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Published 3:15 pm, Monday, May 9, 2011
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These are some offerings in the Danbury area for health, fitness and well-being.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Southbury walking program: The Pomperaug District Department of Health will sponsor a free walking program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 16 through June 27, at the Southbury Green Shopping Plaza. To register, call 203-264-9616, ext. 0.

Wellness on Wheels VAN: Available Tuesdays and Thursdays this month, except May 19, at several Danbury locations. The van services are by registration only, and include work, sports and school physicals, sick visits and TB testing. Certain vaccinations are also available. For van locations, call 203-730-5270 or call the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association at 203-792-4120, press 0.

medical reserve corps training: The Pomperaug District Department of Health will sponsor a free training session for current and prospective Medical Reserve Corps volunteers May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hearth at Southbury, 655 Main St. South. A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. To register, call 203-264-9616 ext. 7. Visit www.medicalreservecorps.gov.

blood pressure screening: Free screenings May 17, 10 a.m. to noon, Masonicare at Newtown Lockwood Lodge Wellness Center, 139 Toddy Hill Road. Call 203-364-3155.

Huntington's Disease benefit: The sixth annual, "Huntington's Disease ... A Family Story" benefit dinner will take place June 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bantam Fire Department, 92 Doyle Road, Bantam. Tickets are $30, and $10 for children under 10. To reserve tickets, call Melinda at 203-241-9216, Charlotte at 860-355-3382 or email curehd2006@aol.com.

chiropractor lecture: "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired," May 23, 7 p.m., Boylan Chiropractic, 2 Library Place, Bethel. Call 203-743-2225.

multiple sclerosis support: May 11, 7 p.m., Main Street Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. Call 203-730-5966 or 203-264-2252.

CLASSES AND LECTURES

LATIN MOVES PLUS: Low-impact workout of Latin dance steps Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at A Common Ground, 346 Main St., Danbury. First class is free. Call 203-791-9850.

Jazzercize DANCE-FITNESS CLASSES: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 107 Kent Road/Route 7, New Milford. Call Erika Hagan at 203-894-1316.

Cystic Fibrosis walk: The Connecticut Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will sponsor a 3.68 mile walk Saturday at Ballantine Park, Southbury. There will be activities for kids and live music. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10. The walk will include a rest stop at the Heritage Hotel. To register, visit www.cff.org/great_strides or call Amy Englander at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 203-632-7300. There is no minimum fundraising requirement, but $100-plus will earn you an official walk T-shirt and lunch donated by the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

IMMUNIZATIONS/CLINICS

Danbury VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION: Immunizations for adults and children, including Tdap boosters and travel vaccines. Shingles vaccines available for those 50 and older. DVNA, 4 Liberty St. Clinic hours Tuesday afternoons by appointment only. Call 203-792-4120, ext. 0.

New Milford Visiting Nurse Association: Adult travel and shingles vaccines and well-child immunizations available. Call 860-354-2216 to make an appointment.

Ridgefield VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION: Travel clinic and immunizations for those 18 and older; shingles vaccine by appointment and well-child clinics. Call 203-438-5555.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

BETHEL: Fourth Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m., Bethel Senior Center, 1 School St. Call 203-792-1467.

new fairfield: Saturday after 4:30 and 6 p.m. Masses and Monday after all Masses, St. Edward Church in Conference Room B. Call 203-746-8019.

NEW MILFORD: Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Health and Wellness Center at New Milford Senior Center, 40 Main St. Call 860-355-6075.

Newtown: Second Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., Newtown Senior Center, 15 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook. Call 203-270-4315.

Redding: Second Tuesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Redding Senior Center, 37 Lonetown Road, in the Community Center. Call 203-938-9725.

Ridgefield: First Mondays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ballard Green; first Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Glen Crest, Danbury; first Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., Founders Hall; third Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m., Ridgefield VNA, 90 East Ridge; fourth Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m., Ridgefield Parks and Recreation. Call RVNA at 203-438-5555 or go to ridgefieldvna.org.

WASHINGTON: Third Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Washington Senior Center, Bryan Memorial Plaza. Call 860-868-0735.

