Support groups in the Manatee-Sarasota area

September 24, 2013 

Support groups

Alcohol: The local fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous has a complete schedule of meetings in the Manatee/Sarasota area on the Internet at www.aasrq.org. Crisis calls: 941-951-6810. Central office: 941-351-4818. Family members call Al-anon Family Groups at 941-749-1750.

Below are some of the meetings:

• The Downtown Group •of AA meets 8-9 p.m. Mondays at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-794-5188.

• Al-Anon Awareness Family Group meets 10 a.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, 11th Avenue and Fourth Street West, Palmetto. Information: 941-729-9053.

• New Hope Al-Anon Family Group meets 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 941-776-0732.

• Manatee County Alateen Group, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 State Road 70 E. Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous also meet at 7:30 p.m. in the same location every Monday. No dues or fees. Information: 941-747-2879.

• Harvest United Methodist Church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous at 4 p.m. Saturdays in Lakewood Ranch, 14305 Covenant Way. Open and nonsmoking. Information/directions, 941-907-7333.

• These groups meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W.; New Woman's Group (Women's AA) at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays; Al Anon 7 p.m. Saturdays; T.O.P.S. at 6 p.m. Mondays in Peterson Hall; Al Anon at 7 p.m. Thursdays in room 9/10. Information: 941-755-2722.

• Al-anon helps families of alcoholics. Weekly meetings are offered at the following locations:

-- Lakewood AFG: 4 p.m. Saturdays at Harvest Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way

-- Al-anon East: 7 p.m. Mondays at Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 State Road 70, Room 122

-- Eastside Steppers: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at new Beginning Assembly of God, 215 Kay Road

Information: 941-746-6123.

Alcohol, Christ-centered: Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12 Step Program, meets 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Christian Church, 5215 Lorraine Road. Information: 941-746-5711, ext. 206; email cahilldonaol.com or slivingston1012aol.com.

Addictions: Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12 Step Program for chemically dependent and codependent men and woman, meets 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Christian Church, 5215 Lorraine Road. Information: 941-746-5711, ext. 206; email cahilldonaol.com.

• Reformers Unanimous Addictions Program hosts an addiction support group 7-9 p.m. Fridays at Bible Baptist Activity Center (John H. Marble Building), 3675 53rd Ave. E. (State Road 70), Bradenton.. The group offer help to people battling any addiction. The program offers clean nurseries and a kids club for free. Information: 941-746-6221.

Alzheimer's: The Inn at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a free Alzheimer's support group at 1:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in the third-floor private dining room. Refreshments will be served and loved ones are cared for during the meeting. RSVP to 941-798-8203.

• The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Tidewell Hospice, 4151 37th St. (Mendoza Road) in Palmetto. Information: 800-772-8672.

• Meeting 2:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at The Community of Christ Church, 5817 33rd St. E. Information 941-795-1900.

• Alterra Clare Bridge of Bradenton hosts a support group for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's dementia or other cognitive loss and their families at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6101 Pointe West Blvd. Information: Janice Kenny at 941-795-5533.

• Braden River Care Center, 2010 Manatee Ave. E., hosts an Alzheimer's support group at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. Information: 941-747-3706.

• Pines of Sarasota, 1501 N. Orange Ave., hosts an Alzheimer's support group at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the conference room on the second floor of the administration building. Meetings are designed to provide support for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's and will be led by Ann Modercin, Dementia Unit Manager. Information: 941-365-0250, ext. 1601, or email dementia@pinesofsarasota.org.

Alzheimer's: Tidewell Hospice sponsors these support groups for caregivers:

• Anna Maria Community Center: 2 p.m. second Friday; 407 Magnolia Drive,

Holmes Beach. Contact Sue Fox, 941-365-8883.

• The Bridge at Palma Sola: noon third Thursday; 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Contact Sue Fox, 941-365-8883.

• Clare Bridge of Bradenton: 2:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday; 6101 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton. Contact Sue Fox, 941-365-8883, or Kathy Kaiser, 941-795-5533.

• College Park Club: 10 a.m. third Wednesday; 5612 26th St. W., Bradenton. Contact Jennifer Hiller, 941-756-5571.

