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Free child care for spouses of deployed military:"Two for You," sponsored by Watertown Family YMCA, Project Strong Communities. Receive two hours of free child care twice a month at the Downtown YMCA, 119 Washington St. Childwatch for ages six weeks to 5 years, 8:15 to 11:45 a.m.Mondays through Fridays,4 to 7:45 p.m.Mondays through Thursdaysand 8:30 a.m. to noonSaturdays.Powerzone for ages 6 to 12, 4 to 7:45 p.m.Mondays through Thursdaysand 8:30 a.m. to noonSaturdays.Information: Project Strong office, 755-2016.

Blood drives


Blood drives:Noon to 5:30 p.m.Tuesdays, July 29 and Sept. 23,Veterans of Foreign Wars, Main Street, andTuesday, Nov. 18,Methodist Church, Grove Street.



Acte II:Upscale ladies resale clothing boutique, noon to 5 p.m.Tuesdays through Fridays;11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturdays;1 to3 p.m.Sundays,Copley House, Maine Street. Information: 649-2200.


St. James Outreach Center:Clothing, household goods and religious goods for sale, 159 E. Main St. Benefits St. James Church's outreach ministries to the poor and needy. Donations of clean, usable clothing or small household items accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.


Mission Possible Thrift Store:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesdays and Thursdays,10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Fridays,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturdays,Route 37, next to Crossroads. Good used clothing, toys. Information: Rev. Edgar Hunter, 482-9024.

Sandy Creek

Friendship Thrift Shop:9 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekdaysand 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturdaysat 6046 S. Main St. Information: 387-6673.


Impossible Dream Thrift Store:9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Mondays through Fridaysand 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturdays,247 Factory St. Accepting clean, used clothing in good condition and household goods such as pots, pans, dishes and small appliances and will pick up furniture such as beds, mattresses, tables and chairs in good condition. Donated furniture, clothing and household goods for sale to the general public. Essential items donated with referral to those who cannot pay and to victims of fire or disasters through Watertown Urban Mission's Critical Needs Program. Information: 782-0090.

Free, gently used clothing:The Shepherd's Cloak, 6:15 to 8 p.m.Mondaysat Bethany United Methodist Church, 214 W. Lynde St. Donations appreciated. Only clothing in good condition. No income guidelines. Information: Chris Orr, 788-4516, or Liz Holland, 788-8523.



Cancer fundraiser:To benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust. Lori Bezio, Dexter, of the team Pink Ladies, to walk 60 miles during three-day event in Boston, Mass.,Friday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 17.To donate: 918-4010, or, click on donate now and search for participant ID 1816447 of the Pink Ladies.


Membership drive:Jefferson Rehabilitation Center 2008 membership drivethrough Monday, July 28.Membership: $5; family, $15. Information: Raechel Kenealy, marketing and communications assistant, 836-1225.

Donation:Drop off cans and bottles untilThursday, July 31,at Griff's Redemption Center, Coleman Avenue. Indicate proceeds to go toward The Breast Cancer 3-Day participant Lori Bezio. To donate funds:, click donate now and search for Lori Bezio's name.

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen:Donations needed to meet growing need. Send donations to Salvation Army, 723 State St., P.O. Box 298, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. Information: 782-4470.

Wheels for Work program:Summer hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.weekdays,Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St. Accepting used vehicles that can be eligible for a tax deduction. Program provides low-cost vehicles for eligible individuals with a dependent child and employment, needing transportation to work. Information: Penny Mosher, 782-8440.

Christmas Box Angel:A statue in memory of deceased children is in place at Brookside Cemetery. Plans are now underway to erect a granite wall at that site engraved with the names of deceased children. To donate to the project or list a name: The Christmas Box Angel, in the care of Key Bank, Box 228, Croghan, N.Y. 13327. Include name, address and phone number, as well as the name of the child being remembered. Information: Barbara Farney, 376-6331 or Marsha Terrillion, 376-7367.

Mia Marie's Watertown Dog Park Project:Tax-deductible donations for the development of a dog park in the city of Watertown may be made payable to the Watertown City Comptroller, earmarked for "Mia's Dog Park," 245 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601. Information: Scott "SG" Gates, 782-2748, or

Throughout the area

Kidney cars program:To benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Central New York. Cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks or similar vehicles, running or not, whole and with a clear title accepted and possibly may qualify as a tax deduction. Information: 1 (877) 8-KIDNEY.



