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Seminar on Women's Health Issues

October 02, 2000|MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

On Saturday, a "Well Woman Conference"--sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, the Cancer Detection Center and the American Cancer Society--will focus on early detection of breast cancer, breast/ovarian cancer genetics, hormone replacement therapy, pelvic cancers, osteoporosis, skin care and general good health. Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, 637 S. Lucas Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., but early call-in registration is recommended. Free. (213) 977-2331.

EDUCATION

* Tuesdays and Thursdays: The ongoing class "Fit for Childbirth and Beyond" is open to women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant or who have recently given birth. The focus is on overall toning, knowledge about exercise, back care, posture and body mechanics. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Auditorium, 1500 Chevy Chase Drive. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 per class. (818) 409-8070.

* Saturday: "Breast Health Awareness Program" will offer information on understanding breast cancer, cancer detection/prevention strategies, breast self-exams. Huntington Memorial Hospital, Braun Auditorium, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. 1-5 p.m. Free. To register: (800) 820-3463.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Wednesday: Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a nonprofit organization designed to help people lose weight. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. 9:30 a.m. (Meets weekly.) Contact Fran at (310) 837-5970.

* Wednesday: Sleep apnea group will discuss reducing the need for treatment, plus alternative treatment options. Northridge Hospital, Roscoe Campus, Sleep Disorders Center, Institute for Life Building, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Meets first Wednesdays.) Reservations required. (818) 885-8500, Ext. 2782.

* Wednesday: Being Alive, a support group for people with AIDS. Sherman Oaks Hospital, Doctors Dining Room, 4911 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 7 p.m. (818) 889-9259.

* Wednesdays: Cancer group for people newly diagnosed, in remission or coping with recurrent problems. Providence Holy Cross Cancer Center, Conference Room, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. 6-7:30 p.m. (Breast cancer support group meets from 4:30-5:30 p.m.) (818) 898-4410.

* Wednesday: Caregiver group, Glendale Memorial Hospital's Senior Services Center, 1330 S. Glendale Ave. 3-4:30 p.m. (Meets first and third Wednesdays.) (818) 502-2396.

* Wednesday: "I Count Too," a support group for children, age 9-15, of parents who have died or have a life-threatening illness. Beach Cities Health District, Beach Cities Room, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Hermosa Beach. 3:30-5 p.m. (Meets weekly.) Contact Nancy Siever, (310) 374-6323.

* Thursday: Domestic violence group for men, Center for Individual and Family Counseling, 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. 6-8 p.m. $20. (Meets weekly.) To register: (818) 761-2227.

* Friday: Stroke support group, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Rehabilitation Dining Room, 1420 S. Central Ave. 2-3 p.m. (Meets first and third Fridays.) (818) 502-1900, Ext. 4787.

EVENTS

* Saturday: Stair Climb to the Top, benefiting the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, is a race to the top of the 73-story Library Tower (the tallest building west of the Mississippi River). 633 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. $25 for early registration; $30 on day of event. (213) 624-2348.

* Saturday: Hepatitis Awareness Festival, sponsored by Back to Life, will include lectures, entertainment and exhibits. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. $15. (949) 654-4250.

* Sunday: FILA City Challenge 5K/10K Race will raise money for Ronald S. Hirshberg Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at UCLA. Event will include Healthy Kids Fair and entertainment. Veterans Administration grounds, Los Angeles (north of Wilshire Boulevard). To register, call (310) 472-6310 or go to http://www.active.com.

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