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Support groups

October 09, 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. There will be an open house Monday, Oct. 23, at the regular meeting time. Call 301-791-4909.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 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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Darkness Into Sunshine

BOONSBORO - Second Tuesday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, and fourth Thursday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 215 N. Main St. A group also meets the second Wednesday of the month, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Office of Consumer Advocates, 265 Mill St., Hagerstown. The groups offer support to individuals and their families affected by mental illness. Additionally, the OCA offers advocacy, education on services, transportation, drop-in centers and food pantries. Call Mary Beth, 301-790-5054.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 446, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 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. This week's program is a continuation of meal planning and portion control. Guests are welcome. Call Mary or Tom, 301-797-2547; send e-mail to topsfan@aol.com; or call John, 717-749-3023.

Parents Learning Together (PLT)

FREDERICK, Md. - Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Thomas Johnson Middle School, 1799 Schifferstadt Blvd. The group meets monthly for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Staff from the CALM Mediation Center will speak on ways to diffuse emotionally charged situations and how to work cooperatively with those involved in your child's care. Contact Families Plus! at 301-694-9002; fax 301-694-3374; or send e-mail to familes_plus@att.net.

Body Temple Support Group

FREDERICK, Md. - Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Unity Church, 1 W. Ninth St. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month for those who want to develop healthier habits. Each month, the group looks at a different aspect of health, shares goals and offers support. The meeting follows the Silent Unity Prayer Service. Call 301-846-0868

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Oct. 13, 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.

MOMS Club - Hagerstown South Chapter

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. 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. For meeting place and details, call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

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