D.C. wellness calendar, September 5-12, 2013

September 5, 2013

Laugh cafe Tell favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to prompt others to laugh. Memorization not required; take your lunch. Moderated by Tom Reynolds. Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Register: 202-364-7602. Free.

Line-dancing fitness for seniors For age 50 and older. Fridays, 10 a.m. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

Al-Anon meetings Fridays, 5 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900; Tuesdays, noon, Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Free.

Alcoholics Anonymous for women Support group meeting. Fridays, 6-8 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Adams Room, Third and A streets SE. 202-546-4964. Free.

Zumba class A combination of dances, such as salsa, merengue, samba and other styles from Latin culture; all fitness levels welcome. Saturdays, 9 a.m., and Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-362-3606. $12.

Yoga for adults in Northeast Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

Alcoholics Anonymous Saturdays, 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Third and A streets SE. 202-546-4964; Sundays, 3 p.m., and Mondays, 8:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. 202-554-3222. rector@staugustinesdc.org; Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 p.m., All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244; Mondays, 8 p.m., St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW. 202-966-6288; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon, Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.

Spirit Dolls for Strength Gioia Chilton and Rebecca Wilkinson lead an art workshop to explore the sense of play and appeal to the senses. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $45.

Narcotics Anonymous Sundays, 7-8:30 a.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Free.

Adult children of alcoholics Support meeting. Sundays, 5-6 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Classroom No. 6, Third and A streets SE. 202-546-4964. Free.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients Corrin Bennett and Amy Dara Hochberg lead patients, survivors and their caregivers. Mondays, 10:30-11:45 a.m., and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $25 per month.

Mental health and HIV Confidential group for people with HIV and mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. Mondays, 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by MetroHealth. Call for location, 202-638-0750. Free.

Food addicts Support group meeting. Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Room 205, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. Free.

Strength and balance Taught by Tonya Walton; sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Nov. 21, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Register: www.sibley.org. 202-364-7602. $90 for one class a week; $170 twice a week.

Yoga Led by yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris; take a mat. Tuesdays, noon. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288; and Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946; and mostly for beginners, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

Diabetes wellness workshop Learn about risk factors, resources and improving one’s health, co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

HIV screening For teens and young adults, ages 13-24, by Metro Teen Aids, with information on how to live a healthy life. Tuesday, 4 p.m., Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Cancer support group For cancer survivors and those still coping with cancer. Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Third and A streets SE. 202-546-4964. Free.

Hearing screenings An abbreviated test administered by a screener from Washington Hearing and Speech, not for those using a hearing aid. Tuesdayand Sept. 24, 2-3:30 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Main Building, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Registration: 202-364-7602. Free.

Alzheimer’s Club Memory A social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and their spouses or other care partners. Sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Registration: 202-364-7602. Free.

Hip or knee replacement class Nursing, physical-occupational therapist and post-acute care coordinators discuss surgery, hospital stay and rehabilitation. Wednesday, noon-1:30 p.m. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Gorman Auditorium, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Registration: 202-342-2400. Free.

Parkinson’s disease exercise class Wednesdays, noon. Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. 202-444-4180. Free, registration requested.

Substance Abuse Group for HIV weekly confidential group HIV positive individuals with mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by MetroHealth. Call for location, 202-638-0750.

Bereavement support Wednesdays, 5 p.m. Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Sara Moore, chaplain for adult oncology: 202-444-0109. Registration required. Free.

Food addiction 12-step group Meet with peers to discuss the problem. Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. 202-537-4145. Free.

Friends and family of the mentally ill Support group for family and friends of those recovering from mental health problems. Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. National Alliance on Mental Illness, 422 Eighth St. SE. 202-546-0646. namidc@juno.com. Free.

Weight-loss surgery seminar A presentation by bariatric surgeon Etwar McBean. Sept. 12, noon-1 p.m., Providence Hospital, Ross Auditorium, 1150 Varnum St. NE. 877-937-4226 or www.providencebariatrics.com. Registration requested. Free.

Blood pressure checks and HIV screenings Next Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Community Education Group mobile medical unit, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-543-2376. Free.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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