Lee Health seeks O positive blood donors

Lee Health is asking the community for O positive blood donations to help refill inventory levels. As home to the region’s only trauma center, it is vital that Lee Health’s blood supply remains at healthy levels in order to quickly care for patients needing an urgent transfusion. Blood and blood products are not only used in the trauma center, but also to treat cancer patients, premature babies, anemia and a variety of other conditions.

Though there is a current need for O positive blood, donors of all blood types are welcomed and encouraged to help serve the needs of our community. Anyone who is at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental permission, weighs at least 115 pounds and is in good overall health is eligible to donate blood. A person can donate blood approximately every eight weeks.

For more information on blood donation, or to find a blood center or blood drive near you, call 239-343-2333 or visit www.leehealth.org/bloodcenter/

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s

• Punta Gorda Care Partner Support Group, (Open Discussion and Support for Care Partners); from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 2 at The BEAN on 41 Coffee Shop, 2705 Tamiami Trail #413 Punta Gorda.

• North Port JFCS Care Partner Connection with Carolyn Stephens, LCSW (Open Forum and Sharing) and Parkinson’s Power Hour Special Presentation: “Our Journey — Tips for Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” with Ed Smith and Jane Masterson; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 3 at Neuro Challenge Foundation North Port, 5600 Peace River Road, North Port.

• Venice Parkinson’s Wellness Club “Parkinson’s Disease: What Your Family Needs to Know” with Carisa Campanella, NCF Program Director; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 4 at Jacaranda Trace Assisted Living, 2nd Floor Classroom 3600 William Penn Way, Venice

• Port Charlotte Parkinson’s Support Group (Sharing and Support for people with Parkinson’s and their families); 1:30 p.m.to 3 p.m. on April 9 at Murdock Baptist Church Student Center, 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte.

• Venice Parkinson’s Wellness Club “Parkinson’s Disease: What Your Family Needs to Know” with Carisa Campanella, NCF Program Director; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 10 at Sarasota Memorial North Port Medical Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road, North Port.

• The 2019 Neuro Challenge Parkinson’s EXPO will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 13 at Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Register here: www.parkinsonsneurochallenge.org/expo.html.

• North Port JFCS Care Partner Connection with Carolyn Stephens, LCSW (Open Forum and Sharing) and Parkinson’s Power Hour; from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17 at Neuro Challenge Foundation North Port, 5600 Peace River Road, North Port.

• Englewood Parkinson’s Support Group (Sharing and Support for people with Parkinson’s and their families); 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 19 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 401 S. Broadway, Englewood.

• North Port JFCS Care Partner Connection with Carolyn Stephens, LCSW (Open Forum and Sharing) and Parkinson’s Power Hour; from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 24 at Neuro Challenge Foundation North Port, 5600 Peace River Road, North Port.

• Voice Aerobics; A fun and enriching therapeutic group to promote voice amplification and cognitive fitness with Mary Spremulli, Speech Language Pathologist; from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 25 at Neuro Challenge Foundation North Port, 5600 Peace River Road, North Port.

• Movers and Shakers Parkinson’s Discussion Group “Alternative Energy Based Training: Exercises: Movement,and Meditation” with Robin Bennett, Movers and Shakers Group Member Venice Care Partner Support Group with Ellen Schaller, NCF Care Advisor (Open Forum and Sharing); from 3 p.m.to 4:30 p.m. on April 25 at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice.

• Punta Gorda Parkinson’s Support Group People with Parkinson’s and Care Partners Breakout Groups; from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 26 at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda.

For a full listing of Neuro Challenge programs and services, visit www.neurochallenge.org.

GriefShare Program

If you have lost a loved one or know of someone who has and have concerns/questions, we invite you to join our GriefShare Program on Sundays through March 31, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Contact Holy Trinity Lutheran office at 941-625-5262 with questions or sign up at griefshare.org.

