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Education

February 12, 2001

Tuesday: "The Effects of Diabetes on Your Heart," led by a cardiologist. San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, 261 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel. 6:30 p.m. Free. (323) 283-2061 or (626) 284-5451.

* Thursday: A re-creation of an operating room will teach the latest in heart surgery, sponsored by Mended Hearts, an affiliate of the American Heart Assn. Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood. 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 674-7050, Ext. 3316.

* Thursday: "The Aging Eye," led by an ophthalmologist, will focus on cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Glendale Memorial Hospital, Auditorium, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 502-2348.

* Thursday: "The Intimate Side of MS," an online educational program led by a doctor and sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will focus on sexual dysfunction, rehabilitation and intimacy. 5:30 p.m. For information on this and other programs, call (800) FIGHT-MS or go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org.

* Friday: "The Faces of Depression," a workshop led by a doctor and the director of assessment services at Las Encinas Hospital, will look at the lives and personalities of the depressed. Las Encinas Hospital, 2900 East Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (626) 356-2628.

* Saturday: Workshop for people who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia (severe facial pain) will focus on medical and surgical management, radiosurgery, coping with pain and chronic disease, alternative medical and nursing management of trigeminal neuralgia, and the latest research and discoveries. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Harvey Morse Auditorium, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) CEDARS-1.

EVENTS

* Wednesday: "Courage of the Heart," a performance by the Creative Arts Group of the Verdugo Mental Health Center, features stories based on the actors' own experiences with mental illness. Pacific Clinics, Wilson Auditorium, 909 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 577-6697.

* Friday: American Physical Therapy Assn. will offer a toll-free hotline on managing the effects of osteoporosis until 3 p.m. (Also Saturday.) 877-NEED-A-PT. For a free brochure, "What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis," send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Osteoporosis, P.O. Box 37257, Washington, D.C. 20013 or go to http://www.apta.org.

SCREENINGS

* Thursday: "Getting Your Heart in Harmony" fair and screenings will include free blood pressure, stress and body fat evaluations, plus cholesterol screening (no fasting required) for $15. 3-7 p.m. Saddleback Memorial Hospital, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills. 1-3 p.m. (949) 452-7255.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Today: Fibromyalgia group, West Valley Jewish Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. 6:30 p.m. (818) 886-8730.

* Tuesday: Hepatitis and other liver diseases group, USC Hospital, 1500 San Pablo Ave, Los Angeles. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. (310) 670-4624.

* Tuesday: Group for family members of elders with Alzheimer's or other memory loss conditions. (Meets second Tuesday of each month.) Silverado Senior Living Center, 25100 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 222-1000.

* Wednesday: Caregiver group. (Meets second Wednesday of each month.) Sherman Oaks Hospital, Doctors Conference Room, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. (818) 990-2573.

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