Here are some events offered in the area for your health, fitness and well-being. Check here each week for new listings.
The workshop will focus on living fully and explore ways of coping with difficult feelings. It will be facilitated by Kendall Palladino, director of bereavement and spiritual services for Regional Hospice. For information call 203-792-4422 or visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org.
n Lead Safe Work Practices Class for Bethel contractors and homeowners: Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Bethel Municipal Center, School Street.
Sponsored by the Bethel Health Department, this is a free one-day training for remodeling contractors, painting contractors, property owners and landlords remodeling homes built in 1978 or before.
To register, call 203-794-8539 between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
CLASSES AND LECTURES
n Latin Moves Plus: Low-impact workout program of Latin dance steps, Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., A Common Ground, 346 Main St., in Danbury. Free class for new students. 203-791-9850.
n YogaDance class: Reduce stress with this class Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial in Danbury. Cost is $8 per session; discounts available for 10-class cards. Call 203-743-3932 or 203-798-1210.
n Jazzercise dance-fitness classes: Trinity Lutheran Church, 107 Kent Road (Route 7) in New Milford on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:45 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. For information, call Erika Hagan at 203-894-1316.
n Danbury Visiting Nurse Association travel vaccines: For children and adults on Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 4 Liberty St. (second floor), Danbury. Fee is charged, appointments necessary. Call 203-792-4120 and press 0 to schedule. Also, check for WOW Van locations by calling 203-730-5270 or visit www.danburyvna.org.
n Danbury Visiting Nurse Association swine flu vaccine: Available in Connecticut to anyone age 6 months or older. There are no medical or other age restrictions. Seniors are encouraged to get the vaccine now. For a schedule of clinics, call 203-792-4120 and press 3 for the flu hot line.
n Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association travel clinic and immunizations: For those 18 and older by appointment. Call 203-438-5555.
n New Milford Visiting Nurse Association travel and shingle vaccines and well-child immunizations for children and adults. Call 860-354-2216 for appointment.
n Swine flu vaccine: The New Milford Health Department offers H1N1 vaccination clinics for anyone 6 months of age and older. By appointment only; call 860-355-6035. Registration forms and information are available at www.newmilfordhealth.org. The completed forms should be brought to the clinic.
n Blood pressure screening in Bethel: Fourth Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., Bethel Senior Center, 1 School St. Call 203-792-1467.
n Blood pressure screening in New Preston: First Tuesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m., Webster Bank, Route 202, New Preston.
n Blood pressure screening in Newtown: Second Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., Newtown Senior Center, 15 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook. Call 203-270-4315.
n Blood pressure screening in Redding: Second Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m, Redding Senior Center, Community Center.
n Blood pressure screening in Ridgefield: First Monday, Ballard Green, 25 Gilbert St., 9:30 to 11 a.m.; third Monday, Ridgefield Parks and Recreation, 195 Danbury Road, 2 to 3 p.m.; first Thursday, Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Road, noon to 1:30 p.m.; and third Wednesday, VNA, 90 East Ridge, 1 to 2 p.m.
n Blood pressure screening in Washington: Third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Washington Senior Center, Bryan Memorial, Washington.
n Al-Anon Support Groups: Various locations, days and times:
n Danbury: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 29 Golden Hill Road, Monday, 7 p.m. (Spanish).
n Danbury: MCCA, 38 Old Ridgebury Road, Wednesday, noon.
n Danbury: Danbury Hospital Center for Behavioral Health/Old Eldorodo, 152 West St., Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m.
n Danbury: St. James Episcopal Church, 25 West St., Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; beginner's, 8 p.m.
n Danbury: United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Road, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
n Danbury: Church of Christ, 90 Clapboard Ridge Road, Friday, 7 p.m. (women's).
n New Fairfield: New Life Community Church, Route 37, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
n Ridgefield: Visiting Nurse's Association, 90 East Ridge Road, Monday, 8 p.m., and Friday, noon.
n New Milford: First Congregational Church Parish House, 36 Main St., Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, 7 p.m. (downstairs)
n Newtown: St. Rose Building, 38 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, 7 p.m. (downstairs, back entrance); 7:30 p.m. (beginner's, upstairs, front entrance); 8 p.m. (upstairs, front entrance).
n Newtown: Youth and Family Services, 17 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, 7 p.m. (Alateen) (back entrance).