• Freedom Village: 2:30 p.m. third Thursday; The Inn and Health Center, third-floor private dining room, 6410 21st St. W., Bradenton. Contact Erika Gibsen, 941-798-8200.

• Summerfield Retirement Residence: noon third Wednesday; 3409 26th St. W.,

Bradenton. Lunch provided with RSVP. Contact Pam Green, 941-751-7200.

• Westminster Manor: 3:45 p.m. Mondays; 1700 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Contact Carol Parham, 941-748-4161.

• Windsor of Lakewood Ranch: 11 a.m. second Wednesday; 8220 Nature's Way,

Lakewood Ranch. Contact Julie Gartside, 941-907-9177, or Sue Fox, 941- 365-8883.

• Windsor Oaks: 10 a.m. fourth Thursday; 2614 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Contact Lulu Meyer or Linda Delaberti, 941-798-9701.

Alzheimer's, Younger Onset: A new support group for persons with Younger-Onset Alzheimer's will meet at 11 a.m. every second Tuesday at Windsor Reflections, 8230 Nature's Way, Lakewood Ranch. Facilitator: Sue Fox, MA., Alzheimer's Association, FGCC. RSVP for complimentary lunch: 941-957-1400. Information: Sue Fox at 941-365-8883 or foxs@alzflgulf.org.

Army: A U.S. Army support group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W. Family, friends, military men and women who support Army troops are welcome. Information: 941-794-1923.

Better Breathers Club: Club in conjunction with the American Lung Association of Florida meets at 2 p.m. the first Monday of each month at The Inn Freedom Village, third-floor dining room, to support and educate adults suffering from chronic lung disease. Designated parking available. Reservations and directions: 941-798-8200.

Bipolar and depression: The bipolar and depression support group meets 7:40-8:45 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium at Bayside Center for Behavioral Health, 1650 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-917-7760.

• Manatee Glens' Depression and Bipolar Support Group, "It's a Wonderful Life," meets 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at 379 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-782-4116.

Cancer: Caring Friends Cancer Support Group meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Blake Medical Center Dolphin Pelican Room, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: 941-798-6056.

• A caregivers' group meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the choir room of Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-2722.

• Manatee Memorial Hospital hosts a Women Living With Cancer group at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Medical Office Building Suite 4-G Conference Room. Information: 941-745-7204.

Caregivers: A Caregiver/Family Support Group meets 1-2:30 p.m. each Monday at St. Joseph Church, 3000 26th St. W. Information: Marianne Ridgell at Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050 or 941-920-5411.

Caregivers: A memory loss support group for caregivers meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at 26606 Verna-Bethany Road, Myakka City. Information: 941-962-2247.

Caregivers: Tidewell's East Manatee County Caregiver Support Group group meets at 2:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto. Information: Jim McMillan, 941-845-3000.

Celiac: The Celiac Support Group of Sarasota/Manatee meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month at the Waldemere Medical Plaza, 1921 Waldemere St., Sarasota, second floor, Papaya room. Meetings are free and open to the public. Information: 941-924-6810 or www.sarasotamanateeceliacs.com.

Diabetes support group: The Manasota Diabetes Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month from September through April at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W. The meetings are free and open to all, and feature lectures by medical professionals and open discussions to help you manage your diabetes. For information and meeting room location, call 941-792-0819.

Divorce: Family Care Counseling Center, 5910 Cortez Road, offers support groups for women going through divorce. The stages of loss and grief are presented in an educational supportive manner. Contact Dr. Sharon Otis for more information at 941-792-4988.

• Divorce Care seminar and support group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 State Road 70 E. Child care by reservation. Information: 941-753-8588.

• Christian women who are divorced after a long-term marriage meet weekly. Information: 941-746-0618.

• Separated or divorced people meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Zaccheas House, 3100 26th St. W. Information: 941-795-6644.

Dizziness, falling: Support group meets at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Body in Balance physical therapy clinic, 4426 Fifth St. W. Information: 941-758-2111.

Down Syndrome: Manasota B.U.D.S. -- (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) -- a support group for families of children with Down syndrome in Sarasota and Manatee, meets 7-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E. Baby-sitting is available for children with Down syndrome and siblings. Check website for upcoming events and guest speaker schedule: www.manasotabuds.com.

