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March: Health events and activities for families

FREE! A HYPERTENSTION COURSE is offered for eight weeks beginning at 9 a.m. March 4 at the Anderson Area YMCA. Topics include nutrition, physical activity, stress management, smoking cessation, medications and making smart goals for the future. To register, call 864-716-6260 or email Wally Weathers at for more information.

PLAN A PARTY TO SUPPORT LET THERE BE MOM March 28 – April 7. Register your event and LTBM will create a page on its website where guests can donate directly to LTBM. The Dine In for Mom fundraiser also includes an online auction. For details, visit dine-in-for-mom.

GROUP TRIPLE P POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM CLASSES are offered at the Center for Community Services in Simpsonville. For details, email or call 864-688-2228.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR CAMP PLANT STOCK Aug. 9 – 11, 2019 in Black Mountain, NC. The event includes activities for families in a summer camp atmosphere with food, events and education focused on a plant-based lifestyle. For details and registration, visit

LEARN TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE with bullet journaling at 2 p.m. March 2 at Fiction Addiction. Tickets are $25 each. Each ticket admits one and will be redeemable at the beginning of the class on journals, pens and other supplies for the bullet journal you will start during the class. Visit

HOST A PERIOD PARTY or volunteer with Homeless Period Project to sanitary products to women and girls in need. For details, visit

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE at Upstate International. Classes are offered in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and more. For details, email

TO LEARN ABOUT SAFE BUTTON BATTERY STORAGE and receive a free container with a child-resistant cap, email

THE Y MENTOR PROGRAM needs volunteers to work with students in all schools in Pickens County and Anderson School District One. Mentors provide extra support to help students achieve their potential by committing to spend 30 minutes each week with a student while they are at school. To learn more, visit

“MOM DATING” UPSTATE SC is for Upstate moms who want to connect for play dates, outings, crafts, community involvement and more. To learn more, search “Mom Dating” Upstate SC on and request to join the group.

FREE! A WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP meets 5 – 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Greenville Health System’s Patewood Medical Campus. For more information, call 864-522-3144.

PRUITTHEALTH NEEDS HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS to visit with patients or in the office. Opportunities are available in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. Training is provided. For more information, call 864-962-6699 or email

LEAP OF FAITH FARM, LLC needs volunteers ages 14 and older to assist special needs children and adults with therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Volunteers assist as side walkers and horse leaders. No horse experience is necessary. Training is provided. For details, contact Melissa Palotta at 864-351-9222 or

WOMEN’S HEART SCREENINGS are offered at the Greenville Health System Women’s Heart Center. The screening focuses on the factors that closely relate to heart disease such as blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, nutrition and sleep. The cost is $100. To register, visit

THE EAR-RESISTIBLES, a play group for deaf and hard of hearing babies, meets 10 – 11 a.m. each Wednesday at parks throughout the Upstate. A knowledge of ASL (American Sign Language) is not required. For details and meeting locations, call 864-559-2632.

THORNWELL’S FOSTER CARE PROGRAM helps recruit, train, and support foster families in the Upstate. For details and upcoming events, visit

FREE! COFFEE AND CONNECTIONS AT CDS is monthly at the Center for Developmental Services. Parents and caregivers of children with special needs and learning disabilities can learn more about local resources, connect with others are experiencing similar journeys of life and navigate available resources and support. For more information, email

DIAPER BANK OF THE CAROLINAS needs donations to provide diapers for children in need. For details, visit

THE RED CROSS offers lifesaving health and safety classes in first aid, infant CPR, adult CPR, child CPR, AED, baby-sitter training and more. Call for information or the current schedule. Registration is required. Visit

CAR SEAT CHECKS are available by appointment with Safe Kids Spartanburg (register at or by appointment with Safe Kids Upstate (call 864-454-1109).