Classes, Workshops and Seminars

CANCER

Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fair Oaks Medical Plaza, 3700 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. A program, sponsored by Life With Cancer, about the role of hormones, soy and genetics in breast cancer treatment. Participants must register before Oct. 28. To learn more and register, call 703-698-2841 or see www.lifewithcancer.org.

* Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ivymont School, 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville. A program for parents of children with cancer, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Washington area hospitals, about strategies to help children in the classroom. To learn more, call 703-960-1100 ext. 231.

CAREGIVERS

Oct. 26, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Geriatric and Alzheimer's Medically Supervised Day Treatment Program, 2B, 4, D.C. Village Lane SW. A workshop for family members and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease, sponsored by the Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service, to learn more about caring for people with the disease. To learn more and register, call 202-678-2800.

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Cooperative Extension Services Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. A seminar about long-term care insurance including a discussion about the federal long-term care program, sponsored by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. To learn more, call 301-590-2819.

SCLERODERMA

Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. A presentation by a gastroenterologist, sponsored by the D.C. Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, about the effects of scleroderma on the gastrointestinal tract. To learn more, call 703-938-2191.

Support Groups

AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS

Oct. 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. An education and support group for ALS patients, their family members and friends sponsored by the ALS Association. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

AUTISM

Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fairfax Government Center, Pennino Building, Room 206-B (take stairs in lobby), 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. A group for family members and friends of people with autism spectrum disorder sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Autism Society of America. This meeting includes a presentation on the developmental disability waiver and the new programs through ARC.To learn more, call 703-495-8444.

BREASTFEEDING

Oct. 28, 10:15 a.m. Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. A group to provide mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding women. To learn more, call 301-570-9156.

DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR DISORDER

Oct. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A group, sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for people with depression and bipolar disorder. To learn more, call 703-354-5104.

* Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. A group, sponsored by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA), for people with depression and bipolar disorder. To learn more, call 703-256-5338.

DIVORCE

Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Divorce Recovery Inc. 4801 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A group for people undergoing separation or divorce. To learn more, call 202-966-3745.

LOW VISION

Oct. 22, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A group for people with low vision who are employed or seeking employment. This meeting includes a presentation on guide dogs. To learn more, call 301-299-7077.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

Oct. 26, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, APL Drive, Main Cafeteria, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Columbia. A group, sponsored by the International Association of Near-Death Studies, for people who have had or interested in near-death experiences. To learn more, call 410-531-3330.

SMOKING CESSATION

Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 West University Blvd., Silver Spring. A meeting of Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step program for people who want to quit smoking. To learn more, call 301-871-9682.

SPASMODIC TORTICOLLIS

Oct. 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A group for people diagnosed with spasmodic torticollis. Caregivers are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 703-533-8698.

Lectures and Discussions

MEDICARE

Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Department of Human Services, Room 7-B, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. An information session for Arlington seniors or those who assist seniors, sponsored by the Arlington Agency on Aging, about updates in Medicare. To learn more and register, call 703-228-1700.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike (two blocks east of Seven Corners Shopping Center), Falls Church. A presentation by a lawyer who specializes in mental health civil and criminal legal issues sponsored by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Northern Virginia. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DRIVE

Oct. 29, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shaare Tefila Congregation, 11120 Lockwood Dr., White Oak. A blood drive, sponsored by the Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge and the American Red Cross. To learn more, call 301-593-3191.

Special Events

FLU SHOTS

Oct. 25, 7 a.m. Outside the Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue/Orange Line), 23rd Street at I Street. NW. Free flu shots while supply lasts. The event is sponsored by the George Washington University Hospital. To learn more, call 202-994-8110.

HEALTH FAIR

Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Institutes of Health, Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, 45 Center Dr., Bethesda. A community health forum for NIH to share health resources with its neighbors. Event includes information, lectures, workshops, screenings and children's events. To learn more, call 301-650-8660.

* Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vienna Adventist Academy, Gymnasium, 340 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. A health fair that includes free flu shots, spinal evaluations, cholesterol and glucose screenings, HIV testing and blood pressure checks. To learn more, call 703-938-8383.

WALKING GROUPS

Oct. 23, 25 and 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Iverson Mall, 3737 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights. A structured, nurse-monitored walking program that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The program is sponsored by Greater Southeast Hospital. Register at the mall's customer service area. To learn more, call 301-423-7400.

* Oct. 26, 7 a.m. Waterside Mall, 4th Street and I Street SW. Meet in public parking area behind the mall. J.J.'s Health Community Run/Walk Club sponsors a 4-mile run/walk every Saturday morning. To learn more, call 202-484-1700 or see www.jackfitness.com.

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Laurel Theater Cafe, "Joke's On Us" Comedy Club, 312 Main St., Laurel. A day of wellness for women, sponsored by the Women's Health Resource Center, that includes presentations about HRT, skin care, bone health and fitness and weight management. Seated massages available. To learn more and register, call 888-826-6888.

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