Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: April 19, 2013

support groups  and health events

CPR and First Aid

An adult and child CPR and First Aid class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center in Front Royal.

Fee is $45. Contact Avery Born at 540-635-7171 or

Cancer Support

Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Graham Room at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

The meeting is for support and spiritual reflection. All cancer patients (current or previous) and families may attend.

Contact Mark Johnson at 540-723-4262 or First Presbyterian Church at 540-662-3824.

Health care symposium

The 15th annual research and scholarship symposium, sponsored by Rho Pi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International, on “Leading the Journey to Excellent Interdisciplinary Care” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26 at the Brandt Student Center in the Ferrari Room at Shenandoah University.

Contact Cheryl Dumont at or 540-536-6835.

Post Polio Syndrome

Jody Zogran will speak on Post Polio Syndrome from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Harry F. Byrd Business School, Halpin Harrison Hall auditorium on the Shenandoah University campus.

She was a nurse during the polio epidemic.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact Jo Miller at540-665-5442.

Parkinson support

Winchester Parkinson Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. today at WCOG, 2080 North Frederick Pike. Speaker will be Dr. Linda Sigmund, a nationally recognized movement disorder specialist.

Contact Sharon at 304-258-0496 or for reservations. Light lunch to follow.

Autism Support Fund

The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley has developed an Autism Support Fund to provide financial aid for items, services or activities that would enhance the individual with autism’s quality of life.

Contact Niki at 540-665-0461 or Applications due by Saturday.

Jammin’ Away the Blues

Jammin’ Away the Blues is a music-based grief support series designed for children ages 6-12 who’ve experienced the loss of a loved one. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 23 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester.

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

Spay/neuter for cats

Mobile surgery unit will be at the Sherando Town Centre from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for low-cost spay/neuter for cats.

This is sponsored by a nonprofit veterinary organization operated by Peak Veterinary Services Inc.

Call 540-868-0000 or visit

Beyond Trauma

Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. This eight-week group is for women who want to learn how to move beyond trauma from abuse. Contact Connie at 540-667-6160.

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.

Nurturing Parenting

Nurturing Parenting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen St., Winchester.

To register or for more information, call Raine Johnson at 540-667-6160.


A weekly seminar/support group, GriefShare, is offered at 6 p.m. Mondays at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2774 Northwestern Pike, Winchester. Call 540-667-8924.

Meditation and Dharma discussion

Zen meditation and Dharma discussion is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 203 N. Washington St., Winchester. Contact

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; from 2:30 to 7 p.m. April 26 at Armel Elementary School in Frederick County, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 at the Pharmacy School, 1775 N. Sector Court, Winchester.

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.

Volunteer training

Serve sexual assault and domestic violence victims as a crisis intervention companion (emergency hospital response), court advocate, children’s volunteer, administrative/general support volunteer or special events volunteer.

Training times and dates vary. Contact Leslie at 540-667-6160.

Fit Club

A free Fit Club is held at 6:30 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.


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

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. Call 540-536-0518.

Zen Meditation

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

Insight Meditation

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


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.

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 or from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday. 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