Party for Diabetic Kids Scheduled Monday


 A Valentine’s party for diabetic children ages 5 to 11 and their families is planned for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Children’s Medical Center gymnasium, 5300 E. Skelly Drive. The party is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, radio station KRAV-FM 96.5, Coca-Cola, Sam’s Club, Lane Productions, Mr. Bulky’s, Hobby Lobby and Bradini’s Magic Productions. Admission is free. For reservations, call 492-4047.
Abuse-Prevention Program Needs Help Hillcrest Medical Center is seeking volunteers to be trained for its “First Steps Program.” The next training sessions are scheduled for Saturday and Feb. 24. The program is designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Trained volunteers visit all first-time parents before they leave Hillcrest. They provide support and information to help new parents adjust to their new responsibilities. Volunteer support staff and male volunteers also are needed for the “Dad’s First Steps Program.” For more information, call 579-2244.
Mental Illness Education Program Set People who have a mentally ill relative are invited to take part in the Journey of Hope, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5838 S. Sheridan Road. The 12-week education program provides information on mental illness and assists in identifying and developing skills to help cope. Topics covered include causes of schizophrenia, affective disorders, medication review, empathy and communications skills. Support groups meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Yale Avenue Christian Church, 36th Street and Yale Avenue; 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder Ave.; and 1:30 to 3 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Asbury United Methodist Church. The program and support groups are free. For more information, call Oscar Kastner of the Tulsa Alliance for the Mentally Ill at 747-1396 or the Oklahoma Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Oklahoma City at 1-800-583-1264. For information on support groups, call Barbara Schneeberg at 583-3624.