Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: January 25, 2013

Support groups  and health events

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts support group will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Winchester Medical Center, Systems Support Building, rooms 6 and 7.

Dr. Edward Kofsky, thoracic surgeon, will speak on preventing the return of heart disease. Call 540-662-5886.

Parkinson group

The Winchester Parkinson Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.

Art Guyer, facilitator of the Hagerstown Parkinson Support Group will present “Caring for the Caregiver.”

Lunch will follow. Contact Sharon at 304-258-0496 for a lunch count. The event is free.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a faith based 12-step program based on biblical principles. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.

Poverty conference

Bridges Out of Poverty Conference, Alliance of the NSV, will be held March 5. Registration required. Cost is $20 per person.

Email Beth Mason for information at

Birth Matters

Birth Matters will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winchester.

Kelly Howard, chapter leader for Weston A. Price Foundation, will share nutrition tips for pregnancy, nursing and beyond.

CFW Foster Care PRIDE training classes

CFW Foster Care, serving Winchester and Clarke and Frederick counties’ Departments of Social Services, will offer PRIDE classes beginning Saturday.

These classes are required for approval as a foster/adoptive family.

Contact Ilene Johnson at 540-771-0893 or

Midwife movie

Shenandoah University’s Midwifery Program and Birth Matters are hosting a free screening of “birthstory” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Stimpson Auditorium. It’s a movie about world-renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin.

Red Cross blood drives

American Red Cross blood drives will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lucy L. Custer Building, American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown.

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.


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.


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

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Spouses  of sexual/ pornography addicts

A support group for spouses of sexual/pornography addicts is 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.

EMT, CPR, First Aid courses

The Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council offers American Heart Association classes in CPR, AED, first aid training, life saving, and other topics at 180-1 Prosperity Drive, Winchester.

Call Samantha Meade at 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. It meets the fourth Wednesday at 312 W. Cork St.

Call 540-536-5210 for more information.

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.

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.

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 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, from 2 to 3 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


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

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