La Leche League of Columbia meets fourth Friday

These groups meet regularly.

Bereavement Support Group — Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. This group is for adults who are mourning the loss of a loved one. All are welcome. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Room 105, 8300 Old Columbia Road, Fulton. 410-792-0470, Ext. 214.

Caregivers support group — Fourth Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Winter Growth Adult Day Care Center, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-964-9616.

Christian Science Society — Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Do you have problems you can't seem to solve on your own? Local members meet to hear inspirational readings and share with each other the ways they have sought — and found — solutions. Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Center. or 443-564-6920. All are welcome. Free.

Family support group — Fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. For family and friends of adults with mental illness. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City. 410-772-9300 or

Family Members of an Adult or Teen with a Mental Illness — Fourth Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking group. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m., and third Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia; and toddler meetings on varying mornings at 10:15 a.m., in library meeting rooms. Support/help with breast-feeding questions.

Living with Breast Cancer Support Group — Fourth Thursday, 7 p.m. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858.

Mental Illness — Final Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300.

Mommy and Me Cafe — Fourth Friday, various locations. Expectant mothers, mothers, children, grandmothers and aunts are all welcome. Meet and mingle with other breast-feeding families. In addition to the valuable mother-to-mother support, an accredited La Leche League leader will be on hand for questions or one-on-one time at the cafe and ready to share warm and respectful information about breast-feeding. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; Katie, 410-461-3423; or

NAMI Basics — Offered by the Howard County chapter of NAMI for parents of children and adolescents who may be experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, conduct disorders and post traumatic stress disorder. The course content covers the biology of mental illness, the challenges of getting an accurate diagnosis, and the latest medical research and advancements in treatment. Basics also teach parents strategies to cope with the impact of a child's illness on the rest of the family, including caring for the caregivers. The course meets weekly for six weeks. To register, 410-772-9300.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Support group for parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Sickle Cell Disease Support Group — Fourth Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Meets in Howard County General Hospital, Classroom A. (Upon arrival, check information board for any change of location.) 410-465-4822.

Stroke support group — Fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Howard County General Hospital, 5759 Cedar Lane, Bolduc Family Outpatient Center, Columbia. 410-884-4641.

Together We Thrive — Fourth Saturday, 10 a.m. Patient support group for men and women diagnosed with cancer. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858.

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