Elder Helpline: The West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging's Elder Helpline offers support for the growing numbers of caregivers and their aging parents. The Elder Helpline provides information on programs or services that can meet the needs of the senior or caregiver. Information: 800-963-5337 or visit www.wcfaaa.org.

Epilepsy: If you or someone you love has epilepsy or a seizure disorder, and you would be interested in a local support group, call Dennis at 941-753-5923 or Tracy at 941-750-9856. Times and places of meetings will be scheduled based on the needs of those responding.

Fibromyalgia: Bradenton Fibromyalgia Support group meets at noon Fridays at Perkins restaurant, 6023 14th St. W. Information: 941-758-9962.

Grief: Tidewell Hospice offers ongoing grief and loss support at no charge as a community service 5:30-7 p.m. first and third Mondays at Tidewell, 6310 Capital Dr., Suite 100, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-721-7515. Specialized groups address specific types of loss:

• Adult Grief Education and Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton. Hazel Hinkel, 941-782-4955. Also, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Tidewell Center, 4151 37th St. E., Ellenton. Keehna Sture, 941-256-5724.

• Children's Grief Group, Tidewell, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton. Meets monthly, pre-screening required. Jane Ogden, 941-650-6155.

• Pet Loss Group, Tidewell, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton. Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Diane Parrish, 941-782-4900.

Grief: Grief Share, a video support group, is held at 6 p.m. Sundays at West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St. W. Child care provided through fifth grade. Information: 941-748-6926.

Grief: Surviving Spouses of Manatee has reformed under the name Surviving Singles. All surviving spouses, divorcees and singles are welcome to weekly lunches held Thursdays at various locations throughout the county. Contact Shirley Molan at 941-729-3120 or Anita Selito at 941-758-8031.

Grandparents as parents: Grandparents as Parents "Caring Kin" provides free support groups and counseling for relative caregivers and their children. The groups meet 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every third Saturday at Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W. Bradenton. Information: Michelle Burroughs, 941-345-1200, ext. 109.

Hearing loss: The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota support group meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the North Sarasota Public Library, Sarasota. Information: 941-706-4312; www.HLAS.org.

Herpes: Planned Parenthood of Sarasota, 1958 Prospect St., Sarasota, offers a herpes/HPV support group, 7-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are free and confidential. Information 941-365-3913.

HIV/AIDS: Trinity Charities HIV/AIDS support group for women with HIV or AIDS or whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. Information 941-355-0847.

Huntington's Disease: Huntington's Disease support group meets 3-5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Heron House ALF, 3211 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-7575 or email mljlmilleraol.com.

Incarceration: "Not Alone" Support Group helps people who are incarcerated and their families. Call Linda Bulter 941-723-6977 or Lee Brooks 941-723-3145.

Incest, sexual abuse: Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse, a meeting where women join together to support each other in the healing process from the pain and shame of incest and sexual abuse, meets 6-7:15 p.m. every last Monday of the month and 2:30-4 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at SPARCC, 2139 Main St., Sarasota. The meetings are free. Information: 941-739-6290.

Incest survivors: Women who were sexually abused in their young years and as children may be in this new support group. There is no charge. All stories will be understood and will be confidential. The group is being sponsored by S.I.A., which is Survivors of Incest Anonymous, a 12-step self-help national organization based in Baltimore. Call Jacquelyn at 941-792-0308 for location, dates and time.

Kinship: The 13th Avenue Community Center hosts the Manatee County Kinship Care Support Group 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at 201 13th Ave. W. Child care and transportation can be provided. Information: Drena Green, 941-746-7470.

Lakewood Ranch groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., hosts these programs:

• Anxiety, depression and related changes support group meetings 10-11 a.m. the last Saturday of each month in Conference Room No. One. Information: 941-746-5111, ext. 8152.

• ALS Association Resource Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday in Conference Room 1. The support group will help individuals with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their family and friends. Information: 888-257-1717.

Latina women: A support group for Latina women in the community meets 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Women's Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W. The group is facilitated by Maria V. Zavala, M.A., and teaches participants techniques and activities designed to look at life, culture and work in a holistic, loving and respectful way as well as movie beyond the "comfort zone" to achieve goals in life. "Camaron que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente." Information: 941-747-6797 or 941-723-4993, ext. 223.

