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.

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, Labor and Delivery, 1120 15th St.; registration required; free; (706) 721-9351

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

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES: 7-9 p.m. third Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., fifth floor, Room 5306; free; registration required; (706) 721-9351

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 CLASS: 5:45-8 p.m. second Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way; $10 registration fee; (706) 721-7606

CAR-SEAT INSPECTION: Held by Safe Kids East Central; by appointment first Fridays, Medical College of Georgia Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way; how to use a car seat; free; (706) 721-7606

HEART 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

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; (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

WEEKENDER CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS: A complete childbirth preparation class designed for those with time constraints or fluctuating schedules; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, University Hospital Women's Center classroom, third floor; registration required; (706) 774-2825

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

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alcoholics Anonymous: For anyone with a drinking problem; 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 Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., Room 4306; reservations required; lunch; (706) 721-2681

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 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

ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP: 5 p.m. first Tuesdays, University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Rooms 1-3; (706) 774-2760

A.W.A.K.E. SLEEP APNEA SUPPORT: 7-9 p.m.fourth Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Resource Library; (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: 5:30-7 p.m. third Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd., first floor, community room; (706) 721-2752

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton West Transitional Living Center, 2501 Center West Parkway; (706) 533-3094

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30-7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd., first floor, community room; (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; Summer-ville Building, Suite 120, 2258 Wrightsboro Road; also for gluten intolerance; Rose Cruickshank (706) 738-8253, augustagig@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: Safe Sleep Survival Kits for families in financial need, including a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sack and pacifier, $10; 5:45-8 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way; (706) 721-7606

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

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AUGUSTA: 5:30-7 p.m. third Mondays, Augusta First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Walton Building Room 101; Debbie Rish (706) 556-6162

HUNTINGTON DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m., first Thursdays; Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorders Clinic, Marks Building; (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 p.m. Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way; (706) 721-9351

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. last Mondays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, sixth floor; (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

NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS CONNECTION GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Friendship Commun-ity Center, 1720 Central Ave.; (706) 733-8838, (706) 799-0638

NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Friendship Community Center, 1720 Central Ave.; (706) 733-8838, (706) 799-0638

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 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; light refreshments served; open to all women who have undergone breast cancer surgery or are going through treatment for breast cancer; support group for partners meets at same time; (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, 950 15th St., Room 2B106; Mary L. Brown, (706) 793-8471

SKIP TO MY LUPUS: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Aiken Regional Medical Center, dining room A, 302 University Parkway, Aiken; for those with lupus and similar autoimmune disorders; (803) 282-9193, 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, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd., first floor, community room; (706) 721-0550

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST A BABY DURING PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH OR EARLY INFANCY: Information and support; offered by Medical College of Georgia; Sue Ellen Abney (706) 721-8299

SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES: Armywide program to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to survivors of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767 or visit myarmyonesource.com and select Family Programs, then Surviving Families

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


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