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Expanding Your Recovery Toolkit - Monthly Workshop on Drug/Alcohol Addiction

Sunday, November 22, 1 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 1:30 p.m.

Free monthly workshop series for individuals and families with a current or past drug/alcohol addiction issue. Learn about recovery and free recovery resources from peers on their own recovery journey. Future sessions are listed on their website. Topics include using yoga and meditation to battle drug addiction; how addiction differs from other diseases; and a group participation period on a day in the life of a heroin addict. Refreshments. Please RSVP (call or email).

Location: Doylestown, 252 W. Swamp Rd., Unit 12
Sponsored By: The Council of SE Penna.

PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program

Sunday, November 22, 7 p.m. - Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m.

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a free Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin the first week of each month and run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks. Each session lasts two hours. Free sessions start soon at various locations in five counties: Tuesdays—From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Media and Northeast Philadelphia. Wednesdays—From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pottstown; from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in North Philadelphia; and from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m. in West Chester. Thursdays—From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Northern Liberties; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Bristol and Colmar. Sessions are free and confidential—first names only. Pre-registration is required. Call toll free #, 9 to 5, or visit website to register.

Location: eight locations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, See Description
Sponsored By: PRO-ACT

“Help Yourself to Health”: Free Workshops Available for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Monday, November 23, 12 p.m. - Thursday, December 31, 1 p.m.

Are you an adult age 60 or older with an ongoing health condition? If you have conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain or anxiety, the free “Help Yourself to Health” program can help you take charge of your life. Get support; learn how to deal with pain, fatigue and other health problems. For more information about free “Help Yourself to Health” workshops in your area, call the PCA Helpline or visit our website.

Location: Philadelphia and surrounding counties, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Philadelphia Senior Center

Monday, November 23, 2 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 1 p.m.

PSC has a variety of classes to help you get in shape (or stay in shape) including the following: (1) Silver Sneakers - every Tues. at 2pm - free to those with Keystone or Bravo insurance. (2) Rev Up classes - every Wed. and Fri. at 10am. Low impact exercise tape. You'll also find classes on Cooking and Photography (Digital Photog. on Mon. at 1pm), among other topics.

Location: PSC, 509 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Sponsored By: Philadelphia Senior Center

Pottstown Maker's Club

Tuesday, November 24, 10 a.m. - Wednesday, December 23, 12 p.m.

Our hope is that this develops into a place to create, explore and collaborate. To Play with technology, craft items, Upcycle and repurpose items to your hearts content. This is to be a location where DIYers, makers and builders can come build, craft and design things. Where adults and kids can learn about electronics and have hands on experience. Let's keep things out of the landfills and put them to use. We would focus on building or modifying electronics and other items to re-purpose them or invent new purposes. There are no age restrictions as of yet we have a few teenagers interested as well as several adults. Please spread the word. For more info, visit the Facebook page listed here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/PottstownBuilders/


Tuesday, November 24, 1 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 7 p.m.

Are you interested in “Touching Lives” of older adults? Touching Lives Over 55, a program of Journey's Way, currently is recruiting volunteers to facilitate peer discussion groups about health and wellness, aging issues, retirement, and life experiences. Volunteers must be at least 55 and enjoy working with people, have good listening skills, and provide their own transportation. Discussion groups meet weekly in senior community centers throughout Philadelphia. Peer Leaders learn new skills, meet new people, and enrich lives. The next volunteer training starts on November 10 at Journey’s Way, 403 Rector Street in Roxborough. For more information about the program and training schedule, contact Jan Zacharjasz at 215-487-1750 ext. 1214 or email: jzacharjasz@intercommunityaction.org.

Location: Journey's Way, 403 Rector St
Sponsored By: Touching Lives Over 55

Youth for Understanding - Attention High School Students

Thursday, November 26, 1 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 12 p.m.

High School Students ... Change your life, Change your world! Study Abroad with Youth for Understanding! Travel to another country, immerse yourself in a different culture, and become fluent in another language. YFU offers summer, semester and year-long cultural exchange programs that will give you the opportunity for a Learning Adventure of a Lifetime! Call 1.800.TEENAGE or visit www.yfu-usa.org to learn more about YFU's study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities.