n Bethel: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Ave., Sunday, 7:30 p.m. (men) (back entrance, basement).
n Al-Anon and Alateen: For times and locations, call (888) 825-2666. Open to friends and relatives of people with alcohol problems.
n Alcoholics Anonymous: For times and locations, call 860-354-9843.
n La Leche League of New Milford: Third Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., and first Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Parish House at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Contact Jen LaCava at email@example.com or 860-355-4440.
n Mental Health Support Group: Danbury: First and third Thursdays, 5 p.m., Western Connecticut Mental Health Network, 78 Triangle St. (across from DMV). Learn how people with mental illness and substance abuse conditions can achieve recovery with the help of families, friends and loved ones. Contact Paula Zigman at 203-448-3149 or 203-448-3200.
n Choosing Healthy Alternatives Over Substances (CHAOS): Newtown Youth and Family Services Adolescent substance-abuse group, Wednesdays, 6 p.m., 17 Church Hill Road, Newtown.
n Me After We: Divorce support for adults, Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 17 Church Hill Road, Newtown. Offered by Newtown Youth and Family Services.
n Women Empowering Women: A creative group for women over 18. Goals include helping women increase self-esteem, make changes and improvements, and increase their sense of optimism, Thursdays, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., 17 Church Hill Road, Newtown. Offered by Newtown Youth and Family Services.
n ALS Support Group: Bethel Healthcare, 13 Park Lawn Drive, Bethel, Every fourth Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m.
n Overeaters Anonymous support groups: Two locations in Danbury: Harborside Healthcare, 1 Glen Hill Road, Sundays, 5 p.m., and Community Center for Behavioral Health, 152 West St., Wednesday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
n Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia Support Group: second Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Call Jennifer Reid at 203-431-0462 for information.
n Multiple Sclerosis Group: Meets second Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Street Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. For information, call 203-264-2252 or 203-730-5966.
n Adoption Healing: For adoptees, adoptive families and birth families. For more information and dates, call 860-355-8389 or 860-868-7652.
n Conversations with Dianne diabetes support group: Third Tuesday each month, 10-11 a.m. New Milford Senior Center, Richmond Citizen Center, 40 Main St.
n Guido Tino Stroke Support Group: Meets the last Wednesday of each month, 2-3 p.m. New Milford Hospital Robison Rooms, 21 Elm St. Ground-level entrance. For survivors. Blood pressure taken at each meeting. Facilitated by Maureen Salerno, LCSW. For more information and sign up, call 860-210-7442.
n Non-denominational healing service: Third Sunday each month, 6 to 7 p.m. New Milford Hospital Interfaith Chapel, 21 Elm St. Service provided by Oratory of the Little Way.
n Visually Impaired Support Group: For times and locations, call the New Milford Senior Center at 860-355-6075.
n Break the silence: is an ongoing group for adult survivors of any form of sexual assault that meets weekly in Danbury. Call 203-731-5200.
n Survivors Overcoming Abusive Relationships: is an ongoing weekly group offered in Danbury and New Milford for victims of domestic violence or intimate partner abuse, including emotional, verbal, economic, and/or physical. The New Milford SOAR group includes childcare. Call 203-731-5200.
n New Beginnings of Northwest Connecticut: First Congregational Church on the Green in Washington. For singles. For more information and registration, call 860-868-0569.
n Voices of Courage support group for adult male survivors of sexual assault: Offered by the Women's Center of Greater Danbury. The group meets in Danbury and will be run by a facilitator and address topics of anger, dealing with flashbacks, guilt, relationships, recovery and moving on. Call 203-731-5200.
n Bereavement Support: Meets first and third Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., New Milford VNA, 68 Park Lane, New Milford. Walk-ins welcome. 860-354-2216.
n Bereavement Support: Meets third Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., The Watermark at East Hill, Room 214A, Southbury. 203-262-6868.
n Healing Hearts Bereavement Support: Offered through Regional Hospice. Many ongoing groups for children and adults are offered. Call for schedule and locations. 203-792-4422.
n Widow/Widower's Support Group: For more information and to sign up, call 860-355-0491.
n Going Solo: Second Friday each month, 2:30-3:30 p.m. New Milford Senior Center, Richmond Citizen Center, 40 Main St. For widows and widowers. For more information, call 860-355-6075.