Food pantry:9 a.m. to noonweekdays,Rohde Center, 3 N. Main St. Information: Mary Jo Taylor, 232-2621.

Alexandria Bay

Food pantry:By appointment only, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.Wednesdays,Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, 54 Church St. Must call for appointment. Information: Candy Appleton or Susan Stroughtenger, 482-9426 or 324-5966.


Food pantry:6 to 7 p.m.Mondays,45 Main St. Information: Marilyn LaForty or Liz Lynch, 659-8989.

Cape Vincent

Food pantry:4 to 5 p.m. the firstWednesdayof the month, United Church of Cape Vincent, East Broadway. Volunteers needed. Information: Beth Gould Quencer, 654-4555.


Village Ecumenical Ministries food pantry:9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Mondays and Fridays,452 S. Washington St. Closed when Carthage Central School is closed or delayed. Donations of paper or plastic bags and clean egg cartons appreciated. Information: Joyce E. Miller, director, 493-1341.


Food pantry:By appointment three times a year, Naturally Yours Dried Flowers, 11933 Academy St. Information: the food pantry, 649-2424, or Hariette Hardy, 649-5588.


Food pantry:1 to 3:30 p.m.Mondays and Wednesdays,and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Thursdays,12 times a year, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 521 James St. Volunteers needed for evening hours. Information: Joe Orbona, 686-5164.


Food pantry:9 a.m. to 3 p.m.weekdays,A New Life, 32498 Route 12. Information: Ernest Ross, 686-0227, or fax, 686-4058.

Evans Mills

Food pantry:3 to 5 p.m.Saturdays,St. Mary's Catholic Church, 8412 Main St. Always on call. Information: Helen Cooke, 629-4683.


Gwen's food pantry:9 a.m. to noonSaturdays,Orleans Outreach Building. Information: 658-4411 or 658-4796.


Food Sense program:Registration: Helen Hall, 599-7776.


Indian River Baptist Church food pantry:5:30 to 7 p.m.Wednesdaysand 9 a.m. to noonSaturdays,Indian River Baptist Church, 42 Main St. Information: Mark or Linda Deleel, 628-4249.


Food pantry:1:30 to 3 p.m. the second and fourthWednesdaysof the month, St. Paul's Fellowship Hall. Information: Janice Atkinson or Bobbie Jo McBath, 482-2914 or 482-4029.

Sackets Harbor

Food pantry:11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Mondays and Thursdays,St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 110 E. Main St. Information: Rev. Douglas G. Comstock, pastor, 646-3341.


Food pantry:9 a.m. to noonThursdaysand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturdays,High Falls Baptist Church, 110 Theresa-Antwerp Road.


Food Sense program:Registration, 9 a.m. to noon weekdays beforeFriday, Aug. 8,Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., or Faith Fellowship Church, 131 Moore Ave. Cost: $15.50 per unit. No income or age requirements. Distribution, 3 to 4 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 21,at the Urban Mission, where registration forThursday, Sept. 25,distribution may be made.

Watertown Urban Mission food pantry:Shopping hours, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.weekdays,247 Factory St. Pre-packed food boxes available during other mission office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekdays.Information: Anita Ciulo, 782-8440, or fax, 782-8441.

Community Action Planning Council food pantry:9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,518 Davidson St. Information: Tammy Kitto, 782-4900, or fax, 788-8251.

Food pantry:By appointment, 3 to 6 p.m.Tuesdays,Faith Fellowship, 131 Moore Ave. Information: Deborah Wiley, 782-4421, or fax, 786-0309.



Light the Night Walk for Leukemia party:Receive captain kits, 2 to 3 p.m., cookout, 3 to 4 p.m., DJ Jeff B., 4 to 8 p.m.Saturday, July 19,Gouverneur Country Club. Information: Vickie Kipp, 287-7479, or 1 (800) 690-8944.

Lake Placid

Pendragon Theater's annual summer benefit:5:30 to 9 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 9,Heaven Hill Farm. Silent auction, food and drink and a live auction. Information: the theater,,, or 1 (518) 891-1854.

