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Support Groups

These groups meet regularly.

ALS Resource support group — First Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educational support for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) patients, family members and friends. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Conference Room 116B, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 301-978-9855 or

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America — First Tuesday, 7 p.m. Medical Pavilion at Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. For exact dates and location, Brad Thomas,

HIV support group for men and women — First Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

I Can Cope — First Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. A free educational series presented in association with the American Cancer Society. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration is required. 410-740-5858.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; or Katie, 410-461-3423.

The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter — First Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive No. 100, Columbia. 888-349-1167 or

MOMS Club of Ellicott City-Central — First Wednesday, 10 a.m. Support and social group for at-home moms serving the areas west of New Cut Road, 104 and 108, but south of Route 40 (generally the 21042 and 21043 ZIP codes). First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, near Miller Branch library. or

MOPS-Mothers of Preschool Children (through age 5) — First Monday, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Marriottsville. Speakers, mentor support, playgroups and activities. Faye,

National Federation of the Blind —First Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Central Maryland chapter. Senior Plus Center, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-715-9596.

Near Death Experience — First Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. Main cafeteria, building No.1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 410-531-3330 or

Young Widows and Widowers group — First Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. A social and support group. Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-740-5858.

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Patuxent Publishing Co., 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email

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