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<b>New meetings and upcoming events</b>
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and Grapevine Parks and Recreation will host a free youth sports, health and wellness expo at the Grapevine Community Activities Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27. Sign Up Saturday offers area families a "one-stop shop" of more than 15 sports programs in the area, free cholesterol screenings for adults; free vision screenings for children and adults; games, activities and sports demonstrations; youth obstacle course and much more. For more information, call 1-800-422-9567.
Singer and songwriter Randy Travis will headline the 18th annual Huguley Memorial Medical Center Crystal Heart Gala on Sept. 25 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth. Proceeds from the event will provide cancer screenings and services for uninsured and financially challenged patients. The event a large silent auction and a four-course gourmet dinner, followed by the concert. Table sponsorships and individual seats are available. For more information, call 817-568-3281.
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CHADD Tarrant County Support Group, sponsored by the North Texas chapter of CHADD, will meet 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26 in Room 206 of the Hills Church (formerly the Richland Hills Church of Christ), 6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills. The presenter will be Michael Webb, a licensed professional counselor and licensed chemical dependency counselor, who will speak on ADHD and addictive behaviors. Questions? Call Kari Dossett, 817-269-8654, or Dulce Torres, 817-707-6264, or visit the Chadd Tarrant County Support Group page on Facebook. No childcare will be available; the meeting is not for children under 17.
Let's Talk on Tuesday, a weekly informational session for men with prostate cancer, meets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays in Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth's Cancer Resource Center, Klabzuba Tower, 1300 W. Terrell Ave., Suite 100. For more information, call Gayle Wilkins, at 817-820-4868.
The Amputee Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Italy, 2221 Browning Drive, Arlington. For more information, e-mail Trish Kinnaird, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Dub Horn, 817-294-4286.
Texas Healthy Lifestyles is seeking volunteers to lead diabetes self-management program workshops. Training is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22, 23, 29 and 30. Lunch will be provided. The program is a collaboration between Tarrant County Public Health, Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, and the Veterans Administration of North Texas. For more information or to register for training, contact Peter Luby, 817-413-4949, Ext. 226, or email@example.com.
Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County will hold free Texas Healthy Lifestyles workshops for anyone with diabetes, family members and caregivers, and anyone at risk for diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, relaxation techniques, exercise, medications and more. The first workshops will be Aug. 18-Sept. 22 at Amelia Parc Senior Apartments. Workshops continue this fall at locations around Tarrant County. Seating is limited; registration is required. For more information or to register for a workshop, please call Senior Citizen Services, 817-413-4949.
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care will offer a five-week grief support group to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one beginning Sept. 6, and continuing each Tuesday through Oct. 4. The meetings are 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Singing Hills Baptist Church, 101 Cardinal Drive, Denton. This group will be led by social worker Shirley Farrar. To register or for more information, call Kathy Campbell, manager of bereavement services, 817-870-7117.
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 texashealth.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ACT_founder@sbcglobal.net, or Kristen, 817-335-6429 or e-mail Kristen.email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
<b>Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month</b>
The Stroke Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor patient dining room of HealthSouth City View Rehabilitation Hospital, 6701 Oakmont Blvd. in Fort Worth. Stroke survivors, caregivers and family members are all invited. The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call Dee Smith at 817- 370-4732.
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 www.rke.cc.
The Hannah Group, a free support group for women dealing with infertility and miscarriages, meets 7-8 p.m. every other Monday at The Hills (formerly Richland Hills Church of Christ), 6300 N.E. Loop 820. Child care will be provided with advance notice. Contact Carol Westmoreland, 817-296-9755.
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: www.tops.org. 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 www.ccbcsoulcare.org.
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 www.texas8health.org.
-- 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 www.texashealth.org.
-- 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.
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 www.mhatc.org . Please call the office with any questions. 817-546-7802
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 www.lsrna.com.
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.
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