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Health Calendar: Support groups, free classes, events

BLOOD DRIVES or 800-733-2767

• Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, First Congregational Church, 255 E. Bluff St., Marseilles.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, 2500 W. Reynolds St., Pontiac.

• Noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru.

• 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, 800 N. Richards St., Spring Valley.

• 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 South Monroe St., Streator.

• 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Woodland High School, 5800 E. 3000 N. Road (Route 17), Streator.


FOREVER FIT, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Walsh Park, 509 Bellevue Ave., Ottawa, 815-431-8034.

MARSEILLES AREA FIT CLUB, workout 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 227 E. Bluff St., Marseilles. See Facebook or call Heidi Henry, 815-343-6976.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weigh-in 5 to 5:30 p.m., meeting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday, First Baptist Church, 103 W McKinley Road, Ottawa. Use west door. 815-830-1961 (text only).


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PATIENT RESOURCE CENTER, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Streator Medical Arts Building, Patient Resource Center, Suite 200, 104 Sixth St. Wig boutique and cancer resources, 815-673-5620.

ANGEL OF HOPEFEST, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Mill Street between Church and Canal streets, downtown Utica.

HIKE FOR A CURE, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. To register, call 815-220-7386 or sign up online at

DON'T LET THE BUGS GET THE BEST OF YOU, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, steps to prevent cold and flu, Pleasant View, 505 College Ave., Ottawa.

MENDOTA AREA SENIOR SERVICES, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, Adams Township Building, Leland, and 1 to 3 p.m., Earlville Library.


BLOOD PRESSURE, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Valley West Hospital, Sandwich, 815-786-3962,

BLOOD PRESSURE, 9 to 10:30 a.m. second Tuesday each month, Evergreen Place Supportive Living Community, 1529 E. Main St., Streator, 815-672-0903.

BLOOD PRESSURE, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Marseilles Nursing Service, 227 S. Main St., 815-795-4332, Open 8 a.m. to noon first Wednesday each month.

BLOOD PRESSURE, GLUCOSE CHECKS, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Parker Nursing and Rehab Center, 516 W. Frech St., Streator, 815-672-2600.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY, 9 a.m to noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, Streator Family YMCA, 710 Oakley Ave.

WALK-IN FLU CLINIC, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Livingston County Health Department, 310 E. Torrance Ave., Pontiac.


CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION & REFRESHER SERIES, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays every other month, Meeting Room 1 at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa. Registration required, 815-431-5269.

CHILD PASSENGER SEAT CHECK, 4 to 6 p.m. first Wednesday each month, by appointment, OSF St. Elizabeth, 815-431-5499.

I'M A STAR TOO!, 6 to 7 p.m. second Monday every other month, Meeting Room 4, OSF St. Elizabeth. One-time class designed for siblings ages 2 to 7 to prepare for the adjustment to a new sibling and the initial visit to the hospital after the baby is born, 815-431-5269.


ABORTION TRAUMA RECOVERY, 6 p.m. Tuesdays for 10 weeks, 815-434-5491 or 815-410-1708. Leave message.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, Serenity Corner, 601 E. Hickory St., Streator.

ALANON/AA WOMEN, 6 p.m. Mondays, 224 1/2 W. Main St., Ottawa.

ALANON/AA WOMEN, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 633 E. Superior St., Ottawa.

ALANON, 7 p.m. Mondays, Streator Community Center, 701 S. Sterling St., 815-672-2685.

ALANON, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, 633 E. Superior St., Ottawa. Use side door, 815-434-5164.

ALANON, 1:30 p.m. every other Sunday, 611 E. Van Buren St., Ottawa. Wheelchair accessible, 815-434-5164.

ALANON, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Illinois Valley YMCA, 300 Walnut St., Peru.

ALZHEIMER'S CARE CLUB, 4 to 6 p.m. last Tuesday each month, refreshments, Parker Nursing and Rehab Center, 516 W. Frech St., Streator, 815-672-2600.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. third Tuesday each month, meeting room 4 at OSF St. Elizabeth, 815-433-6090.

ALZHEIMER'S CARING FRIENDS, for caregivers, family and friends, 6 p.m. third Monday each month, lower level Peru Public Library, 1409 11th St. Sponsored by Illinois Valley Alzheimer's Group, 815-339-6465, 815-223-1885.

AUTISM, for parents of children with autism, 7 to 8 p.m. 15th of each month, fireside room at Ottawa Friendship House, 1718 N. 2525th Road, Sheryl Gavin, 815-830-7202.

BEREAVEMENT, 5 to 6 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday each month, OSF St. Elizabeth Meeting Room 4, 815-433-6090.

BREAST-FEEDING, La Leche League of the Illinois Valley, 815-894-3303, email or visit

CANCER, "I Can Cope," Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6,, 815-364-8915.

