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.

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.

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives include the following: 1:30 to 6 p.m. March 5 at New Enterprise Church of the Brethren; 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.

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.

Narconon is available to help families who are looking for ways to help loved ones who need treatment for addiction, even if it’s an intervention. Narconon New Life Retreat can help families to stay educated on the signs and dangers of drug abuse. The amount of deaths caused by methamphetamines has almost tripled since 2014. To learn more, visit For free screenings or referrals, call 1-800-431-1754.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Group will meet at the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., at 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Anyone caring for someone with memory problems is invited to attend. No advance sign-up is necessary. Free respite care is available during group time. Call Karen Everhart at 623-7772 for more information.

Breastfeeding support is offered by a certified lactation consultant at the Pennwood Women, Infants and Children office on the second Wednesday of every month. Prenatal breastfeeding class is offered from 10 to 11 a.m., and a nursing mom’s project and social hour will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants need not be WIC clients to attend. Call 623-6571 to register.

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Support Group meets at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the club room on the third floor of the Northview Building at Homewood in Martinsburg. No pre-registration is required; all are welcome. For more information, contact Erin Weaver at 793-1338.

Bedford Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at upstairs meeting room, Bedford Presbyterian Annex Building, 115 E. Penn St., Bedford, in the rear of the building. Call 623-6891 for directions.

Alcoholics Anonymous, open to men and women, meets at noon Tuesdays at upstairs meeting room, Bedford Presbyterian Annex Building, 115 E. Penn St., Bedford, upstairs in rear of building. Call 623-6891 for directions.

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

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.

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