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NAMI Speaker Meeting Jim Adams, CEO of Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, will be the guest speaker at the NAMI Geauga County…

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Jim Adams, CEO of Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, will be the guest speaker at the NAMI Geauga County fall educational speaker meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services building, 13244 Ravenna Road in Chardon. He will discuss mental health services available in Geauga County.

Call Linda Reed at 440-286-6264 to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.

Ortho Day

University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Centers ninth annual Ortho Day will take place Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 700 Banquet & Conference Center, 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Heights. The theme of the free community event is Lets Get Moving Fun and Fitness. Lunch will be provided.

Ortho Day will feature free health screenings and interactive educational presentations by the hospitals expert orthopaedic team. The event offers the latest information about the treatment of back pain and hip, knee and extremity problems along with latest innovations in joint surgery, rehabilitation and interventional procedures.

Registration is required. To reserve a spot by Oct. 7 or schedule an orthopaedic consultation, call 440-285-7757.


American Red Cross blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors may give every 56 days and must bring some form of photo identification and a list of all current medications.

For more information about confirming blood drive information, donating blood or making an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit the Red Cross website at If you are interested in donating platelets, call 1-800-356-3339.

Sept. 24, Kent State University Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, 12-5 p.m. Double Reds available.

Sept. 28, Valley Presbyterian Church, 17560 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 3, Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North St., Chardon, 1-7 p.m. Double Reds available.

Oct. 8, Notre Dame Educational Center, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon, 1-6 p.m. Double Reds available.

Oct. 9, Mayfield Church, 7747 May-field Road, Chesterland, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2013 Immunization Clinics

The Geauga County General Health District offers childrens and adolescent immunization clinics. The Health District has always provided immunizations free of charge, but federal changes are coming. For now, it is still able to provide immunizations for children through the age of 18.

The following is a list of upcoming immunization clinics:

Middlefield, Sept. 19, St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road, 9-11:30 a.m.

Newbury, Sept. 25, Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road, 9-11:30 a.m.

@:For more information, call the Geauga County General Health District at 440-279-1950.

Blood Pressure Screening

Lake Health will offer free blood pressure checks at the Chardon Campus, 510 Fifth Ave., from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; and at the Middlefield Clinic located inside Wal-Mart Supercenter, 15050 Springdale Ave., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Geauga WIC Program

The Geauga WIC Program is a nutrition education program for pregnant women and women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants and children up to age 5 years. WIC provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and low cost infant car seats to those who are income eligible.

Call 440-279-1936 for details or visit

Free Yoga Classes For Veterans

Federated Church will be hosting free yoga classes to all veterans and service members and their families as part of the Connected Warriors program, which is the largest community based volunteer organization providing free trauma conscious yoga therapy for veterans and their families in the United States.

The weekly class taught by Betsy Conway will meet Fridays from 2-3 p.m. beginning Sept. 6 in the lounge of Federated Church, 76 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls.

For more details, call 561-715-0800.

Help For Mental Illness

Geauga County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support, education and advocacy for those affected by mental illness.

NAMI Basics is a six-session course of education and support for parents of children with symptoms of mental health problems. The free class will meet six consecutive Mondays, beginning Oct. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Public Library, 16167 E. High St.

The fall session of the Peer-to-Peer education course for persons who have a mental illness begins Oct. 1 and will run from 6-8 p.m. The location will be Chardon, Chesterland or Middlefield depending on class member preference. Please specify all the locations one is able to access when registering for the free course.

For more information and to register, email Linda Reed at lreed@nami or call 440-286-6264.

Program to Help Teens with Type 1 Diabetes

Teens ages 14-17 with type 1 diabetes can register online for the fall teen program that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Camp Ho Mita Koda located at 14040 Auburn Road in Newbury.

Teens will enjoy camp activities such as the ropes course, the lake, hiking trails and more. Activities also include group discussions that focus on healthy lifestyle choices with topics such as dating, driving, reproductive health, first jobs, as well as parties and the effects that alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco have on diabetes.

The cost of the program, lunch and activities is $50.

Visit to register or call 216-591-0800 for more information.

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