Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — No dues or fees. For times and locations, call 301-662-0544.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups:

— 6:30 to 8 p.m. meets second Thursday of the month at Country Meadows Retirement Community, 5955 Quinn Orchard Road, Frederick. RSVP to attend and for respite care, 301-228-2249.

— 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at Edenton Retirement Community, 5800 Genesis Lane, Frederick. 301-694-3100 or

Cancer Support Group — 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday, Monocacy Valley Church, 9861 Old National Pike, Ijamsville. For those surviving or battling this disease, an opportunity for fellowship with others on a regular basis. Family members welcome. Details at 301-865-9100 or

Daytime Grief Support Group — 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Suite A, Frederick. On-going support for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants can share stories and express their grief. Free.; 240-566-3030. updated 0119

Diabetes Support Group — 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, FMH Crestwood Conference Center, 7211 Bank Court, Frederick. Learn more about managing diabetes. Get expert advice and healthy lifestyle tips. Hosted by Terri Kemmerer MS, CRNP, CDE from Monocacy Health Partners Endocrine and Thyroid Specialists. Interpreters are available by advance request; call 240-566-4370 at least one week before each event to request an interpreter. Free. RSVP required. or 240-566-3671.

Evening GriefShare Support Group — 7 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Ignatius of Loyola, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville. For anyone suffering from a recent or past loss of a loved one. 301-695-8845.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous — 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, South End Baptist Church, 506 Carrollton Drive, Frederick. Many people are finding recovery in FA from obesity, under eating, bulimia, and obsession with food. There are no dues or fees. Meets weekly. Angela, 301-758-3614, or Moya, 641-680-3354.

Friends in Frederick Parkinson’s Disease Support Group — 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road, Walkersville. Typically a guest speaker and informal discussion time. For information, contact John at 301-703-1194 or

NAMI Family and Friends Support Groups — 6:30 to 8 p.m. third Wednesday of the month, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church St., Frederick, 240-379-6286. Relaxed group meets to support family and friends of those with mental illness. Ages 18 and older. Membership in NAMI is not required.

Steps to Eternity Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) Meeting — 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Christ Reformed UCC, 12 S. Church St., Middletown. 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Ages 18 and older. 240-626-5933.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group — Mental Health Association of Frederick County offers a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Led by a trained facilitator. For meeting time and location, call 301-663-0011.

The Ranch Family Support Group — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, The Ranch, 7902 Fingerboard Road, Building F, Frederick. For individuals with family members that have loved ones involved in addiction. Free 301-874-4701 or


Diabetes Grocery Store Tours — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Food, 5316 New Design Road, Frederick. Join the Center for Diabetes and Nutrition for a free grocery store tour with Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators. Learn about healthy options to eat throughout the day and tips for navigating each aisle. Registration is limited, RSVP.

COPD Coping Workshop: Pulmonary Function Tests — 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Frederick Memorial Hospital, 400 W. Seventh St., 3A Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Frederick. Join people just like you in our community to learn how your health can improve, even after being diagnosed with COPD. 240-566-3433 or

CPR Training — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Seton Center Inc., 226 E. Lincoln Ave., Emmitsburg. Learn basic life-saving skills. Presented by Learn2Prevent. Not a certification course. Pre-registration required. Free. 301-447-6102, ext. 17, or

Medical Weight Loss Orientation — 9:30 a.m. Friday, Monocacy Health Partners Endocrine and Thyroid Specialists, 7211 Bank Court, Suite 240, Frederick. Learn about three different weight loss options. Interpreters are available by advance request; call 240-566-4370 at least one week before each session to request an interpreter.

Food for Thought — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 18, Edenton Retirement Community, 5800 Genesis Lane, Frederick. A learning luncheon for caregivers. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, will help caregivers learn to decipher verbal and behavioral communication from those with dementia. The program will support an understanding of communication changes that occur with disease progression and will help identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease. Free, but pre-registration required. 301-694-3100 or


Rabies Vaccination Clinic — 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Thurmont Community Park, Thurmont. Rain or shine, walk-in basis. Each vaccination is $8, cash or check only. All dogs, cats and ferrets welcome, must be contained, leashed or in a carrier. With the Frederick County Health Department. To date, 19 animals that have tested positive for rabies in 2019. These consist of 12 raccoons, 2 skunks, 1 cat, 1 bat, 1 ferret, 1 groundhog and 1 fox. 301-600-1717.

”Heroin’s Grip” Film Screening — 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22, Middletown UMC, 7108 Fern Circle, Middletown. The documentary was filmed in Frederick County and is being shown around the U.S. Suitable for adults and middle and high school students. Free. 301-371-5550.

Energy Healing — 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sundays, Unity in Frederick — A Spiritual Community, 5112 Pegasus Court, Suite E, Frederick. Offered by the healing practitioners of Unity’s healing ministry. Free. 301-846-0868 or

Unity Healing Circle — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first Wednesday of the month, Unity in Frederick — A Spiritual Community, 5112 Pegasus Court, Suite E, Frederick. Reiki, Healing Touch, massage and other healing modalities offered by experienced healing practitioners. 301-846-0868 or By donation.

DAV Service Officer at Fort Detrick — 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. third Wednesday of the month. Information and prepare VA claims to obtain benefits for military personnel, veterans, their spouse or dependents. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome if time allows. Call for appointments and details of what to bring. 301-842-2562.


Call 800-733-2767 or go to to schedule appointments or to verify blood drive will be taking place. Call the Frederick American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, to schedule appointments for blood, double red cells and apheresis donations. Schedule subject to change.

Sept. 12 — 2 to 7:30 p.m., St. Ignatius Loyola, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville

Sept. 14 — 8 a.m. to noon, Christ Reformed UCC, 12 S. Church St., Middletown

Sept. 16 — 1:30 to 7 p.m., American Legion, 710 N. Main St., Boonsboro

Sept. 16 — 2 to 7:30 p.m., Adams County Dept. of Emergency Services, 230 Greenamyer Lane, Gettysburg, Pa.

Sept. 17 — 2 to 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor Catholic Church, 5843 Manor Woods Road, Frederick

Sept. 17 — 2 to 7:30 p.m., Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. Activities Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy

Sept. 18 — 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mount St. Mary’s University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg

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