Annual Friends and Neighbors Expo today in Sonora

The ninth annual Friends and Neighbors Expo-Community Resources for 50 and Beyond will be held Thursday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

The event will offer information on community resources and programs that benefit residents of Tuolumne County who are 50 and older.

There will be volunteer and activity opportunities as well as health, internet communications, travel and more

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is presented by the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging with key support from Sierra Senior Providers.

Parking and admission are free, and free rides can be arranged by calling (209) 533-0404.

For more information, call the Tuolumne County Sonora Senior Center at (209) 533-2622, or go online to

Cancer Support Group meets Thursday

The Calaveras Cancer Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. today at Camps Restaurant, 676 McCauley Ranch Road in Angels Camp.

Guest speaker Bob Diehl, president and CEO of Mark Twain Hospital, will give an update on Mark Twain Medical Center, it’s growth horizon, strategic plan, clinic agenda and recruitment of new providers.

The meetings are free and open to the public, cancer patients, survivors and caretakers.

For more information, contact Debbie Sellick at (209) 768-9415 or .

Adventist Health Sonora offers CPR class

Adventist Health Sonora will offer the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR course, a two-hour class that teaches adult, child and infant CPR and mild and severe airway block as well as adult and child AED use.

The course is ideal for community groups, teachers, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. Participants will receive a certificate but will not receive a CPR course completion card to meet certain job requirements.

The class will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at Adventist Health Sonora. A $10 fee covers course instruction, supplies, and a copy of the Family and Friends CPR Student Manual.

For more information, call (209) 536-3284.

To register for the class, go online to, find the listing for Family & Friends CPR, and click “register.” Space is limited to 20 people.

Preview of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will benefit clinic

Mind Matters Clinic will benefit from a preview of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” June 14 at the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Historic Park.

A reception with complimentary appetizers, beverages and desserts will begin at 5:30 p.m., and a prize drawing will be held at 6:45 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at Mind Matters, 150 Big Trees Road, Suite D, in Murphys, or online at

Mind Matters is a nonprofit clinic that serves those affected by autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.

Senior Expo and Health Fair planned in Arnold

A first ever Senior Expo and Health Fair will be held June 23 at two locations in Arnold.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Arnold Library, 1065 Blagen Road, and Ebbetts Pass Fire Station, 1035 Blagen Road.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both locations and will include information on senior health services, personal safety, nutrition and fitness, financial services, health and genealogy.

Representatives of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District and Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office also present along with the Veterans Health Van.

A two night stay in Hawaii and ski lift tickets to Bear Valley are among many prizes that will be awarded in a prize drawing.

For more information about the event, call (209) 795-1009.

Support offered to the visually impaired

A support group for visually impaired people meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month in Sonora.

The meeting is open to anyone with visual impairment, caregivers, and those who may wish to help those in need.

The purpose of the support group is to discuss the challenges of vision loss, share and offer solutions to independent living concerns, and to provide support and encouragement as well as helpful information and education.

For more information, including location, call Bob or Carol Rogers at (209) 532-2373.

Project offers free help to depressed seniors

People age 60 and older who are experiencing symptoms of depression can receive 12 weeks of free in-home counseling or peer support through the SPARROW Project.

The project is a service of the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities in Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 532-7632.

Survivor group meets fourth Tuesdays

The Mother Lode Survivors of Suicide Loss support group meets from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Enrichment Center at 101 Hospital Road, Sonora.

The support group offers a place where people can be with others who have experienced loss from suicide.

The group is led by Guy and Kathy Holmes.

People can bring pictures and keepsakes of loved ones.

For more information, call 532-1328.