Health Notes for Nov. 2

Surviving the holidays

A free presentation, “Get Me Through the Holidays: 10 strategies for coping with loss on days that hold special meaning,” will be offered Nov. 2 by Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 10-11:30 a.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital conference room. Call 541-387-6449 to register.

Those who are grieving will learn practical and meaningful ways to cope during the holidays or other meaningful dates such as birthdays or anniversaries.

Support for breastfeeding mothers

A breastfeeding support group meets Nov. 6 and 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets in HR.

Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, the group provides an opportunity to share breastfeeding info and personal experiences, mutually support and learn from each other, increase ability and confidence in breastfeeding and discuss successful strategies for returning to work while breastfeeding.

For more information call Jennifer McCauley at 541-387-6344 or Ellen Mallon at 541-387-7131.

The Arc holds ‘Community Connect’

Opportunity Connections and The Arc of the Mid-Columbia invite the community to Community Connect, a free social gathering for people with intellectual disabilities and their friends and family, every third Saturday of the month from 2-4 p.m.

Activities alternate between movies and dancing. Please bring your care provider if you have special needs.

The next gathering will take place Nov. 16 at the Opportunity Connections Heights office, 1102 12th St., Hood River.

For more information call 541-386-3520, ext 7003.

Learn more about Lyme disease

The Mid-Columbia Lyme Disease Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, at 5:30 p.m.

Each meeting will have a time for planned informational exchanges, with an occasional guest speaker.

For more information contact Pam Ritzenthaler at 541-386-5658 or, or Elaine Walker at 541-490-4019.

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