Fairfax wellness calendar, Sept. 20-27

September 20, 2012

Al-Anon/Alateen groups For relatives and friends. Go to www.alanonva.com for meeting times and locations. 703-534-4357. Free.

Parkinson’s exercise class Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. 703-378-7221. $10; care partners, $5. Registration required.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Weight-loss support groups with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs. Go to www.tops.org for times and locations. 703-430-3764. $28 to join.

Breast-feeding support group For mothers and their babies. Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-776-6455. Free.

“Weight Loss Surgery: Understanding the Options” A presentation by bariatric surgeon Matthew Fitzer. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Reston Hospital Center, 1850 Town Center Pkwy., Reston. 877-689-3627. www.restonhospital.com. Free. Registration required.

Mood disorders support Sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-354-5104. Free.

Helping Hands Stroke Club meeting For survivors and caregivers. Fridays, 1-2 p.m. Joseph Willard Health Center, 3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-246-7120. $1.

Tai chi beginners practice Gentle outdoor exercise. Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. McLean Central Park (basketball court behind the library), 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. 703-759-9141. www.freetaichi.org. Free.

Flu shot clinic Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org. $30.

Parkinson Foundation support group For family and friends and people living with the disease. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Sunrise at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. 703-378-7221. www.parkinsonfoundation.org. Free.

Al-Anon sponsorship workshop Hosted by Al-Anon Family Group’s Springfield-Annandale District. Bring a bag lunch; drinks and dessert provided. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. 703-534-4357. Free.

Mental health support Sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. Saturdays, 3-5 p.m. Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-354-5104. Free.

“When Death Comes Without Warning” A presentation by Elizabeth Turner Haase, a psychologist specializing in grief and illness issues.Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Washington Regional Transplant Community, 7619 Little River Tpk., Suite 900, Annandale. 703-641-0100. Free. Registration required. maureen@wrtc.org, lisa@wrtc.org.

Aquatic fall-prevention classes Mondays and Fridays, 2-3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax. 703-667-9800. $10 per class. Registration required.

Parkinson’s aquatics exercise class Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax. 703-378-7221. www.parkinsonfoundation.org. $10; care partners, $5. Registration required.

Abuse survivors group For men who were sexually abused as children. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Tuesday evenings, call for time and location. 703-324-5730. Free.

Postpartum mood and anxiety support For mothers and their babies. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-776-6775. Free.

Dementia caregivers support Sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke. Second and fourth Tuesdays, noon-1:15 p.m. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax. Eileen Thompson, 703-451-8626. eileen.thompson1@gmail.com. Free. Registration required.

Reston blood drive Tuesday, noon-7:30 p.m. Reston Town Center Pavilion, 1818 Discovery St. 866-256-6372. inova.org/donateblood.

Domestic-violence survivors support For women, with a separate group for their children 5-12. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Wednesday evenings, call for time and location. 703-324-5730.

Clergy-abuse survivors support Sponsored by Voice of the Faithful. Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-538-6128.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous For people dealing with food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, 711 Spring St. SE, Vienna. 571-334-6507. www.foodaddicts.org.

Suicide support group Six sessions. Wednesdays (through Oct. 31), 7:30-9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. havenofnova@verizon.net. 703-941-7000. www.havenofnova.org. Free. Registration required.

General bereavement group Six sessions. Thursdays (beginning Sept. 27), 7:30-9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. havenofnova@verizon.net. 703-941-7000. www.havenofnova.org. Free. Registration required.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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