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support groups

April 16, 2002

Parenting classes


Beginning Tuesday, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, corner of West Washington and South Prospect streets. A wide variety of topics will be covered. Classes are free to the public and a playroom is available for children. Call the Parent-Child Center, 301-791-2224. Anyone interested in parenting classes specifically for teen parents are asked to call the same number.

Amyloidosis Support Group


Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m., Antrim House Restaurant, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagers-town. The group meets for luncheon and offers support and fellowship to friends, relatives and patients with Amyloidosis. Call Elinor, 301-797-7415.

Washington County Autism Society


Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Marshall Street School, 1350 Marshall St., Hagerstown. Joel Desotelle, occupational therapist, will speak. Free baby-sitting is available. Call 301-766-8221 to confirm.

Alzheimer's Support Group


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., City Hospital's Transitional Care Unit, Dry Run Road. The group offers empathy, assistance and education to caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Call 1-304-264-1362.

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Coming Out of the Shadows


Thursday, April 18 , 3:30 to 5 p.m., 6 W. Franklin St., Hagers-town. This is a free support group for people with mental illness. The group meets every Thursday. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Allison, 301-790-5054.

CoDependents Anonymous


Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown and Sunday, April 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benevola United Methodist Church, 19225 Benevola Church Road, Boonsboro. Twelve-step fellowship for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The groups meet every Thursday and Sunday. Call Claudia, 1-301-293-2243; Siri, 301-791-4843; or go to www.codependents.org on the Web.

Berkeley County Grief Support Network Inc.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 220 W. Martin St. The group meets to provide free support and information to persons grieving the death of a close family member. For information or to talk, call 1-304-279-4796; or go to www.nyx.net/~kbilton/index.htm on the Web.

"Parents and Kids Together" Adoption Support Group


FREDERICK, Md. - Friday, April 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Schaeffer Center, 26 E. Second St. The free support group for all adoptive parents and their preschool children is co-sponsored by Families Plus! and The Frank Adoption Agency. For information or to register, call 1-301-694-9002; send a fax to 1-301-694-3374; or send e-mail to families_plus@worldnet.att.net.

Bi-polar Support Group


Friday, April 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m. This is a free support group for people with bipolar disorder. The group meets every Friday to offer support, friendship and encouragement. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Wanda, 301-790-5054.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly


Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, April 19, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., program from 6 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The program is "You and Your Diet." The group meets every Friday. Guests are invited. Call 301-739-3542 or 1-717-749-3023 for information.

Washington County Grief Support Network Inc.


Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m., room 9 in basement of Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets to provide free support and information to persons grieving the death of close family members. For information or to talk, call 301-393-3944 or 301-432-6578 evenings; or go to www.nyx.net/~kbilton/index.htm on the Web.

Turning Points, bereavement support group


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sunday, April 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m., conference room of Lutheran Home Care Services/Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 1/2 mile south of Chambersburg Mall, Pa. 997. The group is open to any adult who has experienced a loss and wants to learn more about the grieving process in a supportive atmosphere. Free. Call Kim McCurdy, 1-717-264-8178 or 1-717-762-3996.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly


Maryland 77 Hagerstown Chapter, Monday, April 22, weigh-in is 8 to 9:15 a.m., meeting is 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Mary Jo Cunningham will present the program. Guests are welcome. Call 301-791-4909, 301-739-6267 or 1-717-597-8747.

Jefferson County Grief Support Network Inc.


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Monday, April 22, 7 p.m., Charles Town Presbyterian Church, corner of Mildred and Washington streets. The group meets to provide free support and information to persons grieving the death of a close family member. For information or to talk, call 1-304-279-4796; or go to

www.nyx.net/~kbilton/index.htm on the Web.

Alzheimer's Family/Caregiver Support Group


WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, April 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Homewood at Williamsport, 16505 Virginia Ave. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available. Call Pastor Reg Rice, 301-582-1750, ext. 303.

Epilepsy Support Group


Tuesday, April 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call Jo Shoesmith, 301-293-6419.

Grief teleconference


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Wednesday, April 24, 1 to 4 p.m. "Living with Grief: Loss Later in Life." Call Hospice of the Panhandle for locations, 1-304-264-0406.

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