Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: November 8, 2013

Support groups  and health events

Parenting class

A free, 10-week, group-based parenting class covers the philosophy of nurturing parenting, brain development, discipline, building empathy and self-worth, positive ways to deal with anger and stress and alternatives to spanking.

It is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 29 at Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester. Call Raine at 540-667-6160

Alzheimer’s Education Series

The Willows at Meadow Branch presents an Alzheimer’s Education Series. Living with Alzheimer’s Middle Stage, Part 1, will be presented from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 800-272-3800.

‘Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence’

Debra Puglisi Sharp, speaker and author, will present “Reclaiming A Life Torn Apart by Violence” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for survivors and community members at Halpin-Harrison Hall in the Stimpson Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Mild Brain Injury Recovery

Mild Brain Injury Recovery Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Winchester Medical Center in the Shenandoah University Health Professions Building.

This will be a potluck supper and social gathering.

Contact Kathleen Mancini at or Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.

Film showing

Shenandoah University’s Women’s Studies Program is sponsoring a screening of “The Invisible War,” a movie about violence against women in the military, at 7 p.m. Monday at Halpin-Harrison Hall in Stimpson Auditorium.

This is a free event. For more information, contact Amy Sarch at 540-542-6534.

Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support

Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Winchester Church of God Family Life Center, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.

The program will be “Time to Get In Gear about Your Driving,” presented by Debbie Bender with Valley Health Occupational Therapy.

The program will be followed by a potluck lunch. Call 540-662-4632.

Child, baby-sitting class

The Lord Fairfax EMS Council will offer a child and baby-sitting safety class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the council center, 180-1 Prosperity Drive, for ages 11 to 15 years. Cost is $75. Successful class completion will result in a two-year certification card. Call 540-665-0014 or visit

Depression support

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.

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 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 1 to 7 p.m. today at Middletown Fire and Rescue, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Timber Ridge School, 1463 New Hope Road, Frederick County.

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

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

Young Women Moving Beyond Trauma

Young Women Moving Beyond Trauma will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through 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

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

Free meals

These organizations provide free meals to area residents:

Another Chance Church, 214 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester, offers a free meal at 6 p.m. Fridays. Call 540-931-3885.

Living Faith Church, 419 N. Cameron St., Winchester, sponsors a soup kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Food donations are accepted. Call Jeff Beard at 540-665-2335.

Jubilee Kitchen is open from 11:30 to noon Saturdays at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Call 540-662-3832.

Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, provides a meal at 6 p.m. Mondays. Enter on Braddock Street. Call 540-667-3366.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson, offers a community meal, “Sharing His Bounty,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays. Contact 540-662-1269.

Winchester Rescue Mission, 435 N. Cameron St., offers lunch at noon Tuesdays. Call 540-667-5379.

The Knights of Columbus sponsors a soup kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 519 S. Cameron St., Winchester. Call 540-662-5545.

Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 S. Cameron St., Winchester, hosts a Kitchen of Hope from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 540-662-6709.

The Centenary Reformed United Church of Christ, 202 S. Cameron St., Winchester, serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays. A food giveaway follows from 1 to 2 p.m. Call 540-888-3349.

The Salvation Army, 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, provides meals daily — Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch and 5 p.m. dinner; Saturday, 10 a.m. brunch and 5 p.m. dinner, and Sunday, 9 a.m. breakfast, 1 p.m. lunch and 6 p.m. dinner. Call 540-662-4777, ext. 22.

Phazz One Ministries, 501 S. Cameron St., Winchester, serves a community meal from 1 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays. Call 540-323-7


To add to the list of free meals and soup kitchens or to make changes, contact F.C. Lowe at or 540-667-3200, ext. 265.