CANCER, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. second Wednesday each month, Valley West medical office building, 815-786-9198,

CANCER, 6 p.m. second Monday each month, special procedures conference room just off the West Street lobby at IVCH, 815-780-4618.

CANCERCARE, 1 p.m. second Wednesday each month, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, 815-695-9926.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Crossbridge Community Church of the Nazarene, in building 412, 4161 Columbus St., Ottawa,, 815-434-3794.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, 6 to 9 p.m., meal at 6 p.m. Mondays, Grace Community Church, 1634 Route 23 North, Streator, Celebrate Recovery-Streator on Facebook, 815-672-7700.

CHILDREN'S LOSS, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, IVCH office building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru. Children ages 6 to 14 who have experienced death of a family member or someone close to them. Pre-registration is requested by calling the hospice office at 815-224-1307.

CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS, 6 to 7 p.m. third Tuesday each month, Evergreen Place Supportive Living, 1529 E. Main St., Streator, 815-672-0903.

DIABETES, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, OSF St. James, Pontiac, first-floor conference room, 815-842-4970.

DIABETES ACADEMY, IVCH Sixth Street office building, Peru, 815-780-3576.

DIVORCE, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Country House Restaurant, 10 Third St., La Salle, 815-223-1001.

DIVORCECARE FOR ADULTS AND KIDS, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, 815-695-9926, email or visit

EPILEPSY, 6 to 7 p.m. second Thursday each month, Peru YMCA, 300 Walnut St., Erika, 815-414-8655. No meetings in December, January or February.

FAMILY CAREGIVER, 10 a.m. second Friday each month, Bridges Senior Center, 815-431-8034.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN, 5 to 6 p.m. third Tuesday, Bridges Senior Center, 815-431-8034.

GRIEF RECOVERY, 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday each month, IVCH fourth-floor conference room C, 815-780-3426.

GRIEFSHARE, for those who have lost a loved one, Central Church of Christ, 2001 E. Main St., Streator, 815-673-1581.

GRIEFSHARE, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan,, 815-695-9926, email

HARMONICA GROUP, pulmonary disease, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital, 100 W. Gore Road, 815-705-7837. Participants should bring harmonica if possible, playing experience not required.

HEART FAILURE, family birthing suites classroom at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., 815-705-7832.


ILLINOIS VALLEY DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE, 6:30 to 8 p.m. first and third Monday each month (except federal holidays), IVCH, fourth-floor conference room C.

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER, for women undergoing cancer treatment, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6,, 815-364-8915.

MEN'S RECOVERY (ADDICTION), 7 p.m. Saturdays, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, Larry McClimans, 815-671-1125.

MOTHERS OF BEAUTIFUL BABIES, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, OSF St. Elizabeth Meeting Room 4, 815-431-5285.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Marseilles Church of the Nazarene, building behind church, 918-652-1080.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Serenity Corner, 601 E. Hickory St., Streator.

OBESITY, 6 p.m. second Friday each month, EnergyPsi, 190 W. Main St., Grand Ridge, 815-349-5706.

ORAL, HEAD AND NECK CANCER, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. 6,, 815-364-8915.

PARKINSON'S, 1:30 to 3 p.m. first Monday each month, first-floor presentation room, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, 815-434-7114.

PARKINSON'S RECOVERY, 4:30 p.m. second Friday each month, EnergyPsi, 190 W. Main St., Grand Ridge, 815-349-5706.

PINK RIBBON CLUB, breast cancer, 5:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday each month, Valley Regional Cancer Center lobby, Peru, 815-220-0342,

POSSIBILITIES/DBSA, depression and bipolar, IVCH, Jenny Waskiewicz, 815-223-8792.

SISTER SUPPORT BREAST CANCER, 1 p.m. first Thursday each month, IVCH fourth-floor conference room C, 815-223-7878.

STRAIGHT ROAD TO RECOVERY, 7 p.m. Fridays, Open Bible Church, 1013 E. Livingston St., Streator, 815-510-9303.

STROKE CLUB, first Friday each month, OSF St. Elizabeth. Designed for survivors of stroke and their family members, 815-431-5316.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, 7 to 8:30 p.m. second Monday each month, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway St., Streator, 815-854-2576 or 815-257-2818.

TRANSPLANT, Live Life pre- and post-transplant, 6:30 p.m. second Monday each month, meeting room of IVCH office building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru, 815-780-3521.

WOMEN'S (LIFT), 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fox River Church, 2785 E. U.S. 52, Sheridan, Sandy Mathre, 815-793-1032, or Darlene McClimans, 815-708-2464. For women healing from past hurts or ongoing situations for which they need support; children can attend AWANA program at same time and location.

TO INCLUDE an item in the health calendar, submit information by noon Tuesday, one week before publication. Information can be sent by email to, by fax at 815-433-1639, or in writing to Health Calendar, The Times, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

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