Chronic Pain

Self-Management workshops

Would you like to learn how to better manage chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches and more? Lee Health is pleased to announce a free six-week workshop, entitled “Chronic Pain Self-Management” — a research-based program developed by Stanford University. Information presented in the workshop can help you become empowered to improve your quality of life. Learn how to more easily manage your medications; understand the benefits of exercise; manage symptoms of stress, pain and fatigue; and make smarter decisions related to health eating. Participants will also receive a copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain.” The sessions will be held on Mondays beginning April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Sanctuary Outpatient Center, 8060 Colonial Center Drive, Fort Myers; Thursdays beginning April 4 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Brookdale College Parkway, 8351 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 239-343-9264.

Pinwheels for

Prevention

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is taking part in Prevent Child Abuse Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign by planting a pinwheel garden at 9 a.m. on April 2. The event will be held on CBHC’s front lawn, 1700 Education Ave., Punta Gorda. A group photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m. Guests are encouraged to wear blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. You may “plant” a pinwheel in the pinwheel garden, which will remain on display during the entire month of April. CBHC and Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition will also have tables set up in our lobbies during the entire month to distribute information on healthy child and family development.

A walk in

Pinebrook Park

The Friends of Pinebrook Park, a central Venice neighborhood association whose mission is to take care of and promote the park, in partnership with the City of Venice, will hold a walk at 9 a.m. on April 4 at Pinebrook Park, 1251 Pinebrook Road, Venice, to celebrate the rezoning of the park and unveil new signage. For more information, Kathy Eiferle at katharineeiferle@aol.com or 810-513-0390.

Bank offers free

stroke education

Fawcett Memorial Hospital is offering free stroke-risk education assessments at Charlotte State Bank & Trust. These one-on-one consultations will take place at bank offices from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. according to the following schedule:

• April 4 – Murdock, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

• April 17 – Peachland, 24163 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte

• May 1 – Parkside, 3002 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

• May 15 – Charlotte Harbor, 23112 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor

• May 29 – Punta Gorda, 2331 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

• June 12 – North Port, 4300 Aidan Lane, North Port

While the assessments are free, reservations are recommended and may be made by calling Consult-A-Nurse 941-624-4441. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen as time permits. Residents are invited to sign up and attend the free course at their closest bank office. One of Fawcett’s stroke-specialized nurses will meet attendees in private sessions to discuss risk factors and how to reduce them. “Research shows that 85 percent of strokes occur with no apparent warning signs and that nearly 80 percent of all strokes are preventable through managing risk factors,” said Alexandria Davis, marketing director at Fawcett. “Since there are no tests that can detect a stroke before it happens, understanding and controlling risk is vitally important.”

‘A Night at South Beach’ to support Virginia B. Andes community clinic

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is hosting “A Night at South Beach” at 5:30 p.m. on April 5, at Trinity Banquet Hall, 24411 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte. Enjoy an evening of great food, auctions and dancing to music by Jonathan A. Cortez, while supporting the VBA Clinic. Tickets are $95 per person. Dress is South Beach, “warm Florida-night” casual. For more information call 941-276-1668 or visit www.volunteercare.org/SOBE.

Cornhole Combats

Cancer/Richard Todd Memorial Chili Cook-Off

The Kiwanis Club of Englewood Florida is partnering with Elevating Englewood Florida to present the 6th Annual Richard Todd Memorial Chili-Cook Off and the 1st Annual “Cornhole Combats Cancer” Tournament from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5, at the Plaza Property, 300 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili, along with prizes for the Cornhole Combats Cancer Tournament. For more information or to register visit www.elevatingenglewoodfl.org/cornhole-registration.

8th annual adaptive

Easter egg hunt

An egg hunt accommodating children with special needs and their families will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on April 6 at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte. Face Painting, music, games, arts & crafts, vendor booths, raffles and meet the Easter bunny. Children will collect empty eggs and turn them in for a goodie bag afterwards. Don’t forget to bring your Easter basket. This event is free for all. Please call 941-627-1074 to register for this event.

Hope Healthcare

Parkinson Program to host Walk 4 Hope

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Hope Healthcare’s Parkinson Program is hosting Walk 4 Hope at 10 a.m. on April 6 at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Supporters can participate in a short stroll or a one- to three-mile walk, sponsored by Millennium Physician’s Group, to help raise awareness for the local Parkinson community. A registration fee of $25 per person includes event T-shirt and light refreshments. Register at www.hopeparkinson.org/walk. For more information, call at 239-985-7727.

