MEDITATION—Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual organization for meditation and self-empowerment. All sessions and courses are free of charge. Meditation is available every weekday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Lunchtime meditation is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. The local branch is at 306 Fifth Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets on the second floor and there are additional locations for Brahma Kumaris in Long Island and Queens. Visit the website or call (212) 564-4335 for more information about current courses.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS—Are you concerned about your blood pressure? Join Karpas Health Information Center at the Bernstein Pavilion Open Space, 9 Nathan D. Perlman Place each month as health educators check your blood pressure and explain to you what your numbers mean. Screenings will take place the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Call (212) 420-4247 for more information.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP—David Leventhal, the director for Parkinson’s Disease, leads exercises, stretching, posture, gait and dancing for the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, held on the second Thurs. of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. The group meets in the Phillips Building of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 10 Union Square East on the fifth floor in room 5K04.
BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ—Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center is hosting a Breastfeeding Café the first and third Thursday of every month, from 10 a.m.-noon at 350 E. 17th St., 7th floor. The Café is a place for new mothers to gain confidence in breastfeeding and to meet other women who are also experiencing the early months of motherhood and breastfeeding. If more than basic breastfeeding help is needed due to a more complicated breastfeeding issue, a board certified lactation consultant will be available for a private consultation. The cost is $5 for Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center families and $10 per family for others.
FREE LEGAL HELP FOR VETS—The VA Medical Center is offering free legal services for veterans. Lawyer Kevin Kenneally will be in the medical center at 423 E. 23rd St. every Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the availability for eight appointment slots. He will be joined by a veteran who is a paralegal and will provide assistance to veterans for civil cases but not criminal cases. Kenneally is a lawyer with LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group, which is a nonprofit agency that addresses the legal needs of low income individuals throughout New York City.
WALKING CLUB—The Karpas Health Information Center has a weekly walking club. The club meets at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel entrance lobby, 16th Street and 1st Avenue, on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-1 p.m. for a heart-healthy walk to help you stay fit and keep you week going strong. Walk-ins are welcome.
UNION SQUARE RUN CLUB—The Union Square Run Club with lululemon athletica is free and takes place every Saturday. Interested parties should meet at the store at 15 Union Square West at 9:55 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start time. There will be a place for you to change and store your belongings during the run. All levels are welcome. Visit lululemon.com/newyork/unionsquarenyc/events to confirm event.
FOOD ADDICTS—Can’t stop eating? Food Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship based on the belief that food addiction is a bio-chemical disease, holds weekly meetings in Manhattan. Meetings on Tues. are held at 6 p.m. in the Church of Holy Trinity at 316 E. 88th St., Room 2-Parish Hall. Contact Stasia at (212) 996-5128. Meetings on Saturday are held at 10 a.m. in the Realization Center at 25 E. 15th St. on the seventh floor. Contact Ann at (212) 988-0799. For more information, call the hotline at (212) 988-9556 or visit foodaddictsanonymous.org.
FREE HEARING SCREENING—Visit the Center for Hearing and Communication, 50 Broadway, sixth floor, for a free hearing screening every Wednesday from 12-2 p.m. and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. The screenings, by appointment only, are conducted in a state-of-the-art facility. Call (917) 305-7700 or e-mail email@example.com.
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS—The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. The Manhattan chapter of The Compassionate Friends meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 W. 55th St. Meetings are open to parents, grandparents and adult siblings of children who have died at any age or from any cause. The Compassionate Friends Manhattan chapter can be reached at (212) 217-9647. For more information about TCF, visit compassionatefriends.org.
PET LOSS SUPPORT—Bideawee, 410 E. 38th St., presents a pet loss support group every first Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Saying goodbye to our loving animal companions can be a tough and very emotional journey. Bideawee wants you to know that you are not alone. Each support group is facilitated by one of Bideawee’s qualified volunteers who specialize in animal bereavement. Contact Bideawee’s third floor Learning Center for People & Pets in advance for this free service at (212) 532-4986 or Manhattanlearning@bideawee.org.
DISABILITIES—Resources for Children with Special Needs is an information and advocacy center for children with disabilities, their families and professional caretakers. They offer a free series of workshops, a camp fair and ongoing help for parents of disabled children. For more information, contact (212) 677-4650, e-mail or visit resourcesnyc.org.
DRUG HELP LINE—Drug addiction can leave an individual feeling helpless and out of control, especially if you are the family member or friend of an addict. Narconon Arrowhead can help. Narconon offers free counseling, assessments and referrals to rehabilitation centers nationwide by calling (800) 468-6933 or logging onto stopaddiction.com.