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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 Dr. V On Call: Health care TV show hosted by Dr. Ed Volpintesta of Family Medicine in Bethel with new topics every other week on local community access channels. Coming up: Comcast channel 23, "Patient Safety," April 22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 1 p.m. Guests are Jean Rexford from CT Center for Patient Safety and Dawn Myles, vice president of quality and patient safety at Danbury Hospital. Charter channel 21 will air "Vitamin D: Vitamin or Hormone?" April 21 at 4 p.m. and April 23 at 8:30 p.m. The guest is Dr. Joseph Belsky, endocrinologist. A DVD copy of the program is available at the Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield and Newtown libraries. n Health Fair: April 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., given by the Greater Danbury Women's Ministries at Jericho Partnership, 13 Rose St. in Danbury. Free and open to public; all are welcome. The Health Fair will provide free health screening and health prevention education to the uninsured and under insured. For more information, call Beverly Gibson-Mohamed at (203) 837-6202. n World T'ai Chi Day: Free workshop on T'ai Chi, April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., Sophia Natural Health Center, 499 Federal Road, Brookfield. T'ai Chi master Dr. Kenneth Hoffman will offer this workshop to enable those who have not yet learned T'ai Chi to learn a few simple movements so they can join in a planned outdoor T'ai Chi demonstration for World T'ai Chi Day. Register by calling (203) 740-9300 or e-mail khoffman@sophianaturalhealth.com. 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., with 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 Certified Ingham Method Reflexologist: Jo-Ann Meza will give a lecture and demonstration May 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nature's Temptations, 32 Prospect St., Ridgefield. For more information, call (203) 438-5443. n Breakfast Fundraiser for Interlude: May 1, 8 to 10 a.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, Danbury. "The Sopranos" actor Joey Pantoliano, an advocate for the destigmatization of mental illness, 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. n Weight Loss Challenge to benefit National Organization for Rare Disorders: Olympus Personal Training & Weight Management and National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and area professionals and businesses, have formed a group with the goal of losing over two tons (4,000 pounds) by Aug. 1. To sign up and for more information, call Stavros at (203) 778-9545 or visit www.liveyourwaythin.com and click on Special Events. NORD, at 55 Kenosia Ave. in Danbury, has been the "voice" of the rare disease community for 25 years. For information, call (203) 744-0100 or visit www.rarediseases.org.

CLASSES AND LECTURES n Jazzercise dance-fitness classes: Trinity Lutheran Church, 107 Kent Road (Route 7), New Milford on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. For information, call Christine Melfi-Damon at (860) 350-5325.

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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 La Leche League of New Milford: Meets third Tuesday 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. 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 Al-Anon Support Groups: Various locations, days and times: -- Danbury: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 29 Golden Hill Road, Mondays, 6:30 p.m. (Spanish). -- Danbury: MCCA, 38 Old Ridgebury Road, Wednesday, noon. -- Danbury: Danbury Hospital Center for Behavioral Health/Old Eldorodo, 152 West St., Wednesday, 8 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 p.m. -- Danbury: St. James Episcopal Church, 25 West St., Thursday, 7:30 p.m. -- Danbury: United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Road, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -- Danbury: Church of Christ, 90 Clapboard Ridge Road, Friday, 7 p.m. (women's). -- New Fairfield: New Life Community Church, Route 37, Monday, 7:30 p.m. -- Ridgefield: Visiting Nurse's Association, 90 East Ridge Road, Monday and Friday, 8 p.m. -- New Milford: First Congregational Church Parish House, 36 Main St., Tuesday and Friday, 7 p.m. -- Newtown: St. Rose Building, 38 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. -- Newtown: Youth and Family Services, 17 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, at 7 p.m. (Alateen). -- Bethel: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Ave., Sunday, 7:30 p.m. (men). 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.

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.