Community bulletin board — support groups and health events
Posted: February 8, 2013
support groups and health events
Relay for Life
A Relay for Life team meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Amherst Street, Winchester.
This meeting will focus on all aspects of Relay. Teams should send a representative to find out changes for 2013. Dinner will be available for a donation. Call 540-667-2315.
Breast Cancer Support
Breast Cancer Support group is an education and support group for women, men and family impacted by breast cancer and will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wellspring Conference Room, 525 Amherst St., Winchester.
Facilitator is RoseAnna Puffenbarger. Call 540-536-4981.
Meditation and Dharma discussion
Zen meditation and Dharma discussion is held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 203 N. Washington St., Winchester. Contact TheWaySangha@gmail.com.
Families Reaching Out
Families Reaching Out Group, a local nonprofit that supports foster children and children at risk, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday on the second floor of Our Children’s Closet, 41 S. Loudoun St. Dinner will be provided.
Tami Green with Frederick County Department of Social Services will speak.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” and other artistic works.
There are two events in the area — a Zumba Dance from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, with an optional donation to The Laurel Center Capital Campaign. Contact Kelly Tierney at 717-856-1998 and at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Shenandoah University in the Brandt Student Center. Contact Amy Sarch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Pain will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Valley Health Wellness Center in Winchester.
Daily Pain offers help to those coping with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses. Call Teresa at 540-247-9535, or dailypain.webs.com .
The Winchester Parkinson Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.
Art Guyer, facilitator of the Hagerstown Parkinson Support Group will present “Caring for the Caregiver.”
Lunch will follow. Contact Sharon at 304-258-0496 for a lunch count. The event is free.
Celebrate Recovery is a faith based 12-step program based on biblical principles. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Winchester Church of God, 2080 North Frederick Pike, Winchester.
Bridges Out of Poverty Conference, Alliance of the NSV, will be held March 5. Registration required. Cost is $20 per person.
Email Beth Mason for information at email@example.com.
Birth Matters will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winchester.
Kelly Howard, chapter leader for Weston A. Price Foundation, will share nutrition tips for pregnancy, nursing and beyond.
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.
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, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly 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.
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.
Al-Anon family group (family and friends of alcoholics) meets at noon Friday at 301 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester.
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.
For anyone with a drinking problem, call Alcoholics Anonymous at 540-667-0322 or visit aavirginia.org.
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 lfems.vaems.org.
Zen Meditation discussion group meets Wednesday evenings at the Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun 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 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.
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.
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.
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, from 2 to 3 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.
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.
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.
The 50-50 Rule offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families care for elderly parents. Call 540-722-8750 or visit solvingfamilyconflict.com.