Community bulletin board support groups and health events

Posted: December 14, 2012

Support groups  and health events

Top of Virginia Red Cross holiday open house

The Top of Virginia Red Cross holiday open house will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today at Lucy L. Custer Building, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester. Refreshments will be served.

Daily Pain

Daily Pain will not hold a support group meeting during December and January.

Meetings will resume in February. Visit or contact Teresa at 540-247-9535.

Infant See

Infant See is a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide.

Optometrists will provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost, regardless of income.

Valley Vision Optometric Center, 905 Cedar Creek Grade, Suite 100, Winchester, offers this service. Call 540-665-0541.

In Touch with Teens  and Nurturing Parenting

In Touch With Teens is a 10-week healthy relationships group open to ages 12 to 19. It meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through March 4 at the Timbrook House in Winchester.

Nurturing Parenting is a 10-week, group-based parenting class open to all parents of teens attending the “In Touch With Teens” group, as well as those parents simply interested in learning what it means to be a nurturing parent.

Both groups are free. For more information or to sign up, contact Melissa or Raine at 540-667-6160.

Taking Control

“Taking Control – A Self Defense Class for Women” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 through The Laurel Center.

It is a free, hands-on, informative class, and participants will learn situational awareness and safety information and basic hands-on self-defense techniques and applications.

To sign up or for more information, contact Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160.

Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays

Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays focuses on those who have lost a loved one with scripture reading, prayer, and a 40-minute video followed by group discussion and a time of sharing and fellowship. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2774 Northwestern Pike.

Call 540-878-2661 or 540-877-3477.

Fit Club

A free Fit Club is held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Family Life Center at Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.

All levels may attend and fitness coaches are available. Call 352-205-3020.

Epilepsy Support

Winchester/Frederick County Epilepsy Support Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday at the Valley Health Wellness Center, Conference Room A, on the Winchester Medical Center campus. Call 540-686-7199.

Holidays with a Heart

Holidays with a Heart will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. This will be the last session

This holiday-themed support group gives survivors of sexual assault a source of support and connection to others during the holiday season, a difficult time for many.

The group is art/activity-based, but no artistic skills or experience is necessary.

For more information or to register call Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160.

Holiday support series

This program is designed to provide extra support throughout the holidays to individuals who have lost a loved one and to facilitate creative ways to memorialize them.

Sessions will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester. This will be the last session.

Pre-registration required. Call 540-536-5210.

Lifestyles Modification

Lifestyles Modification is a support group to help improve understanding of food choices, daily activity, medication knowledge, high blood pressure, heart, vascular and kidney disease, and generally living a healthy lifestyle.

It meets from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Wednesday at the Winchester CHF Clinic Office at the Winchester Medical Center Heart & Vascular Center.

It is sponsored by the Valley Health Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. Call 540-536-0518.

Spouses  of sexual/ pornography addicts

A support group for spouses of sexual/pornography addicts will be held at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays at 4 W. Monmouth St., Winchester.

Light snacks will be provided. Contact Donna at 540-877-2415.

Red Cross blood drives

American Red Cross blood drives will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lucy L. Custer Building, American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester; from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Millwood Ave., Winchester; from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at Hampton Inn North, 1204 Berryville Ave., Winchester; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 at Costco Wholesale, 251 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, and from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at North Mountain Fire & Rescue, 186 Rosenberger Lane, Winchester.

The Lucy L. Custer Building will be closed today.

Virginia Blood Services

Virginia Blood Services, provider of blood products to Valley Health hospitals, is open Tuesday through Saturday at 333 W. Cork St., Suite 220. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

EMT basic courses

The Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council offers classes in CPR, first aid training and other topics at the council’s office in Kernstown. Call 540-665-0014. Visit

Zen Meditation

Zen Meditation discussion group meets Wednesday evenings at the Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Orientation is offered to all. All experience levels welcome. The teachings of American Zen teacher Cheri Huber are explored. Offered at no cost on behalf of the Zen Monastery Peace Center,

For time, contact Lynette Johnson at

Wished Upon a Star

Wished Upon a Star is a support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, still birth or loss of an infant up to 18 months old.

The group will not meet this month. Call 540-536-5210.

Spay Today

Spay Today is a low-cost, nonprofit program for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. At the time of surgery, initial tests and shots can be obtained at lower rates. To find a participating veterinarian, visit or call 304-728-8330.

Childhood sexual  abuse help

A peer-led self-help group for men to focus on the steps they are taking to heal the effects of childhood sexual abuse is offered. Contact 540-722-3973 or 540-837-1417 for dates and location.

Insight Meditation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Shell Fischer leads a free, open, Insight Meditation group from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City.

Network  for Aging Support

Network for Aging Support meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Monday at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury.

Businesses associated with seniors are invited. Contact Bonnie LaMay at 703-869-4529 or Queenie Kemmerer at 703-476-2260.

Alzheimer’s support

These Alzheimer’s disease support groups meet in the Winchester area.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, 300 Westminster-Canterbury Drive, 1 p.m. the last Monday. Call Joanna Oates at 540-665-5844.

Winchester Medical Center, 7:30 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday in the Cancer Center conference room. Call Teresa Savoie at 540-550-4003 or the Adult Care Center at 540-722-2273.

The Willows at Meadow Branch, 1881 Harvest Drive, 2 p.m. the third Wednesday.

Call 540-667-3000. Visit

Narcotics Anonymous

Shenandoah Valley Area of Narcotics Anonymous has 25 meetings a week for anyone with a drug problem who wants help.

Call 800-777-1515 to locate a meeting. Visit


Al-Anon family group (family and friends of alcoholics) meets at noon Friday at 301 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester.

Alcoholics Anonymous

For anyone with a drinking problem, call Alcoholics Anonymous at 540-667-0322 or visit


Local recovery support groups for people meet in 90-minute sessions monthly. They are guided by National Alliance on Mental Illness-trained leaders.

NAMI Family and Friends Support Group meetings — for those giving care — at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday at 333 W. Cork St., Conference Room 1.

Connection Recovery Support Group meetings for adults from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first, third and fifth Monday at the Our Health Center, 301 N. Cameron St., first-floor conference room A.

Also from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Winchester Rehab Center 333 W. Cork St, conference room 1.

NAMI Family and Friends Support Group at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday at Winchester Rehab Center in conference room 1.

NAMI business meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Monday at 333 W. Cork St., conference room 2. The meetings are free. Contact 540-533-1832 or

PRIDE classes

CFW Foster Care, serving the Winchester and Clarke and Frederick counties’ Departments of Social Services, is offering PRIDE classes for anyone interested in becoming an approved foster family.

Call Ilene Johnson at 540-771-0893 or Beth Mason at 540-303-0135.

Freedom from addiction

A group supporting freedom from active addiction is held at 7 p.m. Saturdays at the Living Faith Church, 419 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Call 540-665-2335.

Concern Hotline

Concern Hotline is answered around the clock by trained workers who provide crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and an information/referral service — or help for those who need to talk to an anonymous, nonjudgmental listener. Call 540-667-0145 or visit

Community help line

211 is a free telephone information line staffed by operators who can connect callers with a wide range of community services, such as aid for financial problems and homelessness.

50-50 Rule

The 50-50 Rule offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families care for elderly parents. Call 540-722-8750 or visit