Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: December 20, 2013

Support groups  and health events

Free CPR training

The Lord Fairfax EMS Council offers a free Friends and Family CPR class once a month for the first 10 registrants.

Classes are scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Jan. 22, Feb. 24, March 20, and April 21 at the training center, 180-1 Prosperity Drive. Call 540-665-0014.

Parenting class

A free group-based parenting class 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.

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.

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.

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 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the George Washington Hotel, Winchester; from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at North Mountain Fire and Rescue, 186 Rosenberger Lane, Frederick County, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at Walmart, 2300 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester.

Free Tai Chi

A free Tai Chi practice by Victor is offered at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the De Grange Orchard Park, the intersection of Amherst Street and Campus Boulevard in Winchester. Call 540-888-3014.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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

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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops will be held as part of Valley Health’s new Integrative Healthcare program.

Two free public introductory classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 17 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Registration is required by contacting April Adams, program coordinator, at 540-536-4126 or

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.

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.

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 Queenie Kemmerer at 703-476-2260.

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.


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

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

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.

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

Community help line

211 is a free telephone information line staffed by operators who can connect callers with a wide range of community services, such as aid for financial problems and homelessness.

50-50 Rule

The 50-50 Rule offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families care for elderly parents. Call 540-722-8750 or visit