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Published 8:00 pm, Monday, August 11, 2008
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SPECIAL EVENTS

�Hospital calls for nominations of heroes by Aug. 15: New Milford Hospital will honor everyday heroes at an Oct. 25 gala, 6:30 p.m. at the Canterbury School Field House, 101 Aspetuck Ave., New Milford. The heroes are professionals and volunteers who give of themselves to improve the health, safety and well-being of others.

Nominees may be from Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren, and Washington, as well as Dover Plains, Pawling and Wingdale, N.Y. Nominate a hero at www.nmheroes.org or by calling New Milford Hospital External Affairs at (860) 350-7731 for a nomination form. The deadline is Aug. 15. Send forms to Honoring Our Heroes 2008, Attention: Mary Burcaw, External Affairs, 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776-2904.

�Step Out Step Up: Aug. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., Danbury Fair Mall, local women volunteers will gather in center court to assemble "wellness bags" for local cancer patients. Danbury Fair is teaming up with American Cancer Society to deliver the kits to the women who need them most. For more information about the event or to find out how to donate items for the "wellness bags," contact Brandi Stelzel at (203) 830-4380.

�A Day of Caring & Renewal: Registration deadline Aug. 15 for event Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Danbury Plaza Hotel, for cancer survivors who have been diagnosed within the last 18 months. Information about new and traditional therapies and support services at Danbury Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and Ann's Place: The Home of I Can, will be provided. Funded by American Cancer Society grants. Nine workshops, including art therapy, journaling, support groups, drumming, Tai Chi, yoga, and The Lebed Method, will be included. Complimentary breakfast and lunch. Call (203) 563-1528.

�Children and Chiropractic: Aug. 18, 7:15 p.m., Boylan Chiropractic, 2 Library Place, Bethel. Free workshop. Reservations. (203) 743-2225.

�Fundraiser for Brookfield native with Lou Gehrig's disease: Aug. 22, Candlewood Valley Country Club, New Milford. Maximum golfers have been achieved, but non-golfers may stop by the course between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to bid on auction items, buy raffle tickets, make a donation, or say hello to Keith James, who was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He is a husband and father of 4-year-old twin girls and a 1989 graduate of Brookfield High School. All proceeds will go to offset medical costs. For information, contact Jeff Moxham at jmoxham@att.net. Cecks made out to "Keith James Family Fundraiser" should be mailed to Jeff Moxham, P.O. Box 5330, Brookfield, CT 06804.

�Benefit golf tournament: The 25th Annual New Milford Rotary/Red Cross Golf Tournament will be Sept. 3 at Fairview Farm. Scramble format with registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner included for $165 per golfer.

To register, contact Rob Belden at (860) 354-3316 or email nmah2sega@aol.com. For sponsor information, contact Kathy Gold at (860) 354-4405 or email kgold01@aol.com.

�Fill-the-Boot drive: will be conducted by the Danbury Professional Firefighters Local 801 through the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Donations will be collected at various businesses and hot spots throughout Danbury. For information, contact Heather D'Amico at hdamico@mdausa.org or (203) 288 3500.

�Hospital raffles car and cash: A 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML-350 Luxury SUV loaded with options, or $30,000 in cash, is being raffled by Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. Drawing is Nov. 8 at the hospital's major fundraiser, the annual Gala Dinner and Ball (winners need not be present to win). Tickets are $100 and only 850 tickets will be sold. Others will win cash prizes of $1,000, $500 or $250. An early bird raffle for $1,000 will be held Sept. 24 with that winner eligible for all the other prizes. Tickets are available in the hospital's gift shop or call (845) 279-5711, ext. 3583.

�Blood donors needed: In a statewide urgent appeal for blood donations this month, the Red Cross is asking individuals to make an appointment to donate blood, and for community organizations, businesses, hospitals and sponsors to host an emergency blood drive. A donor must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. For more information, to schedule and appointment, or to host a blood drive, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit bloodct.org.

IMMUNIZATIONS/CLINICS

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

Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association immunizations: offers travel consultations and immunizations for persons 18 and older by appointment. Call (203) 438-5555.

�Well child clinics: For camp, sport and school physicals, as well as immunizations, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.; maximum cost of $50. Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield.

�Meningitis vaccine: Pomperaug District Department of Health has a limited supply of meningitis vaccine for students ages 11 to 12 and 17 to 18 who reside in areas served by Region 14, 15 and Oxford School systems. There is a $10 fee. For appointments or information, call (203) 264-9616.

SCREENINGS

�Blood pressure screening �-- Bethel: First or second Monday, 11 a.m. to noon, Reynolds Ridge Community Room No. 58, Bethel Educational Park; fourth Tuesday in August, then fourth Wednesday beginning in September, 1 to 2 p.m., Bethel Senior Center, 1 School St. Call (203) 792-1467.

�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.

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

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

�Blood pressure screening -- Newtown: Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Lockwood Lodge Wellness Center, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown. Free. (203) 426-5847.

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

�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.

�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

�Psoriasis Support Group: Aug. 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital, 4 South B Conference Room. "The impact on the quality of everyday life" will be presented by Laurence Sibrack, M.D. RSVP to (203) 758-5237 or (860) 365-0639. Walk-ins welcome. Light refreshments.

�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.

�New 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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

�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.

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

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

CANCER CARE

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

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

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