Tri-Lakes Relay for Life:9 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 20,Olympic Oval. Food and retail booths, face painting and live entertainment until 9 p.m. Candle lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Candles: $5. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Information: Willie Sheridan, 327-3562 or Team registration: Relay for Life Tri-Lakes site,


Benefit jamboree:For Jennifer Moody, a 23-year old who has been receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma and liver problems, 1 p.m.Sunday, July 13,Madrid Hotel. Host band Alter Ego, food, prizes and more. Proceeds help to defray treatment and travel costs. Information: Becky or Gorden Perry Jr., 244-1347, or 244-1646.


Car wash, bake sale:Sponsored by Morristown Auxiliary, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, July 12,Morristown Fire Hall. Car wash: $5. Refreshments available.


American Legion Riders Charity ride:Benefits Children's Miracle Network. Registration, 9 a.m., ride begins, 11 a.m.,Saturday, July 12,Norfolk American Legion. Cost: $15 per rider; $20 per couple. Information: chapter president Royal Sheldon, 384-3001, or


Engraved bricks:Available from Riverwalk Park Committee, to be placed in the brick walk leading to a new building overlooking the St. Regis River. To purchase a brick to honor someone, as a memorial or with any type of message, call Connie Maguire at the Town Hall, 265-6180.

Pierrepont Manor

Miracle awards celebration:Hosted by Jim and Kathy Naklick of Creative Imaging Fine Photography, 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, July 31,Manor House. Information: 785-4053.


Baxter family jamboree:NoonSunday, July 13,West Potsdam Bingo Hall. Host band: Marty Robinson. Proceeds benefit members of the Baxter family, who lost everything in a fire April 26. Silent auction, raffles, bands, food, drinks. Admission: $3. Volunteers needed. Monetary donations may be sent to Baxter Family Jamboree, 510 Baker Road, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676, in care of Joann Hill, to be deposited in an account at Community Bank, Madrid. Information: Vicki Durant, 244-2703, or Joann Hill, 322-4002.

Sackets Harbor

E-Bay birdhouse sales:Sponsored by Seaway Trail Foundation,through September.E-Bay auctions of many artist-designed bluebird nest boxes.July 13-20:Christine Tisa.Aug. 10-17:Robert McNamara.Sept. 14-21:Lawrence Barone. Information:, or 1 (800) SEAWAY-T.


Baseball drop fundraiser:6 p.m.Wednesday, July 30,Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds baseball field.Before Watertown Wizards baseball game. Rescheduled from June 22. Proceeds to benefit Children's Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center. Only 1,000 tickets available. Tickets: $20 per ticket. Baseballs dropped from hot air balloon, weather permitting, or from a helicopter. Ball closest to second base plate wins. Prizes range from $3,000 to $100. Purchase tickets at CMN office, 199 Pratt St., 785-4053; RE/MAX Empire office, 608 Pearl St., 755-2095; or AAMCO Transmissions, 595 Coffeen St., 782-4006.

Jefferson County

"Dining Out" cards:Offered by the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Jefferson County. Cost: $30. Card-holders entitled to discounted dinners at 18 participating restaurants throughout the north country,through Sunday, Nov. 30.Cards available at the association office, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 321 Prospect St.; Hannaford Supermarket, Watertown. Information: 782-2451 or 782-6890.



VIP support group:For visually impaired persons, 1 to 2:30 p.m. the secondThursdayof the month in March, May, July, September and November, Country View Apartments, 87 E. Church St. Information: Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired of Jefferson County, 782-2451.

TOPS 675:Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 to 7 p.m.Thursdays,Rohde Center, 2 E. Church St. Weigh-in, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. First visit is free. Information: Linda, 232-4191, Carol , 583-5330, 1 (800) 923-0360 or

Alexandria Bay

TOPS 792:Weigh-ins, 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by meetingWednesdays,Macsherry Library, 112 Walton St. Information: Linda, 482-9597.


TOPS 1185:Weigh-in, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., meeting, 6:15 to 7 p.m.Tuesdays,Belleville United Methodist Church. Information: 232-3663.

Black River

TOPS 746:Weigh-in, 5:30 to 6 p.m., meeting 6 to 7 p.m.Wednesdays,St. John's Episcopal Church, West Remington Street. Information: 788-3596 or 788-4158 or National TOPS, 1 (800) 932-8677 or


Narcotics Anonymous:7:30 p.m.Mondays and Fridays,Newman Center, 33 Court St., and 7:30 p.m.Wednesdays,Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main St. Information: Reachout, 265-2422.

