WILLMAR — The breast cancer peer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the garden court conference room at Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital. The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Jill May, lifestyle empowerment coach, will be the speaker. For more information, call 320-231-4570.
WILLMAR — The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. Music is a feature of the time together as well. For more information, call 320-235-8573.
New to Medicare
WILLMAR — There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and also to financial penalties. Senior LinkAge Line and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging will have a two-hour class during which participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota. The next class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Willmar Community Center. No fee. Call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
WILLMAR — A bariatric surgery informational meeting for individuals who are considering having weight loss surgery will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Carris Health-Willmar Skylark Clinic conference room. This group will be facilitated by a surgeon or a registered nurse. To register, call 320-214-6966 or go online at carrishealth.com.
WILLMAR — The central Minnesota multiple myeloma support group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 11, in the training room at the Willmar Fire Department. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join. Dr. Speer, radiation oncologist at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, will be the speaker. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Bev and Tony Hartzburg, 320-894-8101; Steve and Sheila Ellingboe, 320-295-3940; Jesse and Carrie Wadsworth, 320-364-2222; or visit CentralMN.support.myeloma.org. The group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation.
WILLMAR — Jumpstart January with Health Habits will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Willmar Community Center. There will be speakers from Carris Health, Club Bethesda and Kandiyohi-Renville County Public Health and information from Willmar Parks and Recreation. Learn about nutrition, exercise and how to achieve your new year goals.
WILLMAR — Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the conference room at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Associaiton of Suicidology and was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide and to help survivors absorb the impact of self-inflicted death, to offer the comfort of empathetic understanding and acceptance, and to support each other toward healthy resolution of the grief. For more information or to talk to someone, call Kay at 320-262-6162, Diane at 320-894-0182, Don and Sandy at 320-235-4401 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000.
Community Health Service
WILLMAR — Community Health Service Inc. provides affordable health care for seasonal workers, farmers, hired help and families who have been employed in agriculture in the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmers also qualify. Health care services are available at Community Health Service, 1804 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar. Sliding fee scales are income-based. Late clinic hours are offered with a health care provider. Interpreter services also are available. For more information about hours and appointments, call 320-214-7286.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar. No appointment is needed. All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment — your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.
The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.
Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:
Jan. 7, Sacred Heart: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center
Jan. 10, Danube: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Center
Jan. 13, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
Jan. 14, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., Appleton Area Health Services
Jan. 21, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church
Jan. 21, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion