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Published 3:17 pm, Monday, September 7, 2009
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WEDNESDAY

STAMFORD

BOOK TALK: The Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County generally meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month from October through May at the Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave. Call 203-329-9739.

CURLEY'S DINER POETS Offshoot of Poem Alley, group meets weekly at 7:30 p.m. at Curley's Diner, 62 W. Park Place. Call 203-327-3716. 203-348-2020

MEDASSIST/CHOICES Free help with health insurance, Medicare supplements, Medicaid, private insurance, receiving entitlements from insurance policies and filing claims. Meets by appointment only in the Department of Social Services, Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., ninth floor. No age limit. For appointments and questions, call 203-977-5297.

SENIOR SERVICES Information, counseling, advocacy and assistance for Stamford seniors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Senior Services of Stamford, 945 Summer St. Call 203-324-6584.

OVER SIXTY CLUB Offers free programs for seniors from noon to 4 p.m. Free blood pressure screening third Wednesday of the month. Located on second floor of the Senior Services Building, 945 Summer St. Call 203-348-1228.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT Free self-help support group for adults with depression, bipolar disorder or manic depression meets 1 to 2 p.m. on the second floor of 1480 Bedford St. Call (800) 842-1501.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MORNING MEETING Early bird meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Forest and Bedford streets. Call 203-655-6999.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meets noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at First Congregational Church, Bedford Street and Prospect Place. Call 203-323-0200.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and at 7 p.m. Thursday at New Life House Foundation, 41 Stillwater Ave. Men's group meets at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call 203-348-9432.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meets noon to 1 p.m. in the library of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road. Call 322-2949.

ALATEEN A support group for people ages 12 to 20 living with an alcoholic family member or friend meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford St. Call (888) 8-ALANON.

AL-ANON Beginners/newcomers meeting at 7 p.m. at St. Maurice Church/Bishop Curtis Homes, 358 Glenbrook Road, last door on left behind the Homes building. Visit www.ct-al-anon.org or call 888-825-2666.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS CENTER Support groups for women who are or have been victims of abuse (physical, emotional, verbal) are held Monday through Thursday. All information is confidential. Call 203-965-0049.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS CENTER Free and confidential sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1 Dock St., Suite 320. Evening groups and counseling available. Call 348-9346 or 24-hour hot line 203-329-2929.

PARENTS OF ABUSE SURVIVORS Sessions are free and confidential. Meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, 1 Dock St., Suite 320. Call 348-9346 or 24-hour hot line 203-329-2929.

FAMILY INCEST SURVIVORS Sessions are free and confidential. Meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, 1 Dock St., Suite 320. Call 348-9346 or 24-hour hot line 203-329-2929.

FREE BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENING Meets noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Hope Street Pharmacy, 221 Hope St. Call 203-348-5366.

STD WALK-IN CLINIC Sponsored by the Stamford Health Department, the clinic offers free testing and treatment for people with sexually transmitted diseases. Clinic is open 2 to 4:45 p.m. Monday and 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and Friday. Call 203-977-5933.

SELF-ESTEEM GROUP FOR WOMEN Who have been in abusive relationships meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. The group helps women understand and cope with the effects of abuse. Call the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, 203-357-8162.

JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB The Stamford Junior Woman's Club meets 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Volunteer Center, 62 Palmers Hill Road. New members welcome. Call Tricia Cook, 203-329-1484.

THE DEN FOR GRIEVING KIDS A bereavement support group for children and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Centers, 60 Palmers Hill Road. Preregistration required, 203-324-3167.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS A 12-step support group for compulsive eaters. Meets noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at First Congregational Church, Bedford Street and Prospect Place, third floor. Call 203-323-0200.

EMERGENCY AID Salvation Army provides social service programs and case management counseling and distributes clothing vouchers from 9 to 11 a.m. and food from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 198 Selleck St. By appointment only. Closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Call 203-359-2320.

BINGO NIGHT Doors open at 6 p.m., game starts at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 566 Elm St. Cash prizes. Refreshments available. Smoke free. Handicap access. Call 203-324-7321.

HEALING PRAYER At 6 p.m. at the Church of Christ the Healer, 20 Brookdale Road. Supper and Bible study to follow. Call 203-322-6991.

NEW CANAAN

ALANON PARENTS MEETING At 8 p.m. in the Jurgenson Building of Silver Hill Hospital, 208 Valley Road. Call 888-8-ALANON.

DARIEN

CHILD BEREAVEMENT The Center for Hope has created a program to help parents cope with losing a child every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at the center, 590 Post Road. A complementary initial consultation is required before joining the group. Call 203-655-4693.

POST-TREATMENT BREAST CANCER Support group for women who have completed treatment for breast cancer meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Center for Hope, 590 Post Road. Call 203-655-4693.

