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Mammograms, a movie and more

Lots of health-related events are coming up in the Fredericksburg area, including a screening of the movie “Forks Over Knives” on Oct. 1 at the Salem Church Library.

The movie, which promotes a plant-based diet, is being shown as part of a gathering of The Vegetarian Group, which meets monthly — usually at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg. (It’s a community group, but based at the church.) The movie starts at 10 a.m., followed by a discussion and snacks. Questions? Contact Gloria Lloyd at or Christine Carlson 786-3648.

Also coming up:

  • Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is once again hosting “Mammos and Massages” to encourage women to get mammograms — and to make it a little more fun than usual. Women who attend get a free massage and snacks. The dates: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 25 or 26 from 4-7 p.m. To schedule your visit and get more information,  contact Kristin Thompson at 540/848-4510.
  • The next Grief 101 class, sponsored by Mary Washington Hospice and Hospice Support Care, is Oct. 1 and will focus on stress relief. Bereavement counselor Carol Zogran will talk about what happens to the mind and body during times of stress, and how to ease stress. The free gathering will be held 3-4 p.m. at the England Run Library on Lyons Road in Stafford County.
  • The next round of Wellness Action Recovery Plan classes starts Oct. 3. WRAP classes empower people struggling with mental illnesses to take charge of their mental health by identifiying triggers that upset their mindset and by crafting personalized plans for staying well. WRAP classes will be held Monday evenings from 6-8 at the Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza on the Mary Washington Hospital campus. Get details and reserve your spot in the free weekly class by calling 540/371-2704 or by sending an email to