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Published 1:00 am, Monday, December 29, 2008
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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. The center is at 2 West Street in Danbury.

It will be an opportunity to learn of the services that are provided to lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence and sexual assault for women, children and men in the greater Danbury area. To register, call Chrissy at (203) 731-5200 ext. 202.

äThird annual toothbrush designing contest: Open to 2nd to 5th graders across the country. Submissions are a drawing of a fantasy toothbrush with a brief explanation about why it will appeal to other kids.

The contest celebrates National Children's Dental Health Month in February. Entry deadline is Jan. 25.

First prize for the winner and a parent or guardian is a trip to Buena Park, Calif., to visit the Dr. Fresh headquarters and a day spent at the nearby Disneyland Resort. The winner will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.

Two runners up will receive $250 bonds.

For guidelines, download an official entry form at www.drfresh.com or call (323) 650-2201; also e-mail megan@lightyearsahead.com for information.

CLASSES AND LECTURES

äFree fitness class: Jan. 5, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., War Memorial gym. All are welcome. Will include cardio, hand weights and mat work for all levels. (203) 744-5597.

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 will 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 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

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.

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.