Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: May 17, 2013

support groups  and health events

Child, babysitting  safety classes

The Lord Fairfax EMS Council will offer child and babysitting safety courses to students ages 11 to 15 years.

Courses will be held June 24 and 25, July 12, and Aug. 1 and 2 at the training center, 180-1 Prosperity Drive.

Preregistration required. Call 540-665-0014 or visit

Community Baby Shower

Winchester Medical Center is hosting the second annual Community Baby Shower from June 1 to 16 for C-CAP, ABBA Care, Healthy Families, New Eve Ministries, The Laurel Center and The Red Wagon Ministry.

The collection begins at 8 a.m. June 1 and continues through June 16. Items may be dropped off at the Cork Street Cafe, 333 W. Cork St.; Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center, and the South Tower Lobby of Winchester Medical Center.

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.

All cancer patients (current or previous) and families are invited.

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

EMS open house

The Lord Fairfax EMS Council will have an open house during National EMS Week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 at 180-I Prosperity Drive.

Free blood pressure and glucose checks, medical information, CPR hands only, ambulance demo and more. Call 540-665-0014.

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.

Agape Outreach

Agape Outreach Programs start June 5 with a Teen Summer Walking Program, At Risk Teen Support Group, Teens and young mothers parenting classes, as well as various other support groups.

Contact 540-450-8868 or

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Meditation and Dharma discussion

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

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.

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

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