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Support groups

November 13, 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 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, 301-739-6267 or 717-597-8747.

Loss of a spouse support

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Begins today, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet for six weeks through April 9, 2007, on the second Monday of each month to offer widowed people a chance to share helpful suggestions with each other. Free, but registration is required before the first meeting. For directions to the location or to register, call Larry Crawley-Woods, 304-264-0406, 304-267-1870 or 800-345-6538.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 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. Call Stephanie, 301-223-6739; or Linda, 301-223-7010.

Amyloidosis support

Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon, Bob Evans Restaurant, 1721 Dual Highway (U.S. 40), Hagerstown. The group meets for luncheon and offers empathy, support and fellowship to friends, relatives and patients with amyloidosis. For information, call Elinor, 301-797-7415.

Divorce recovery support

HALFWAY - Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church social hall (in the rear), 17630 Virginia Ave., across from Advanced Auto. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. This is a nondenominational group that welcomes all who are separated, divorced or in the process of divorcing. Call 301-991-4550 or 301-223-8909.

Loyalton of Hagerstown Alzheimer's support

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Family/caregiver support meetings are offered by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, Western Maryland Region. Call April Reynolds, 301-733-3353.

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, Nov. 16, 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 on the Web.

TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Nov. 17, 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.

Turning Points, bereavement support group

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., conference room of Lutheran Home Care Services, 1/2 mile south of Chambersburg Mall, Pa. 997. The group is open to any adult who has experienced a loss and wants to learn more about the grieving process in a supportive atmosphere. Sponsored by Lutheran Home Care Services/Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Free. Call Kim McCurdy, 717-217-3527 or 800-840-9081.

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