Community bulletin board — support groups and health events
Posted: January 4, 2013
Support groups and health events
Breast Cancer Support
This is an education and support group for women, men, and family impacted by breast cancer.
It meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wellspring Conference Room, 525 Amherst St.
RoseAnna Puffenbarger, patient resource navigator, will answer questions. Call 540-536-4981.
Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Graham Room at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.
Contact Mark Johnson at 540-723-4262 or First Presbyterian Church at 540-662-3824.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life information meeting to pick up team packets will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at Calvary Baptist Church, Winchester.
There will be special drawings, registration and new team captains; dinner provided for a donation.
Call American Cancer Society at 540-667-2315.
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, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost, regardless of income.
Valley Vision Optometric Center, 905 Cedar Creek Grade, Suite 100, Winchester, offers this service. Call 540-665-0541.
In Touch with Teens and Nurturing Parenting
In Touch With Teens is a 10-week healthy relationships group open to ages 12 to 19. It meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through March 4 at the Timbrook House in Winchester.
Nurturing Parenting is a 10-week, group-based parenting class open to all parents of teens attending the “In Touch With Teens” group, as well as those parents simply interested in learning what it means to be a nurturing parent.
Both groups are free. For more information or to sign up, contact Melissa or Raine at 540-667-6160.
Young Women’s Lives: Moving Beyond Trauma
This group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 17 to March 21.
This 10-week group can help young women ages 13-19 who are sexual assault survivors. Contact Connie at 540-667-6160.
Serve sexual assault and domestic violence victims as a crisis intervention companion (emergency hospital response), court advocate, children’s volunteer, administrative/general support volunteer or special events volunteer.
Training times and dates vary. This 36- to 40-hour training will prepare you to provide direct services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Contact Leslie at 540-667-6160.
Daily Pain will not hold a support group meeting this month. Meetings will resume in February. Visit dailypain.webs.com or contact Teresa at 540-247-9535.
“Taking Control – A Self Defense Class for Women” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 through The Laurel Center.
It is a free, hands-on, informative basic class, and participants will learn situational awareness and safety information and basic hands-on self-defense techniques and applications.
A free advanced course is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22.
To sign up or for more information, contact Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160.
A free Fit Club is held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Family Life Center at Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.
All levels may attend and fitness coaches are available. Call 352-205-3020.
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.
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.
Spouses of sexual/ pornography addicts
A support group for spouses of sexual/pornography addicts is 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.
EMT, CPR, First Aid 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 lfems.vaems.org.
Red Cross blood drives
American Red Cross blood drives will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday at Lucy L. Custer Building, American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester; 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at Stephens City Moose Lodge, 357 Fairfax Pike; and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 308 N. Braddock St., 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.
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, livingcompassion.org.
For time, contact Lynette Johnson at email@example.com.
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 for more information.
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.
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.
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 baacs.org or call 304-728-8330.
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.
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 thewillowsatmeadowbranch.com.
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 shevana.org.
Al-Anon family group (family and friends of alcoholics) meets at noon Friday at 301 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester.
For anyone with a drinking problem, call Alcoholics Anonymous at 540-667-0322 or visit aavirginia.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Saturdays at the Living Faith Church, 419 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Call 540-665-2335.
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 concernhotline.com.