Freedom From Smoking classes will be held every Tuesday, March 17 through April 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Building, 203 S. Juliana St., Bedford. An extra class will be held on April 9, during “quit week.” The free classes are hosted by the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania and include free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches or gum and mints. Registration is required. Call 814-977-4455 to register or for more information.

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives include the following: 12:30 to 6 p.m. March 9 at the Bedford Moose Lodge; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 11 at UPMC Bedford Memorial; noon to 5:30 p.m. March 19 at the Everett Church of God; and 12:30 to 5 p.m. March 30 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Everett.

PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) is a free support group for parents of loved ones who suffer from addiction. Education and encouragement are the foundations of the faith-based support group. Participants must be 18 or older to attend. PAL meets weekly on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 126 E. Pitt St., Unit 9, Bedford. For more information, visit

Family Hospice, part of UPMC, is continuing to offer a free monthly Bereavement Support Group meetings on the last Tuesday of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at ACTS Community Church, 169 Bedford Plaza Rd., Bedford. Registration is required. Contact Charlene Ebersole, bereavement secretary, at or 814-947-7060 to register. Facilitated by Family Hospice Spiritual Counselor John Bennett, the support group is free and open to all members of the community grieving the loss of a loved one. Group meeting dates are March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 29.

Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima social hall, 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona. For more information, call 934-7403 or 329-3863. The Altoona region group belongs to the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network. Visit Socks pre-treated with permethrin will be offered for sale. The tick repellent protection lasts through 70 washings.

Families of Addiction Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Personal Solutions Inc., 145 Clark Building Road, Bedford, in the meeting room, located to the right of the main entrance. For more information, call 717-286-4129 or 327-8677.

Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on Sundays at the Immaculate Conception Church, 1416 Dudley Road, Dudley. Questions will be answered by calling 494-6028.

Overeaters Anonymous Support Group meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at UPMC Bedford Vreeland room. For more information, call 623-1557.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Bedford 444 meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the UPMC Bedford Vreeland room. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 652-5416.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Schellsburg 0487 meets Tuesdays for weigh-ins at 8:30 a.m. and meetings at 9 a.m. at United Church of Schellsburg. Visitors are welcome to attend a free meeting. Call 839-9402 or visit for more information.

Pennsylvania Department of Health will hold child immunization clinics at the Bedford County State Health Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. For an appointment, call 623-2001 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blood pressure screenings will be offered free of charge monthly by Home Nursing Agency on the second and fourth Mondays from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. at the Bedford Senior Center, 203 S. Richard St.; the second Tuesday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hopewell Senior Center, 305 Mifflin St.; the first Wednesday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Manns Choice Senior Center; the third Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Northern Bedford Senior Center, 4100 Woodbury Pike, Woodbury; the second Thursday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Saxton Senior Center, 707 Ninth St.; and the last Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Everett Senior Center, 101 W. Main St.

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