Mending Broken Hearts support group:For women and men who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a child, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and thirdTuesdaysof the month, Formal Lounge, Dean Eaton Hall, St. Lawrence University. Facilitator: grief counselor Daniel Hernandez. Information: Mr. Hernandez, 229-5391 or

Brain injury support group: Sponsored by Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 6:30 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month, E.J. Noble Professional Building, 80 E. Main St. Information: the hospital, 265-3300.

Cape Vincent

Overeaters Anonymous:7 p.m.Mondays,Cape Vincent Community Library. Information: Joyce Mordan, 649-2750.


PTSD support group:Sponsored by Mental Health Association and First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m. every otherTuesday,at the church. Information: Katina LaSalle, 788-0970 or Rev. Robert Barone, 493-1997.

TOPS 674:9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Wednesdays,community room, Brady Acres, 600 S. Washington St. Weigh-ins, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Annual membership dues: $24. First visit free. Information: Jan Bouvia, 493-4016; or Yvonne Boliver, 376-6015 or 1 (800) 932-8677 or online at

Mothers of Preschoolers:Contact First Baptist Church, 511 State St., for time, date and location of the next meeting, or 493-1232.


"How Al-Anon Works":7:30 p.m.Wednesdays,First Baptist Church, John Street.

Celebrate Recovery support group:7 p.m.Fridays,Clayton Baptist Church. A beatitude-based recovery program. Information: Cheryl Gray, 686-3194.


TOPS 833:Weigh-ins, 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.Wednesdays,followed by meeting, at Croghan Library, Main Street. New members welcome. Information: 376-2629.


TOPS 922:Weigh-ins, 5:30 to 6 p.m., and meeting, 6 to 7 p.m.Tuesdays,Dexter Elementary School. Information: 788-7817.


Mental Health support group:Sponsored by Alliance for the Mentally Ill of St. Lawrence Valley, 7 p.m. the secondMondayof the month, Gouverneur First Methodist Church, across from the post office. Information: Lynne Matott, 287-9180.


Breast, ovarian and uterine cancer support group:7 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month, Medical Arts Building conference room, Lewis County General Hospital. Round-table discussions for women. New members welcome. Open to all patients, female family members and friends of those diagnosed. Refreshments served. Information: Mary Bellinger, 376-5233.

Consumer Action Network meetings:Presented by the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, 3 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month at 7396 Turin Road. Working on disability and health issues. Reservations, accommodations: 785-8703 V, 785-8704 TTY or 1 (800) 585-8703.

Respite for caregivers:A free program sponsored by the Lewis County Office for the Aging. Trained aides available to relieve persons caring for an elderly loved one at home and assist with personal care and light housekeeping. No income requirement. Information: Lisa Monks, 376-5313.

Diabetes support group:2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. the lastMondayof the month, Medical Arts Building conference room, Lewis County General Hospital. Information: LuAnn McAuliffe, 376-5095.

Lowville, Watertown

Look Good, Feel Better:An education and support program that helps women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Meetings at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, and Hair Vogue, Lowville, by arrangement. Professional cosmetologists volunteer during individual or group sessions. Complimentary kits provided. Registration: American Cancer Society, 1 (800) 227-2345, or for Lowville meeting, Gwen Myers, 376-3551.


Emotions Anonymous support group: 11 a.m.Sundays,Community Education Center, Massena Memorial Hospital. Information: Scott, 769-6822, or hospital public relations, 769-4262.

Narcotics Anonymous:5:30 p.m.Tuesdays,Akwesasne Community Center, and 7:30 p.m.Thursdays,St. Mary's Church. Information: Reachout, 265-2422.

Separated and divorced group:7 p.m. the first and thirdTuesdaysof the month, St. Mary's Church, Sycamore Street. Open to anyone who has experienced separation or divorce. Information: the rectory, 764-0239.

Diabetic support group:1 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month, Massena Independent Living Center. Information: Catherine Donaldson, 764-9442.

Al -Anon:7:30 p.m.Wednesdays,Community Education Room, Massena Public Library, downstairs Room A, Glen St. Information: 769-7681.

Weight Watchers:5:30 p.m.Thursdaysand 8 a.m.Saturdays,Massena Memorial Hospital cafeteria. Information: Rosemary, 287-2433.

Overeaters anonymous support group:7 p.m.Thursdays,lower level conference room, Massena Memorial Hospital. Information: Debbie, 384-4833, or hospital's public relations office, 769-4262.