American Cancer Society seeks participation in Relay For Life of Charlotte County

American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Charlotte County on April 6, at Laishley Park. Be part of the fight, and together we can beat our biggest rival. American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to form teams and stand shoulder to shoulder with us and cancer patients and those supporting them. This year, an estimated 1.3 million people in the U.S. will participate in more than 2,000 events to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer — from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society 24/7 cancer help line and free rides to chemo. To learn more about Relay For Life, and register a team, visit RelayForLife.org/charlottecountyfl.

Free HIV and

STD information session and confidential testing

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County will be offering an information session on HIV and STDs at 1:30 p.m. on April 8, at the Englewood Event Center 3069 S. McCall Road, Englewood, Florida. Free, confidential, HIV and STD testing will be available from 8 a.m. to noon the following Monday, April 15, at the same location. Join the conversation with Disease Intervention Specialist, Chelsea Raines, to learn about new advancements in HIV prevention, as well as information on the latest HIV and STD statistics in Charlotte County. There is no cost to attend the presentation. For more information, call Chelsea Raines at 941-624-7200 ext. 7353.

Prostate support group to meet

The Charlotte Prostate Support Group will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Fawcett Hospital H2U facility located 3280 Tamiami Trail, Suite #493, Port Charlotte. Speaker will be Dr. Luis Fernandez, MD, Family Practitioner and Primary Care Physician. Dr. Fernandez will address early detection of Prostate and other cancers…to screen or not to screen? Refreshments and room provided by Fawcett Memorial Hospital. This will be the last meeting until Oct. 18.

Free eye, vision, hearing and diabetes screenings

The Punta Gorda Lions Club will be providing free eye, vision, hearing and diabetes screenings at the Eagles (FOE 3296) at 23111 Harborview Drive in Port Charlotte from 9 a.m. to noon April. 13. This screening which is typically for adults will now also provide eye screenings for school age children. For years, Lions across the world have been helping people identify vision problems, or diabetes which may lead to vision problems. Screening is the first step. The club currently provides vision screenings for pre-kindergarten students within the surrounding area, as well as our routine adult screenings held at the Eagles. The Punta Gorda Lions Foundation has been assisting those in need with eyeglasses, surgeries and hearing aides for years. For many, these services have made a lifetime difference, otherwise never afforded. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website, Punta Gorda Lions Club. If questions, call Rosemary Neiderhauser at 614-403-7531.

2019 Parkinson’s EXPO

On April 13, top Parkinson’s specialists from around the country will be the featured speakers at the 2019 Parkinson’s EXPO, the largest annual Parkinson’s event in the United States. People and caregivers living with Parkinson’s, allied healthcare professionals and individuals interested in learning more about the progressive, neuro-degenerative disease are invited to attend. Founded and hosted by Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, the day-long event will cover the latest in medical and non-medical findings and include live demonstrations of PD in Motion, Rock Steady Boxing and Pedaling for Parkinson’s. New this year, continuing medical education credits and continuing education units for physicians and allied health professionals will be available. The Parkinson’s EXPO will take place at the Bradenton Area Convention Center at 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Doors will open at 8 am. Coffee and water will be provided. Register for this free event at NeuroChallenge.org or call 941-926-6413 for more information. The event is free but advance registration is required.

Trail run at Gator Wilderness Camp School

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while testing your skill and stamina in a 5K, 10K, 15K race at 8 a.m. on April 27 at Gator Wilderness Camp School grounds, 449930 Farabee Road, Punta Gorda. Great food and fun for the family. Register online by April 25 at www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/GatorWildernessCampTrailRun. For more information, call 941-639-7722.

Self-Defense for High School Senior girls

This class is intended to increase your options and help you prepare responses to avoid, de-escalate, remove yourself from an attack, and also empower one to prevent violence. This course is excellent preparation for girls graduating high school and going off to college.The dates available are May 3 and May 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Major Terry Branscome Training Center, 25500 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Space is limited. More details and registration is available online at https://www.facebook.com/events/Self-defense.

