Community briefs: Addiction support group starting

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REENFIELD — A support group for families and friends with loved ones affected by addiction is starting Oct. 7 through Healthy 365 at Hancock Regional Hospital.

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is an effective, evidence-based motivational program that impacts families and friends in multiple areas. Topics include family dynamics and triggers; effective methods and resources to influence change; developing positive communication techniques; and helping loved ones enter treatment services and engage in recovery.

Pre-registration is required. Contact (317) 468-4231 or email [email protected]; for details, visit

Senior, caregiver virtual meeting set

MCCORDSVILLE — A virtual support group on mental and emotional health for seniors, families and caregivers is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. The event, hosted by Varietas Memory Care and Traditions at Brookside in McCordsville, will feature a 60-minute presentation by Lori Horstman on five mental and emotional health perks of senior community living, along with a 30-minute question and answer time. For the Zoom link or for questions, call (317) 335-9900 or visit

Food pantry open two days a month

CADIZ — The Cadiz Area Food Pantry, northeast of Shirley at 5059 W. Ind. 38, is open the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Mark Cherry, public relations director for the pantry, said there was a misconception that the pantry had closed during the pandemic. He said the pantry, housed in the community center, is open 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11. A photo identification with address is required.

Ovarian cancer event coming up

INDIANAPOLIS — A Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 virtually or in-person in Indianapolis. Ovar’Coming Together, Indiana’s ovarian cancer nonprofit, is organizing the event and encouraging Hooiers to recognize Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Due to the lack of awareness of ovarian cancer, many women are diagnosed in advanced stages limiting their chances of survival, according to a press release from the organization. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms. For more, including facts about who is at risk and ways to donate or get involved, visit

Meeting to teach on solar tax credit

INDIANAPOLIS — A virtual meeting is scheduled to help Indiana residents and business owners learn how a federal tax credit of 26 percent has been extended through 2022 for installing solar panels on houses, farm structures and businesses. The meeting, sponsored by Solarize East Central Indiana, will be held at 630 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

Registration is required; the link to register for free Zoom conference can be found at or by sending an email request to Carolyn Vann, [email protected], or John Vann, [email protected].