May and June support groups, classes, events and fundraisers

Support Groups and Classes

Alzheimer’s Support Group – Held the first Thursday of each month at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center: 40100 U.S. 27 in Davenport.  For more information or to register, call (863) 292-9210.

Better Breathers Program – This course provides information and support for individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Held the third Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100 US Highway 27 in Davenport.  The program is endorsed by the American Lung Association.  Preregistration is required by calling (863) 419-2247.

Blood Pressure Program – Held at Lake Wales Medical Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 410 South 11th St. in Lake Wales, Hunt Building (2nd Floor, Room 201) from 9-11 a.m.  For more information, call (863) 676-1433.

Brain Injury Support Group – This is an open forum for brain injury survivors and their caregivers on how to live life to the fullest after a traumatic injury.  Group meets on fourth Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Winter Haven Hospital Wellness Center conference room.  For more information, call (863) 292-4060.

Breastfeeding Class – Offered by the Winter Haven Women’s Hospital, this Breastfeeding Class will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and again Monday, June 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. in classroom A, 101 Avenue O SE in Winter Haven.  Registration is required and the cost is $15.  For more information and to register, call (855) 314-8352.

Caregivers Support Group – Meetings are held the second Friday of each month at the Winter Haven Hospital Wellness Center conference room, 200 Ave F, Northeast, Winter Haven, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  For more information, please call (863) 291-6095.

Conquering Chemo This weekly education class is offered to new patients before their chemotherapy session begins.  It’s designed to empower patients and their family members/caregivers with the most up-to-date information on cancer treatment and side effect management.  Classes are available every Monday (9:30-11 a.m.), Tuesday (12-1:30 p.m.), and Thursday 2-3:30 p.m.) at Watson Clinic Cancer Center Boardroom, 1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland.  For more information, please call (863) 603-4739.

Diabetes Self Management Class – Lake Wales Medical Center holds this class on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 1-3 p.m.  There is no charge for this course.  For more information, please call (863) 676-1433.

Grief Support Group – Cornerstone Hospice offers a weekly support group each Thursday to help you on your journey of grief recovery and rebuilding your life.  This is a free support group that is facilitated by a trained counselor who understands the grieving process, and is held 9:30-11 a.m. at Highland Park Church, corner of Hallam Drive and 540A, at the Main Campus, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Room 101, Lakeland, FL 33813.  Registration is required. For more information, call Cornerstone Hospice at (863) 291-5560.

Hearing Loss Association of America, Lakeland Chapter Meeting – The Hearing Loss Association – Lakeland Chapter extends an invitation to join them every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland.  The meeting will be held in Multipurpose Room A.  To learn more about the Lakeland HLAA Chapter meetings, visit

Heart-to-Heart Cardiac Support Group – This course will offer support for individuals with various cardiac health issues on May 9 and June 13 from 3-4 p.m.  It is held at Bartow Regional Medical Center, classroom 1, at 2200 Osprey Boulevard in Bartow.  Registration is not required and the sessions are free.  For more information, call (863) 519-1526.

HeartSmarts Cardiac Class – Lakeland Regional Health offers this free program on the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. in the B-Wing Classroom B201. Registration is not required.  For more information about HeartSmarts, please contact Kara Bailey, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCCC at (863) 687-1100 ext. 7618 or

Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Support Group – This course is open to all Watson Clinic patients and families of patients with heart rhythm problems that have led to a pacemaker or defibrillator.  The group meets quarterly to discuss concerns and questions about ICD devices.  This group meets at the main location of Watson Clinic in the library, 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland at 5 p.m.  For more information, call (863) 680-7558.    

Lupus Support Group – Held on the third Monday of each month, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100 US Hwy 27 in Davenport.  For more information, call (800) 339-0586.

Mental Health Peer Recovery Program – This program is offered by Winter Haven Hospital Center for Behavioral Health on two different days per week.  The first meets weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lions Park Clubhouse, 820 Avenue L SW in Winter Haven.  The second meets at the center, 1201 First Street North in Winter Haven on Wednesdays from 12:30-4:30 p.m.  This program is free and registration is not required.  

