Health Happenings

• Sunrise on the Square Road Race, held annually by Main Street Newnan, is Aug. 30 - Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Route begins and ends in downtown Newnan. For information and an application contact the Main Street office on First Avenue or check at

• Georgia Reproductive Specialists offers a free infertility seminar - Mind-Body, IVF and Fertility Options, Wed, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Held at their office at 5445 Meridian Mark Road, Suite 285, Atlanta, second Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

• Life Line Screening is offering health screenings for risk of stroke and other early detection Aug. 14 in Newnan at St. George Catholic Church. There is a charge. Sponsored by A.V.S. Eric D. Wellons, M.D., and James M. Combs, M.D. Pre-registration required; call 1-800-364-0457.

• Motorcycle ride for the Fragile Kids Foundation is Aug. 16 departing from Gene Evans Great South Harley-Davidson, 185 E. Hwy. 16, Newnan, GA 30263. Cost is $25 donation; extra $10 for a passenger. Includes lunch from Varsity and a ride pin. Registration 9 a.m., ride 10:30 a.m. Details: LaSocha, Crossroads F.A.I.T.H. Riders, 678-357-6855; Jenn Nolder, or 678-876-1093.

• Sporting clays fundraiser in honor of kidney transplant recipient Jennifer Schmidt will be held at Blalock Lakes, 4075 New Corinth Rd., south of Newnan, Saturday, Aug. 16. Entry $125, and $25 for spectators. Corporate sponsorships $250. Top teams win prizes. Reservations from participants were asked by Aug. 8. Lunch and refreshments, along with raffle and auction. Details: Shane Lyle, 404-787-7604 or Tax-deductible donations in honor of Schmidt may be sent to National Foundation for Transplants - Florida Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write “in honor of Jennifer Maxwell Schmidt” on memo line. Secure donations also may be made at Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Schmidt.

• Coweta Gluten-Free Support Group meets third Mondays at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Church, Hwy. 154 campus (near Thomas Crossroads), Room 112. Details: Kathie Kaercher 770-253-3926. Next: Aug. 18.

• Crossroads Faith Riders holds "4th Annual Wisdom Ride" is now Saturday, Aug. 23 (not Aug. 16), to benefit Cambridge House of Newnan Alzheimer's Day Program. Riders meet at Gene Evans Great South Harley Davidson, 185 E. Hwy. 16. Registration 9 a.m., coffee and donuts. Kickstands up 10:30 and riders return to Great South Harley Davidson for lunch, a 50/50 Raffle and general raffle for merchandise. Cambridge House Enrichment Center is a non-profit organization providing personal care to adults with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other functional disabilities. As a daytime adult health care provider, Cambridge House offers caregivers an affordable alternative to nursing home care or assisted living. Details on Wisdom Ride, Ron LaSocha of Crossroads Faith Riders, 678-357-6855.

• Coweta County Farmer’s Market is Wednesdays through summer in downtown Newnan in coordination with Main Street Newnan: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, East Broad Street. Also Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Powell Expo Center, at Coweta County Recreation Department Temple Avenue Complex.

• Lunch and Learn, “Reflexology: What Is It and What Can It Do for You” - Bring your lunch to Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St., Tuesday, Aug. 27, noon. Join Jeanette Jackson, of Footpaths Reflexology, an ARCB certified Reflexologist who will be discussing what the natural therapy of Reflexology is and the potential benefits. Details: 770-683-1347.

• “Gentle Yoga” is Thursday, Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m. at Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. at Court Square. Certified instructor, Yvette Monet, guides gentle yoga includes floor exercise for adults and seniors. Benefit from stress relief, flexibility, stretching and strengthening. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. For all levels of physical ability. Details: 770-683-1347.

• Parkinson's Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church, Greenville Street in Newnan, second Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. Meets in the Gathering Room. Caregivers welcome. Details: First United Methodist, 770-253-7400. Next: Sept. 9.

• Benefit concert for Alzheimer’s – Greg Bickley and the Tokyo Joe band perform music made famous by Sir Elton John in a benefit for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. “Rocketman: A Tribute to Sir Elton John” is Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at Southern Ground Amphitheater, Fayetteville. Proceeds benefit Southern Crescent Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Association-Georgia Chapter. Walk will have participants from seven counties: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Meriwether, South Fulton, and Spalding. Tickets $35 in advance or $40 at gate. Tables for eight $350. Tickets online at Corporate sponsorships available. Details: Emily Richter at 404-728-6059 or Kim Cox at .

• CrossFit Newnan 2nd annual Fall Golf Tournament to benefit Coweta County Special Olympics is Sept. 22 at Newnan Country Club, 1356 U.S. Hwy. 29 North, Newnan. Scramble format, 4-person teams. Longest drive, closest to pin contests. Entry $95 per person, $380 per team – includes breakfast, range practice, green fees, cart and lunch. Those who do not have team can be paired with others for tournament. Send check to CrossFit Newnan, 120 Werz Industrial Drive, Newnan, GA 30263 or pay with credit card by emailing information to . Details: 678-978-3400. Hole sponsorships through Sept. 1– email

• The 15th annual Southern Crescent Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, Oct. 4, at Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City. To join the walk, start a team or donate visit Organized by Peachtree City co-founder Floy Farr in 2000, more than $1.2 million has been raised to assist Georgians with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Walk calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Details: Sue Shaffer at

• 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: .

• Senior Friends provides fun, fellowship, education and entertainment to help people live a healthier, more fulfilling life. Sponsored by Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Meets 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. third Wednesdays at Coweta County Fairgrounds, Pine Road. Includes catered hot meal – $7. Meal reservations: 770-400-2374. Annual membership: $15 single, or $25 per couple. Details: 770-400-2374.

• Heart Healthy Class – Monthly last Tuesdays, 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.

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

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group – 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.

• TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly – 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; 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. Free and open to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. Details: Lynn and Nancy Bradley, facilitators, at 770-251-6216.

• “Exercise is Medicine” is Mondays & Fridays at Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. in downtown Newnan, as well as Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center on West Court Square. There is also a class held in the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. All classes are free. Details: Piedmont Fitness Center at 770-254-3550.

• East Coweta Cancer Support Group – Meets 2 p.m. fourth Tuesdays at Senoia United Methodist Church, Bridge & Seavy Streets. Emphasis also placed on role of the caregiver. Details: Ivie Bowman at 770-599-3245. Email: .

• 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.

• Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings at Newnan Presbyterian, St. Paul’s, Ramah Baptist, Turin UMC, Senoia UMC, Grantville Baptist, and at 9 Perry St. in Newnan. Details on meetings: 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, 678-876-0102.

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

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