Go, Do, Learn

April 01, 2002

Don't hold your breath

Hagerstown Community College presents a free public forum on asthma and allergy issues Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Kepler Theater. Dr. Nicholas Orfan will speak on allergic reactions, the role of the immune system, how to recognize the disease, and how to reduce the impact of the disease. Participants will also discuss what triggers asthma and how to manage it, the role of the allergist, and asthma and allergy medications.

Register by calling Julie House at 301-790-2800, ext. 442. Registration is also available at the door.

Watch for free health fair

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -Healthier Jefferson County will host a community-wide health event in recognition of National Public Health Week at Wal-Mart in Charles Town on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. A variety of free health screenings will be offered to the community as well as information on prevention and health maintenance. For more information, call 1-304-728-1690.

Get organ donation facts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Menno Haven and CORE will host an organ donation information session Tuesday, April 9, from 2 to 3 p.m., at Menno Village Chapel, 1427 Philadelphia Ave. The program "Donation: Separating Fact From Fiction," is sponsored by Menno Haven and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, which manages the donor program locally.

Is it true that one organ, tissue or corneal donor may help more than 200 people? Is there an age limit on donation? Get the facts.

The program kicks off National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. Almost 80,000 people are awaiting organ transplants and thousands more are in need of tissue and corneal transplants.

Learn to minister to sick

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pastoral Services Department at Chambersburg Hospital is offering "Pastoral Care in a Hospital Setting," Tuesdays from April 2 to May 28, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., in the Cafeteria Meeting Room on the ground floor of the hospital.

This nine-week class, which includes a one-day retreat on Saturday, June 1, is open to pastors and active lay people who have a desire to learn how to effectively minister to hospitalized persons and their families.

Upon completion of training, each lay person will be commissioned as a "lay pastoral caregiver" and will be offered a 50 percent scholarship from the hospital, if they agree to serve as lay visitors for at least three hours per week for six months.

The cost of the course is $55. For information or to register, call Beth Shetter, 1-717-267-3000, ext. 7210.

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