Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: May 16, 2014

support groups and health events

Mended Little Hearts

Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley will host a meet and greet with U.Va.’s pediatric cardiology team at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Winchester Medical Center in Classroom A of the North Tower. Contact Amanda Dean at 540-296-4611.


Andrew Bolt, certified navigator with Enroll Virginia, will provide a presentation on Affordable Care Act options and small business/nonprofit programs for health care coverage at 5:30 p.m. May 29 at the United Way/Our Health Building, 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester.

Some people may qualify for a special enrollment period. Contact 540-536-1619 or


Ripples, a support group for women living with cancer, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wellspring, 525 Amherst St., Winchester.

Billie Sandifer will lead participants in a card-making activity. It is free and open to the public. To register, call 540-536-4981.

Chair yoga

Chair yoga is held Wednesdays at 12:40 p.m. at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 540-667-5869.

Lyme and tick-borne illness support

Lyme and tick-borne illness support group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday at the Bowman Library, 901 Tasker Road. Call 540-336-3103.

TOPS meetings

Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter VA-0427 meets at 9 a.m. Thursdays at St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1527 Senseny Road, Winchester. Call 540-667-6792.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter VA-0056 meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Valley Health Rehabilitation System Building, 333 W. Cork St., conference room 2. Call 540-868-8149.

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 North Sector Court. Contact tbi@mindspring.comor 540-550-1784.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Laurel Center, Winchester. Call Kelly Camp 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.

Divorce support

Nehemiah Ministry hosts a divorce support group at 6:15 p.m. Mondays. Contact Betty Lockhart, facilitator, at 540-313-0723 or for location.

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.

Broken Silence

Broken Silence is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday at Blue Ridge Hospice, 312 W. Cork St. This is a monthly support group for people who have lost someone due to suicide. Pre-registration required. Call 540-536-5210.

Caregiver discussion

A group 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 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Lucy L. Custer Building, American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester; from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ Mount View, 153 Narrow Lane; from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at John Kerr Elementary School, 536 Jefferson St., and from 1 to 7 p.m. May 23 at City Church of Christ, 2249 Valor Drive.

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.

Meditation, Dharma discussion

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

Zen Meditation  Sitting Group

Zen Meditation Sitting Group meets Wednesday evenings at the Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St.

Orientation 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 of meeting, contact Lynette Johnson at

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.

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.

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.

Blood drives will be held from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. May 20 at Frederick County Public Safety Training Rooms, 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22 at Winchester Medical Center Wellness Center Classroom, 401 Campus Blvd., Winchester.


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

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.

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


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.

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 and Vascular Center. Call 540-536-0518.

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

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.

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.


Alzheimer’s support

These Alzheimer’s 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

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.

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.

Spay Today

Start the new year by getting a cat or dog spayed through Spay Today. It is the area’s non-profit, reduced-fee spay and neuter program with many vets to choose from over a wide area. 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