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Local health events: Feb. 20 through Feb. 27

Back row: Sponsor Sandy Smith and S.L.A.M. students Katia Frederick, Isabelle Montano, Torrance Hudson, Kaya Killingsworth, Aloni Martin, Moriah Murry and sponsors Staci Dahlberg and Carley Burke.
Front row: S.L.A.M. students Alette McDonald, Kailey Seroka and Olivia Lapinskas.
Back row: Sponsor Sandy Smith and S.L.A.M. students Katia Frederick, Isabelle Montano, Torrance Hudson, Kaya Killingsworth, Aloni Martin, Moriah Murry and sponsors Staci Dahlberg and Carley Burke. Front row: S.L.A.M. students Alette McDonald, Kailey Seroka and Olivia Lapinskas.


• Alden Courts of Shorewood Memory Care Community is offering respite care – For information, call 815-230-8600.

• Balance enhancement and fall prevention screening – 15-minute appointment, Brain and Balance Clinic, 1051 Essington Road, Joliet. Screens performed through the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab at Silver Cross Hospital. To schedule a free screening, call 815-300-6580.

• Breakfast club – Lewis University, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville. Ages 55 and older. For times, fees, registration and information, call Jill Siegfried at 815-836-5277.

• C3 Martial Arts Classes – 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Judson Memorial Church Campus, 2800 Black Road, Joliet, Christ Centered Combat (C3) is a martial arts, self-defense class for those ages 7 and older. There is a kids taekwondo class Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., and following at 11 a.m. there is a teen/adult combat hapkido class. Thursday evening is all ages. First two are classes free. Call 
815-342-3538 or visit

• Cardiac risk assessment – Outpatient Testing Center, Silver Cross Hospital,
1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Measures total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat and 12-lead EKG. A 12-hour fast is required. $40. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed. Call 815-300-7076.

• Child Abuse Hotline – 1-800-25-ABUSE (252-2873)

• Donate used eyeglasses – Through April 15 at Troy Middle School, student services office, 5800 Theodore St., Plainfield. Troy Middle School S.L.A.M. Club will give the glasses to Lions Club, where the glasses will be cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and distributed to people in need. Both children’s and adults’ glasses are requested.
 • Flu shots –  Walk-ins: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Closed fourth Friday of the month. Will County Health Department’s Immunizations office, 501 Ella Ave., Joliet. By appointment at the northern branch, 323 Quadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook; and the eastern branch, 5601 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee. For appointments at either branch, residents can call 815-740-8143. Fees: Quadrivalent flu vaccine for adults and children is $40. High-dose flu vaccines for age 65 and older and egg-free flu vaccines are $65. The fee is $23.75 for ages 6 months through 18, who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program. For information, visit

• Free blood pressure checks – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Walk-ins welcome. For information, call 708-364 6337.

• Grief counseling – Available at Joliet Area Community Hospice for anyone of any age experiencing loss due to death of child, parent, sibling, grandparent, relative, friend or pet, regardless of the cause of death. Call Mary Ann Burns at 815-460-3282.

• Grundy VAC office – To learn about programs for veterans on the local, state and federal level, call 815-941-3152.

• Hospice volunteers needed – Compassus Hospice is seeking caring, dedicated volunteers. Duties may included patient and family visits, holding a hand, providing caregiver relief, reading to patients or playing music for them. For information, call Sarah Gorman, volunteer coordinator, Compassus Hospice, at 815-220-1390.

• Illinois Poison Control – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. For information, visit

• LifeSource Blood Donor mobile app – Android users: Google Play. iPhone users: Apple App Store.

• Lung cancer screening – Low-dose CT scan. Annual screening recommended for adults age 55 to 74 years old who have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years, current smokers, or you have quit within the last 15 years and are in relatively good health. Covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Must have a doctor’s order. To schedule, call 815-300-7076.

• Morris Hospital online childbirth class – Instructive video clips, animations, interactive games and birth stories. Tours of the Family Birthing Suites at Morris Hospital scheduled upon request. $65. Register at For information, call 815-942-3012.

• Morris Hospital online health risk assessments – For heart disease, peripheral artery disease and stroke. Visit

• Morris Hospital seeking volunteers for Youth Cardiac Screening Program – To volunteer, contact Karen Nowosielski or visit

• NAMI – Offers information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment at or through its helpline at 815-731-9103.

• Postnatal physical therapy screenings – Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Free for women six weeks to one year post-delivery. 15-minute exam. Focus on posture, core and pelvic strength. For confidential appointment, call 815-300-6288.

• Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission offers Health Care Scholarships – For individuals who reside in ZIP codes 60432, 60433, 60436 and the Lockport Grade School District 89. Application deadline is April 30. For applications, visit or contact Leslie Newbon at 815-300-1096 or

• Silver Cross online sleep disorders assessment – Visit

• Silver Cross online stroke risk assessment – Visit

• Small equipment Grant Program – The Office of the State Fire Marshal will award $2.2 million to eligible fire departments and ambulance services during this application period. The program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment to fire departments and nonprofit ambulance services across Illinois. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28. For information and an application, visit

• Victims legal advice line – 9 a.m. to 
1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Call 844-388-7757 (toll free). Prairie State Legal Services will answer brief civil questions for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Bilingual staff or interpreters for limited English-proficient callers. For legal representation and information, visit

• Will County Health Department walk-in Immunization Clinic – 501 Ella Ave., Joliet. For hours and information about immunization services available to children and adults, call the Will County Health Department immunizations desk at 
815-740-8143 or visit

• Will-Grundy Medical Clinic “Sponsor a Patient” – For information and to donate, visit


• 2nd annual Lincoln-Way Half Marathon – 7 a.m. April 22, 123 Kansas St., Frankfort. $70. Register at For information on sponsorship opportunities, visit lincolnwayhalfmarathon.

• A Matter of Balance – 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. March 12 through April 30, New Lenox VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox; and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 2 through May 21, New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Free. To register or for information, contact Daniel Martin, public safety division chief, New Lenox Police Department, at 815-462-6128 or

• Bridging to the Future Spring Brunch – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18, Prairie Bluff Golf Club, 19433 Renwick Road, Lockport. Easter Bunny (bring camera), raffle and silent auction. Bridges to a New Day helps children learn to deal with bullying issues through in-school programs, as well as providing domestic violence counseling to women. For sponsorships, email For information, visit or call 815-838-2690.

• NAMI Basics – Six-week course runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 8. Group classes for parents and family caregivers of children aged 22 and younger who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or already have been diagnosed. Provides critical strategies for caretaking. Register at For information, visit

• Spring Adult Workshop – 6 to 8 p.m. March 1, 18, 15 and 22, Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet. Topics will include “What is Grief?” with a story shared by Dr. Bill Webster, who established The Center for the Grief Journey. Participants will be able to board the “grief train” and learn and new techniques for relaxation and meditation will be learned. Discussion of remembering loved ones on special occasions. Free. Registration required. Contact Mary Ann Burns at 
815-460-3282 or

• Will-Grundy Medical Clinic 30th anniversary Celebration Gala – March 15, Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook. Theme: A Pearl-fect Night of Honors. Cash bar begins 5:30 p.m. Dinner/honors/auction begins 6:15 p.m. $100. Contact Lynette Doherty at 815-726-3377 or

Feb. 20

• Happy Back Yoga – 10 to 11 a.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. This class helps alleviate back pain and other spinal issues. Registration required. To register, call
708-479-9663. For information, contact Tracy Domzalski at or call 708-479-9663.

• Yoga – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m; also Feb. 27, The Cancer Support Center, 19657 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. For information, call 708-478-3529 or visit

• Family Caregiver Support Group – 
11 a.m., also Feb. 27, Easter Seals, Joliet Region, 212 Barney Drive, Joliet. Contact Kathy Miller at 815-931-9693 or

• Joliet TOPS – Weigh-in is from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; also Feb. 27, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. For information, call Linda 

• Urinary Incontinence – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Presenter: Dr. Juraj Letko, urogynecologist with University of Chicago Medicine at Silver Cross. Topic: Surgical treatments for urinary incontinence; prolapse of the vagina, bladder or uterus; and other pelvic floor disorders. Free. Register to attend at

• Birthing Center tours – 7 p.m., also Feb. 27, Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Call 888-660-4325 or visit

• Bosom Buddies support group – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Presence Cancer Care, 2614 W. Jefferson St., Joliet.

Feb. 21

• Heart Healthy Screening – By appointment, Morris Hospital, 150 High St., Morris. $35 blood test checks total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose for type 2 diabetes. Ultrasound artery screenings – arm, leg and carotid – are $40 each or $100 for all three. Call 815-416-6089 to schedule at Morris or 630-553-8200 to schedule at the Yorkville campus.

Feb. 21

• PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Will County Community Health Center Care Clinic. Offers a Truvada pill, to be taken once a day to prevent transmission of HIV virus. Designed for those without insurance. No one will be turned away. To make an appointment, call 815-727-8830. For information on Truvada, visit

• Sit & Stay Fit Chair Exercises – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Crest Hill Library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. For information, call 815-552-4284 or visit

• AFTERGLOW Stroke Support Group – 5 to 6:30 p.m., Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet. For stroke survivors and their caregivers. For information, call 815-725-7133 ext. 3163.