SENIOR BEREAVEMENT Support group for persons over 60 who are grieving the loss of a spouse meets at the Center for Hope, 590 Post Road. Complimentary intake required. Call 203-655-4693.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE Support group for persons who have had a family member or friend commit suicide meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Hope, 590 Post Road. Call 203-655-4693.

SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT Support sessions for seniors who have lost their spouses to cancer held 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Call 203-656-HOPE.

SENIOR SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT Support group for persons over 60 who are grieving the loss of a spouse. Meets 10:30 a.m. to noon every other Wednesday at the Center for Hope, 590 Post Road. Call 203-655-4693.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS COUPLES Group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays at the Center for Hope, 590 Post Road. Group offers support and counseling for couples whose lives have been effected by multiple sclerosis. Call 203-656-HOPE.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS Meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road. Call 203-655-0491.

NORWALK

STANDUP PARENTING OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY Meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday evening at the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 718 West Ave. The group provides community resources that offers education, alternatives strategies and practical solutions to help solve family problems. For information call 866-931-0056.

ROTARY CLUB Meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Silvermine Tavern. Call 203-840-0000.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS The benefits and assistance office of the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs' will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Room 214. Appointments are not required. Call 203-336-2570.

AARP NORWALK CHAPTER 2011 Meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in the main room of American Legion Hall, 20 County St. Call 203-847-4245 or 203-849-9038.

PRE MEETING The Norwalk Chapter of Professional Referral Exchange meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Star Restaurant, 210 Connecticut Ave. New speaker each week. Bring 30 business cards. New members welcome. Call Dr. Kon Chen, area director, at 203-866-5302.

ADDICTION RECOVERY The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the South Norwalk Community Center, 98 S. Main St., Information 856-9290 or visit ccar-recovery.org.

WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS CANCER Meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cancer Care Inc., 120 East Ave. Free. Registration required. Call 203-854-9911.

FREE MEDICARE ASSISTANCE The Norwalk Hospital volunteer Medicare information service schedules free appointments for anyone who needs Medicare, Medigap or HMO assistance. Call 203-852-3325 or 203-852-3326 and leave a name, number and the best time for a volunteer to call.

CHECK YOUR PRESSURE Nursing & Home Care offers free blood pressure tests from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Broad River Homes, 108 New Canaan Ave. Call 203-762-8958.SECOND

LIVING WITH HIV OR AIDS Support groups meet at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday. For information on this or other HIV/AIDS-related support services, call The Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project, 203-855-9535.

PINOCHLE Games start at 12:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road. Call Janet Knauer at 203-847-3115, Ext. 104.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT The Breast Cancer Support Group, in an effort to help women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in the Whittingham Cancer Center Conference Room, Norwalk Hospital.

RECOVERY INC. Self-help support group for depression, anxiety, phobias, fears and compulsions. Led by volunteers. Meets at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church on the Green, Lewis Street. Call Charles, leader, at 203-852-0249.

GREENWICH

MEDICARE ASSISTANCE Hospital auxiliary assists in completion of Medicare forms from noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at the new hospital of Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road. Free. Call 203-863-3222.

THE NURSE IS IN A registered nurse is available to take blood pressure and health counseling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Call 203-863-3883.

THE DEN FOR GRIEVING KIDS A group for children and families dealing with the loss of a loved one meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Family Centers, 40 Arch St. Preregistration is required. Call 203-869-4848.

OTHER TOWNS

WEEKLY STORYTIME Toddlers are invited to Storytimes at 11 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East, Westport. Stories, crafts and snacks. Call 203-221-7955.

MS AQUATIC PROGRAM Water program at the Wilton YMCA for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Meets 11 to 11:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. Registration and medical release forms required. Call 203-838-1033, Ext. 29.

WESTPORT UNITARIAN SINGLES GROUP Meetings include discussions, socializing, game room and guest speakers from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Road, Westport. Members $7. Nonmembers $10. No one under 21. Call 203-227-1537 or 203-227-8173.

MULTIPLE MOTHERHOOD Fairfield County's Mothers of Multiples club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Westport Library. New and expectant parents welcome. Call 203-221-9950.

UTILIZE YOUR CREATIVITY The Center for Wellness & Creative Development offers free "creative edge coaching" from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in Ridgefield. Call 203-894-8784.

HELP FOR VETERANS Veteran screening for treatment of substance abuse at 8:30 a.m., West Haven VA Medical Center, 950 Campbell Ave., Building 1, eighth floor east. For appointment, call 203-937-3887. Nonveterans also may qualify.

AIDS PROJECT NEW HAVEN Open support group for people with any degree of HIV infection. Call 624-0947.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meets at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. Call 203-227-1261.

NEW LEARNING CENTER The Westport center holds its free monthly call-in hours from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. A professional staff takes calls concerning emotional stress and family issues. Call 203-226-0100.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS A 12-step support group for compulsive eaters. Meets at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday at the United Covenant Church, 68 Westport Road, Wilton. Call Scott at 203-247-5498 or Maria at 203-838-5599.