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Support groups

July 31, 2006

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups



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




TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



Maryland 77 Hagerstown Chapter, today, weigh-in at 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m., meeting at 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Monday. Visitors are welcome. Call 301-791-4909 or 717-597-8747.




MOMS Club - Hagerstown South Chapter



WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m., Homewood Retirement Village, Virginia Avenue. The club is a national nonprofit support group for mothers who stay home with their children. The group's activities are for mothers and their children. The MOMS Club also performs service projects to benefit community children. Mothers may bring their children to all MOMS club activities. Interested persons may attend, or call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 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.




Somerford Place - Memory Care Assisted Living Group



Tuesday, Aug. 1, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living, 10014 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. The group 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. Call Debbie Burker, 301-791-5118, ext. 222; or Sheri Evans, 301-791-9221, ext. 213.




National Alliance on Mental Illness



Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to educate and inform residents of Washington County about mental illness and to support individuals with mental illness and their families and caregivers. Call Connie Pauley, 301-824-7725.




New Hope Weight Loss Surgery Support



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Summer picnic, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., lecture room B at Chambersburg Hospital, come in off Coldbrook Avenue, park and use awning entrance. Bring a favorite dish to share. Beverages and tableware will be provided. Anyone who is considering weight loss surgery, waiting for surgery or who has already had weight loss surgery is welcome. The group is free and meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call Dorie Lininger, 717-264-4626; or Mark Fegan, 717-264-1725.




Pet bereavement support



FUNKSTOWN - Wednesday, Aug. 2, 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.




La Leche League (breast-feeding support)



Thursday, Aug. 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Valley Mall Community Room, between JC Penney and The Bon-Ton, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Thursday of each month. Nursing and expectant mothers and their children are welcome. The discussion topic will be "Advantages of Breast-feeding." To talk with a local La Leche League leader, call Lara, 301-576-8157; or Jessica, 240-235-6350.




CoDependents Anonymous



Thursday, Aug. 3, 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, 301-293-2243; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org.




MOMS Club - Hagerstown North Chapter



Friday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m., Washington County Regional Park, Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown. This chapter of the national nonprofit support group is for all mothers who stay home with their children. The group's activities are for mothers and their children. The MOMS Club also performs service projects to benefit community children. Mothers may bring their children to all MOMS club activities. All interested persons may attend, or call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

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