Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: Caregiver support groups, 2 p.m. Monday, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Sasha Bootz, (352) 596-2055.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following:
• The Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses, offering support groups, classes, bingo, arts and crafts, and other social and educational activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004. Visit www.namihernando.org or www.NAMI.org.
• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
SHINE Program Assists Seniors with Health Insurance: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at the following locations in Hernando County:
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.
SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.
No appointments necessary (unless otherwise noted). For information or for counseling locations outside Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Nurturing Fathers Workshop: 11 a.m. Monday, Mid-Florida Community Service/Head Start, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, the Parent Male Involvement Coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464.
Swine flu vaccination clinic: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. The Hernando County Health Department will provide 750 vaccinations (intranasal and injectable) first-come, first-served, with tickets distributed starting at 8 a.m.; tickets include appointment time slots. Priority will be given to pregnant women, caregivers and family members of infants 6 months and younger, people 6 months to 24, people 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions, and health care workers who provide direct patient care. (352) 540-6855.
Florida Cancer Institute Caregiver Support Group: 4 p.m. Nov. 12, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome. Joan, (352) 686-1077, or Ellen, (352) 597-5426.
HPH Hospice Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This ongoing bereavement support group is for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations needed. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help support group for seniors who have difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. Marilyn, (352) 597-5315, or Bill, (352) 683-7409.
Overeaters Anonymous: Bridge to Serenity group, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.
Restless Legs Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Florida Sleep Institute, 4075 Mariner Blvd. This will be an open discussion meeting. Betty or Bill Kinahan, (352) 200-5440.
Spring Hill Stroke Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Family and friends welcome. Coffee and cake follows the meeting. A. Schaffer, (352) 688-2594, or the church, (352) 683-9016.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 461, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Dorothy Kuta, (352) 596-6697, or Pat Gall, (352) 688-6755. TOPS is a weight loss support group that promotes successful weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support.
New Port Richey
Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. today, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. For those suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. (727) 845-0757.
Lymphedma Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Florida Cancer Institute, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Lindsey Wisniewski, (727- 845-0757.
NAMI Workshop — Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Westside Conference Center, MHA Building, 13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd. For teachers, Guardians ad litem, professionals and caregivers. Seating is limited, registration required. The cost is $50, which includes a box lunch and continuing education units. (850) 671-4445 or [email protected]
Tourette's Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 6th St. S. (727) 767-8230 or [email protected] The group is dedicated to helping individuals in the Tampa Bay area with Tourette's syndrome and their families.
Information for the Health and Support column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or e-mailed to [email protected] The deadline for this news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. For information about the Health and Support column, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.