Narcotics Anonymous support group:7 p.m.Saturdays,Community Education Room, Massena Memorial Hospital. Information: hospital's public relations office, 769-4262.

Daughters Without Mothers:For women who have lost their mothers at any stage in life. Information: Bonnie, 764-1818.

Debtors Anonymous:For those who wish to refrain from getting further into debt and stop compulsive spending. Meetings vary. Information: 769-7788.


Alzheimer's support group:Open to caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease, 6 p.m. the secondMondayof the month, United Helpers Nursing Home. Information: Alzheimer's Association, 1 (800) 272-3900.

Alateen:3 p.m.Mondaysduring the school year, Room 206, Ogdensburg Free Academy. Information: OFA high school guidance office, 393-0900, ext. 224.

Narcotics Anonymous:7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and Saturdays,First Congregational Church, 300 New York Ave. Information: Reachout, 265-2422.

Diabetes support group:4 p.m.Wednesday, July 17,Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center auditorium. Karen Cole, RN, BSN and certified diabetes educator will facilityat. Free. Friends and family welcome. Information: Mrs. Cole, 393-8880 extension 5181.

Men's and women's cancer support groups:6 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month, lobby, Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center. Information: the cancer center, 393-2314.


Narcotics Anonymous:7 p.m.Sundays,Rehabilitation Unit, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Leroy Street. Information: the hospital, 265-3300.

Codependents Anonymous:7 p.m.Mondays,Room A, second-floor classroom, Canton-Potsdam Hospital. A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Information: 265-2422.

Breast health support group:4:30 to 6 p.m. the thirdTuesdayof the month, Conference Room A, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Leroy Street. Information: Jackie Dow, 261-5935.

Intensive care groups:7:30 p.m.Tuesdays,lower level, Potsdam United Methodist Church. Discussion of broken and troubled relationships, parenting, grief, drug and alcohol recovery, depression and mental health problems. Information: Ed, 265-8252.

Narcotics Anonymous:8 p.m.Tuesdays,Rehabilitation Unit, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Leroy Street. Information: the hospital, 265-3300.

Recovery group:Doors open, 6:30 p.m., informational meeting, 7 to 8 p.m.Tuesdays,First Baptist Church, 24 Leroy St. Uses eight recovery principles based on the Beatitudes, designed by Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life." Sponsored by First Baptist Church. Information: Joanna, 265-5464 or 379-9511.

Cardiopulmonary support group:3 p.m. the secondThursdayof the month, Cardiopulmonary Fitness Center, Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Information: hospital relations office, 261-5400.

TOPS 1079:Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 3 to 4 p.m.Thursdays,Church of the Nazarene, routes 56 and 72. Information: Bonnie, 265-5470, or Nancy, 261-3754.

Sackets Harbor

TOPS 794:Weigh-in, 6 p.m., meeting, 6:30 p.m.Tuesdays,St. Andrew's Parish Center. Information: 646-3609.

Bi-polar, depressive disorders support group:Second and fourthFridaysof the month, Hay Memorial Library, 105 S. Broad St. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association. Child care provided. Limited transportation available. Information, child-care requests: Katina LaSalle, outreach coordinator: 788-0970.


Mental Health Association in Jefferson County:For mental health consumers, free lunch, noonweekdays,and bingo, 3 p.m.Fridays,Drop In Center, 724 State St. Information: Mental Health Association, 788-6733.

HIV-positive support group:Hosted by AIDS Community Resources, noon to 2 p.m. the secondMondayof the month. For anyone interested in discussing any issues related to HIV and AIDS. Lunch provided. Information, meeting location: Ralf Bernecker, AIDS Community Resources, 1 (800) 475-2430.

Problem gambling support group:Support and guidance for individuals and their family members whose lives have been affected by problem gambling, 6 p.m.Mondays,Suite 320, Marcy Building, 167 Polk St. Information: Northern New York Center for Problem Gambling, 788-7241.

Women's HIV support group:6 to 7 p.m.Mondays,Life Church of the Nazarene, Thompson Boulevard. Information: Jeanine Moore, 921-5656.

Access for All:10 to 11 a.m. thirdTuesdayof the month, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, 210 Court St., Suite 107, Watertown. Information: 785-8703 or 785-8704.

