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Support groups

October 30, 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 or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 301-663-6626.

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, 301-739-6267 or 717-597-8747.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous, a fellowship of individuals recovering from compulsive overeating, meets weekly at the following places:

THURMONT, Md. - Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m., Catoctin View Seventh-day Adventist Church, 15601 Catoctin Mountain Highway, U.S. 15.

HAGERSTOWN - Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., conference room at Walnut Street Community Health Center, 24 N. Walnut St.

FREDERICK, Md. - Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 5609 Ballenger Creek Pike

Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m., room 109 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 W. Patrick St.

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Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., second-floor conference room at Center for Integrative Health, 340 Park Ave.

Saturdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., room D126 in the Field House, Frederick Community College.

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Sundays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Christ Reformed Church, 12 S. Church St.

Call ahead to verify time and place, 301-694-3554. Go to www.frederickareaoa.org.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 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. This meeting is an open house at the regular meeting time. Call Stephanie, 301-223-6739; or Linda, 301-223-7010.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 446, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 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 meeting is an open house. Guests are welcome. Call Mary or Tom, 301-797-2547; send e-mail to topsfan@aol.com; or call John, 717-749-3023.

Divorce Recovery Support Group

HALFWAY - Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church social hall (in the rear), 17630 Virginia Ave. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 301-991-4550; or 301-223-8909.

Pet Bereavement Support Group

FUNKSTOWN - Wednesday, Nov. 1, 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.

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, Nov. 2, 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 on the Web.

MOMS Club - Hagerstown North Chapter

Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m., ARCC building at Hagerstown Community College. This chapter of the national nonprofit support group is for all mothers who stay home with their children. The groups' activities include speakers, play groups and daily activities for mothers and their children, as well as service projects to benefit community children. This month's topic is children and art, including project ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Speaker will be Tess Rollins of Tess Rollins Studio. Mothers may bring their children to all MOMS club activities. All interested persons may stop by, or call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Nov. 3, 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

WILLIAMSPORT - Monday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. The club is a national nonprofit support group for mothers who stay home with their children. The groups' 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 location and information, call Heather Barnhart, 301-791-7041.

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