Community bulletin board: support groups and health events

Posted: October 12, 2012

Support groups and health events

Epilepsy support

Epilepsy Support Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Valley Health Wellness Center. Call 540-686-7199 or 703-625-6685.

Education series

Northwestern Community Services and Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley are co-sponsoring a Community Education Series for parents and professionals in the Lord Fairfax Service Region.

The first workshop, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2, is a training for professionals who work with children, youth and families. A presentation for parents will follow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Eagle Board Room on the Our Health Campus, 301 N. Cameron St., Winchester.

Registration is required. Contact Jasmine Midkiff at 540-536-4113 or

Brain Injury  Recovery Group

Brain Injury Recovery Group will have a discussion on how the integrated listening system works for auditory processing disorders, the science behind it, and experience with how it reduces neurological neck/shoulder pain, and helps with attention/focus, and filtering issues.

The speaker is Kathleen Mancini and the group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Winchester Medical Center at Shenandoah University Health Professions Building.

Contact Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.

Daily Pain

Daily Pain will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center in Winchester.

This group provides help to those with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Gulf War syndrome.

Contact Teresa at 540-247-9535 or visit

National Protect Your Hearing Month

Quota International of Winchester is working to raise awareness of noise-induced hearing loss during National Protect Your Hearing Month. While threats to hearing health include loud sounds such as airplanes or fireworks, experts say most NIHL is caused by noise in the home that is too close to the ears or lasts too long. TV, iPods and hair dryers can contribute to hearing loss.

Contact Cindy North at 540-869-1540.

Jammin’ Away the Blues

This music-based grief support series is designed for children ages 6-16 who have experienced a loss. Through the use of music and other activities, participants will have the opportunity to identify and work through feelings associated with the loss.

It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 6. at Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester. Dinner provided. Pre-registration required. Call 540-536-5210.

Candlelight Vigil

The 21st annual Candlelight Vigil will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the back steps of the Judicial Center on Cameron Street.

The Laurel Center presents a night to remember those lost to partner violence and honor those who have survived. There will be music by the Sherando High School Choir, an open mic to give people the chance to speak, poems read by volunteers, and an interactive art project, the Clothesline Project, and the Silent Witness Display. Contact 540-667-6160.

Agape Outreach

Agape Outreach support groups include teens and young adults sessions starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and “What On Earth Am I Here For?” at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 for guardians taking care of children whose parents are incarcerated.

Contact 540-450-8868 or

EMT basic course

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

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.

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, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Hotel, Winchester.

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 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday (except in December) at the Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester. Pre-registration is required. Call 540-536-5210.

Beyond Trauma

Beyond Trauma – Healing Journey for Women is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 1. This free group is a healing journey for women who want to learn how to move beyond trauma. To register, call Connie at 540-667-6160.

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

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.


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

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.

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Meditation group

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



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. Saturday 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