Penn State Health St. Joseph will present the following classes and support groups:
Wednesday: Breastfeeding Support: The Baby Bistro. Meets at 10 a.m. at the Bern Township Campus. No appointment or reservation necessary. A supportive and nurturing environment for moms who are breastfeeding their babies.
Wednesday: Diabetes management class. Covers a variety of topics relating to diabetes and its care. Held at 9 a.m. at the Downtown Campus. Enter at 640 Walnut St. Registration required. Call 610-378-2030.
Thursday: Chronic Disease Patient Support Group. Information and support for patients and their caregivers. Held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Penn State Health St. Joseph Spring Hill Health Corridor, 2607 Keiser Blvd., Spring Township.
Thursday: Diabetes management class. Covers a variety of topics relating to diabetes and its care. Held at 4 p.m. at Penn State Health St. Joseph Spring Ridge Health Corridor, 2607 Keiser Blvd., Spring Township. Registration required. Call 610-378-2030.
Next Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Group, Exeter Ridge Health Complex, 3970 Perkiomen Ave. Held from 11 a.m. until noon. Call Cheryl at 610-779-1330 for more information.
Next Tuesday: Diabetes management class. Held at 9 a.m. at Exeter Ridge Health Complex. Registration required. Call 610-378-2030.
Next Tuesday: Blue Mountain Academy Farm Stand at the Downtown Campus, 145 N. Sixth St. Fresh produce available from noon until 4 p.m. The public is welcome. Payment methods are cash, check, card or SNAP.
Next Tuesday: Farmers Market at the Bern Township Campus. Produce, baked goods and other items available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Open to the public.
The Miller-Keystone Blood Center, 2745 Leisz’s Bridge Road, Bern Township, has scheduled the following blood drive sites:
Wednesday: Kutztown University McFarland Student Union Building, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday: Penn State Health St. Joseph, 2500 Bernville Road, Bern Township, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berks Career and Technology Center West, 1057 County Road, Bern Township, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boscov’s North, 2910 N. Fifth St. Highway, Muhlenberg Township, 2 to 7 p.m. Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Washington Township, 2 to 7 p.m. Church of God in Christ Mennonite, 1083 Richmond Road, Richmond Township, 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday: Redner’s Warehouse, 3 Quarry Road, Maidencreek Township, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kirbyville Farm Market, 14030 Kutztown Road, Richmond Township, 3 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Great Clips, 2659 Shillington Road, Spring Township, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: St. Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Exeter Township, 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 2901 Curtis Road, Spring Township, 9 a.m. to 2 pm.
Monday: Berks County Agriculture Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township, 7 to 10:40 a.m. LJ’s Fitness, 102 N. Third St., Womelsdorf, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adelphi Kitchens, 300 E. Penn Ave., Robesonia, 12:40 to 3:40 p.m. Burkholder’s Farm Market, 630 Topton Road, Maxatawny Township, 2 to 6 p.m. St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Robeson Township, 2 to 7 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome, but donors with appointments will be taken first. Appointments may be made by calling the blood center at 610-926-6060.
A GriefShare Support Group meets Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township. Call 610-779-0534 for details.
Bereavement seminars are held Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Catharine of Siena Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen Ave., Mount Penn. Call 610-370-1174 for details.
A GriefShare support group is held Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Ave., West Lawn. Call 484-347-3609 for more information.
A GriefShare support group meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 1110 Snyder Road, Spring Township. Call 610-678-0266, ext. 242, for information.
Al-Anon is a mutual support program with meetings facilitated by members. Our program is for people who have been or are being affected by someone else’s drinking. For more information about Al-Anon or to find a meeting near you, please visit our website at al-anon.org or call us at 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666).
Chronic Pain Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the large F.E.P (family education program) room at Caron Treatment Center, 243 N. Galen Hall Road, South Heidelberg Township. Call 610-207-3716 or 717-250-9268 for information.
Adult Child of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families, or ACA, a program that supports adults who struggle with identifying themselves and have difficulty in relationships due to growing up with adults or siblings who had addictions, compulsive behaviors, extreme attitudes or mental illness, meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Shillington Church of Christ, 475 Philadelphia Ave. For information, call 484-769-0352 or go to www.acarebuildingyou.com.
Those seeking help to stop drinking can call Alcoholics Anonymous at 610-373-6500 or visit the website www.readingberksintergroup.org for a complete list of meetings.
Narcotics Anonymous: If you want to use that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. For more information, call the 24-hour helpline at 610-374-5944 or visit rascna.org.
A GriefShare support group meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 550 Fleetwood Road, Richmond Township. Call 610-682-4970 for information.
Gam-Anon, a support group for families and friends of compulsive gamblers, meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Christ United Church of Christ, Kutztown Road and Euclid Avenue, Temple. For information, call 717-413-6789.
And Gambler’s Anonymous, a program for compulsive gamblers, also meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Christ United Church of Christ. For information, call the GA Delaware Valley Hotline at 855-222-5542.
Classes on tai chi for health are conducted by a certified instructor at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays in Spine and Wellness Center, 3933 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township. Intro classes are free. For more information, call 610-823-3879 or email [email protected].
Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step recovery group, meets at the following times and locations:
Thursdays, Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 105 Tuckerton Road, Muhlenberg Township, 10:15 a.m.
Saturdays, West Lawn United Methodist Church Community Building, 101 Woodside Ave., West Lawn, 9:30 a.m.
For additional information on the meetings, call 717-391-2950 or visit www.scpoai.org.
Classes in Rock Steady Boxing, a specialized fitness program for people with Parkinson’s disease, are offered daily at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, Spring Township. For more information, call 610-376-2100 or view bodyzonesports.com/rocksteady.
Classes on tai chi and qigong for health are conducted by certified instructor Dr. CJ Rhoads from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in Yellow House, Amity Township. For more information, call 484-332-3331 or email [email protected]. Registration is required. Fees range from $5 per class to $15 per class depending upon commitment. Proceeds benefit the Health, Prosperity, and Leadership Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit.
Recovery Dharma, a group using Buddhist principles for recovery from all addiction or dependency issues, meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. at RISE Center, 702 N. Eighth St., Reading, and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Caron Treatment Center’s Serena Hall, 243 N. Galen Hall Road, South Heidelberg Township. Meetings include meditation, text study and open sharing. Program can be used in conjunction with other recovery programs or independently. More information at recoverydharma.org or 610-334-8717.
sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group meets monthly at 6 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library. For date of meeting, brochure, current newsletter or more information, please email [email protected] or call 717-866-2401. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden, unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free.
A GriefShare support group meets Wednesdays through April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Zion’s Church, 770 Zion’s Church Road, Perry Township. Cost of materials and book is $20. Call 610-562-4584 for more information.
Breast Cancer Support Services is hosting a Face 2 Face group for women under 45 next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 529 Reading Ave., Suite C, West Reading. The event is free an no registration is required.
Green Hills Manor at The Heritage, the personal and memory care community on the campus of The Heritage of Green Hills, hosts monthly support groups for caregivers of individuals suffering from dementia, as well as other debilitating diseases, on the third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Upcoming dates are Feb. 19, March 18 and April 15. For more information, call 484-755-3228 or email [email protected].
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