C.A.R.E. luncheon planned

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) will hold its inaugural Paula Hess Humanitarian Scholarship Luncheon. The scholarship was created to honor one of C.A.R.E.’s original founders, Paula Edmond Hess. It will be held at noon on May 21, at Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Reservations are $40 per person and can be made by calling 941-639-5499. For more information, email: judithharris2@comcast.net.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Charlotte County will be held on Oct. 5 at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Sign up today at act.alz.org/charlottefl. or contact Kathy Heldman at 312-203-6418 or email: kaheldman@alz.org.

Essentrics workouts

Essentrics workouts are being held at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. No membership needed, just $10 per class. This workout is the perfect addition to your wellness routine. Essentrics is a full body strengthening and flexibility workout that is suitable for all levels of fitness. The technique is based on eccentric strengthening which lengthens our muscles, unlocks tight joints, improves mobility and posture and helps prevent injuries.

Hope PACE seeking volunteers

Do you have a caring heart and time to share? Hope PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly that helps aging adults live independently in our community, is seeking volunteers for its Port Charlotte Care Center.

Volunteers may be asked to talk and socialize with individuals in Hope’s care, organize fun games and activities, assist with crafts or special projects, help with meals and snacks, or offer administrative support to on-site staff.

Before helping at the Hope PACE Care Center, volunteers will receive an in-depth orientation session. Volunteers must be at least 14 years or older. Call 239-415-7217 or visit www.HopeHCS.org/volunteer for more information about volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about Hope Healthcare programs, including Hope Kids Care, Hope PACE, Hope Palliative Care and the Hope Parkinson Program, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.

LOUD Crowd classes

The LOUD Crowd classes meet every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Universal Fitness, 1544 Rio De Janeiro Ave, Punta Gorda. No fee. New member are requested to contact 941-204-1515 prior to attending for the first time.

The LOUD Crowd is a weekly speech class for individuals with Parkinson’s disease who have previously undergone speech therapy. For more information contact Mary Spremulli, at 941-204-1515 or email info@voiceaerobicsdvd.com.

Voice Aerobics class

Sponsored by Neurochallenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, Voice Aerobics with Mary Spremulli is held the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Peace River Presbyterian Center, 5600 Peace River Road, North Port. Voice Aerobics is a whole body voice strengthening program combining voice practice with movement. The class provides education about speech and voice changes associated with Parkinson’s, an introduction to vocal function exercises, and a setting for social interaction, support, and communication. There is no fee for classes.

No prior speech therapy is required to join, and classes will focus on: vocal function exercise, speech practice, and methods to improve communication for people living with Parkinson’s. To learn more, call 941-204-1515.

Monthly Tobacco Cessation Seminars

Englewood Community Hospital offers free monthly tobacco cessation seminars. The Tools to Quit program will provide information about the effects of tobacco use, the benefits of quitting, and will assist you in developing your own quit plan. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but finding help should be. With the new Quit Your Way program, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is making it easier for tobacco users in the state to access the free and proven-effective resources available to all Floridians. They have expanded their resources offering tobacco users interested in quitting access to free tools, including a starter kit of nicotine replacement patches, Text2Quit, email tips and a quit guide.

Englewood Community Hospital offers the Group Quit seminars on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Englewood Community Hospital cafeteria conference room. If you or a loved one is ready to quit your way, please register by calling 866-534-7909.

‘Minding Our Elders’

Join Karen Hallenbeck, Senior Living Advisor, Writer, Executive Director and Host of “Minding Our Elders,” is on the air at 11 a.m. every other Monday on WCCF 1580am.

Seventeen years as an Executive Director of Assisted Living Memory Care Communities has given Karen the expertise and empathy to assist families in their journey through senior living. Topics on “Minding Our Elders” will include how to choose the “right” community for your loved one, transitioning at a community, what legal issues should be completed, common questions about placement or how families can endure the emotional impact of caring for their loved one.

You can share your story or make comments during the show by calling in at 941-206-1580 or go to www.wccfam.com for the “Minding Our Elders” blog.

