November 12, 2007

Tai Chi Classes Are Free in Fremont

Through the Fremont Adult School, instructor Sifu May Chen offers ongoing tai chi classes for adults of all skill levels.

Great Outdoor Tai Chi classes are from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 510-790-6602.

Other classes at 4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont:

-Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Routine No. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No class Nov. 19, 21; Dec. 24, 26 and 31.

-Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan No. 42, 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays.

-Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Call 510-793-6465.

Elephant Pharm

Homeopath Myra Nissen gives tips on how to care for winter colds and flu from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

All classes are free. 1388 S. California St.,

Walnut Creek. Call 925-658-5300 or visit http://

American Red Cross

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (800- 448-3543).

Any healthy person age 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds, may be able to donate blood. You can visit and search for the blood drive or center location nearest you. The Red Cross has blood centers in Newark, Oakland, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton and San Jose.

Bariatric Surgery Program

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's weight-loss surgery support group "New beginnings" will be having meetings for people who have had or are considering weight-loss surgery. Pre-operative patients will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Post-operative patients will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Family and friends are welcome. Admission is free. At 3100 Summit St., Suite 2600, Oakland. Call 510- 869-8972.

Hospice gay men's grief group

Hospice By the Bay's eight-week grief support group for gay men who have lost a life partner or close relationship. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 6.

There is no charge for those who received Hospice by the Bay services within the past year. $160 fee for community members. To reserve a space, call 415-487-4313. Located at 1902 Van Ness Ave., 2nd floor, San Francisco.

Axis Community Health

The center has scheduled its free fall immunization clinics for children from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

At 4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Call 925-462-1755 for an appointment.

Public flu shot clinics

Sutter VNA & Hospice will be vaccinating children 9 and older and adults in Alameda County. The clinics continue through December.

To find dates and nearby locations call 800-500-2400 or visit

Stroke support group

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Regional Stroke Center hosts a support group for those in stroke rehabilitation and their family and friends. Held from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (except December). Free.

At the Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Call 510-204- 4503.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

From 11 a.m. to noon, Thursdays, the Berkeley campus hosts free drop-in yoga classes for cancer patients. At 2001 Dwight Way. Call 510-508-1653.

Free yoga

Relax the mind and find peace, balance and renewal with free Sahaja Yoga meditation classes every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. The sessions are open to everyone.

At 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley. Call 510-522-3436.

Food addicts in recovery

A free 12-step recovery program is held Saturdays in Tracy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for people suffering from food obsessions such as overeating, undereating and bulimia.

At Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. Call 209-835-5577 or visit

Quit-smoking support group

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Nicotine Anonymous meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore. The ongoing support group is open to the public.

At 2020 Fifth St., Livermore. Call 925-339-5199.

Chemical dependency workshops

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's Merritt Peralta Institute offers treatment for alcohol or drug abuse. The workshop is open to addicted people or their friends and families. Workshops include: Disease of Chemical Dependency, Family Illness, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery and Adolescent Chemical Dependency. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Free.

At the medical center's Health Education Center, Room 201, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland.

Send press releases at least three weeks in advance to Health Calendar, Bay Area Living, 4770 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588, or e-mail Dino-Ray Ramos at [email protected] Faxes can be sent to 925-416-4850. Include the name of the event, time, date, place, description, cost and a telephone number. Event listings are free.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

The Latina Breast Health Program hosts a free breast cancer support group for Spanish speaking women from 2 to 4 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. Registration required.

Located at the Summit Campus, Peralta Pavilion, Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Center 430 30th St., Room 2810, Oakland. Call 510-219-3532.

Elephant Pharm Flu Shots

Stop by Elephant Pharmacy locations for a flu shot. Proceeds benefit Sutter Hospice Program. Preservative-free shots for pregnant women or nursing mothers are in limited supply for $30. All other shots are $25. Located in Berkeley: 1607 Shattuck Ave., 510-549- 9200. Walnut Creek: 1388 South California St., 925-658-5300. Check for details.

Hospice By the Bay

The nonprofit organization offers an ongoing weekly grief and art support group that combines work with various art media and group discussion. Participants focus on healing grief from the loss of a loved one. No art background required.

Meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. Located at 1902 Van Ness Ave., 2nd floor, San Francisco. There is no charge for family members who have received services within the past year. Otherwise, the cost is $20 per group. Call 415-469-2521.

Maternity classes in Spanish

Eden Medical Center gives free tours of its birthing facilities and childbirth preparation classes in Spanish. Tours are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.

The medical center is at 20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Call 510-889-5078 to register or visit http://

HIV testing

The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health has approved the DeFrank LGBT Community center as an alternative HIV test site. The center offers a pilot HIV program that uses rapid testing technology. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for appointments; 5 to 8:30 p.m. for walk-ins Monday through Thursday.

The center is at 938 The Alameda, San Jose. Call 408-293-3040 ext. 119,

Laugh and stretch

The Dublin Senior Center invites you to Laughter Yoga classes from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. This form of exercise combines the power of laughter with yoga to fill the body with oxygen, lower stress levels and make you feel good. All ages welcome. $5 per class.

The center is at 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. To register call 510- 390-4105.

Cancer support

The East Bay Cancer Support Group meets Thursdays at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. The charitable organization serves cancer patients and caregivers for free. For scheduled meeting times call 510-889-8766 or visit http://

Send press releases at least three weeks in advance to Health Calendar, Bay Area Living, 4770 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588, or e-mail Dino-Ray Ramos at [email protected] Faxes can be sent to 925-416-4850. Include the name of the event, time, date, place, description, cost and a telephone number. Event listings are free.

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