YWCA to host blood drive Jan. 15

LEWISTON — The YWCA of Central Maine will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Wade Center, 130 East Ave.

The severe winter weather across much of the U.S. is affecting the ability of the American Red Cross to collect blood donations. Nearly 240 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 23 states, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 7,000 blood and platelet donations.

To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them.

Call 1-800- RED-CROSS to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. All presenting donors this January will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

For more information, call Melissa Jackson at 795-4050.

Legion Post 22 monthly meeting

LEWISTON — The American Legion Post 22 will hold its monthly membership meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Senior Citizen Room at the Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Ave.

Auxiliary Unit 22 will meet at 5:15 p.m.

Special prayers will be said by chaplain Donald Dube for the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be a 50/50 raffle along with additional prizes.

The Auxiliary will serve a light buffet.

All members attending must have a 2014 membership card. Dues can also be paid.

For more information, call Jerry Dewitt at 926-3240 or Jerry Der Boghosian at 713-4505.

Phlebotomy course starts Jan. 28

AUBURN — The Corporate and Community Services Department at Central Maine Community College will offer Introduction to Phlebotomy from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 28 to March 18. The cost is $475 and includes materials and book.

Registration deadline is Jan. 21.

A combination of lecture, lab and hands-on practical experience, this course will allow students to develop the skills needed to work in an entry level position in medical facilities as a phlebotomist. Coursework includes selecting and preparing the skin puncture site, collecting specimens, adhering to the proper health and safety guidelines, patient/technician relationship, and clerical duties associated with proper record keeping of laboratory tests. Upon completion, students may qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices and other health care settings.

For more information or to register, contact Corporate & Community Services at 207-755-5280, email [email protected] or visit www.cmcc.edu/training.

Disabled veterans meet Jan. 21

LEWISTON — Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June, July and August.

Members are invited to bring a fellow vet or family member guest.

For information call Ed Stanhope at 786-2542.

Massage workshop at Dempsey Center

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is offering a free massage workshop for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. “Simple Massage for Friends and Family” will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell St.

Learn easy ways to give physical comfort and relief from tension, tight muscles, anxiety, insomnia and headaches. With caring attention, reflexology, acupressure and a variety of massage techniques you can help others to feel better and support self-healing. Presented by Kathleen Wing, LMT, and Maria Phipps, LMT. An additional class will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Preregister by phone at 207-795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at www.dempseycenter.org.

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