AL-ANON groups

For Al-Anon and Alateen times and locations, call 888-825-2666. Open to friends and relatives of people with alcohol problems.

Danbury: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 29 Golden Hill Road, Mondays, 7 p.m. (Spanish).

Danbury: MCCA, 38 Old Ridgebury Road, Wednesdays, noon.

Danbury: Danbury Hospital Center for Behavioral Health/Old Eldorado, 152 West St., Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Danbury: St. James Episcopal Church, 25 West St., Thursdays, 7:30 (beginners) and 8 p.m.

Danbury: United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Road, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.

Danbury: Church of Christ, 90 Clapboard Ridge Road, Fridays, 7 p.m. (women's).

NEW Fairfield: New Life Community Church, Route 37, Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Ridgefield: Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge Road, Mondays at 8 p.m., Fridays at noon.

NEW MILFORD: First Congregational Church Parish House, 36 Main St., Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays (downstairs) at 7 p.m.

Newtown: St. Rose building, 38 Church Hill Road, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (downstairs, back entrance); 7:30 p.m. (beginners, upstairs, front entrance); 8 p.m. (upstairs, front entrance).

Newtown: Youth and Family Services, 17 Church Hill Road, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (Alateen, back entrance.)

BETHEL: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Ave., Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (men, back entrance, basement).

Alcoholics Anonymous: For times and locations in Connecticut, call 860-354-9843.

Other groups

LA Leche LEAGUE OF NEW MILFORD: Third Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., first Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Parish House at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Contact Jen LaCava at mrslacava@hotmail.com or 860-355-4440.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: For family members, the group meets first and third Thursdays at 5 p.m., Western Connecticut Mental Health Network, 78 Triangle St., Danbury. Call Paula Zigman at 203-448-3149 or 203-448-3200.

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: First Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Danbury Health Care Center, 107 Osborne St. Refreshments. Free. Call 203-792-8102.

LYME, CHRONIC FATIGUE, Fibromyalgia SUPPORT GROUP: Second Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge. Call Jennifer Reid at 203-431-0462.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS GROUP: Second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Street Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. Call 203-264-2252 or 203-730-5966. A caregiver's meeting runs concurrently for family and friends.

ADOPTION HEALING: For adoptees, adoptive families and birth families. Call Deborah at 860-355-8389 or John at 860-868-7652.

Guido Tino STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: For survivors, last Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m., New Milford Hospital Robison rooms, 21 Elm St., ground-level entrance. Blood pressure taken at each meeting. Call 860-210-7442.

NONDENOMINATIONAL HEALING SERVICE: Third Sundays, 6 to 7 p.m., New Milford Hospital Interfaith Chapel, 21 Elm St. Provided by Oratory of the Little Way. Call 860-210-7442.

Going solo widow/widowers support: Second Fridays, 2:30 p.m., New Milford Senior Center, 40 Main St. Call 860-355-6075.

ALZHEIMER'S COUPLES SOCIAL GROUP: Fourth Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m., New Milford Senior Center, 40 Main St. Call 860-355-6075.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT GROUP: Third Mondays, 10 a.m., New Milford Senior Center, 40 Main St. Call 860-355-6075.

Reiki: For all patients of New Milford Hospital and their families. Meets second and fourth Tuesdays. Call 860-350-8831, option 1.

SUPPORT FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS: The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers Breaking the Silence, a weekly support group for adult survivors of any form of sexual assault. Call 203-731-5200.

SURVIVORS OVERCOMING ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS (SOAR): The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers this ongoing weekly group. Call 203-731-5200.

REDUCING STRESS AND ANXIETY: The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers this ongoing four-week workshop. Call 203-731-5200.

RECLAIMING YOUR SELF ESTEEM: The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers this seven-week group. Call 203-731-5200.

VOICES OF COURAGE: The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers a 10-week group for male adult survivors of any form of sexual assault. Call 203-731-5200.

ENDINGS: The Women's Center of Greater Danbury offers this eight-week group for those considering or in the process of ending a marriage or relationship. Call 203-731-5200.

Danbury REGIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER: A support group for grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising children. Runs Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call Lisamay Cleary-Cast at 203-748-4542, ext. 107.

