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EXETER &8212; Exeter Hospitals Health Reach Community Education department is offering American Heart Association CPR and first aid certification classes for the public. Call Exeter Hospitals Health Reach Information Center at 580-6668 or visit www.exeterhospital.com.

YORK, Maine &8212; GAM-ANON meets Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m. at York Hospitals medical office building (the purple building directly behind the main hospital building), in the downstairs conference room. GAM-ANON is for mily and friends of compulsive gamblers whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Spouses, parents, relatives and friends are welcome.

ROCHESTER &8212; Rehab 3 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital will offer the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program every Tuesday and Thursday on the third floor, 95 South Main St., Rochester. The Cost $20, and registration is required. Call 603-330-8952 for more information.

Sites are located in Derry, Epping, Newmarket, Portsmouth, and Seacoast (Hampton Falls). For information call the Head Start administrative office at 430-4900 or go to www.rcaction.org.

EXETER &8212; An ostomy support group is being sponsored by Exeter Hospital the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Exeter Healthcare building at 4 Alumni Drive, conference room 6. To register, call 603-580-6668.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; Walk your way to weight loss and a healthier body with a free indoor walking program at the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, 7 Junkins Ave., in Portsmouth. All are welcome to join participants Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. On Tuesdays, UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections program joins us with nutrition updates, recipe makeovers, healthy food tastings, and more. Runs through Friday, July 1. For more information, contact Diane Giese at (603) 436-0641 or visit Seacoast Family Food Pantrys web page at www.seacoastmilyfoodpantry.org.

eastern regiFosters.com,PORTSMOUTH &8212; The Portsmouth Regional Hospital Womens Care Lecture Series is designed to help Seacoast women make informed choices about their health and the well being of their mily members. Continuing through the month of May in the hospital classrooms, at 333 Borthwick Avenue. Programs start at 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. For detailed lecture information go to www.portsmouthhospital.com. Register online or by calling Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-421-1080.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; A divorce support group will meet 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Hope Christian Fellowship, 634 State St. Call 603-809-5750 for more information.

DOVER &8212; Exploring Our Way, the Childrens Museum of New Hampshires autism partnership program, has resumed monthly programming for the 2010-2011 school year. Sessions are held on second Sundays monthly from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum. At each session, milies with children with autism spectrum disorders may visit the museum at no cost. No reservations are required. Upcoming program date: June 12. For more information, contact program coordinator Paula Rais at paula@childrens-museum.org.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; Sexual Assault Support Services is seeking volunteers. The organization works to prevent child ual abuse, ual assault and stalking while supporting victims, survivors and others affected by ual violence. Visit sassnh.org or call 603-436-4107 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; The New Hampshire Association for the Blind seeks volunteers in the Dover, Rochester and Somersworth areas. For more information, call Stephanie Hurd at 603-545-4345.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; Families with lesbian, gay, biual and transgender members, their friends and relatives are invited to the Star Island Retreat and Conference Ceneastern regiFosters.comter for a week of recreation and community building to foster ties between milies. The Transitions and Transformations Conference will be held Aug. 27 to Sept. 2. The Center is on the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire seacoast. For more information visit

DOVER &8212; Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, Dover, now offers the community a forum for mily members and caregivers of people with Alzheimers disease to share their feelings, concerns, information, and support each other. Meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mary Boucher at (603) 743-4110.

PORTSMOUTH/ROCHESTER &8212; Alateen meets at following locations: Portmouth is held on Fridays 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, ( follow West Road off Route 1 ) . Rochester meetings are on Mondays 7:30 to 8:50 p.m. at The Emanual Church, on Eastern Avenue ( 1/2 mile from post office.) The websight for Al-Anon / Alateeastern region mental health associationen is www.nhal-anon.org.

NEWINGTON &8212; The Seacoast Celiac Sprue Disease Support Group meets regularly at Great Bay Services, 2081 Woodbury Ave., across from the Fox Run Mall. A gluten-free potluck supper precedes meetings. For more information, call 603-778-1938 or 603-964-8921.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; Rockingham Community Action/Head Start is currently accepting applications at all sites for the 2011-2012 school year. Head Start is a federally funded program for preschool children, including those with special needs, from eligible milies. Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing cognitive, social and emotional development. To be eligible a child must be three or four years of age by Sept. 30. The mily must meet federal income guidelines.

EXETER &8212; Exeter Hospital is sponsoring a free Community Heartsaver CPR and AED course on Saturday, June 4, at 9 am. The course will be held in the North Conference Rooms. The course will teach participants basic CPR and AED training for adults and children. To register, please call 603-580-6668.

