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Support groups

July 03, 2006

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups



Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family members or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area.




TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, July 4, weigh-in at 10:30 a.m., meeting at 11 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. Visitors are welcome. Call 301-223-8902.




TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



Maryland Chapter 449, Wednesday, July 5, weigh-in 11 to 11:30 a.m., meeting 11:40 a.m., Hagerstown YMCA, 1100 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown. The group meets every Wednesday. Call Marion James, 301-223-8684.




Pet bereavement support



FUNKSTOWN - Wednesday, July 5, 7 p.m., Animal Health Clinic, 26 E. Baltimore St. The group provides participants an opportunity to discuss their feelings of loss as well as a chance to celebrate the lives of their pets. The group is free, open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of each month. Call to reserve a seat, 301-733-7579.

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Labor of Love support



Wednesday, July 5, 7 p.m., room 124 in Pangborn Hall, Antietam Street, Hagerstown, across the street from Washington County Hospital. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month for anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn loss. Call 301-739-3863 or 301-739-2439.




La Leche League (breast-feeding support)



Thursday, July 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Valley Mall Community Room, between JCPenney and The Bon-Ton, Halfway. The group meets the first Thursday of each month. Nursing and expectant mothers and their children are welcome. The discussion topic will be nutrition and weaning. To talk with a local La Leche League leader, call Sheryl, 301-766-0867; Lara, 301-576-8157; or Jessica, 240-235-6350.




CoDependents Anonymous



Thursday, July 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Twelve-step meeting for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The group meets every Thursday. Call Claudia, 1-301-293-2243; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org.




Somerford Place - Memory Care Assisted Living Group



Note change of the date for July meeting; due to the holiday, meeting has been changed to Tuesday, July 11, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living, 10014 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. The group usually meets the first Tuesday of the month. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, Western Maryland Region. Call Debbie Burker, 301-791-5118, ext. 222; or Sheri Evans, 301-791-9221, ext. 213.

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