CO-DEPENDENTS: Co-Dependents Anonymous meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge Road (side entrance) for men and women, and Tuesdays at noon at Ridgefield Congregational Church, Main Street and Route 35, for women. Call 203-438-5555

ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE: Meets Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Norwalk. Call 203-520-2130 or visit www.meetup.com/ASCA-of-fairfield-county-ct.

GRIEF SUPPORT

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: First and third Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., New Milford VNA, 68 Park Lane. Walk-ins welcome. Call 860-354-2216.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Third Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Watermark at East Hill, Room 214A, Southbury. Call 203-262-6868.

HEALING HEARTS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Ongoing groups for children and adults offered through Regional Hospice. Call 203-792-4422.

SENIORS

HEARING IMPAIRED: Support group meets first Tuesdays, 12:45 p.m. in the Wellness Center of the Richmond Building, New Milford Senior Center. Call 860-355-6075.

Diabetes conversations: Meets third Tuesdays, 10 a.m., New Milford Senior Center. Call 860-355-6075.

PARENTING

Parenting Basics: For parents of children from birth to 5 years old, Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Parish Center at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Call 860-354-5962.

New Mommy's Chat Program: Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m., Kent Library, Route 52. To register, call Anka Roberto at 845-278-6558, ext. 2124. Siblings welcome.

CANCER SUPPORT

Women Together: For those newly diagnosed and in treatment for breast cancer, second and fourth Wednesday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Tammy Conley. To register, call 203-790-6568.

Women Together Graduates: For those who have completed treatment for breast cancer, second Monday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Pat Goldman. To register, call 203-790-6568.

Post Graduates: For long-term survivors of breast cancer, third Monday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Mary Burke. Call 203-790-6568.

Men Together: For men who have prostate cancer, first Wednesday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Jim Coffey. Call 203-790-6568.

Partners: For partners of those who have prostate cancer, first Wednesday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury. Call 203-790-6568.

Danbury New Voices Club: For people who have had a laryngectomy, first Fridays, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Mary Burke. Call 203-790-6568.

Coffee and Conversation: For senior women surviving cancer, fourth Thursday mornings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Mary Burke. Call 203-790-6568.

Keeping On: For young survivors of recurring or chronic cancer, second and fourth Thursday afternoons, Ann's Place in Danbury. Call 203-790-6568.

Parents Group: For parents who have a cancer patient in the family, first and third Wednesday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Cindy Corn. Call 203-790-6568.

Kids Kan: Educational and play group for children who have a family member diagnosed with cancer, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Cheryl Koeber. Call 203-790-6568.

Caring: For friends and family of those with cancer, first and third Wednesday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, co-facilitated by Paula LeFebvre and Carol Woodruff. Call 203-790-6568.

TRANSITIONS: For those who have lost a loved one to cancer, second and fourth Monday evenings, Ann's Place in Danbury, facilitated by Pam Berry. Call 203-790-6568.

MS CAREGIVERS: Second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Street Physical Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. Call 203-730-5966.

CAREGIVERS: First Thursday, 4:40 to 6 p.m., Danbury Health Care Center, 107 Osborne St., Danbury. Call 203-792

CARES SUPPORT GROUP: For cancer patients and family members, every Thursday, 11 a.m., New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St. Call the hospital Social Work Department at 860-210-7442.

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: Working Together (BEST): First Tuesday each month, 7 to 8 p.m., New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St. Call Denise Mariconda at 860-210-5047 or e-mail maricondad@nmhct.org.

BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT: Group meets at Ann's Place in Danbury. For directions, call 203-790-6568.

CANCER CARE YOGA: Group meets at Ann's Place in Danbury. For people living with cancer, various times. For directions, call 203-790-6568.

Reiki: Group meets at Ann's Place in Danbury. For people with cancer, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 203-790-6568.

Lebed: Group meets at Ann's Place in Danbury. Therapeutic movement/dance exercise program for women with cancer, Thursday evenings. Call 203-790-6568.

ALS: For people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, fourth Wednesdays, 13 Parklawn Drive, Bethel. Call 914-345-5062.