Community bulletin board — support groups and health events

Posted: January 31, 2014

Support groups and health events

Winchester Area Parkinson’s support group for caregivers

The caregivers of the Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group will meet for a Dutch-treat caregivers lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at IHOP, U.S. 50 west of Winchester.

Call Cheryl at 540-662-4632.

Daily Pain

Daily Pain, a support group for those who suffer with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and painful war syndromes, has changed its meeting location.

The group starts its 20th year at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Valley Health Medical Office Building II in Conference Room 330.

Contact Teresa Emerick at 540-247-9535 or visit

Affordable Care Act information program

The Friends of Handley Regional Library are presenting a lecture with opportunities to ask questions to an insurance professional concerning the Affordable Care Act at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Bowman Library meeting room.

Danny Rose, AFLAC district coordinator, will conduct the session, giving an overview of the new health care law and how to enter and navigate the exchanges. The lecture will last about one hour with time for questions from the audience. It is free and open to the public.

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in rooms 6 and 7 at the Systems Support Building of the Winchester Medical Center.

Julie Alexander, outreach coordinator of behavioral health, and Susan Gretzinger, behavioral health educator, will speak on depression. Call 540-662-5886.

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.

TOPS meeting

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.

Forever Mine Valentine Grief Workshop

Forever Mine Valentine Grief Workshop will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Blue Ridge Hospice, 312 W. Cork St., Winchester. It is designed for those who have lost a loved one. Music and art are used, and discussion is focused on ways to memorialize and express grief throughout the year.

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

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 survived the suicide of a loved one.

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

Laurel Center  volunteer training

The Laurel Center needs volunteers to 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. To register, contact Cindy at 540-667-6160.

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, Winchester.

Contact or 540-550-1784.

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.

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.

Nurturing Parenting

Clarke County Parks and Recreation has partnered with The Laurel Center to offer a free 10-week group-based parenting class, Nurturing Parenting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Monday through April 28.

It will cover the philosophy of nurturing parenting, brain development, discipline, building empathy, developing self-worth, positive ways to deal with anger and stress, and alternatives to spanking. Call Raine at 540-667-6160.

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; from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lucy L. Custer Building, American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown.

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.

Zen meditation compassionate awareness

Zen meditation and discussion group meets Wednesdays 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. It is offered at no cost on behalf of the Zen Monastery Peace Center,

For time of meeting, contact Lynette Johnson at

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.

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.

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.


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

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 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

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, offers 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

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.

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