Free bike rides

Free bicycle rides are offered at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday. All riders are welcome. Helmet is required. The rides depart from Acme Bicycle Shop, 615 Cross St., Suite 1116, Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-639-2263

Friendship Centers need volunteers in North Port

The Friendship Centers currently has a volunteer opening for Friendship at Home Volunteers in North Port. The Friendship at Home program matches volunteers with isolated seniors through telephone reassurance, the friendly visitor program and supportive intervention. Volunteers go through a background check and screening process. Training is provided.

If you enjoy working with older adults and would be interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Robert Rogers at rrogers@friendshipcenters.org or 941-556-3223.

SHINE seeks volunteers

The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program is currently recruiting volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries in Charlotte County. SHINE is a free, unbiased Medicare and health insurance information, counseling, and assistance program whose specially-trained volunteers assist seniors in making informed health care decisions.

Currently, the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida supports more than 50 dedicated SHINE volunteers who provide services to aged and disabled Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and families. However, as the number of Medicare beneficiaries needing assistance increases, the need for volunteers increases, too.

A SHINE volunteer can serve in many different capacities. Volunteers provide Medicare and health insurance information, counseling and assistance in person or over the phone, delivers educational presentations or speeches, distributes educational and promotional materials in your community, provides training and leadership to other volunteers, or assists with general program support. Assignments are matched to the skills and interests of each volunteer.

The Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida supports its volunteers through a network of paid staff and volunteer coordinators. The Department of Elder Affairs provides training and technical assistance. Volunteers also receive local mentoring and support from the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida.

The rewards for volunteer service are plentiful. Since the Program’s inception in 1993, SHINE volunteers have helped Florida elders and their caregivers save millions of dollars, and they have brought peace of mind to those who needed guidance in understanding and accessing health insurance options.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities or to request SHINE services in your community, contact the local Elder Helpline toll-fee a 1-866-413-5337. For more information, you may also call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337), or visit us online at www.floridashine.org.

Blood pressure

Free blood pressure screenings are available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.

Knock out Parkinson’s

This boxing program improves strength, fitness, hand-eye coordination, balance and agility aimed at helping Parkinson’s patients. Taught by a certified USA Boxing coach, the program is offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Charlotte Harbor Boxing Club (24710 Sandhill Blvd, Unit 803, near the Kings Highway exit of Interstate 75). Space is limited. Call 239-292-9230, www.parkinsonsneurochallenge.org/ or www.facebook.com/CharlotteHarborBoxingGymnasium/ for more information.

Boxing for Parkinson’s patients

Now in Port Charlotte, the newest affiliate of the national organization, Rock Steady Boxing, offers positive progress through physical activity to people with Parkinson’s. Male and female adults with similarly matching assessments fill the classes at 1770 El Jobean Road. Dawn Holt, accredited Rock Steady Boxing affiliate, conducts classes five days a week. Each class features generous individual attention supported by Holt’s RSB accreditation, her OAS degree and her eight-year profession as personal trainer.

For class information or assessment, call 941-661-6762 or visit rocksteadyboxing.org.

Mental health program

Venice United Church of Christ is sponsoring a series of informational programs, on the fourth Thursday of the month, on the subject of mental health issues. The public is invited and there is no charge. Plan to join us in Naar Hall on the church campus at 620 Shamrock Blvd., Venice. For additional information contact the church office at 941-493-6741.

Eye, ear care

The four Lions Clubs in the area offer eye exams, eye glasses and uninsured surgeries to prevent blindness in individuals with vision impairments. Those living in Punta Gorda can contact Bill Ringelstein at 941-637-9979; those in Port Charlotte can contact Terri Smith at 941-391-1203; in Englewood, contact Gary Nieskes at 941-786-7778; and in North Port contact Penny Gregrich at 941-740-2860.

The Punta Gorda Lions Foundation has received funding to provide hearing exams and hearing aids to those anywhere in Charlotte County who need assistance with hearing problems. To determine eligibility, please contact Bill Ringelstein, Punta Gorda Lions at 941-637-9979.

Respite care

Join “A Special Place” a Burnt Store Presbyterian Church program for seniors and those with memory loss. This group respite program offers high quality day care for Alzheimer’s and other dementia clients while providing necessary time off for their caregivers. The program is held from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda

Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact us if you would like to get more information on how to become a volunteer.

