Health happenings

Looking for a certain support group or workshop? Check out our local roundup of everything from health screenings to child car-seats.

<b>New meetings and upcoming events</b>

The Amputee Support Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Level P, Room C. Any questions? Call Charlie, 817-907-1215 or

Cook Children's Medical Center is sponsoring "Touchstones for Hope and Healing: Grieving the Death of a Child," an evening with Dr. Alan Wolfelt, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Rutledge Auditorium at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Wolfelt has written several bestselling books and appeared on Oprah, Larry King, Today and other programs. The session is for families, support-group leaders, clergy, Stephen ministers, teachers, counselors, healthcare professionals and others. It is free but registration is required. Register online at

A breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, McRae Building, Room C3. For more information, contact Shirley Harvey, 817 548-6297 or visit

A support group for women that deals with goal setting, coping skills, self-esteem building, stress reduction, effective communication and other topics of interest is held from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at The Women's Center, 1723 Hemphill St., Fort Worth. Cost is $5 per session. To register or for more information, call 817-927-4040.

A lupus support group, sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America, North Texas Chapter, meets the third Saturday of each month at the Denton Public Library-North Branch, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. The group is open to patients, family and friends. For more information, contact Lisa Smith, the group's facilitator, at 817-291-3369.

The Blood Cancer Networking Group, including leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome meets 5:30-7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 623 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth. It is sponsored by Cancer Care Services and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, call Jane Beeson at 972-996-5906 or e-mail

Living Connections, a free support group for parents and guardians of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, meets the first Monday of every month. Free on-site childcare is provided during meetings. Snacks or a light meal is provided. Meetings are from 6-8 p.m. at the Excel Center of Fort Worth, 1220 W. Presidio St.. For more information, contact Mike, 817-219-5459 or e-mail, or Kristen, 817-335-6429 or e-mail

The Fibromyalgia Wellness Group meets every third Saturday of the month from noon-2 p.m. at Health South Rehab Hospital, 3200 Matlock Road, Arlington (look for the white sign with red letters northwest of the Mayfield intersection). All meetings are open to the public. Monthly topics vary, but generally involve helpful techniques. For information, call Health South, 817-468-4000; James, 817-860-4049; or Linnie, 817-294-4595.

The weight-loss surgery program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth provides patient support groups on the first Thursday of the month. Meetings are 6-7 p.m. in the Education Center, 1301 Pennsylvania. Call 817-250-2092 or e-mail for more information.

<b>Meets on the second Monday of the month</b>

The La Leche League of Bedford provides mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement to mothers who want to breastfeed. Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Monday at 7:15 pm at the Edwards Cancer Center, Texas Health H-E-B Hospital in Bedford and on the 2nd Thursday at 9:45am at First United Methodist Church, 521W Pipeline in Hurst. For more information visit,

Breast Cancer Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles St. Call 817-838-4863.

The Dallas Dyslexia Information Group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of each month, except for December, at the Winston School, 5707 Royal Lane, Dallas. Call 214-691-6950.

Answers for Anxiety Support Group, for people who have anxiety disorders including panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the Crystal Cafeteria at Texas Health H-E-B Hospital, 1600 Hospital Parkway, Bedford. Call Barbara at 817-581-1902.

<b>Meets on the second Tuesday of the month</b>

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is hosting car seat safety checks on the second Tuesday of each month at First United Methodist Church of Hurst, 521 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053. Appointments are available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-8479355.

The Koinonia Cancer Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Cancer Care Services, 623 S. Henderson St. in Fort worth. Call Ted Rowe at 817-292-2219.

The Stroke Support Group meets 6-7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Autumn Years Lodge, 424 S. Adams St. in Fort Worth. Stroke survivors, caregivers and family members are invited. Call Tracy Davis at 817-335-5781, ext. 39.

The Hepatitis Support Group will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the conference Room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B Edwards Cancer Center, 1612 Hospital Parkway in Bedford. Call 817-267-8470.

La Leche League of Fort Worth, an education and support group for women who want to breast-feed, will meet 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday in Classroom A at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, 6100 Harris Parkway in Fort Worth. Call 817-294-2396.

<b>Meets on the second Wednesday of the month</b>

Head and neck cancers support group for patients, family and friends meets at 3:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Moncrief Cancer Resources, 1450 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth. Call 817-838-4863.

Huguley Health Services operates a mobile health clinic operate a monthly clinic 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 380 N.W. Tarrant Ave., Burleson. The service provides complete examinations, minor acute-illness care, and other healthcare services to those unable to access healthcare due to lack of transportation or adequate financial resources. Other dates and locations are also available. Call 817-568-3253.

The Arc of Greater Tarrant County sponsors education and support groups that meet at the Child Study Center, 1300 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth: United Advocates, for adults with developmental disabilities, meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Call Richard Garnett at 817-877-1474.

Fort Worth Ovarian and All Gynecological Cancers Friendship and Support Group meets for dinner the second Wednesday of the month. Call Liz, 817-478-5812, or Diane, 817-244-4991.