Lifestyle: ALSO Out Youth provides a support group for gay and lesbian youth, 5-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W. Information: 941-951-2576.

Living with cancer: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., hosts a "Women Living With Cancer" support group 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. The support group is open to women who have experienced any type of cancer. Information: 941-745-7204.

Lupus: Lupus support group meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. This meeting is free of charge. The meetings feature group discussions. Information: 941-954-1606.

Lyme disease: A support group for those suffering from Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases is at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. There are no dues, but an offering is welcome. Information: 941-870-4816.

Major life changes: Transitions is a caring support group that helps people deal with traumatic changes and chart goals and strategies to achieve them with the help of professional counselors, Rev. Dee Graham and Dr. Don Thompson, assisted by Jane Thompson. Transitions meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton; 941-739-7103 or 941-309-0200. The group also meets 5-6 p.m. every Wednesday (except college holidays) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Room 242B, Sarasota. Go to the main desk receptionist in the Rotunda for a parking sticker. Information: 941-739-7103 or 941-309-0200. Free will offering.

Marriage: A free weekly "Prayer Time for Marriages" is 10-11 a.m. Mondays in the Confidential Christian Counseling Center, 6400 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 3. Information: 941-795-4333.

Memory loss: Caregivers meet 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at 26606 Verna-Bethany Road, Myakka City. Information: 941-962-2247.

Mental health: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County family support group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Family members whose loved one has a mental illness will receive support and education. Information: Linda at 941-778-2095 or Ann at 941-751-3450.

• Life Focus support groups and teachings are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Church of the Cross, 5051 26th St. W. Information: 941-756-0060.

Multiple sclerosis: A multiple sclerosis group meets at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at RJ Gator's Restaurant and Bar, 5814 38th Ave. E. There are speakers featured on a regular basis. Information: 941-778-2610.

Narcotics: Nar-Anon, a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend, meets at 7:15 p.m. Fridays at Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 State Road 64 E., Bradenton. Nar-Anon's program of recovery uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement to be a member and attend meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity. Information: 941-799-7090.

Narcotics: A Nar-Anon group meets at 8 p.m. Sundays at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road S., Sarasota. Information: 941-957-4905.

One Stop Clinic: The clinic, at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, has free items such as tube feeding supplies, O2 tubing, Cpap, Bpap, home O2 machines, liquid nutrition (Jevity, Isocal, diabetasource, etc.), trach supplies, Texas catheters and more. The clinic also takes medical supplies that are no longer needed to pass along to others. Information: Michele at 941-567-6156.

Ostomy: Sara Tee Ostomy Support Group meets at 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Easter Seals Building, 350 Braden Ave., Sarasota.

Ostomy: a new support group meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of the month in the John Cannon Building, second floor, 6710 Professional Parkway, Sarasota. There is no cost or obligation. Information: Bonnie Coker at 941-423-8542 or www.sarateeostomy.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: Become a healthier you with Overeaters Anonymous, which meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 26th St. W. (side office), contact Kathy, 941-544-6948; or at 10 a.m. Thursdays at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Ninth Street East (between 53rd and Whitfield avenues), Room 10 in school building, contact Helaine, 941-758-8896. This is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. No diets or weigh-ins. The group is sponsored by Overeaters Anonymous, a national organization based in Rio Rancho, N.M. More information on other meetings: 941-957-1488 for www.oamanasota.org.

Parkinson's: Meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard. Information: 941-746-5687.

• Bradenton Parkinson Disease Support Group meets the third Monday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W. A social half hour at 1 p.m. precedes the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Information: 941-746-4415.

• Parkinson's Support Group meets 3-4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Summerfield Assisted Living Residence, 3409 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-751-7200.

Peripheral neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy support group meets the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at Pinnacle Urgent Care, 305 75th St. W., Bradenton. The group offers empathy and education for persons or caregivers of persons with neuropathy. Information: Margaret at Gentiva Homehealth, 941-749-2990; email, margaret.tsai@gentiva.com.

