Community bulletin board: support groups and health events

Posted: November 22, 2012


Support groups and health events



Cancer support

There will no Cancer Support Group the fourth Wednesday of November or during the month of December at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester to take a break for the holidays.

The group will resume meetings in January.

Call Mark Johnson 723-4262 if there are needs during this time.








Shenandoah Valley AWAKE is a support group affiliated with the American Sleep Apnea Association and sponsored by Valley Home Care. The group provides support through education and the sharing of ideas and information among persons who are affected by sleep disordered breathing.

The group will meet form 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center.


The topic of discussion will be diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and will be led by Dr. Thomas Murphy, Winchester Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates.

Call 540-536-5213.



Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays

Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays focuses on those who have lost a loved one with scripture reading, prayer, and a 40-minute video followed by group discussion and a time of sharing and fellowship. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2774 Northwestern Pike.


Call 540 878-2661 or 540-877-3477.













Holidays with a Heart

Holidays with a Heart will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

This holiday-themed support group gives survivors of sexual assault a source of support and connection to others during the holiday season, a difficult time for many.

The group is art/activity-based, but no artistic skills or experience is necessary.

For more information or to register call Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160.












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.










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. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester.

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















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.












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.







Insight Meditation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Shell Fischer leads a free, open, Insight Meditation group from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City.









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.





EMT basic courses

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



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, Winchester, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown.


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




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.





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.






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



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





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.





Freedom from addiction

A group supporting freedom from active addiction is held at 7 p.m. Saturday 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