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Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page LZ19

Alternative Medicine

INTRODUCTION TO REIKI, for those touched by cancer, 6:30-8 p.m., Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Suite 130, Sterling. "Tuning Your Own Energies," Thursday, and "Chakra Meditation," May 26. The program is taught by Bruce Winkle, a Reiki master, and several of his students. Free. Register. Call Karen Archer at 703-444-4460.

Blood Drives

BLOOD DRIVE, 7:30 a.m.-noon today, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 37700 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. Register. 540-338-6313; noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, Notre Dame Academy, 35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg. 703-777-7171; 1:30-6 p.m. Thursday, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 703-777-7171; 3:30-8 p.m. May 3, Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 540-338-3547; 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7, Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroad Dr., Ashburn. 703-777-7171.

Hearing

HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referral services. Walk-ins, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. third Thursdays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. For one-on-one appointments, 703-444-0101 or 703-430-2906 (TDD). For hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease support, 2 p.m. first Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For all ages, including parents of children with hearing loss. 703-444-0101. The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center provides helpful technology for hearing loss, TAP loans, referrals to other agencies and presentations to businesses, civic groups and schools, 2-5 p.m. third Thursdays, the Workplace, 205 Keith St., Warrenton. Free; call for appointment. 800-648-6324 or 540-373-5890 (TDD).

Mental Health

DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in Warrenton; 7:30-9 p.m. second Thursdays in The Plains. Free. For location, call 540-347-3792; depression and manic depression support group, 7-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in Reston. Free. 703-431-0045.

Miscellaneous

MARCH OF DIMES WALKAMERICA, next Sunday, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Registration 8 a.m., walk begins 9 a.m. Donations and sponsors. 703-824-0111, Ext. 2, or www.walkamerica.org. SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS, 1-5 p.m. May 2, Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Center of Northern Virginia and Inova Loudoun Hospital. Appointment only. Free. 703-858-8935.

YOGATHON, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. next Sunday, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE, Leesburg (Market Station). Call for times for different levels. Participants are encouraged to get sponsors. Benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Prizes. 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

Pregnancy And Parenting

1-2-3 MAGIC PARENTING, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Inova Loudoun Hospital 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. No childcare provided. $25, couple. Call Cindy O'Hara. 703-858-6360.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Birthing Inn, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Classes are facilitated by a lactation consultant. Registration is not required. Free. 703-858-6000 or www.thebirthinginn.org. BREAST-FEEDING MADE SIMPLE, noon-1:30 p.m. May 24, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Class is taught by two of Fauquier Hospital's obstetrical nurses who are lactation consultants. Register. $20, includes lunch. 540-349-0588.

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CLUB, 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. 703-715-6669.

MOTHERS FIRST, discussions, lectures, field trips, play groups and moms' night out. 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m. first and third Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. 703-827-5922 or www.mothersfirst.org.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, Ashburn, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village Blvd, child care provided, 703-723-9290; Bealeton, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd, improve parenting skills, make friends and discover hobbies and games, 540-439-0500 or www.libertyassembly.com; Leesburg, 9-11 a.m. first and third Fridays, Leesburg Baptist Church, 835 Lee Ave., crafts, speakers, discussion, child care provided, 703-669-9163; Leesburg, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Rd., discussions, crafts and child care for infants up to age 5, 703-858-1906. Another group meets at Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. 703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT, 10-11:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays, Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. 703-689-9240.

Support Groups

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Family Focus, 20-B John Marshall St., Warrenton. Confidential. Free. 540-349-4537.

GRIEF SUPPORT, sponsored by Hospice Support of Fauquier County, drop-ins welcome, individual counseling available, open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Hospice Support Office, 42 N. 5th St., Warrenton. 540-347-5922. Drop-in grief support, for individuals coping with the loss of a loved one, 1-2 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Capital Hospice, Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-7866. Grief and loss support, 7:30-9 p.m. third Wednesdays, Leesburg United Methodist Church parlor, 107 W. Market St.; 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-777-8766.

MEDITATION GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesdays, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. Support group for patients, families and friends touched by cancer. Learn about and practice the art of meditation. Free. 703-444-4460.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT, 2-4 p.m. last Sundays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-4256; fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Free. 540-937-3808.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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