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Youth for Understanding - Attention High School Students

Sunday, March 6, 1 p.m. - Saturday, December 31, 1 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

Heartbreaking to Watch -- Narconon PSA

Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m. - Wednesday, December 28, 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.

Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries

Wednesday, March 9, 12 - 9 p.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)

Philadelphia Senior Center: Diabetes Support Group

Wednesday, March 9, 1 - 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad St. in Philly, will hold a Diabetes Support Group at 1:00pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Join others to discuss the issues facing people with Diabetes and learn about ways to manage the illness. Free and open to the public.

Location: 509 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Bring the Materia Medica to Life -- With Your Help

Thursday, March 10, 7 - 9 p.m.

Homeopathic Study Group of Central Montgomery County Free Workshop - presented by Barbara Dively, JD -- A "Materia Medica" is any encyclopedia of homeopathic remedies. Come to learn how the remedy entries are organized, what are the 'red line symptoms', and how a picture can emerge from the text.

Location: Plymouth Meeting Friends School, 2150 Butler Pike
Sponsored By: Homeopathic Study Group of Montgomery Cty

Graeme Park Open for Free Charter Day Tours

Sunday, March 13, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Join the Penna. Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in celebrating the Commonwealth's 335th birthday on Charter Day, Sunday, March 13, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Penna. Trails of History. In honor of Charter Day, many historic sites and museums along the PA Trails of History will offer free admission; those participating include the following (as well as many others): Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata Hope Lodge, Ft. Washington Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Lancaster Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville Railroad Museum of PA, Strasburg

Location: Pennsylvania, historic sites
Sponsored By: PA Historical and Museum Commission

VOLUNTEERS 55+ NEEDED TO LEAD DISCUSSION GROUPS

Monday, March 14, 1 p.m. - Monday, March 28, 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 soon 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

FREE Oral Cancer Screening

Tuesday, March 15, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Who should get screened? Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups. Advanced Indicators: A sensation that something is stuck in your throat. Numbness in the oral region. An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened today. Our complimentary screening is open to the public on a first come – first served basis. No appointment is necessary and you need not be a patient of Dr. Dubin’s. Hours of the screening will be 8:30 am – 10:30 am. For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.oralcancer.org. For additional information on this free event, look for it in the Oral Cancer Foundation’s event list or go to www.dentistryforlife.net or see our facebook page.

Location: Medical Arts Building, 1601 Walnut St., Ste. 1217, Philadelphia
Sponsored By: Oral Cancer Foundation

Philadelphia Senior Center

Tuesday, March 15, 2 - 5 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

PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program

Tuesday, March 15, 7 - 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 ... http://www.councilsepa.org/.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 12 - 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

Support Meeting for Family Members of Incarcerated Offenders

Wednesday, March 16, 7 - 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

SCHOOL BOOK DRIVES SOUGHT

Friday, March 18 - 1 p.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 .

Workshops, Health Screenings and Support Groups at Riddle

Friday, March 18, 12 - 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

Friday, March 18, 4 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