WILLMAR — Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the conference room at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Associaiton of Suicidology and was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide and to help survivors absorb the impact of self-inflicted death, to offer the comfort of empathetic understanding and acceptance, and to support each other toward healthy resolution of the grief. For more information or to talk to someone, call Kay at 320-262-6162, Diane at 320-894-0182, Don and Sandy at 320-235-4401 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000.
WILLMAR — The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. For more information, call 320-235-8573.
WILLMAR — A bariatric surgery informational meeting for individuals who are considering having weight loss surgery will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Willmar Skylark Clinic conference room. This group will be facilitated by a surgeon or a registered nurse. To register, call 320-214-6966 or online at carrishealth.com.
WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Lakeland Health Center in Willmar. This will be a holiday memorial service in memory of our children. There will be an opportunity to share photos of our children, memories, poems, readings and music. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. More information is available at www.compassionatefriendswcmn.org.
WILLMAR — There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota in this one-day class. The next class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Willmar Community Center. No fee. Call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
WILLMAR — Trained staff and volunteers with Senior LinkAge Line are available to help answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drugs, forms and more. Counseling is free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. The next session is from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 and Jan. 6, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar. No appointment is needed. All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment – your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.
The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.
Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:
Dec. 10, Clara City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MACCRAY High School
Dec. 10, Cosmos: 1 to 7 p.m., City Center
Dec. 11, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., VFW
Dec. 11, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center
Dec. 12, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School
Dec. 13, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rice Memorial Hospital
Dec. 13, Olivia: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Max’s Grill
Dec. 18, Paynesville: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion
Dec. 18, Dawson: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center
Dec. 19, Litchfield: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Christian Church
Dec. 20, Willmar: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., YMCA
Dec. 20, Litchfield: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Christian Church
Dec. 26, Olivia: 1 to 6 p.m., Olivia Leaders Save Lives, BOLD High School
Dec. 27, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church
Jan. 6, Bird Island: 1 to 7 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Jan. 7, Sacred Heart: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center