 185 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

DALLAS TWP. -- Introduction to Zen Meditation will be offered tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mercy Center on the campus of College Misericordia.

This session includes an explanation of Zen meditation, a time for practice followed by discussion and questions.

A free-will offering will be taken. Pre-registration is required. Call Sr. Barbara Craig at 675-1872.

DALLAS TWP. – Hospice Saint John will hold a grief support group meeting today, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, off Route 118.

Anyone experiencing grief, including families who did not receive hospice services, are welcome. There is no charge, but registration is required; call the hospice office at 1-877-438-3511 or the church office at 675-3859.

LUZERNE COUNTY -- Kids and families can be active, get moving, and get outside at a park or trail close to home this summer with the Keystone Active Zone Passport program. This free activity guide contains 12 “Passport stops,” all local parks, trails and free events that people can use for fitness and fun all summer. The program can be started at any time throughout the summer.

Participants visit one or more stops, mark it on their passports and bring the completed passport to Kids Fest, Aug. 25 and 26 at the Wyoming Valley Mall or at Hazleton Funfest on Sept. 9 to claim a prize and enter drawings for other great prizes.

The more stops visited, the greater the chances to win prizes such as family kayak tours on the Susquehanna River, bicycles, Dance Dance Revolution games or a family weekend at Great Wolf lodge.

The program is offered through a partnership between Steps to a Healthier PA Luzerne County, Wyoming Valley Wellness Trails Partnership and Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails.

For more information or to obtain a passport, visit www.stepspalc.org to download your copy or call Steps to a Healthier PA, 408-1630.

WEST HAZLETON -- Lupus Foundation of PA welcomes Ruth Wimsatt Jones, director of nutrition and diabetes educator for the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance.

She will present “Biting Off More Than You Can Chew: Diabetes and Other Nutritional Concerns for Lupus Patients” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the Bowl Arena, 190 Susquehanna Blvd. West Hazleton. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-888-99LUPUS or visit www.lupuspa.org.

WILKES-BARRE – The American Red Cross, Wyoming Valley Chapter, will offer the following classes at the chapter office, 256 N. Sherman St.:

• Adult CPR recertification, Wednesday, July 11, 9 a.m.-noon.

• CPR professional recertification, Wednesday, July 11, 6-10 p.m..

• Adult CPR, Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• CPR for the professional, Classes I & II, Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register, call 823-7161, ext. 328.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – John Heinz is offering monthly free diabetes education classes to the public, presented by a certified diabetes educator.

Classes address the goals of diabetes care and teach patients how to identify problems, make decisions, plan ahead, modify their lifestyle and strive for better diabetes control. John Heinz also has a diabetes educator to work with homebound patients who are not able to attend classes and are interested in better diabetes control. The next class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 11, at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 150 Mundy St. To register, call Lisa Abda-Gillette at 348-2205.

WILKES-BARRE – The Sleep Disorders Center at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre has been granted full service accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, based on a recent records and credentials review and an on-site facility inspection.

The AASM board of directors found the center to be in full compliance with their standards for competency and professionalism. Geisinger has recently announced plans to expand the center to six beds by July 1 when board-certified sleep medicine specialist/neurologist Dr. John McBurney will join the medical staff as medical director. Planning also includes adding an additional two beds, for a total of eight, by Jan. 1.

NANTICOKE – A yoga class, “Stretching for Fitness,” is being held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Pope John Paul II School, 518 S. Hanover St.

The cost is $10 per class; pay as you go. For more information, call 735-7935.


Denise Connors, Wyoming, has been promoted to lead urodynamic specialist for Medical Office Technologies LLC, Shavertown. Connors performs specialized medical testing in physicians offices in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She has worked for the company since 2002.

Michael J. Raymond, Ph.D., director of clinical/forensic neuropsychology at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, has been appointed to the National Alumni Board of Florida State University.

Raymond, of Drums, received his doctorate from Florida State in 1981. Raymond is board certified in neuropsychology and has added qualifications in forensics and rehabilitation neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.

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