Post-abortion: CareNet Manasota Pregnancy Center offers a post-abortion support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Meetings are at 5111 26th St. W. Bible study will be included. Information: 941-751-1966.

Relationships: Family Care Counseling Center, 5910 Cortez Road, offers temperament screening and couples counseling. Call 941-792-4988 for more information.

• Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays at International Theological Seminary classroom, 5415 26th St. W. Information: 941-753-7616.

• The Women's Resource Center, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., offers a free educational support group: "Evaluating Unhealthy Relationships." The group will explore setting boundaries in relationships, making safe and healthy decisions for yourself, and understanding the wide range of abusive and controlling relationships. The group is a collaborative effort with HOPE Family Services. For registration and scheduling information, call 941-747-8499.

• Confidential Christian Counseling Center, 6400 Manatee Ave. W., offers "Marriage Enhancement: How to get your spouse to listen to you." For scheduling information, call 941-795-7986.

Self-esteem: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a Women's Self-Esteem Support Group, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays at the center. The group will deal with issues of self-esteem, change and how to move forward in your life. Sandy Galleghar, LCSW, will lead the group. Cost: $2. Information: 941-747-6797.

Sexual abuse: Manatee Glens offers a Rape Crisis Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. The groups meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Manatee Glens Counseling Services, 379 Sixth Ave. W. Information: 941-714-7277.

• A peer support group for male survivors of sexual abuse is forming. Interested individuals should contact Ken Followell at kenfjrix.netcom.com or leave a phone message at 941-727-3180.

Spinal Cord Injury support group: meets 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the dining room of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, 6400 Edgelake Drive. All spinal cord injury survivors and their caregivers are urged to attend. A complimentary dinner will be provided. RSVP to Debbie Balle, community liaison at 941-921-8743.

Stroke: Community Stroke Support Group. Information: 941-917-1395 (voice mail).

Tinnitus: The Tinnitus Support Group meets 4 p.m. every third Friday at the Silverstein Institute, 1901 Floyd St., Sarasota. The group provides information for men and women living with tinnitus (noises within the ear). Meetings are open to the public.

Transitions: Have you suffered a great loss or "loneliness in the midst of a crowd?" Transitions helps you deal with loss and loneliness and find your vibrant self. The Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., hosts a Transitions Support Group at 5 p.m. every Sunday. The support group features trained counselors and provides a safe place for people to deal with traumatic changes in their lives, including abuse, death, addiction, job loss, health and more. Information: 941-739-7103; 727-522-3907 or 941-224-8608. The group also meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at University of South Florida, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Violent crime: Survivors of violent crime victims support group meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 1404 14th St. W. All adults who have lost a loved one through a violent crime are welcome to this free support group. Information: 941-782-4800.

Weight loss: Take Off Pounds Sensibly and Overeaters Anonymous groups meet regularly in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Other weight-loss help can be found in the yellow pages under "Weight Control Services."

The TOPS meeting times and places are:

-- 6-7 p.m. for weigh-ins and 7-8 p.m. for meeting Mondays at Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th W. Information: 941-729-6850 or 941-708-8999.

-- 9 a.m. weigh-in and 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursdays at Bayshore Gardens Community Church, 6228 26th St. W. Information: 941-748-5197.

-- 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W. Information: Doris Jason, 941-752-2299.

-- 5:30 p.m. weigh-in and 6 p.m. meeting Thursdays, Palmetto Elks Lodge No. 2449, 4611 Fourth Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-6531.

• Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step solution. No dues, fees, weigh-ins or diets. Meetings at 10 a.m. weekly on Mondays or Thursdays at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Ninth Street East (between 63rd Avenue and Whitfield Avenue), Room 10 in school building. Contact Marcia, 941-748-4598, or Helaine, 941-758-8896, or visit www.oamanasota.org.

• Another group meets weekly at a variety of times and locations throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. Information: 941-957-1488.

You can also visit www.oa.org or www.oamanasota.org. For Bradenton: 941-721-1975 or 941-745-3486. For Sarasota: 941-365-6059 or 941-954-9772.

Women's support: Door of Hope, a women's support group, meets at 6:45 p.m. every other Thursday at International Theological Seminary, 5415 26th St. W. Information: 941-753-7616.

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