Bereavement support sessions:Sponsored by Hospice of Jefferson County, 5:30 p.m. the thirdTuesdayof the month, Hospice office, 425 Washington St. Child and adolescent groups meet as needed; call for times and dates. Information: Ken Price, 788-7323.

Eating disorders support group:Open to friends and family members of people suffering from eating disorders, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the thirdTuesdayof the month, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 203 N. Hamilton St. Information: Jessica Flitcroft, eating disorders case manager, 782-1777, ext. 34.

PFLAG of Jefferson County:A national, not-for-profit support and advocacy group for parents, friends and family of lesbians and gays. Meets the thirdTuesdayof the month at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Information: Bobbi, 681-7087.

Nicotine Anonymous:7 p.m. every otherTuesday,Samaritan Keep Home Basement Conference Room A. Information: 786-3735.

Watertown Area Gay Youth:6 p.m.Tuesdays.Support and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth 13 to 19 years old. Provides a safe, confidential forum for peer discussion, referral services, education resources, positive role modeling by adult advisers and guest speakers, community volunteer opportunities and safe social activities. Information: Meeting location: 529-4096.

GRADS:Guys Responding and Demanding Safety, a program directed to men who have sex with other men, 6 to 9 p.m.Tuesdaysin Watertown. Meeting location, information: AIDS Community Resources, 475-2430, ext. 801, or

Sexual assault support group:5 to 6 p.m.Tuesdays,Victim's Assistance Center of Jefferson County, 120 Arcade St. Free. Information: 782-1823.

Gastric bypass support group:7 p.m. the thirdWednesdayof the month, Turner Room, Samaritan Keep Home. Information: 658-2333.

Parents with psychiatric illnesses support group:Hosted by Mental Health Association, first and thirdWednesdaysof the month, at MHA Clubhouse, 724 State St. Refreshments and child care provided. Limited transportation available. Information: Katina LaSalle, 788-0970.

Mental health discussion groups:Hosted by Northern Regional For Independent Living, 10 a.m. to noon,Wednesdays,NRCIL, 210 Court St. Information, registration: Michelle Hobart, 785-8703, or 785-8704.

Peers Together:A mental health, self-help support group, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.Wednesdays,Suite 107,210 Court St. Organized by the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living. Discussion focuses on mental health issues. Exchange ideas, discuss coping, share experiences. Information, accommodations: NRCIL at 785-8703, 785-8704 TTY or 1 (800) 585-8703.

TOPS 1208:Weigh-ins, 5:30 p.m., and meeting, 6 to 7 p.m.Wednesdays,basement conference room B, Samaritan Keep Home. Information, membership details: Sherri, 783-5967.

Domestic Violence support group:5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Wednesdays,Victim's Assistance Center of Jefferson County, 120 Arcade St. Free child care provided. Information: 782-1823.

Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon:6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Wednesdays,First United Methodist Church, 236 Mullin St. Information: 482-9445.

Narcotics Anonymous:7 to 8:30 p.m.Wednesdaysand Sundays,Urban Mission community room, 247 Factory St. Information: 472-5555.

Biblical recovery program:"Celebrate Recovery," doors open, 6 p.m., session begins, 6:30 p.m.Thursdays, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 14 and 28,Life Church of the Nazarene, 535 Thompson Blvd. For those struggling with hurts, habits or hang-ups. For information or to arrange child care: Deb, 783-4813.

Left behind by suicide:7 p.m. the secondThursdayof the month, Hospice of Jefferson County, 425 Washington St. Information: Ken Price, 788-7323.

Rose of Sharin':Twelve steps of healing of emotional brokenness, 10 a.m. to noonThursdays,Holy Covenant Church of God, 207 W. Lynde St. Free. Information: Kim Campnich, 778-3391 (cell).

Breast-feeding mothers group:10 a.m. to noonFridays,The Maternity Palce, Samaritan Medical Center. Information: 785-4050.

Recovery group:A 12-step program for those addicted or those abused, alone or afraid, 6 p.m.Fridays,214 W. Lynde St.. Information: 376-8162.

Survivors of homicide victims support group:Meetings vary in Watertown. Information: Debra J. Moseley, 782-6043.

Jefferson County

Alcoholics Anonymous, Jefferson County Intergroup:Literature, help, information, and AA meeting directories. Groups meet throughout the week at various locations in the north country. Information: Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 20, 44 Public Square, Watertown; 788-2280;

MOMS Program:Assistance paying for prenatal care. Information: Jefferson County Public Health Service, 786-3720.

