Herbal Therapy and Aromatherapy

Aug. 19, 1 to 2 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Seminar presented by a doctor from Montgomery General Hospital Community Health. Pre-register by Aug. 17 at 301-681-1255.

Y2K Readiness

Aug 18, 1 p.m. Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service, 2451 Good Hope Rd. SE. A speaker will address questions about how to prepare for the year 2000. Call 202-678-2800.

Older Drivers

Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. Driver improvement course for seniors sponsored by American Association of Retired Persons. Advance registration required. Fee $8. Call 703-255-6360.


Eating Disorders

Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Nursing Education Conference Room, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital for adults with anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders. Family and friends welcome. To register, call 301-754-7162.


Aug. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Auxiliary House, 5501 Southwick St., Bethesda. Twice-monthly group sponsored by Suburban Hospital Care Management for caregivers. Call 301-896-6500.


Aug. 20, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Unity Church, 111 Central Ave., Gaithersburg. Weekly meeting of Recovering Couples Anonymous, a 12-step group for couples desiring to remain in a loving, committed relationship. Call 202-298-0841, e-mail or visit their Web site at

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Aug. 18. Parents United of Montgomery County offers separate weekly support groups for adult survivors, adolescent survivors (ages 13-18) and others. For more information, call 301-854-2557.

Mental Health

Aug. 19, 8 to 9 p.m. University Park Church of Christ, Room S-11, 6420 Adelphi Rd., Adelphi. Weekly meeting of Emotions Anonymous for people with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, fear and/or any other mental or emotional condition. Call 301-504-4614.

* Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. St. John's Church, 3240 O St. NW. Sponsored by the Capital Area Depressive and Manic Depressive Association for people with manic-depressive illness or other forms of depression. For more information, call 703-978-3017, ext. #55, e-mail cadma or visit Web site

* Aug. 20. Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association sponsors two separate meetings: one for those with the illness and one for family members. For more information, call 301-983-9596.


Aug. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Arlington Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. Sponsored by the hospital for people with metastatic or recurrent breast cancer. Call 703-558-5555.

* Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center Lounge, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Monthly meeting sponsored by Us Too for prostate cancer survivors, the newly diagnosed, loved ones and caregivers. Call 703-768-6001.

* Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Physicians Dining Room, 2nd floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Monthly meeting of ThyCa, the Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association. Call 301-260-0975, e-mail washington or visit Web site

Myasthenia Gravis

Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to noon. Suburban Hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Sponsored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation for people with this neuromuscular disease. Call 301-986-1020.


Aug. 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Hill Run Dr., Temple Hills. Sponsored by Sarcoidosis Urgent Response Group and Edification (SURGE II) for people with this lung disease that affects other parts of the body. Call 301-630-5574.


Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. Howard County. Sponsored by Widows and Widowers, a monthly support group. For locations, call 410-730-0127.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. Fairfax Hospital, ECC Bldg., Room 5, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group. Call 301-292-4988.

Attention Deficit Disorders

Aug. 18, 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Sponsored by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders of Montgomery County for adults with ADD (parents' group will resume in September). Call 301-309-3161.


Aug. 15, 2 p.m. (Quilting Bee) and Aug. 17, 7 p.m. (Chapter Meeting). The NAMES Project Chapter of the National Capital Area Workshop & Education Center, 1613 K St., NW. Quilting and chapter meeting sponsored by the NAMES Project for anyone interested in making a quilt panel or participating in AIDS education and outreach programs. Call 202-296-2637 or visit their Web site at


Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Education Conference Center, Room 4, Falls Church. Sponsored by Herpes Help of Washington. Call 301-369-1323 or visit on the World Wide Web.


Aug. 18, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Haven office, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Call 703-941-7000.

Parkinson's Disease

Aug. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Hall Rd., Columbia. Sponsored by the Howard County Parkinson's Disease Chapter and Support Group for patients and caregivers. A speaker from Access Travel will discuss travel for the movement-impaired Parkinson's patient. Call 410-465-2825.



Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. North Arundel Hospital, 3rd Floor Conference Center, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Lecture by a rheumatologist on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. To make a reservation, call 410-787-4367.


Blood Drive

Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Arlington Red Cross Chapter House, 4333 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-3256.

Vision Screenings now through Aug. 30, Germantown Vision Care Center, 13010 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Comprehensive vision screenings for vision-related learning problems in 6- to 18-year-olds and free school supply kits. Call 301-515-8277.


Senior Health

Sept. 11, 10 a.m. Adult Health & Development Program, HHP Building, University of Maryland at College Park, Route 1, College Park. Orientation for a program pairing students with adults age 50 and older. Meetings will be held for nine consecutive Saturdays starting Sept. 11. Activities will include weight training, swimming, t'ai chi, dance, massage, table tennis and jogging/walking. Fee is $50, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Call 301-405-2489.

Science in the Cinema

Aug. 19, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Natcher Building, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center Dr., Bethesda. The film "Longtime Companion" will be followed by a a discussion of Kaposi's sarcoma led by Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Call 301-402-2827 or visit the Web site



For 24-hour Alcoholics Anonymous meeting information:

* In Northern Virginia, call 703-281-7501;

* In Maryland and Washington, call 202-966-9115.

SMART Recovery Inc. is a free alternative self-help program for alcohol and chemical dependence. For 24-hour information, call 703-486-0202.

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

For information and/or lists of meetings in Washington and suburban Maryland for families and friends of alcoholics call the Washington Metropolitan Area Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service at 202-882-1334. The Al-Anon Service Center of Northern Virginia has a volunteer on duty 24 hours a day to give information on help for spouses, relatives, and friends of problem drinkers. 703-764-0476.

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The article about communications disorders on the Calendar page in the Aug. 10 Health section was credited to the wrong writer. The article was written by Laurie Los.