Hernando weight loss group meets
TOPS 401 will meet every Wednesday in the community hall of the First Baptist Church of Hernando, 3790 E. Parsons Point Road. Weigh-in starts at 7.45 a.m. and the meeting begins at 8.30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome. For information, call Nancy at 352-637-7196.
Lecanto weight loss group meets
TOPS 387 will meet every Monday, except holidays, at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Room 114, in Lecanto.
Weigh-in takes place from 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm and a meeting will follow from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm For more information, call Susan at 352-270-0032 or Penny at 352-249-7780. To learn more, visit tops.org.
Inverness Weight Loss Group Meets
TOPS 341 meets every Monday at First Christian Church, 2018 Colonade St. in Inverness. The weigh-in takes place from 9.15 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. and a meeting follows at 10 a.m.
For more information, call Arlene at 352-341-0918 or Kathy at 352-344-4210. To learn more, visit tops.org.
Join the Grief Toolbox support group
Welcoming new and continuing participants, the Grief Toolbox support group will begin a new meeting session from 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
Sponsored by Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, the group helps participants acquire the essential tools they need to cope with their grief through video presentations, handouts and group discussions.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, call 352-249-1470. Support groups follow CDC guidelines and space may be limited.
To learn more about bereavement services, visit friendsofcitrus.org or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Mourning group of loss of child to meet
Compassionate Friends will meet from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Friends of Citrus and Wings of Nature Mourning Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
Parents, siblings and grandparents who mourn the loss of a child at any age can find very personal comfort, hope and support by attending meetings of The Compassionate Friends, an international welfare organization.
The Nature Coast Chapter, sponsored by Hooper Funeral Home and Crematory, brings together individuals and families who support each other in many ways.
For more information, call 352-249-1470.
New GriefShare group to meet
A new GriefShare group will begin at 6:30 p.m. on September 8 at North Oak Church, 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. at Citrus Springs.
The loss of a loved one can be very difficult to overcome. This national program is known to help many people navigate this process.
GriefShare is a support group run by people who understand what you are going through and want to help you. You will have access to valuable resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
The group is non-denominational and is open to anyone seeking help. Call 352-489-1688 for more information.
Participate in a “Understanding Grief” support group
“Understanding Grief” support groups for those recently bereaved are offered free of charge by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast. These groups meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
Support groups help members discover ways to discover hope and healing by focusing on the work of grieving educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
For more information or to pre-register, call 352-249-1470. For more information, visit friendsofcitrus.org or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Colorectal Cancer Support Group
A new support group for colorectal cancer patients, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Lake District Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness and 6 to 6:45 p.m. every Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive.
Participants will meet other patients and discover resources for the management of colorectal cancer.
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Masks and social distancing are recommended.
For more information, call or text Karen Fisher at 352-503-8777 or visit the Citrus Colorectal Cancer Foundation group page on Facebook.
Bereavement support available in Inverness, Homosassa
“Understanding Grief” support groups for those recently bereaved are offered free of charge by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Groups meet every Tuesday afternoon at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St .; and in the early evening every Tuesday at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
Support groups will help members discover ways to discover hope and healing by focusing on the work of renowned grieving educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
For more information or to pre-register, call 352-249-1470.
Weekly bereavement study group available
Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast offers a Grief Study Group every Tuesday afternoon at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
This is a faith-based study sponsored by the North Citrus Christian Church that provides help to those experiencing “little deaths” in life as well as the loss of a loved one.
For more information or to pre-register, call 352-249-1470. For details on their other programs, visit friendsofcitrus.org or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Zoom-based bereavement support will continue
Friends of Citrus and the Coast Nature will continue their Zoom-based grief support group meetings from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
People at any stage of grief who cannot attend a group in person or prefer to meet remotely will still have the virtual option.
To pre-register, call 352-249-1470. For more information, visit friendsofcitrus.org or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Attend an ABC of Dementia workshop
Citrus County Libraries and Coping with Dementia LLC have announced an expanded schedule of free ABC of Dementia workshops.
The workshops provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, how they affect individuals and how their care partners can use this knowledge and techniques of appropriate voice, outreach and touch to provide care. more efficient.
Citrus County Libraries offer this training to their staff and encourage the public to attend. All workshops are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Friday September 17, Library of the coastal region.
- Monday October 18, Central Ridge Library.
- Friday October 29, Lake District Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness, call 352-726-2357.
- Friday 19 November, Library of the coastal region.
- Wednesday December 8, Library of the Lakes Region.
- Monday, December 20, Central Ridge Library.
CDC guidelines will be followed and seating may be limited. To reserve seats, call 352-422-3663 or email [email protected]
Face Dementia LLC hosts fundraisers
Cope with Dementia LLC has announced that an expanded calendar of fundraising events is slated for 2021, including the return of the popular Walk in Floral City and Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge, which was introduced when COVID-19 hit. resulted in the cancellation of public events.
“We are planning to organize a walk in the flower town on November 13th. Additionally, last year’s popular Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge will return from October 3-30, ”said Coping with Dementia President Debbie Selsavage.
Individuals and businesses wishing to become sponsors of 2021 fundraising events should call Coping with Dementia LLC’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Ed Youngblood, at 614-519-2843.
Follow these steps to avoid mosquitoes
Protect yourself from nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes by following the Five Ds of Citrus County Mosquito Protection: Dawn, Dusk, Dress, Defense, and Drainage.
Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, as this is when most mosquitoes roam.
Wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin from mosquito bites.
If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, defend yourself by wearing an EPA approved repellant and always follow label directions.
Be sure to throw away any unused containers and drain the standing water on your property by spilling anything that holds water for more than three days. A simple plug of water can produce mosquitoes.
For more information, visit citrusmosquito.org.
Watch Dr. Bennett’s “fireside conversations”
Dr. Joseph Bennett offers monthly “fireside chats” starting at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Robert Boissoneault Institute of Oncology (IRBO), 522, N. Lecanto Highway.
Sessions often feature guest speakers, as well as open discussions on health and cancer care. A light lunch is provided, therefore RSVP is requested.
Bennett accepts questions and open discussions, so bring your questions or email them in advance to [email protected] Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing inside the building.
Call Shawn at 352-527-0106 to make a reservation.
RBOI has supplies for cancer patients
If you need scarves, wigs, or other useful items for those undergoing cancer treatment, call Medical Social Worker Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106. The Robert Boissoneault Institute of Oncology in Lecanto has a resource room with more than 100 wigs available for free. Stop by the Lecanto office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to make an appointment.
RBOI’s medical social workers will help those in need of support navigate the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including a request for help from the Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation. Many services, including Zoom meetings for support and education, are available for cancer patients and their loved ones. Call 352-527-0106.
Zumba community center
The Central Citrus Community Center holds Zumba classes at 11 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.
Classes will be taught by certified instructor Donna Scarpello. Classes are low impact and designed for basic to intermediate levels.
There is a $ 5 fee, masks are mandatory and pre-registration is recommended.
Call 352-527-5942 or email [email protected]
Free hearing screening available
Citrus Healing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) offers free hearing screenings for residents of Citrus County at the Old Train Depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.
Screenings are by appointment only. Hearing aid for low income people is available.
For more information, call Maureen at 352-795-5000.