New members, networks:The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered Alliance of Jefferson County are looking for persons or social agencies interested in creating a network to provides support, advocacy, education and social support for this population. Information: 523-5934, Jefferson County LGBT Alliance/SAGE, P.O. Box 273, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or Robin Corson, 686-9842

Jefferson and Lewis counties

Al-Anon:For people whose lives have been affected by a loved one's drinking. Weekly meetings at 7:30 p.m.Tuesdays,Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, Alexandria Bay; 7:30 p.m.Tuesdays,second floor lounge, First Presbyterian Church, Watertown; 7:30 p.m.Wednesdays,St. James Catholic Church, Carthage; 7 to 8 p.m.Sundays,Stone Presbyterian Church, 140 Chestnut St., Watertown. Information: Alcoholics Anonymous, 788-2280.

St. Lawrence County

Northern New York Families:Support and social group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents and their children. Meets on a quarterly basis in St. Lawrence County. A chapter of Family Pride Coalition. Provides children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender families an opportunity to meet families similar to theirs. Information or mailing list inclusion: Reachout of St. Lawrence County, 265-2422.

Hope Line of St. Lawrence County:For people who may need encouragement, reassurance, information or a caring, listening ear for support, available 6 to 10 p.m. daily by calling 1 (888) 853-9995.

Al-Anon District 26:Family groups meet throughout the week at various locations in the north country. Information: Reachout, 265-2422

Mondays:8 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 500 Caroline St., Ogdensburg (use Knox Street entrance). 8 p.m., St. Mary's Parish Hall, County Route 7 (Gale Road), Brushton (across from Brushton-Moira Central School).

Tuesdays:Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church, 139 Main St., Massena (use back entrance). 8 p.m., St. Mary's School, Route 37, Fort Covington. 8 p.m., Room 7, Unitarian Universalist Church, East Main Street, Canton (use back entrance).

Wednesdays:7:30 p.m., Rose Hill, 100 County Route 43 (Town Line Road), Massena. 7:30 p.m., Community Education Room, Massena Memorial Hospital, 769-4262. 8 to 9 p.m., 18 Cottage St., sponsored by Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, 265-3300.

Thursdays:7 p.m., Dunn Hall, Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam State University College.

Fridays:8 p.m., Sunrise Apartments (behind Tribal Police station), Route 37, Hogansburg. 8 p.m., Municipal Building, Lincoln Avenue, Waddington.


Black River

Northern New York Autism Foundation:Volunteers needed to work with other volunteers. Fundraising, brainstorming, parent support, writing and other duties as assigned. Information: Sherri or Kathy, 773-5405, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.


Lewis County General Hospital Residential Health Care Facility:Seeking volunteers to transport residents and assist with activity programs. To volunteer: Irene Williams, 376-5452.

Lewis County Opportunities:Volunteers needed for its 24-hour crisis hotline to assist the domestic violence and rape crisis department with crisis intervention and referrals to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Must complete 60 hours of training. Information: 376-8202, ext. 253.


CAPC food pantry:Volunteers needed to staff the Community Action Planning Council food pantry. Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.Information: Tammy, 782-4900, ext. 271.

Caregiver support group:Volunteers needed to facilitate group in rural areas outside Watertown. Meetings are 2 to 3:30 p.m. lastWednesdayof the month, Samaritan Keep Home education room. Information: Michelle, Office of the Aging, 785-3191.

Sci-Tech Center:A nonprofit, family-oriented science museum. Volunteers needed for workshops, tours, cleaning and general maintenance and office work. Information: museum, 788-1340.

Urban Mission Food Pantry and Impossible Dream Thrift Store:Volunteers needed to sort donations and assist shoppers and clients. Information: Anita Ciulo, volunteer coordinator, 782-8440.

American Red Cross, Northern New York chapter:Seeking volunteers for all aspects of Red Cross operations. Visit the office at 203 N. Hamilton St., or call 782-4410.

Lewis County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):Volunteers needed to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Lewis County. Information, application: Amy Kelly, 376-7991 or

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living:Volunteer drivers needed for the center's youth leadership program, twice a month. Drivers receive reimbursement for rides. Information: Aldea LaParr, 376-8696.

Throughout the area

AARP volunteers sought:For driver safety program. Information: 1 (888) 227-7669, or

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