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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

äBuy back candy: Today, Dental Associates' offices -- Danbury, 19 Padanaram Road, 8 to 10 a.m.; Newtown, 11 Church Hill Road, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and New Milford, 1 Aspetuck Avenue, 3 to 5 p.m. "Tooth fairy" will give children $2 for every pound of unopened Halloween candy, up to 10 pounds, brought to office.

äFamily Days: Today, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Ann's Place, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury. For younger families, public invited, pizza will be served. Call (203) 790-6568.

äTrail ride for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Nov. 9, 9 a.m., Second Company Governor's Horse Guard, eight miles through Fairfield Hills. Open to all horse owners; riders under 18 must have a release form signed by parent or guardian. Riders must wear helmets and bring proof of current coggins and rabies vaccinations for each horse. Trailers may be parked on Horse Guard property. For registration forms and information, call (203) 426-4046 or (203) 729-5646.

äDementia and art therapy: Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Village of Brookfield Common. Refreshments. Free. RSVP to (203) 775-8696.

CLASSES AND LECTURES

ä"Integrated Therapies for Common Childhood Issues": Workshop by Ridgefield Psychologist Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 898 Ethan Allen Highway Suite 6, Ridgefield. Topics include social skills therapy, neurofeedback, physical and occupational therapy and homeopathy.

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: are being held throughout the region by area visiting nurse associations. Check with your local agency. Doctors will also offer it in their offices. There will also be flu vaccination clinics in commercial spaces, such as banks, supermarkets and malls. Check with provider about cost and insurance.

SCREENINGS

äHeart health screening: Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., by Dr. Laurie Schedgick-Davis and her staff, Morrison Building, 36 Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling, N.Y. All ages can complete a free heart and stroke risk evaluation and obtain information on how to lower risks. Refreshments. 1 (800) 350-1595.

äBlood pressure screening -- Newtown: Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, Lockwood Lodge Wellness Center, Ashlar of Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road. Call (203) 426-5847.

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, 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, 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 Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Washington Senior Center, Bryan Memorial, Washington.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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.