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New Law on Child Safety Seats

July 02, 2001

As of Jan. 1, California will require that children 6 and younger or those weighing 60 pounds or less be restrained in a child's safety seat when in a moving vehicle. Children's Hospital Orange County will offer classes on the proper use of these seats. Times, dates vary. Free. (714) 289-4084.

EDUCATION

Thursday

"Shift Your Focus: Regaining Independence," sponsored by the Braille Institute, is one in a series of lectures for people with fading vision. On July 19: "Getting Your Act Together: Living Life to the Fullest." And on Aug. 2: "Look to the Future: Adaptive Technology." Cal State Fullerton, Ruby Gerontology Center, Fullerton. 1:15-3:15 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (714) 278-2446.

Friday

"Chemical Dependency in the Child/Adolescent Population," led by a physician. Las Encinas Hospital, 2900 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Free. 11:30-1 p.m. (626) 356-2628.

Saturday

"Introduction to Meditation," for cancer patients and loved ones. Wellness Community-South Bay, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Upper Level Pier Plaza, Redondo Beach. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Reservations required. (310) 376-3550.

SCREENINGS

Wednesday

Eating-disorder screenings, sponsored by the California Graduate Institute Counseling Center, are available the first and third Wednesdays of each month. 4199 Campus Drive, Suite E, Irvine. Free. Reservations required (daytime and evening appointments available). Free. (949) 737-5462.

STUDIES

UCLA is seeking healthy children and adolescents, ages 8-17, for a study examining how gender, puberty and emotions influence reaction to pain. (310) 825-7667.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Today

Prostate cancer networking group, sponsored by the Wellness Community. 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 314-2555.

Today

Clutter control group focuses on how to cope with excess personal belongings. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Torrance. (Meets first and third Mondays.) (310) 212-0917.

Thursday

"Let's Just Talk," for caregivers, adults, children and family members of those with Parkinson's disease. California Federal Bank, 12001 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood. 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (877) 775-4111.

Saturday

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Assn. will offer a support group for those with Lou Gehrig's disease. It will include a demonstration of communication devices. American Red Cross Building, VA Grounds, 11355 Ohio Ave., Los Angeles. 2 p.m. Free. (323) 660-4484.

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