Community bulletin board: support groups and health events

Posted: November 2, 2012

Support groups and health events

Mended Hearts

Mended Heart Support Group will meet at 7 p.m Tuesday at the Winchester Medical Center Systems Support building, Room 1. Betty Hoover of the Valley Health Education Department will teach adult CPR and AED class. Call 540-662-5886.

Epilepsy awareness

Epilepsy Awareness Stroll will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Optimist Shelter in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. There will be prizes, raffle drawings, moon bounce, face painting and a food vendor. Call 540-908-3400.

Relay for Life 2013

Relay for Life 2013 will start with a meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Winchester.

Information on this year’s changes and starting a team will be discussed. Team packets will be available. Dinner will be available for purchase.

Contact Julie Overbaugh 540-667-2315 or

Daily Pain

Daily Pain, a fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and Gulf War syndrome support group, will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center in Winchester.

This group does not meet in December and January. Contact Teresa at 540-247-9535, or visit

Man to Man Support

A support group for prostate cancer patients, survivors, family and any interested individuals will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Wellspring Conference Room, 525 Amherst St., Winchester.

The program will be about helping clients with rehabilitation needs. Call 540-536-4981.

Breast Cancer Support

An education and support group for women, men and family impacted by breast cancer will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Wellspring Conference Room, 525 Amherst St., Winchester.

Facilitator is RoseAnna Puffenbarger. Call 540-536-4981.

Spouses  of sexual/ pornography addicts

A support group for spouses of sexual/pornography addicts will be held at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays at 4 W. Monmouth St., Winchester.

Light snacks will be provided. Contact Donna at 540-877-2415.

Grief workshops

Workshops designed to help prepare for the holiday season without a loved one will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 at Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mary Hardesty House, 218 Mosby Road, Berryville.

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

Holiday support series

This program is designed to provide extra support throughout the holidays to individuals who have lost a loved one and to facilitate creative ways to memorialize them.

Sessions will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester.

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

Foster parenting

Families Reaching Out Group, a local nonprofit that supports the foster family community, will meet from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday on the floor above Our Children’s Closet, 4112 S. Loudoun St. There will be a speaker, dinner and child care.

Call Bonnie Holloway at 469-585-6030 or Tina Marie Scully at 540-664-4417 or email

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.

It is sponsored by the Valley Health Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. Call 540-536-0518.

Epilepsy support

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

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; from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Stephens City United Methodist Church, 5291 Main St., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at Frederick County Government Building, 107 N. Kent St., 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.

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.

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


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


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.

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