• Obesity and Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? – 5:45 p.m. BMI Surgery, Silver Cross Hospital Pavilion A, Suite 260, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Drs. Christopher Joyce and Brian Lahmann, gastric bypass surgeons, will offer a free informational session. Register at 888-660-4325 or

• Brain Injury Support Group – 6 p.m., Easter Seals Joliet Region, 212 Barney Drive, Joliet. Contact Kathy Miller at 815-931-9693 or

• Breast Cancer Networking Group – 6 to 7 p.m., The Cancer Support Center, 19657 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. For information,call 708-478-3529 or visit

• Substance Use Disorder Education – 6 p.m., Stepping Stones, 1621 Theodore St., Joliet. Topics include effects of drugs, overdose prevention, disease versus choice, Alanon and co-dependency, effect on families and needs of family members. Reservations not needed. For information, call 815-744-4555, ext. 111.

Feb. 22

• Hines VA Hospital Community Outreach Team – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1752 E Division St, Diamond. Information about VA health care and how to enroll, as well as some basic health care services. For information, call 815-941-3152.

• T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – 9 to 10:45 a.m., Troy Township Community Center, 25448 Seil Road, Shorewood. For information, call Kathy at 815-210-5742 or Judy at 815-744-2068.

• Cradle Talk – 10 to 11 a.m., Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 South Washington St., Naperville. Weekly support group for new parents and their babies, ages 0-6 months. Led by an Edward Hospital mother/baby nurse. Guest speakers. Weekly topics. Special events. Bring newborn with you. For information, call 630-527-3957 or visit

• Heart Attack Prevention – 6 to 7 p.m., Morris Hospital, Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 High St., Morris. Presenter: Dr. Athar Saeed, cardiologist. Free. Register at or by calling 815-705-7832.

• Veteran Medical Cannabis Education Event – 6 to 8 p.m., Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr, Bolingbrook. Panel of speakers. A&A. Free. To register, call 630-359-3213. For more information, visit

• Caregiver Support Group – 6:30 p.m., Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Free to the public. For information, call 815-609-0669 or visit

• Grandparent Support Group – 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lincolnway Church, 690 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox. For grandparents or other relatives over age 55 raising a child. Social skills groups also are provided for children ages 3 to 12, and childcare is available with a reservation. Light dinner at 6 p.m. For information, email

• Ovarian Cysts – 6:30 p.m., Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Learn about the types of ovarian cysts, symptoms, diagnosis and latest treatment options. Presenter: Dr. Judy Sun, gynecologist. Free. Register to attend at

Feb. 23

• Optimizing Brain Fitness – 3 p.m., The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Total of 12 lectures through June.Facilitated by Linda McCluskey. To register or for more information, call  815-609-0669 or visit

Feb. 24

• Vision and Hearing Screening – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Conducted by Will County Health Department. Ages 3 and up. Call 630-759-2102 or visit

• Birthing Center tours – 1:30 p.m.; also 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Call 888-660-4325 or visit

Feb. 25

• NAMI Family Support Group (Bolingbrook) – 6 p.m., Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Inspire Room, 500 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook. For more information, call 815-731-9103 or email

Feb. 26

• Tai Chi – 2:30 p.m., Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Free and open to the public. For information, call 815-609-0669 or visit

• Community Blood Drive – 3 to 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Cana Hall, 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus 5573. To register, call Rich at 815-254-7078 or visit

• Teen clinic – 3 to 6 p.m., Will County Community Health Center, 1106 Neal Ave., Joliet. Birth control, health education, and testing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Ages 12 to 21. Walk-ins welcome. For information, call or text 815-685-2178.

• T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., Romeoville Police Department, 900 Romeo Road, Romeoville. For more information, call Sandie at 815-886-9252.

• Breast Cancer Networking Group – 6 to 7 p.m., The Cancer Support Center, 19657 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. For information,call 708-478-3529 or visit

• Robotic Thoracic (Lung) Surgery – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Discussion on diagnostic and treatment options including daVinci robotic surgery for patients with lung nodules, lung cancer and other chest-related abnormalities. Presenter: Dr. David Cziperle, thoracic surgeon. Participants will have an opportunity to “test drive” the daVinci Robotic System from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To register for this free program, visit

Feb. 27

• Bipolar Disease Support Group – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Silver Cross Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. First-time participants register at 888-660-HEAL (4325) or

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