Health Happenings

• Relay for Life, the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser in Coweta County, is May 2-3 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. The fundraising event is conceived and organized by the American Cancer Society to celebrate survivors of cancer and to raise funds for research. Survivors who would like to participate in the survivor’s lap may contact Stephanie Martin, Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s nurse navigator and the survivor coordinator for this year’s Relay – but registration is not mandatory and the event is open to the public on relay day.

• Fundraiser for Lily Faith Tinney is at Starlite Family Fun Center in Sharpsburg on Saturday, May 4. Theme is “Calling All Superheroes,” and young attendees will get to meet the Amazing Spiderman. Admission is $5 – all proceeds from skating admissions 6-8:30 p.m. will be donated to the Lily Tinney Fund. The skating center is at 55 Thomas Grace Annex. Details: 770-252-9500.

• Second annual RACE for the Orphans 5K will be May 10 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. More than 360 runners and walkers took part last year and organizers are hoping for even more this year. Two local families will be recipients of the RACE for the Orphans grants and 90 percent of the proceeds from the RACE will go to help them in their adoption fundraising, while 10 percent of the proceeds will go to First Baptist Church of Newnan's Orphan & Foster Care Ministry.

• Coweta County March of Dimes’ “March for Babies” will be May 17 at 10 a.m. at Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road, Newnan. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The annual three-mile walk benefits March of Dimes, which works to prevent premature births. For details call 770-977-3114 or visit www.marchforbabies.org .

• Lily Tinney Day event for a Sharpsburg child with a rare genetic disorder is May 24 at Great South Harley Davidson, south of Newnan at 185 Highway 16 East. There will be vendors, food, music, raffles, cake walks, a yard sale and more. Vendor charge is $20 per booth. A Ride for Lily motorcycle ride starts at Harley at 10 that morning – entry is $20 per biker and $10 per additional rider. Registration begins 8 a.m. The family friendly event runs 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. To donate items for the yard sale email Ansley Byrd at chrisburd420@gmail.com . For motorcycle ride details contact Rhenna Tinney at 770-686-0101 or rhenna79@gmail.com .

• Kidney Smart – Piedmont Newnan Hospital and a local dialysis group hold Kidney Smart classes monthly second Wednesdays at Piedmont Newnan, Poplar Road, at 4:30 p.m. The one-hour class is free including materials. Fourth shift/ professional shift available for dialysis patients. Urgent Start is a program collaborating with hospitals regarding unexpected kidney failure in an attempt to avoid dialysis in center. Interested patients go to www.kidneysmart.org under “classes near you” to register. Classes offered across Georgia. Call Cassandra Carson at 770-304-5850 for more details.

• Women with Depression – Open discussion, prayer, and continued support through difficult days for women with depression. Meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Crossroads Church, 2564 Hwy. 154, southeast of Newnan. Details: http://crossroadsnewnan.org .

• Parkinson's Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church on Greenville Street in Newnan, second Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. Meetings are in the Gathering Room. Caregivers welcome. Details: Call First United Methodist Church, 770-253-7400.

• Heart Healthy Class – Held last Tuesday of each month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Piedmont Heart Institute, 20 Francis Way, Sharpsburg, third floor conference room. Register with cardiac rehab office, 678-854-2970.

• Scleroderma Support Group – Meets every other month. Bridge Community Center, 208 Willow Bend Rd., Peachtree City. Details: Richard or Barbara Moore, 770-252-1633.

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group – Meets first Thursdays, 10 a.m., Wesley Woods of Newnan, 2280 Hwy. 29 N. Details: Beth Lever, 770-683-6833.

• Celiac Disease Support Group – Meets second Saturdays, 1 p.m., Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Poplar Road, Bistro Conference Room, 0-019. Details: Bill Becker, 770-683-2613 or billbecker@numail.org. Chapter of Celiac Sprue Association/ USA.

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group – Meets third Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Savannah Court, 27 Belt Rd., Newnan. Details: Ellie Farrington, 770-253-4402.

• Lupus Support Group – Meets monthly at Country Inn and Suites, 1125 Newnan Crossing Blvd. E. First Mondays, 7 p.m. Details: Regina Olmstead, 404-550-5263.

• Senior Friends provides fun, fellowship, education and entertainment to help people live a healthier, more fulfilling life. Sponsored by Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Senior Friends hosts meetings from 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. Each meeting concludes with a catered hot meal – $7. Everyone is welcome. Call 770-400-2374 to make a reservation for catered meal. For those wishing to join, annual membership fees are $15 for single, or $25 per couple. For more information, call the office at 770-400-2374.

• TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly – Meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 958 Summers-McKoy Rd., Newnan. First meeting free, annual dues $28.

• TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly – Thomas Crossroads area. Meets Mondays with weigh-in 6:15 p.m., meeting to follow. Community Christian Church, 1717 Hwy. 154, Sharpsburg. Details, Ruth, 770-254-8913.

• Al-Anon Meetings – Mondays 7:30 p.m. Community Christian Church, Highway 154 at Lower Fayetteville. Details: Barbara, 678-876-0102.

• Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group – Meets second Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Room 112 of Crossroads Church, Highway 154 Campus, Newnan. Meeting is free and open to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. Details: Lynn and Nancy Bradley, facilitators, at 770-251-6216.

• East Coweta Cancer Support Group – Meets 2 p.m. fourth Tuesdays at Senoia United Methodist Church, Bridge & Seavy Streets. Emphasis is also placed upon the role of the caregiver in support of the patient and family members. Details: Ivie Bowman at 770-599-3245. Email: senoiaunitedmeth@bellsouth.net .

• Narcotics Anonymous – Meets Monday-Thursday 6 p.m., Fridays 7 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., 9 Perry St., Newnan Club. Details: 678-758-3552.

• Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – Meets second Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Heatherwood Baptist Church, 721 Shenandoah Blvd., Newnan. Details: 770-502-1984.

• Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings at Newnan Presbyterian, St. Paul’s, Ramah Baptist, Turin UMC, Senoia UMC, Grantville Baptist, and at 9 Perry St. in Newnan. For details and meeting times, call Chris, 770-842-4519.

• La Leche of Newnan – Mother to mother breastfeeding support offered. Call Lara McCarthy, 678-423-9881.

• Amputee Support Group Meeting – Details: 770-583-2158.

• Stroke Support Group – Meets third Thursdays, 4 p.m., Center for Therapeutic Recreation. Roosevelt Institute, Warm Springs. Details: 706-655-5658.

• Overeaters Anonymous – St. Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, Peachtree City, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Details: Barbara, 770-502-1358.



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