Ostomy Support Group – Meets in the Winter Haven Hospital Wellness Center conference room on the third Wednesday of each month from 10-11 a.m.  For more information, please call (863) 293-1121 ext. 1511.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group – Held the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., this support group is located at Rath Senior ConNEXTions and Education Center.  The address is in the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine building, 1021 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland.  Interested attendees can get more information at or by calling (863) 937-8023.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Education Class – This class is available for established Watson Clinic OB patients.  It is designed to prepare couples for the miracle of childbirth and is held on Thursday evenings at Watson Clinic’s Bella Vista Building, 1755 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland.  For more information or to register, go to

Total Joint Replacement Class – For any individual considering or scheduled for total joint replacement, this class teaches expectations pre- and post-surgery (i.e. pain, exercise, length of stay, equipment, and follow up care).  The class is taught by orthopedic nurses and occupational and physical therapists, from 12:30-2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday.  Meets at Winter Haven Hospital’s Orthopedic Department Waiting Room, 200 Ave F NE, Winter Haven.  Registration is required.  For more information, please call (863) 293-1121 ext. 1806.

Woman-to-Woman Cancer Support Group – Meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Winter Haven Hospital Wellness Center, 200 Ave F NE in Winter Haven at 6-7 p.m.  For more information, call (863) 291-6095.


Events and Fundraisers

May 1 – Melanoma Monday

This is a chance for people to get free skin cancer screenings from physicians and health care providers. Awareness and early detection is important to treating skin cancer. It will take place in the main lobby of South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N Alexander St in Plant City on Monday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information or to register call (855) 269-4777.

May 2 – Stroke Awareness

Part of South Florida Baptist Hospital’s Ladies Night Out series, this free event will teach the basics of stroke care, such as recognizing the signs and the importance of quick treatment. It takes place 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N Alexander St in Plant City. Call (855) 269-4777 for more information.

May 9 – Free ADHD Workshop for Parents

This free workshop is geared towards helping parents and educators address issues and learning strategies for children with ADHD. There will also be a question and answer session. It will take place 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Huntington Learning Center, 6655 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland. Call (863) 709-9600 for more information. Another workshop will be held June 13 at the same time and place.

May 10 – “Just Say No” Parade

Bartow will be hosting a parade to mark “Just Say No” Week, which is May 8 through 12 this year. The 27th annual march will begin at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Bartow and will culminate with a rally at the Bartow High School Gymnasium. This community-based event is a public education effort to support and encourage young people to say no to drugs. Involvement and donations are welcome. If you’d like to donate, you can mail a check made out to “Just Say No” to CenterState Bank, ATTN: Anita Stasiak, 1375 N Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830.

May 17 – Hospice Volunteer Training

Cornerstone Hospice Volunteer training needs volunteers to perform such acts of kindness as sitting with patients, pet therapy, caregiver relief, and veteran care. The training will be held 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd in Winter Haven.

May 20 – Baby Fair

New and expecting mothers will appreciate this event, chock full of health-related giveaways, educational displays and demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet with physicians and health professionals who specialize in helping families with newborns. This special event will be held at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100 US Hwy 27 in Davenport. Call 866-997-DOCS (3627) for more information. Registration is not required.

June 9 – 2 Annual Swing for Independence Golf Tournament Benefiting the Alliance for Independence

Come spend an afternoon golfing on one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf,” the meticulously manicured Club at Eaglebrooke. The proceeds from this event go to Alliance for Independence, a registered 501(c)(3) that provides day training and education to adults with developmental disabilities. The entry fee includes greens fee, cart, full lunch, beverage, gift, prizes for low team scores, and contests. The fee is $125 per player or $500 per foursome. Registration and lunch start at 11:30 a.m. The Club at Eaglebrooke is located at 1300 Eagle Ridge Blvd in Lakeland.


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