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Adult Children of Alcoholics: Group meets Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., St. John's Church, upper room, 35 Park St., Williamstown, use middle door entry. Contact David at 617-877-1691.

Al-Anon Meetings: Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Call 1-888-425-2666 or visit www.berkshirealanon.org for meeeting schedule and directions.

Alzheimer's Support Group: This group is an opportunity for people with a loved one living with Alzheimer's Disease or any form of dementia to come together for support and education. Meets at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month, Kimball Farms conference room, 235 Walker St., Lenox.

Alzheimer's Support Group: The coffee and conversation meetings for families and friends of people living with dementia are held at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration is required by calling Bobbie Orsi at 413-442-0907.

Alzheimer's Support Groups: One group for people living with early stage dementia and their care partners, facilitated by Dr. Jay Ellis DO, and Donna Smith of Home Instead Senior Care. A second group for people living with dementia, open to family caregivers including spouses/partners, adult children and other family members. Both groups meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration is required by calling Bobbie Orsi at 413-442-0907.

Anonymous Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: 413-448-2382; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: 413-443-4377.

Berkshire County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Discuss challenges of raising grandchildren, resources, guest speakers, meals and child care provided, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield, use the Pearl Street entrance. Information: Michelle 413-446-8224 or michellazzo@aol.com or Genie 413-447-7734 or ebr914@Yahoo.com.

BerkshireWorks: Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: 413-499-2220, Ext. 154, or online at www.berkshireworks.org.

Brain Injury Assoc. of Mass.: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury: second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; No. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, fourth Tuesday of every month, 5 to 7 p.m., BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; Men's Group, second Friday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm Street, Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; So. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group from 4 to 6 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Community Health Programs, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-443-0200 or 888-554-5553.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Weekly, day and time to be scheduled with participants. Free group for those who are newly diagnosed or those anticipating, undergoing or completing treatment. Information: Laura Harner at 413-528-2810, ext. 20, lharner@berkshiresouth.org.

Breastfeeding Support: Offered by CHP & WIC for women who are expecting a child or who have an infant and are interested in breastfeeding, free, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at CHP Family Services Center, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Facilitated by MaryBeth Merritt, a peer support breastfeeding counselor and Birthing From Within mentor, 413-528-0457.

Cancer Support for Women: Meets 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092; South County group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Route 7, Great Barrington, 413-447-3092.

Cancer Support Group: All those whose lives have been impacted by cancer are welcome. Meets at 9 a.m. on the first & third Thursday of every month in the Upper Room at St. John's Church, Williamstown. Info: e-mail saintjohns@roadrunner.com or call 413-458-8144.

Caregiver Support Groups: Open to all caregivers. Joe Choon is facilitator. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; 3rd Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881 or 413-499-0524; and 4th Thursday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Spitzer Senior Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams, 413-662-3125, 413-499-0524.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step faith-based recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield. For people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, sexual addiction, co-dependency, family dysfunction, depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free. Child care available. Signups encouraged, drop-ins are welcome, 413-522-3495, www.berkshiredreamcenter.org.

Conexiones Positivas-Latino Family Support Group: Family activities, story sharing, local resources & services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center. Meets from 10 a.m. to noon 3rd Saturday of each month at BCF's Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Child care, transportation available. Registration/information: Reina Antunez at rantunez@berkshirechildren.org or Maria Elisa Fuller at elisa@berkshireic.com.

Domestic Violence Drop-In: For survivors of domestic violence. Support and resources around creating healthy relationships, helping children who witness violence, practicing self-care, DCF advocacy, art projects, and more. Meets Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield; Info: Destiny at 413-499-2425.

D.O.P.E.:
Discussing Our Personal Experiences meets at 7 p.m. on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. This group is for those affected by and concerned about opioid addiction epidemic. Information: Emerson Badessa at BSRCC, 413-528-2810, ext. 30, ebadessa@berkshiresouth.org; http://berkshiresouth.org/d-o-p-e/

Eating Disorders Anonymous: 12-Step Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield. Contact Jen at pittsfieldeatingdisorders@gmail.com.

Families with Pride Parent Support Group: Bringing parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth together to share information and experiences to support their children. Facilitated by a licensed therapist and a parent with lived experience. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Drop-ins welcome. Light refreshments provided; child care and transportation available. Information: Lisa, 413-442-5333, ext. 262.

Fighting with Faith: Conversation, healing scriptures, prayer for all who have been impacted by cancer: patients, survivors, families, & caregivers. Meets at 6 p.m. 3rd Sundays at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., North Adams. Info: 413-663-3780, fbcna@verizon.net, firstbaptistnorthadams.org, facebook.com/firstbaptistnorthadams.

