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Published 1:00 am, Monday, March 30, 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 n Take The Walk: April 4, 4:01 p.m., New Milford High School. Join in a one-mile barefoot walk (or with shoes on) to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Contact Lauren D'Iorio at laur.dior@gmail.com Brittany Nisco at bnisco1@yahoo.com. n Ricci's Salon and Spa to Sponsor a Cut-a-Thon to Benefit Kevin's Community Center: On April 6. Haircuts for men, women and children will cost $25 with proceeds going to this free medical clinic founded by Dr. and Mrs. Z. Michael Taweh of Newtown in memory of their son Kevin. Event runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at 99 Main St. in Newtown. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Call (203) 426-1611. n Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital: Free informational seminar, April 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Hampton Inn, 777 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. Dr. Laura Choi, the director, will speak. To register, call the call center at (866) 374-0007. n Red Cross blood drive: April 9, 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road.(203) 364-3136. n Baby Your Feet: Everything You Need to Know From Nails to Neuropathy: April 13, Masonicare,139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown. Free lunch and presentation by Dr. David W. Mader, board certified in foot surgery and foot orthopedics. Question and answer session. Free. Make reservations by calling (888) 679-9997. n The Diabetes Club of Danbury support group: Meets April 20 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Danbury Hospital in the John C. Creasy Center for Health Education auditorium. Park free in the Blue Visitors Parking lot on Hospital Avenue. Linda Martinez, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at The Endocrine and Diabetes Center of Western Connecticut in Danbury, will instruct participants on how to select and make the best food choices when dining out and preparing meals at home. For more information, call (203) 438-7339. n The Partnership Symposium: Conquering Breast Cancer: live satellite from the 92nd Street Y in New York City at Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 in Sherman, April 26, 12:30 to 5:45 p.m. featuring prominent physicians and celebrity survivors. Participants can choose to attend any or all of the sessions and seminars, with their questions answered by the speakers in New York. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by calling (800) 350-1595. n Breakfast Fundraiser for Interlude: May 1, 8 to 10 a.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, Danbury. "The Sopranos" actor Joey Pantoliano, a mental health advocate, will be the special guest. Interlude is a non-profit mental health agency in Danbury that provides housing, support services and advocacy to men and women with mental illness. Tickets, $35 each or $325 for a table of 10, can be ordered by calling (203) 797-1210 or online at www.interludeinc.org or purchased at Newtown Savings Bank.

RELAY FOR LIFE n Ice Cream Social for Relay for Life of Shepaug Valley: April 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Roxbury Town Hall. It will serve as the starting point for the Relay fundraiser for the American Cancer Society set for May 29. For more information on joining the Relay For Life of Shepaug Valley as a volunteer or team participant, contact Courtney Hoefer, the Society's Community Executive for Development, at (203) 563-1511 or at courtney.hoefer@cancer.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/shepaugvalleyct. n Relay For Life of New Milford: Team Captain Meeting is set for April 6, 6:30 p.m., Sarah Noble Intermediate School, 25 Sunny Valley Road. A committee meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. Public welcome. For information, visit www.RelayForLife.org/newmilfordct or call Barbara Hallecks at (860) 355-2008, or Cindy Watson at (860) 946-9188.

CLASSES AND LECTURES n How to Age seminar: March 31, April 14 and 28, 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., New Milford Senior Center. Topics include getting medical services in New Milford, how to plan and pay to age in place, long-term care and how to stay healthy as you age. (860) 355-6075.

IMMUNIZATIONS/CLINICS n Danbury 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. 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 immunizations: Provided for children and adults. Call for appointment, (860) 354-2216.

SCREENINGS n Blood pressure screening -- Bethel: Fourth Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., Bethel Senior Center, 1 School St. Call (203) 792-1467. n Blood 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. n Blood pressure screening -- New Preston: First Tuesday each month, 1 to 2 p.m. Webster Bank, Route 202, New Preston. n Blood pressure screening -- Newtown: Second Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., Newtown Senior Center, Sandy Hook. Call (203) 792-1467. n Blood pressure screening -- Newtown: April 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Lockwood Lodge Wellness Center At Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road. (203) 426-5847. n Blood pressure screening -- Redding: Second Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m, Redding Senior Center in the Community Center. n Blood 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. n Blood pressure screening -- Washington: Third Tuesday each month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Washington Senior Center, Bryan Memorial, Washington.

SUPPORT GROUPS 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): Adolescent substance abuse group. Meets Wednesdays, 6 p.m., 17 Church Hill Road, Newtown. Offered by Newtown Youth and Family Services. n Me After We: Divorce support for adults. Meets 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 to increase self-esteem, make changes and improvements in their lives, and increase their sense of optimism. Meets 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 Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. n Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group: Danbury Health Care Center, 107 Osborne St., First Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Crystal dining Room. Refreshments. No fees. Open to the community. (203) 792-8102. 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 Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. n Bereavement Support: Meets first Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ridgefield VNA, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Walk-ins welcome. (203) 438-5555. 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 Lyme, 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. 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 New Mothers Group: "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 New 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. n La Leche League of New Milford: Meets third Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m., Parish House at First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., New Milford. Contact Jen LaCava at mrslacava@hotmail.com or (860) 355-4440.

CANCER SUPPORT 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 long term 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, MA. 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, MS. 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 Wednesday, 7 p.m., Danbury Hospital, Praxair Conference Room, first floor Strook Building.

CANCER CARE

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.