Location: worldwide

Support Meeting for Family Members of Incarcerated Offenders

Thursday, November 26, 7 p.m. - Sunday, December 27, 9 p.m.

Support meetings for the family members of incarcerated offenders are held in Northeast Philadelphia in the Catholic Social Service Bldg on Jackson Ave; in Brookhaven in the Rectory of Our Lady of Charity Parish; and in the Community Room at St Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill. Call for meeting times.

Location: Brookhaven / Drexel Hill


Saturday, November 28 - Wednesday, December 30, 11 a.m.

Philadelphia READS, a premier nonprofit organization that strengthens the literacy skills of the cvity's youngest and neediest school children, is calling on the public to organize community book drives to supply its free Children's Book Bank. New or lightly used books are sought, along with school supplies. The Book Bank, now in its 5th year, is a practical community solution to a stubborn literacy and resource problem. In the last 3 years alone, the Children's Book Bank, based at MLK High School, gaver away about a quarter of a million books, plus various school supplies. To learn how to organize a Phila. READS book drive, contact Book Bank Coordinator Jim Remsen .

Heartbreaking to Watch -- Narconon PSA

Saturday, November 28, 11 a.m. - Thursday, December 31, 1 p.m.

It is heartbreaking to watch someone slip away as they abuse drugs or alcohol more and more, telling lies so they can keep using the drug or drink that is killing them. You can understand what is happening and how addiction can be overcome. You don't have to live in mystery. Get your hands on the free booklet "The Truth About Becoming Addicted" by calling 1-888-837-9177 or visiting www.becomingaddicted.org today.

Workshops, Health Screenings and Support Groups at Riddle

Saturday, November 28, 12 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 3 p.m.

Riddle Memorial Hospital offers several Workshops, Health Screenings and Support Groups -- most of which are free or covered by your insurance. Some of their Workshops include: SmokeFREE (6 sessions); Diabetes & You (daytime & evening programs); "I Can Cope" for cancer patients); and many more. For more info, visit their website or call 1.866.CALL.MLH.

Location: Riddle Hospital in Media, PA, 1068 West Baltimore Pike

MyLastDip.com - Nat'l Cancer Institute

Saturday, November 28, 4 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 1 p.m.

Effective treatment for smokeless tobacco addiction is available for free on the internet, thanks to a research study funded by the Nat'l Cancer Institute. MyLastDip.com has two unique programs: One specially designed for ages 14-25, and another for all other users ages 26 and older. Visit their website for more info, or email MyLastDip@ori.org.

Location: World Wide Web, MyLastDip.com

Philadelphia Job Corps Has Openings

Sunday, November 29, 10 a.m. - Thursday, December 31, 1 p.m.

Are you between 16 and 24, or an employer who wishes to help youth in need? Then listen to this. The Philadelphia Job Corps has openiings who live in zip code 191-. There are approximately 70 slots now available. We are looking for dedicated youth looking to prepare a future for themselves. Those who are not in college, desire training in a life skill, preparation for GED, etc. Many of our graduates go on to college and excel in their chosen field. Presently our courses of study are:Administrative Medical Assistants, Culinary Art, EMT, Facilities Maintenance, Medical Assistants, Nurse Aides. Call now to see if you qualify. Courses are FREE. 267-386-2888. If you live out of 191-- zip code, call to be referred to office in your area.

Location: Philadelphia

Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries

Sunday, November 29, 12 p.m. - Wednesday, December 30, 9 a.m.

If you are a low-income Medicare beneficiary you may be eligible to save up to $5,000 on out of pocket and prescription drug expenses. For more information visit www.chlp.org, or call 1-888-838-3180. (Community Health Law Project)

NWS PEACE Program Seeking Caring Families

Monday, November 30, 10 a.m. - Thursday, December 31, 12 p.m.

NWS PEACE Program, a non-profit and CSIET approved program, is seeking caring families in your area to host high school students from Ecuador, Turkey, Brazil, Vietnam, Belgium, Finland, and other countries for the 2016 schoolyear. Students are 13 to 18 years of age and will begin arriving in August to spend the upcoming 5 - 10 mos. with a caring family while attending your local high school. Call today to find out how you can be involved now or in the future.