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Published 1:00 am, Monday, January 5, 2009
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Here are some events offered in the area for your health, fitness and well-being. Check here each week for new listings.

SPECIAL EVENTS

äThe Women's Center Open House: For prospective volunteers, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the community room on the 2nd floor, to learn of the services provided to lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence and sexual assault for women, children and men in the greater Danbury area. The center is at 2 West St. in Danbury.

CLASSES AND LECTURES

äCommunication play group: Mondays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m. ( ages 18-36 months), 11 to 11:45 a.m. (ages 6-18 months), New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St. For ages 6 to 36 months; to be hosted by speech pathologists. The cost is $30 per child for six classes. To register, call (800) 350-1595.

äFresh start program to quit smoking: On Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for two weeks, New Milford Hospital. Cost is $25 with a $5 refund for each class participant attends. Must pre-register by calling (800) 350-1595 or at www.newmilfordhospital.org .

äHospice Care: An introduction by Visiting Nurse Association in New Milford, Jan. 21, 1 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 South in Sherman. Free.

äPlan for Medicare: Susan Murphy of Bankers Life & Casualty will present a free program Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 South, Sherman. Call (860) 355-8050 or e-mail jccinsherman@yahoo.com.

äPublic health degree scholarships: Are being jointly sponsored by Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and the Connecticut Health Foundation. To qualify, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the programs, and other criteria, and be willing to complete the degree on a part-time basis over three years. For detailed information, contact Christine Unson, program director and associate professor of public health at unsonc1@southernct.edu.

IMMUNIZATIONS/CLINICS

äDanbury Visiting Nurse Association Travel vaccines: For children and adults on Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 4 Liberty St. (2nd floor), Danbury. Fee for service. Appointments necessary. Call (203) 792-4120 and press 0 to schedule appointment.

äRidgefield Visiting Nurse Association travel clinic and immunizations: Offers travel consultations and immunizations for those 18 and older by appointment. Call (203) 438-5555.

äNew Milford Visiting Nurse Association immunizations: Provided for children and adults. Call for appointment, (860) 354-2216.

äFlu vaccination clinics: Held throughout the region by area visiting nurse associations; check with your local agency. Doctors also offer the vaccine in their offices. Fu vaccination clinics also are offered in commercial spaces, such as banks, supermarkets and malls. Check with provider about cost and insurance.

SCREENINGS

äBlood sugar screening: Jan. 9, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., New Milford Hospital, Robison Room A. On-the-spot blood sugar finger-prick test gives results in minutes to screen for diabetes. No appointment necessary, fasting recommended. (860) 350-7264.

äBlood pressure screening -- Bethel: Fourth Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., Bethel Senior Center, 1 School St. Call (203) 792-1467.

äBlood pressure clinic -- New Milford: Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Community Health & Wellness Center at New Milford Senior Center, Richmond Citizen Center, 40 Main St., New Milford. For more information, call (860) 355-6075.

äBlood pressure screening -- New Preston: First Tuesday each month, 1 to 2 p.m. Webster Bank, Route 202, New Preston.

äBlood pressure screening -- Newtown: Second Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., Newtown Senior Center, Sandy Hook. Call (203) 792-1467.

äBlood pressure screening -- Redding: Second Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m, Redding Senior Center in the Community Center.

äBlood pressure screening -- Ridgefield: First Mondays of the month, Ballard Green, 25 Gilbert St., 9:30 to 11 a.m.; third Monday, Ridgefield Parks & 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.

äBlood pressure screening -- Washington: Third Tuesday each month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Washington Senior Center, Bryan Memorial, Washington.

SUPPORT GROUPS

äDiabetes Support Group: Jan. 6, 10 to 11 a.m., New Milford Hospital, 2nd Floor Conference Room. (860) 210-7442.

äDiabetes Support Group: Jan. 14 (snow date Jan. 15), 1 to 2:30 p.m., Putnam Hospital Center, Community Auditorium, 670 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel, N.Y. Registration recommended. (845) 279-5711, Ext. 6263.

äLyme, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia Support Group: Meets second Thursday of each month, noon to 1 p.m., Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Call Jennifer Reid at 431-0462 for information.

äNew Mothers Group: Mothers of newborns, up to age 1, who would like to learn more about newborn care, breast feeding, child development, parenting and child safety, as well as receive social and emotional support, are offered "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.

äNew Moms Group: Meets each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Garden View Activity Room of the Mahopac Library, Route 6. Call Diane at (845) 278-6558 ext. 2119 to register. Siblings welcome.

äWomen 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.

äWomen 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.

äPost Graduates: Meets third Mondays, evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For long term survivors of breast cancer; facilitated by Mary Burke, co-founder. To register, call (203) 790-6568.

äMen Together: Meets first Wednesday evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For men who have prostate cancer; facilitated by Jim Coffey, MA. To register, call (203) 790-6568.

äPartners: Meets first Wednesday evening, at Ann's Place in Danbury. For partners of those who have prostate cancer; facilitated by Pam Berry, MS. To register, call (203) 790-6568.

äDanbury 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.

äCoffee 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.

äKeeping 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.

äParents 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.

äKids 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.

äCaring: 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.

äTransitions: 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.

äMS Caregivers: Meets second Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Street Physical Rehabilitation Center, 235 Main St., Danbury. (203) 730-5900.

äCaregivers: Meets first Thursday, 4:40 to 6 p.m., Crystal Dining Room, Danbury Health Care Center, 107 Osborne St., Danbury. (203) 792-8102.

äCardiac Support: Meets third Wednesday, 7 p.m., Danbury Hospital, Praxair Conference Room, first floor Strook Building.

äBereavement Support: Meets first Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ridgefield VNA, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield. (203) 438-5555.

CANCER CARE

äYoga: Various times available. For people who are living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, (203) 790-6568.

äReiki: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For people who are living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, (203) 790-6568.

äLebed: Thursday evenings. Therapeutic movement/dance exercise program for women living with cancer. Call Ann's Place in Danbury, (203) 790-6568.

äGuided Imagery: Jan. 7, 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. , New Milford Hospital, Interfaith Chapel. For cancer patients and their families. (860) 210-7442.

äChair Yoga: Jan. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., New Milford Hospital, Robison room A. (860) 210-7442.

äReiki: Jan. 6, 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., New Milford Hospital, Interfaith chapel. For cancer patients and their families. (860) 210-7442.

äCARES Cancer Support Group: For cancer patients and their families. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon, New Milford Hospital. (860) 210-7442.

äHealing Drum Circle: Jan. 9, 10 to 11 a.m., New Milford Hospital, Interfaith Chapel. For cancer patients and their families. (860) 210-7442.

FREE SERVICES

äTelephone checks for homebound seniors: Offered by The Jewish Federation in Danbury through Tele-Care, for those in the Danbury region. The Tele-Care program matches trained volunteers with elders who are in need of a friendly voice and companionship. For more information, call (203) 794-1818.