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Support groups

October 02, 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.

Grandparents as Caregivers support

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Washington County Commission on Aging, fourth-floor Commissioners' room, 140 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. R.S.V.P. to Commission on Aging, 301-790-0275, ext. 205.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Oct. 3, private weigh-in is 10:15 to 11 a.m., meeting is 11 a.m. to noon, Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. The group meets every Tuesday for programs and discussions. Visitors and new members are welcome. There will be an open house Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the regular meeting time. Call Stephanie, 301-223-6739.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac 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, their families and caregivers. Call Connie Pauley, 301-824-7725.

New Hope Weight Loss Surgery support

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., lecture room B at Chambersburg Hospital, come in off Coldbrook Avenue, park and enter through the awning entrance. Cherish Eby will speak about plastic and reconstructive surgery following gastric bypass surgery. All are welcome. The group is for individuals who are considering or have had weight loss surgery. Call Mark Fegan, 717-264-1725.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 446, Wednesday, Oct. 4, private weigh-in is 9 to 9:30 a.m., meeting is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. Meetings are held Wednesday mornings and include inspirational or educational programs and group discussion. Lifeline Screenings will present the program focusing on stroke education. Guests are welcome. Call Mary or Tom, 301-797-2547; send e-mail to topsfan@aol.com; or call John, 717-749-3023.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 449, Wednesday, Oct. 4, weigh-in starting 11 a.m., meeting 11:40 a.m., Hagerstown YMCA, 1100 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown. The group meets every Wednesday to offer support and friendship. Visit a meeting or call Marion, 301-223-8684.

Pet Bereavement support

FUNKSTOWN - Wednesday, Oct. 4, 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 the office in advance to reserve a seat, 301-733-7579.

MOMS Club - Hagerstown North Chapter

Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., ARCC building at Hagerstown Community College. This chapter of the national nonprofit support group is for mothers who stay home with their children. The group's activities include speakers, play groups and daily activities for mothers and their children. The MOMS Club also performs service projects to benefit community children. This month's topic is preschool. Mothers may bring their children to all activities. All interested persons may stop by, or call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Oct. 6, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Friday. Visitors are welcome. Call June, 301-582-4821; Marie, 301-824-3245; or Virginia, 301-733-1296.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley Support Group

Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley office, E.J. Fennel Professional Center, Suite 101, 324 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The group for breast cancer patients and their families meets the second Monday of each month. Call 301-791-5843.

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