n Share group: Third Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. New Milford Hospital, Robison Conference Room, 21 Elm St. For parents experiencing loss of a newborn baby, stillbirth or miscarriage. Facilitated by Jessica Fuentes, RN, BSN. For more information, call 860-355-2611, extension 4384.
n Mom2Mom of New Milford: Drop-in group for moms and babies, birth to six months old. Mondays at noon, New Milford VNA conference room, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford. Sponsored by Nurturing Families. Call 860-354-5962.
n ABC's of Parenting: For parents of toddlers and preschoolers. Wednesdays at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Parish Center at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Sponsored by Nurturing Families. Call 860-354-5962.
n Wanna be a better dad?: For men parenting children. Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Parish Center at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Sponsored by Nurturing Families. Call 860-354-5962.
n Moms Group: Meets each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Garden View Activity Room of the Mahopac Library, Route 6. Call 845-278-6558 ext. 2119 to register. Siblings welcome.
n New Mommy's Chat Program: every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kent Public Library, Route 52. Call Anka Roberto at 845-278-6558 ext. 2124 to register. Siblings welcome.
n Mom To Mom support group: Meets second Mondays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Families Network, 5 Library Place in Danbury. Phone 203-791-8773. Free. Open to all first time moms within the greater Danbury area.
n Feliz Mama Support Group: Meets first Mondays, 10 to 11 a.m., Families Network, 5 Library Place, Danbury. Phone 203-791-8773. Free. Open to all moms in the greater Danbury area who speak Spanish and Portuguese.
n La Leche League of Lake Waramaug meeting: Meets third Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. in the parish house of the First Congregational Church, 36 Main St. and first Wednesdays, 7 p.m. at the church. For more information, call 860-868-9294.
n Women Together: Meets second and fourth Wednesday evenings at Ann's Place in Danbury. For those newly diagnosed and in treatment for breast cancer; facilitated by Tammy Conley, MSOB. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Women Together Graduates: Meets second Monday, evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For those who have completed treatment for breast cancer; facilitated by Pat Goldman, MS. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Post Graduates: Meets third Mondays, evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For longterm survivors of breast cancer; facilitated by Mary Burke, co-founder. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Men Together: Meets first Wednesday evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For men who have prostate cancer; facilitated by Jim Coffey, M.A. To register, call 203- 790-6568.
n Partners: Meets first Wednesday evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For partners of those who have prostate cancer; facilitated by Pam Berry, M.S. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Danbury New Voices Club: Meets first Sunday afternoon, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For people who have had a laryngectomy; facilitated by Mary Burke, co-founder. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Coffee and Conversation: Meets fourth Thursday, mornings, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For senior women surviving cancer; facilitated by Mary Burke, co-founder. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Keeping On: Meets Wednesday afternoons, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For young survivors or recurring or chronic cancer; facilitated by Mary Burke, co-founder. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Parents Group: Meets first and third Wednesday evenings, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For parents where there is cancer in the family; facilitated by Cindy Corn, MSW, LCSW. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Kids Kan: Educational and play group for children with a family member diagnosed with cancer; at Ann's Place in Danbury. Facilitated by Cheryl Koeber, MSW, LCSW. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Caring: Meets first and third Wednesday evenings, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For friends and family of those with cancer. Co-facilitated by Paula LeFebvre, MSW, and Carol Woodruff, MFT. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n Transitions: Meets second and fourth Monday evenings, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For those who have lost a loved one to cancer. Facilitated by Pam Berry, MS. To register, call 203-790-6568.
n MS Caregivers: Meets second Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Street Physical Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. 203-730-5966.
n Caregivers: Meets first Thursday, 4:40 to 6 p.m., Crystal Dining Room, Danbury Health Care Center, 107 Osborne St., Danbury. 203-792-8102.
n Cardiac Support: Meets third Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Danbury Hospital, Praxair Conference Room, first floor Strook Building.
n CARES support group: Every Thursday, 11 a.m. New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St. For cancer patients and family members. For more information, call the hospital Social Work Department at 860-210-7442.
n Orinda cancer recovery support group: For dates and locations, call 860-355-1893.
n Yoga: Various times available. For people who are living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, 203-790-6568.
n Reiki: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For people who are living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, 203-790-6568.
n Lebed: Thursday evenings. Therapeutic movement/dance exercise program for women living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, 203-790-6568.
n CARES Cancer Support Group: For cancer patients and their families. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon, New Milford Hospital. 860-210-7442.