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LYME DISEASE SEMINAR

Local doctor Charles Brummer will host a free seminar May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Forbes Library on Lyme disease — including diagnosis, treatments and controversies.

Other presenters include naturopathic doctor Emily Maella, herbal treatment; social worker Lydia Rackenberg, neuropsychiatric manifestations, and Maria Malaguti, director of The Lyme Disease Resource Center, reviewing community resources.

For more info contact Brummer at 585-8880.

STEP OUT FOR HOSPICE

Organizers are recruiting walkers for the June 8 Step Out for Hospice. The 16th annual walk-athon benefits hospice services at Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.

This year’s walk, through Forest Park in Springfield, steps off at 10 a.m. from the park’s grandstand area. Walkers may choose a one-mile loop or a 2.3-mile course.

Registration on walk day is at 9:30 across from the park grandstand. Walkers raising more than $50 will receive a Step Out for Hospice T-shirt while supplies last. Last year’s walkers raised $50,000, bringing the 15-year total of funds raised to nearly $1 million.

The walk will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Bill Hynes, development manager, Baystate Health Foundation, at 413-794-6526. Potential walkers can also visit www.baystatehealth.org/stepout or email Hynes at william.hynes@baystatehealth.org.

BEREAVED PARENTS

The Bereaved Parents’ Group holds a luncheon June 1 at noon at Tavern on the Hill on Route 141 in Easthampton.

The group meets for friendship and support every three months to talk about their losses and find strength with other parents. These gatherings are open to any parent who has experienced the death of a child of any age, at any time, from any cause.

The group also plans to meet for its annual dinner Aug. 14 at 5:30 pm. at Paisano’s in Southampton.

Contact Evelyn, evelyn@lupinehouse.com or 413-527-7353; or

Vicki, vpz544@gmail.com or 413-527-5473.

OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Dragonfly Integrated Care at the Atkinson Family Practice in Amherst is offering a six-week Better Bones And Wellness program.

Participants learn about medical testing and treatment, bone strengthening and balance exercises, bone building foods and tasty ways to prepare them, yoga for flexibility and joint protection, and movement exercises for better postural awareness. Preregistration required; call Debra Ellis at 413-695-6069 for more information and program registration.

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