The Hispanic Healthcare Professionals Association (HISPA), for health personnel, social workers and nurses, meets the second Wednesday of each month to share ideas and information. The next meeting is noon Wednesday at the American Cancer Society Building, 3301 West Freeway in Fort Worth. Call Ricardo J. Carrillo at 817-222-3311.

<b>Meets on the second Thursday of the month</b>

St. Barnabas United Methodist Church of Arlington sponsors a monthly Caring for Caregivers support group meeting on the second Thursday of each month. The church is at 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington. For more information, call 817-483-1667.

The Liver Disease Support Group meets 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at UNT Health Science Patient Care Center, 855 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Liver issues including hepatitis are discussed with peers and medical professionals. Patients and friends are welcome. Call Mike Wallace at 817-907-6115.

The Lumpectomy Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Moncrief Cancer Center, 1450 Eighth Ave. in Fort Worth. The group provides emotional support and education for women who have had a lumpectomy because of breast cancer. Call Valerie Oxford at 817-927-6364.

Positive Voices, a group of volunteers with HIV who are interested in ensuring the best level of support and service available to those affected by HIV, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Worth. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Call 817-321-4746 for reservations.

<b>Meets on the second Saturday of the month </b>

The Fort Worth chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Goodrich Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2500 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. The hard of hearing and their family and friends are welcome. Call 817-926-5305 (voice) or 817-926-4101 (TTY).

The Arc of Greater Tarrant County sponsors education and support groups that meet at the Child Study Center, 1300 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth: Our Special Children/What Happens Next support group, for people caring for or parenting school-age children, adolescents or adults with a developmental disability, meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Contact Richard Garnett at 817-877-1474. Child care is available by reservation only.

The Fort Worth Area Polio Survivors Support Group, the local chapter of the Texas Polio Survivors Association, meets 1-3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Shady Oaks Baptist Church Youth Building, 300 W. Bedford-Euless Road in Hurst. Call 817-336-1769.

<b>Meets weekly</b>

A support group for women meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Women's Center, 1723 Hemphill St., Fort Worth. The cost is $5 per session. Call 817-927-4006. Another group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Women's Center Arlington office, 401 W. Sanford, Suite 1200. Call 817-548-1663.

SMART Recovery, a free alternative to 12-step programs, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 901 Page Ave., Fort Worth. For more information, visit

The Hannah Group, a free support group for women dealing with infertility and miscarriages, meets 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Richland Hills Church of Christ, 6300 N.E. Loop 820. Child care will be provided with advance notice. Contact Carol, 682-225-7638.

Depression Connection provides free support groups for people with depression, bipolar or anxiety disorders throughout Tarrant County. Education and community resources are also available. For information, call 817-810-9599.

Adult Children of Alcoholics, a self-help recovery program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at 7525 John T. White Road, Fort Worth. Call 817-429-4769.

Al-Anon is designed to help families and friends of alcoholics and is available seven days a week. For location and time, call 817-336-2492.

-- Among the Al-Anon locations is 4025-B Flory St., North Richland Hills, where Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; and at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.

-- Also, Arlington Al-Anon Family Group, for family and friends of alcoholics, meets at 1226 W. Bowen Road, Arlington (behind Tom Thumb) at 6 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Alateen for ages 8-11 meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, and for ages 12-19 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support group for everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. In Fort Worth, the group meets at:

-- 7:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, noon on Tuesday and 9 a.m. Saturday at South Hills Christian Church, 3600 Bilglade Road. Call 817-370-7207.

-- noon on Wednesday at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 1659 Sandy Lane. A Spanish-language meeting will follow at 1 p.m. Must request in advance by calling 817-275-1085.

-- OA/HOW meets at 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 5000 Southwest Blvd., 76116. Call 817-377-0189.

In Arlington, the group meets at:

-- 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and noon Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wesley House,3216 W. Park Row Drive. Call 817-460-3083.

-- 7 p.m. Sunday at Millwood Hospital, 1011 N. Cooper St., Arlington. Call 817-595-3044.

In Euless at:

-- noon Saturday at United Memorial Christian Church, 1401 N. Main St., Euless. Call 817-355-5070.

In North Richland Hills:

-- 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Hall, 4101 Frawley Drive (between Glenview and North Hills Mall). Call 817-692-1641.

Tarrant County Men's Meeting of OA is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Suite 608, Radio Shack shopping center, 4105 Texas 121 at Cheek Sparger, Bedford. Call 817-692-1641.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Riverside Recreation Center in Sylvania Park, 3700 E. Belknap St. Other meeting times and places are also available. Call Alma Perez, 817-834-4413. National group Web site: Other TOPS meetings:

-- 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Church, 4400 Western Center Blvd., Fort Worth. Call Bettie Townson, 817-834-7585.

-- 7 p.m. Mondays in the annex of Northwest Church of Christ, 6059 Azle Ave. Call Pat Gann, 817-838-0466.

-- 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Westworth Church of Christ, 5728 White Settlement Road. Call Suzy, 817-738-4996.