ROCHESTER &8212; Caregiver Support Group meets fourth Thursday of the month at the ServiceLink Office, 1 Old Dover Road, Rochester from 5 to 7 p.m. Caregivers can communicate with other caregivers who understand their situation and frustrations. We have guest speakers who help make their life easier. For more information, call 332-7398. All active caregivers are welcomed.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; All parents and children are welcome at the wide variety of parenting classes, playgroups and mily programs offered by Families First Health and Support Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs require advance signup and include free child care. For more about these and other Families First programs, visit www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org or call 603-422-8208 ext. 2.

Exeter: Exeter Hospital, north conference room 1, Fridays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER &8212; A monthly healing circle is held in the community and education center next to Frisbie Memorial Hospital on fourth Wednesdays monthly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call Holly Brown at 603-343-1711 for more information. Registration is not required.

YORK, Maine &8212; York Hospitals Heart Health Institute is offering weight management programs that concentrate on permanent lifestyle changes instead of dieting. Call 207-351-3700 for more information.

ROCHESTER &8212; The Rochester Brain Injury Support Group meets on second Thursdays monthly at 6 p.m. at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Call Paula Dempsey 603-539-8718 or Doug DuFresne 603-332-9435 for more information.

SEABROOK &8212; The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program of Seacoast Mental Health Center and Seacoast Youth Services offers a Stepping Out program. Teens get the chance to explore topics relating to mily issues. Held at Seacoast Youth Services in Seabrook on Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Call 603-431-6703 or 603-474-3332.

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ROCHESTER &8212; An Alzheimers Support Group, cilitated by Hanna Jacoby of The Homemakers Health Services, is held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Frisbie Hospital Educational Building, 11 Whitehall Road, Rochester. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Hanna Jacoby at 822-2108.


DOVER &8212; MS Self-Help Group, meets last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, conference room beside main desk. For information contact the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter at 1-800-344-4867 or www.MSnewengland.org.

ROCHESTER &8212; Parents Meeting the Challenge is a support group for parents of children who have emotional challenges and is cilitated by experienced parents. Please join us at Frisbie Memorial Hospital on the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for free, educational presentations. For more information, contact Laurie at 332-5649.

PORTSMOUTH &8212; The Seacoast chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds support and informational meetings on second and fourth Thursdays monthly in the Library of the Community Campus at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call 603-431-1512.

DOVER &8212; Avis Goodwin Community Health Center and Southeastern New Hampshire Services have announced a partnership to provide alcohol and drug addiction outpatient treatment to local mothers struggling with addiction. It is available to any women in the community who are either pregnant or have children under 18 and are injection and substance abusers. For more information, contact Erin Ross at eross@agchc.org or 603-516-2549.

YORK &8212; Financial Guidance for Cancer Survivors and Their Families, Thursday, June 30, 5pm-6pm at the York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd. Money concerns differ from person to person. Karen Pierce-Stewart, Executive Director of the Cancer Care Center of York County in Sanford, will share resources and information that is available. Free of charge and open to the public. If you would like more information, please call Karen at the Cancer Care Center at 459-1606.

ELIOT, Maine &8212; Seacoast Lyme-Aid has a support group for Lyme disease sufferers. It meets on the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the William Fogg Homestead on Old Road, off Route 103. Call 207-439-9437 for more information.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine &8212; North Berwick Physical Therapy operates a lending library for gently-used canes, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, etc. Individuals can borrow these items free of charge, with the hope that they will be returned for use by someone else. Donate by calling 207-676-8500 or drop items off at NBPT at 5 Burma Road, North Berwick.

For more information, call Ted Doan at 603-778-3160 or e-mail him at dbsaexeter@comcast.net.

NORTH HAMPTON &8212; The Seacoast Brain Injury Support Group meets first Tuesdays monthly at 7 p.m. at the North Hampton United Church of Christ. For more information, call Lil Charron, 603-659-5769 or Rosalie Johnson, 603-749-1825.

ROCHESTER &8212; To provide caregivers of persons suffering from Alzheimers disease and related dementias with the information and support they need, The Homemakers Health Services will be offering an Alzheimers Educational Seminar on Saturday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at its cility located at 215 Rochester Hill Road in Rochester. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be cilitated by Hanna Jacoby, who has extensive experience in the area of Alzheimers disease and related dementias. As seating is limited, please call Hanna Jacoby at 335-1770, ext. 108 to make a reservation or e-mail Ren Philpott at rphilpott@thehomemakers.org.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH needs men and women to advocate for abused and neglected children in their communities. To learn more about the program at www.casanh.org, or to call 800-626-0622 for more information.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support groups in the Seacoast area meet weekly as follows: Dover: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Salmon Falls Room, Mondays 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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