Health calendar

The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail to newsroom@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and a telephone number.

SPECIALS

national hiv testing day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27, National Guard Armory, 88 Milledge Road; 706-294-9414, kbonds@mcg.edu

tours

childbirth tours: 7:30-8:30 p.m. first Tuesdays; 10:30-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, seventh floor west, Labor and Delivery, 1120 15th St.; advance registration required; free; Carla Allen (706) 721-5502, mcghealth.org

Family Focused Childbirth Tours: 2-3 p.m. first Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. first Saturdays, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; (706) 481-7727

CLASSES

american sign language-intermediate: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, first-floor conference room, 1446 Harper St.; $40, plus $35 for text materials; (706) 721-6929, mcghealth.org

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES: 7-9 p.m. third Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Ambulatory Care Center, fifth floor, Room 5306, 1447 Harper St.; free; registration required; (706) 721-9351, mcghealth.org

BREAST SELF-EXAM CLASSES: 4 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; free; registration required; (706) 774-4141

CAR-SEAT CLASSES: 9:30 a.m. to noon third Mondays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St.; $10 fee; registration required; financial assistance available to Medicaid or Peach Care families; (706) 721-7606, mcghealth.org

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION: FIRST FRIDAYS, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA ANNEX II, 15TH STREET; HOW TO USE A CAR SEAT; FREE; (706) 721-7606

health and vascular education: 8:25 and 9:25 a.m., 1:55 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, Classroom 2, 1350 Walton Way; www.universityhealth.org/calendar

HUNTINGTON DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m., first Thursdays; Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorders Clinic, Marks Building; (706) 721-4895, mcghealth.org

HOME CARE ASSESSMENT: In-home clinical care or personal aides provided by University Home Health Services; free; (706) 774-4160

JOINT EFFORTS: 11-11:45 A.M. THURSDAYS, AUGUSTA ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC, 1521 ANTHONY ROAD; TIPS ON KNEE AND HIP PAIN CAUSES, MEDICINE, FOOD, EXERCISE; (706) 481-7604

LYMPHEDEMA EDUCATION CLASS: 5 p.m. first Tuesdays, University Hospital, Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; registration required; (706) 774-4141

MY BROTHAZ HOME INC.: HIV-prevention education and risk-reduction counseling; weekly educational groups; call for times and locations; (706) 798-0244

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH: 6 p.m. board meeting, 7 p.m. membership meeting, first Thursdays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; for those interested in mental health issues; volunteers and computer needed; (706) 733-8838

WEE WISDOM-CARING FOR NEWBORNS: NOON TO 1 P.M. WEDNESDAYS, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER, FIRST FLOOR, FAMILY RESOURCE LIBRARY, 1446 HARPER ST.; FREE; (706) 721-5437, MCGHEALTH.ORG

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CLINIC: 6 p.m. Mondays, The Club at Rae's Creek, 3206 Wimbledon Drive; free; (706) 826-5809

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alcoholics Anonymous: For anyone who needs help with drinking problems; call for meeting times and locations; (706) 860-8331

ALS SUPPORT GROUP: 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. FIRST THURSDAYS, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA AMBULATORY CARE CENTER, FOURTH FLOOR, ROOM 4306, 1447 HARPER ST.; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; LUNCH PROVIDED; (888) 636-9940, MCGHEALTH.ORG

ALZHEIMER'S CARE: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care, 1901 CENTRAL AVE. ; (706) 738-5039

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-RICHMOND COUNTY: 10 A.M. FIRST THURSDAYS, ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, AUGUSTA OFFICE, 1899 CENTRAL AVE.; (706) 731-9060

alzheimer's disease-westwood: 3 p.m. third Thursdays, Westwood Nursing Facility Conference Room, 561 University Drive; (706) 731-9060

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Alzheimer's Association, Augusta chapter, 1899 Central Ave.; (706) 731-9060

AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP: Noon to 1 p.m. third Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Health System, 1355 Independence Drive; (706) 823-8504

A.W.A.K.E. SLEEP APNEA SUPPORT: 7 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Resource Library, first floor, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; (706) 721-0793

BETTER BREATHERS: 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, University Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, St. Sebastian Way; bring covered dish; (706) 774-5864

BLOOD CANCER/STEM CELL SUPPORT GROUP: Third Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, first floor, Community Room; (706) 721-2752

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 P.M. SECOND THURSDAYS, WALTON WEST TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER, 2501 CEN-TER WEST PARKWAY; (706) 533-3094

Breast Cancer Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m. second Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, first floor community room, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd.; (706) 721-4109

CANCER SHARE: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital, Cancer Learning Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 104, 818 St. Sebastian Way; registration required; (706) 774-7000