-- TOPS 85 meets at 6 p.m. for weigh-in, 7 p.m. for meeting, Mondays in the rear classroom building of Haltom City Christian Church, 4121 Haltom Road. Call 817-834-8394.

-- TOPS TX-193 meets at 9 a.m. Fridays at St. Philip's Presbyterian Church, 745 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst. Call 817-595-1335.

-- 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday evening for weigh-in & 7 p.m. meeting at the Burleson Senior Center -216 SW Johnson St. in Burleson. For more information, call Paula Mize 817 447-6146. __TOPS TX 1639 meets each Tues. evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church, 625 Pipeline Road, Hurst. Enter double metal doors on west side of building. Call Sandra Martin at 817 282-1292 for more information

Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children's Medical Center, offers weekly car-seat checks at its fitting stations. Each car seat check takes approximately 30 minutes and the child using the seat must be present, unless parents are expecting. Call 682-885-2634 to schedule an appointment.

Car seat checks are provided by Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals at inspection stations on the campuses of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Certified child-passenger safety technicians will show parents how to correctly install the car seat, provide safety tips and check to see if the car seat has ever been recalled. Inspection stations are rotated among the hospitals on Tuesdays. Times vary. Call 888-4-HARRIS to schedule an appointment.

The Texas Teratogen Information Service provides pregnant women with free information on having a healthy baby by reducing the risk of birth defects. The service is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly Texas Department of Health) and located at the University of North Texas in Denton. Call 800-733-4727.

Widowed Persons Service of Tarrant County provides grief support and social calendar each month for widows and widowers. Call the office, 817-551-2922, or Flossie, 817-244-9124.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step program for addiction to drugs and alcohol and for eating disorders, meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in worship center Room 202 at the Church on Rush Creek, 2300 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Call 817-468-7729.

-- Also, another Celebrate Recovery group meets 7-9 p.m. Mondays at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3740 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth. Call 817-546-0827 or go to

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B Hospital offers the following classes. The first two meet at 1600 Hospital Parkway in Bedford.

-- Parenting, for new parents as well as experienced ones, on the basics of newborn care. It is offered as either a four-week series (one 2 1/2-hour class each week) or a weekend (Friday night and Saturday). Cost is $45. Call 888-4HARRIS or visit

-- Sibling class, to help children develop positive feelings toward a baby, interact with the baby in a safe and positive manner and be prepared for the separation from mom during the birth and postpartum hospital stay. This is a one-time, 1 61/27-hour class. $15 per family. Call 888-4HARRIS or visit

-- Swimming lessons, for ages 2 to adult, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B. Hospital. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, 251 Westpark Way, Euless. There are six 30-minute lessons (three weeks). The cost is $75; there is a maximum of five students per instructor. Semi-private lessons are also available for $130 and private lessons for $225. Call 817-649-SWIM.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program, meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Smithfield United Methodist Church, 6701 Smithfield Road, North Richland Hills. The group also meets at 7:30 p.m. every Friday in Room 111 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Freeway in Irving. Call Doris or George, 817-868-9404.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth offers a variety of public-education classes for respiratory and breathing health, including pulmonary education, breathing exercises and smoking intervention. Call 817-882-3972.

Dialogue, a support group designed to help patients and their families and friends better understand and cope with cancer, meets 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays in the pastoral-care office, second floor, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B, 1600 Hospital Parkway in Bedford. Call 817-685-4811.

John Peter Smith Hospital offers classes on hypertension, childbirth, breast-feeding, osteoporosis, asthma and diabetes. Classes in Spanish are available on diabetes and childbirth. Call 817-920-7300 for further information.

Moms in Motion water aerobics classes for expecting mothers are offered by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Mondays and Thursdays in the Harris Fitness Center, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth. The cost to attend four times a month is $25, eight times a month is $35 and 12 times a month is $45. Call 817-878-5050.

Baylor All Saints' Medical Centers offer a variety of classes and support groups on childbirth, infant and child safety and CPR, diabetes, weight-loss surgery, heart health and other topics. For a schedule and information, call 800-422-9567 (800-4BAYLOR).

Mental Health Association of Tarrant County is an information and referral clearinghouse for all mental health resources in Tarrant County. Consumers are linked with appropriate resources including support groups, counseling and other treatment options. Resources also available through online searchable database at . Please call the office with any questions. 817-546-7802

<b>Meets Periodically</b>

The Cardiac Support Group, open to cardiac patients and individuals with implanted defibrillators, meets quarterly at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Call 817-878-5055.

Narcotics Anonymous helps people find a solution to their drug problem. To find a meeting or get more information, call 817-624-9525 or visit

The Mental Health Association of Tarrant County acts as a "self-help clearinghouse" for people who are experiencing difficulty with a physical or mental illness in Tarrant County. Some listings for other Texas counties and out-of-state services are also available. Call 817-335-5405.

Send announcements at least two weeks in advance of the event to Health Calendar, Features Department, Star-Telegram, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. e-mail: or call 817-390-7545.