Updated: May 10, 2014 6:19AM
Grief support for kids
Hospice of the Calumet Area Healing Hearts program provides counseling through a bereavement support group for children and teens who have experienced a loss of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death. Children and teens need to know they are not alone at this difficult time in their lives. Healing Hearts offers, at no cost, helpful information, support and a comfortable atmosphere for sharing feelings and experiences, struggles and triumphs. The upcoming children’s workshop series will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 16 to May 28 (except May 14) at Ridge United Methodist Church, 8607 Columbia Ave., Munster. Another teen workshop series will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on April 28, May 12, June 2, June 23, July 7 and July 14 at the Hospice of the Calumet Area offices, 600 Superior Ave., Munster. Topics include Getting to Know You and Your Loved One, Dealing with Feelings, Understanding My Feelings, Remembering, Coping with Change, and Moving On. To register or for more information, contact Dorothy Poma at (219) 922-2732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porter Regional Hospital will present the following community wellness programs in April:
Drs. Thomas Kay and Michael Leland will discuss chronic joint pain and reasons you may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery. The event will be at 6 p.m. April 17 at Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive in Chesterton.
Dr. Matthew Provenzano will talk about how hearing loss is diagnosed and the best new treatment options. The event will be at 6 p.m. April 29 at Strongbow Inn, 2405 E. U.S. 30 in Valparaiso.
Porter Regional Hospital’s community wellness programs are free, and refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register, call (800) 541-1861.
Health and wellness expo
A health and wellness expo will be held April 18 and 19 at the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville.
Hosted by the Foundation for Molecular Medicine (FFMM) of Crown Point, this annual event will include exhibitors, demonstrations, health screenings, presentations and celebrity guests.
Brian Hansen, a two-time Olympian in long track speedskating from the north suburbs of Chicago, will be featured. Hansen won the silver medal in the men’s team pursuit at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and recently won the gold in the 1,500 meters at the World Cup race in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
At the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Hansen placed seventh in the men’s 1,500 meters and the men’s team pursuit, and ninth in the men’s 1,000 meters. He will be on hand to meet the public and sign autographs.
The expo is a fundraiser to support the work of the Foundation for Molecular Medicine, a nonprofit that focuses on cancer research, early detection and education on health and wellness programs that prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases.
The expo hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. It is open to the public. Admission is $4. Half-price coupons can be obtained by visiting www.ffmm.org.
For more information or to become an exhibitor or sponsor, call 644-3237.
Low-vision support group
The Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. April 22 at the Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso (the building behind Whispering Pines Health Care Center, 3301 N. Calumet). The group aims to teach how people can live good lives despite their reduced vision. For rides within Porter County and during daylight hours, the legally blind can call the Porter County Aging & Community Services bus at 462-4302 for a free door-to-door ride. It’s otherwise 50 cents each way for seniors, and $1 each way for others. Riders are asked to phone a week or two ahead. For more information, contact Verne R. Sanford at 464-1867, email email@example.com or visit www.valpolowvisionsupport.org.