Gamblers Anonymous: First floor conference room at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at 413-637-2550.

Grandfamilies: Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/friends Raising Others' Children Support Groups. Third Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., The Commons Work Space, Helen E. James School, 16 Main St., third floor, Williamsburg, enter on right side of building, follow signs. Fourth Wednesday, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, Huntington, child care provided. Info: Pat Keith at patkeith@unitedarc.org, 413-834-4073.

Grief Support Group — Great Barrington: Free monthly drop-in support group for those who are grieving the loss of any loved one, 4th Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. Info: HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Grief Support Group — Williamstown: Weekly group for family members and friends of loved ones who have passed away and are experiencing grief, facilitated by Chaplin Dennis Castella of Hospice of Western and Central Massachusetts, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sweetwood Retirement Community, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. Register: Amanda Plaine at 413-458-8371.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Peggy Morse, 413-441-6316, peggyf@verizon.net.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Support group for patients, family members, caregivers, and friends of those affected by IPF and other Interstitial Lung Diseases. Meets from 4 to 6 p.m. 4th Thursdays, in private dining room B, Berkshire Medical Center cafeteria, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Info: 413-684-5015.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support: Meetings at 7 p.m. 4th Wednesdays, Community Room at Redfield House, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. New mothers, pregnant women, babies & children are welcome. Info: Marya at 413-441-7176 or www.lllberkshires.org.

Learn to Cope: Peer-led support network for those affected by the addiction and recovery of a family member or loved one. Guest speakers are either experts in the field of addiction or persons in long-term recovery. Chapter provides free enrollment and distribution of Narcan. Meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at HEAL Community Room, Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information: 508-738-5148 or learn2cope.org.

LGBTQ Support Group: For those in the LGBTQ community impacted by relationship violence or sexual assault. Safe & confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time & meeting place, contact Jenn at 413-499-2425.

Multiple Myeloma: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the northern Berkshires in Mass. and eastern New York state) meets from 6-8 p.m. 3rd Tuesdays, Community Resource Room, SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt. Info: Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at svt@imfsupport.org or 802-375-5494.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: Meets from 5-6 p.m. 3rd Thursdays, MS Resource of the Tri-State Area office, 85 Main St., Suite 212, North Adams. No registration required. Info: 413-664-2011.

Nar-Anon Meeting: 12-step support group for families and friends of those suffering from addiction, 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

nbCC's The Family Connection: Parent support group run by parents, open and safe place to connect with other parents and talk about the joys and struggles of parenting while gaining skills for their parenting toolbox, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 4th Wednesdays, UNO Community Center, 157 River St., North Adams. Info: The Family Place, 413-663-7588.

nbCC's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Support group for grandparents who are actively parenting their grandchildren, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, The Family Place, 61 Main St., Suite 208, North Adams. Info: 413-663-7588.

Ostomy Support Group: For all men and women who have had an ostomy. Meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 3rd Wednesdays, Berkshire Medical Center, Private Dining Room A, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Overeaters Anonymous: 12-step meeting, Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Berkshire Bank, Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield; Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital, ambulance building, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Parents Helping Parents: Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call for location/information: 617-926-5008, ext. 102.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., medical clearance required, $5 per session, Fifth Floor, Medical Arts Complex, Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Recovery International: A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets at 2 p.m. Sundays, Autumn Room at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use the Albro Street entrance.

Refuge Recovery: Addiction recovery meetings utilizing Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process from addictions of any kind. All are welcome. Meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, The Jack Stern Center in Priscilla's Room, 41 Mahaiwe St., Great Barrington. Contact: thomlipiczky@gmail.com.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: Free monthly support group for those whose partner or spouse has died. No affiliation with hospice required. Meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 3rd Tuesdays at HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St, Pittsfield. Register: 413-443-2994.

Tobacco Treatment Programs: Men's program meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m., women's program meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fairview Hospital conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. Preregistration: 413-854-9608.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-442-3964 and/or 413-442-0829.

Transitions: For people who have or are currently having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources around finding and transitioning into stable housing, plus art activities, re-purposing items, and more. Every Monday at 10 a.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Heather at 413-499-2425.

Whatever Works Berkshires: A support group for people using medication-assisted treatment for addiction recovery. Meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the George B. Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield, and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at United Cerebral Palsy, 535 Curran Highway, Route 8, North Adams. Transportation help may be available. For information, email whateverworks789@yahoo.com or visit the Whatever Works Berkshires page on Facebook.

Women Warriors: Peer support, resources, and social activities for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Social outings (picnics, fairs, trips), holiday celebrations, stories of courage, peer support, coping skills, & more. Every Friday from 2-4 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Linda P. at 413-499-2425.


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