Donations of craft materials, games, videos and other program supplies are always appreciated. Donations can be made at the church office.

For more information contact the church office at 941-639-0001 during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by e-mail to office@bspconline.org.

Online parenting class

Bayfront Baby Place at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte recently expanded its offering of educational resources for new parents. During their stay at Bayfront Baby Place, new moms (and dads) have been able to enjoy educational programming in their room on the television network, The Newborn Channel. Now, patients can also access this programming online and on mobile devices.

The Newborn Channel offers several informative programs on topics such as newborn, infant, and mom care, siblings and family life, and work-life balance.

For more information on how to access The Newborn Channel online programming, call 941-637-2497.

Pulmonary diet nutrition class

A free pulmonary diet nutrition class will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, 733 E. Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda. Seating is limited so call 941-637-2497 to register.

Cardiac diet nutrition class

A free cardiac diet nutrition class will be held at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, 733 E. Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda. Registration is required by calling 941-637-2497.

CHAT forums

The Englewood Community Health Action Team meets at 9 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood. The meetings allow social services, nonprofits and churches to network.

VOLUNTEER Volunteer coaches and leaders needed for Health and Wellness classes

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is seeking volunteers to lead health and wellness workshops across the region. AAASWFL offers workshops to assist adults age 60 and over, adults with disabilities and their caregivers in seven counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota.

Volunteers have the opportunity to lead fitness workshops focused on the unique needs of older adults. Specifically, these workshops are designed to teach older adults preventative measures to avoid falls, improve their balance, and manage chronic conditions. Classes include Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention, A Matter of Balance, Walk With Ease, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. Training is provided for these programs, and AAASWFL provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers. Workshops are typically held on weekday mornings and afternoons, so volunteers with flexible schedules are appreciated. Volunteers should also be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers’ license, and must be able to pass a background screening. While not mandatory, experience with teaching, instruction, public speaking, health care, nutrition or community outreach is helpful.

Potential volunteers may contact Sherry Young, AAASWFL Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 239-652-6900 or sherry.young@aaaswfl.org for more information. Volunteer applications can also be found at the AAASWFL website: www.aaaswfl.org.

Volunteers needed at Bayfront Health

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte welcomes adult volunteers to greet visitors at the front information desk and drive the courtesy tram. Volunteers receive free flu shots, luncheons, and a complimentary meal for every four-hour shift. Volunteers can apply online at www.bayfrontcharlotte.com/about/volunteer-opportunities, fill out an application found at front desk, or call 941-637-2570 for more information.

Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies

Volunteers are an essential part of C.A.R.E., assisting victims of crimes, answering hotline calls, conducting hospital responses, and in fundraising endeavors. If interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact 941-639-5499 for more information.

Charlotte County Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help distribute meals to Charlotte County residents who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. The organization is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver these meals from Monday through Friday. A volunteer driver may volunteer once a week, once every other week, or once a month. The delivery routes are in the Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte areas. To volunteer to deliver meals, call 941-625-4343.

Homeless Coalition

Homeless Coalition: Drivers for Veterans Program. Scheduling will be in advance and as needed; volunteers needed to help with eBay store; kitchen help from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; front desk help in the office of the shelter, 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; front desk help in the main office, 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; filing help from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; administrative assistant help in the shelter from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; homework tutors from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; garage sale workers on the second and fourth Friday of every month; shelter case managers are needed. Twenty volunteers to help with a Homeless Simulation Training. Donation pick- up, one evening weekly in Port Charlotte. For more information, call or email Robin Clark, Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-627-4313, ext. 109, Robin.Clark@cchomelesscoalition.org.

Pregnancy Careline Center

Pregnancy Careline Center seeks both female and male volunteers to assist Charlotte County citizens who have an unexpected or otherwise stressed pregnancy. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. For more information, call 941-625-5576 or www.pregnancycareline.org.

Special Olympics seeks volunteers

Special Olympics Charlotte County is looking for volunteers and coaches for a wonderful group of athletes. The organization is looking for coaches for swimming, golf, power lifting, softball and bowling. This does not have to be full time; any time you can volunteer would be greatly appreciated. For more information, email info@specialolympicscharlotte.org, or call 941-391-6906.

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