Alpha plans Christmas party

Sponsored by the OSF Saint Anthony Auxiliary, Alpha is a free social support group for widowed people of all ages. The group is intended to provide social opportunities and events for widowed persons who have advanced beyond their grieving.

The monthly Alpha potluck will not be held in December. Instead, a Christmas party will be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Foundation Room across from the Cafe at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Carolers will provide festive entertainment during the party.

There are no dues for joining Alpha, and registration is not required. All widowed people are welcome to attend the activities.

For more information, call Mary Lou at 815-397-1102 or Lois at 815-633-9530.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. OSF Saint Anthony is the only Rockford medical center to earn the elite Magnet designation for nursing excellence. It is the highest award for nursing available in the United States.

For the third year in a row, in a survey conducted by National Research Corporation, people in Northern Illinois cited OSF Saint Anthony for providing quality care. The Medical Center’s Web site is

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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