Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: October 11, 2013

Support groups  and health events

Fall wellness festival

Gore Fire and Rescue will have a fall wellness festival from noon to 5 p.m Saturday at the fire hall.

There will be free flu shots for Gore residents, demonstrations, CPR training and more.

Candlelight Vigil

A Candlelight Vigil to honor victims and families of those affected by domestic violence will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the Frederick County-Winchester Joint Judicial Center in Winchester.

Cancer Support Group

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

The speaker will be Carolyn Gartner, Reiki master, demonstrating and speaking about the benefits of Reiki.

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

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 emotional support and educational help to those with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Gulf War syndrome. Contact Teresa at 540-247-9535, or visit

Daily Pain members will be at the Walmart, U.S. 50 west, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to answer questions about fibromyalgia.

Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Expo

Valley Health is hosting the Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Expo Oct. 23 at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center on the Winchester Medical Center campus.

This free event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a self-paced learning experience for health professionals that will take about an hour to complete.

Contact Becky McGrew at 540-536-4749 or to register.

Depression support group

A depression support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday in the youth room of Grace Community Church. 2333 Roosevelt Blvd., Winchester.

It is led by the Rev. Mike Woods, pastor. Call 540-662-3300.

Life Catalyst

The Life Catalyst program will meet from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church, 189 Parson Court, off Welltown Road.

This is a free counseling program that is open to anyone seeking help. Call 304-995-7304 for go to

Health Fest

John Mann and Market Street United Methodist churches are hosting a Wellness Health Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Market Street fellowship hall, 131 Cameron St., Winchester. Refreshments available for a contribution.

Contact Margaret Medley at 540-667-5450 or Shelia Curry at 540-662-4569.

Self-defense class  for women

Taking Control — A Self Defense Class for Women will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21. To sign up or for more information, contact Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160 at The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Rabies clinic

A rabies clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Drive, Winchester.

It is also open to nonresidents of Frederick County. Cost is $13, cash only, no checks. Call 540-667-9192.

Brain injury

A brain injury group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday at the Shenandoah University Health Professions Building, 1775 N. Sector Court, Winchester.

Contact or 540-550-1784.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Support Group meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Laurel Center, Winchester.

This is a support group to educate women on the issues of domestic violence, offer a safe place for sharing and growing with the goal of developing healthier and more hopeful lives. Call Kelly Camp at 540-667-6160.

Beyond Trauma

Beyond Trauma — A Healing Journey for Women will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 21 at The Laurel Center, Winchester.

This free group is a healing journey for women survivors of sexual assault who want to learn how to move beyond trauma. Call Connie at 540-667-6160.

Caregiver discussion

A monthly meeting for caregivers of persons with dementia or other cognitive-related health concerns meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at the Adult Care Center, 411 N. Cameron St., Winchester. It is free and open to the public. Call 540-722-2273 if planning to attend.

Exercise for seniors

Free strength, mobility, and balance exercise classes for older adults are held twice a week at Spring Arbor of Winchester. Call 540-327-4193 for days and time and to register.

Adult Care Center openings

The Adult Care Center, 411 N. Cameron St., Winchester, a private, nonprofit program that provides adult day health care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and others requiring supervised care, has openings available to enroll new participants. Call 540-722-2273.

Free Tai Chi

A free Tai Chi practice by Victor is offered at noon Tuesdays and Fridays at the de Grange Orchard Park, the intersection of Amherst Street and Campus Boulevard in Winchester. Call 540-888-3014.

Meditation, Dharma discussion

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

Celebrate Recovery

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


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. 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; from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at Gore Fire and Rescue, 7184 Northwestern Pike, Gore, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shenandoah University, 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.


Al-Anon family group (family and friends of alcoholics) meets at noon Fridays 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.

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 Joanne Leonardis at 540-247-9171 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

Alzheimer’s education series

Alzheimer’s Association and The Willows at Meadow Branch present an education series with speaker Nancy Niswander. The next program will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at The Willows, 1881 Harvest Drive, on Living with Alzheimer’s Early Stage. Call 540-667-3000 or visit

Young Women Moving Beyond Trauma

Young Women Moving Beyond Trauma will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 21 to Dec. 9 at The Laurel Center.

This group is for ages 13-19 who have experienced sexual assault.

Call Connie at 540-667-6466.

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

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

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.

Zen Meditation

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

Contact Lynette Johnson at

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.


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.


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. 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 Mondays 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