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7 P.M. SECOND THURSDAYS, AUGUSTA ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES, 3696 WHEELER ROAD; FREE; (706) 651-2283

caregiver support group: 2-3 p.m. second Tuesdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Cradle Club Classroom, Suite 310, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; (706) 651-2283

celiac disease support group: 7-8:30 p.m. third Tuesdays; Summerville Building, Suite 120, 2258 Wrightsboro Road; also for gluten intolerance; Rose Cruickshank (706) 738-8253, roseforhealth@aol.com

Coping with Grief and Loss Group: 6-7 p.m. third Thursdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Suite 110, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; refreshments; (706) 650-1522

CRIBS FOR KIDS: 6-8 p.m. first Thurs-days, MCG Hospital, first floor, Family Resource Library; (706) 721-7606; for families with financial need Safe Sleep Survival Kits

CSRA Bereaved Parents: Grief support after the death of a child; 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road; Cathy McNitt, (803) 279-8179

CSRA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, dining room in St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; (706) 364-1662

EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHILDREN: 10 a.m. third Saturdays, University Hospital Education Center, third floor, 1350 Walton Way; (706) 863-5557

DIALYZE FOR LIFE: 6-7 P.M. first Thursdays, 1829 Wrightsboro Road, in front of Macedonia Baptist Church; free; (706) 447-1114

HUNTINGTON DISEASE GROUP: 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorders Clinic, Marks Building, Room 1122, 1429 Harper St.; (706) 721-4895

LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES: 5 p.m. second Thursdays, University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Room 1, 1350 Walton Way; (706) 868-3241

MOMS CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP: 1-2 P.M. TUESDAYS, OLD FAIRWAY FORD DEALERSHIP, 1225 WALTON WAY; (706) 721-8283

multiple sclerosis support group: 6-7:30 p.m. last Mondays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, sixth floor, Augusta MS Center, 1120 15th St.; dinner provided; (706) 721-7239

my mom has breast cancer group: 5 p.m. third Thursdays, University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; (706) 774-4141

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Meetings throughout the week; open discussion, closed discussion (addicts only), open text study, step study; smoking and nonsmoking areas; (706) 855-2410, (706) 855-2419

PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF ABUSED CHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7 P.M. SECOND AND FOURTH TUESDAYS; SUPPORT FOR NONOFFENDING PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF ABUSED CHILDREN; CALL FOR MEETING LOCATION; MAGGIE TUCKER, (706) 737- 4631

parents healing together: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital, Cafeteria, Dining Room 2, 1350 Walton Way; for parents, families and friends who have lost infants through miscarriage, death, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth; (706) 774-2751, (706) 774-5802

PINK MAGNOLIAS BREAST CANCER: 6:30 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital, Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 ST. SEBASTIAN WAY ; for partners of women with breast cancer; free; (706) 774-4141

PREGNANCY LOSS GROUP: First Tuesdays; for anyone affected by the loss of a baby; call for times; (706) 721-8299

SICKLE CELL SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. second Mondays, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Downtown Division, Room 2B106, 950 15th St.; Mary L. Brown, (706) 793-8471

SKIP TO MY LUPUS: 6:30 p.m. second Saturdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Suite 309, Classroom 1, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; for those with lupus and similar autoimmune disorders; (706) 496-2558, www.skiptomylupus.org

SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30-6:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Therapy Center, 1355 Independence Drive; (706) 823-8504

STROKE AND OUTPATIENT SUPPORT GROUP: Noon to 1 p.m. second Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Health System, Board Room, 1355 Independence Drive; (706) 823-5250

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH ORAL AND HEAD AND NECK CANCERS: 6-7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, first floor, community room; (706) 721-0550

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY CHAPTER GA 110: 5:15-6:15 P.M. SOCIAL AND PRIVATE WEIGH-IN, 6:30-7:30 P.M. MEETING AND MOTIVATION, MONDAYS, ST. ALBAN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, FELLOWSHIP HALL, 2321 LUMPKIN ROAD; NONPROFIT WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP; JOY SOUTHERN, (706) 737-1120, WWW.TOPS.ORG

trauma support group: Noon to 1 p.m. third Wednesdays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, third floor, Shock Trauma Conference Room, 1120 15th St.; (706) 721-4633

WAITING SPOUSE SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30-8:30 p.m. third Tuesdays; Family Outreach Building, Building 33512, Fort Gordon; for all military family members whose spouses are on extended temporary duty, unaccompanied tour or deployed; Shawn Williams (706) 791-1958, LeTonya Hudson (706) 791-5262

WEIGHT LOSS AND BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION AND SUPPORT GROUP: Information meeting 5:30 p.m., support meeting 7-8:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Trinity Hospital, ground floor, Sister Mary Louise Conference Room, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; (706) 481-7298

COMMUNITY SERVICE

TRINITY HOSPITAL: Trinity Hospice, a department of Trinity Home Services, needs volunteers; Ronnie Merry, (706) 729-6328, (800) 533-3949, Ronnie.Merry@Triadhospitals.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Red Wagon Society looking for members to assist with fundraisers, volunteer at events and play with young patients; (706) 721-4004, mcghealth.org

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