Montgomery wellness calendar, April 18-25

April 17, 2013

“Ride the Riverside” fundraiser Registration is open for the June 8-9 bike ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Routes are 30 miles to more than 100 miles over one or two days. Visit www.bikemsdc.org for details and registration information.

Mind-Body Week DC A four-day series of yoga, workshops, fitness demonstrations, meditation and more that follow the theme of “Preventing, Managing and Healing Chronic Disease with Mind-Body Therapies.” Visit the Web site for a schedule. Classes will be Thursday through Sunday in Bethesda at Suburban Hospital and The Mindfulness Center. 301-986-1090. www.mindbodyweek.com. Free, registration required for some classes.

Vision Support Lunch & Learn Gloria Sussman gives a talk, “With a Song in Your Heart,” about experiencing severe vision loss and music’s role in her independence. A light lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Vision Support Group, a partnership of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and the Village of Friendship Heights. Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Free, registration required.

Exercise Your Age Away Matt Tovornik from Suburban Hospital explains the importance of exercise as you age, and the effects of chronic conditions on balance, vision and stability. Thursday, 1:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 240-777-4999. Free.

Water aerobics Core-strength exercises. led by Anne LeVeque. Friday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. $8 per session. 301-891-8017 or www.acsgw.org.

Heart Smarts Learn to prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart-related conditions. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 301-896-3939. Free, registration required.

Ben’s Run, 5K run and one-mile run/walk in memory of Ben Goldfogle, an 11-year-old who lost his life to leukemia in 2009. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center. Check-in at 7 a.m.; events begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Stonegate Elementary School, 14811 Notley Rd., Silver Spring. $25; registration required. Age 4 and younger, free. www.bensrun.org.

Community Fitness Day Exercise classes, body fat screening and BMI, massage, screenings and more. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. 301-754-8800. www.holycrosshealth.org. Free, registration requested.

“You, Me and IBD” Program from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation on healthy living with inflammatory bowel disease. Topics include drug approaches, health maintenance and prevention, nutrition and alternative therapies. Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Professional and Community Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-754-8800. www.holycrosshealth.org. Free, registration required.

“The Essential Six” talk Brian Sanderoff, a holistic pharmacist and radio show host, discusses “The Essential Six: The Supplements Everyone Should Take.” A complimentary light supper will be served. RSVP by Monday to Toni Davis. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-388-7209. tdavis@bgf.org.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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