Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, South Tower, Mall Level, 1120 20th St. NW. A workshop, sponsored by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, for caregivers, family members and friends of people with vision loss. To learn more and register, call 240-737-5170.

* Nov. 21, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. A program for family caregivers about acting in time to heart attack signs. To learn more and register, call 301-754-7152.


Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Georgetown University Hospital, Gorman Auditorium, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. A program, sponsored by the hospital's Diabetes Research and Education Program, about new treatments for type 2 diabetes, intensive insulin therapy and a demonstration of the Glucowatch. To learn more and register, call 202-342-2400.

* Nov. 20, noon to 1 p.m. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda. A presentation, sponsored by Suburban Hospital, about lifestyle management and diabetes called "Beating Diabetes Burnout." To register, call 301-896-3939.


Nov. 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. NAMI of Prince George's County, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton. A workshop, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Prince George's County, about the impact of the holidays on people with mental illness. To learn more, call 301-577-6026.

* Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A program, sponsored by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Northern Virginia, about a training program designed to help the mentally ill to get jobs. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.


Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Room REM 1, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. A support and education program, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Washington area MPD Support Group, about living with myeloproliferative disorders (rare blood disorders). Patients and their family members are welcome to attend. To learn more and register, call 703-960-1100 ext. 248.


Nov. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sport and Spine Rehab, 827-F Rockville Pike, Rockville, or McLean Medical Building, Suite G12, 1515 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. A program about preventing injuries and proper stretching for runners and walkers. To learn more and register, call 301-346-5596.

Support Groups


Nov. 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. An education and support group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for ALS patients, their family members and friends. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.


Nov. 25, 10:15 a.m. Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. A group, sponsored by La Leche League, that provides mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding women. To learn more, call 301-570-9156.


Nov. 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. A group, sponsored by the center, about how to cope with holidays after the death of a loved one. To learn more and register, call 703-698-2841 or see


New Beginnings Inc. has meetings in Maryland, Virginia and the District for people coping with separation and divorce. For locations and times, call 301-924-4101.


Nov. 20, 5 p.m. Calvary United Methodist Church, Room 119, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, or Nov. 23, 9:15 a.m. Kelly's Wellness Center, 401 Headquarters Dr., Millersville. A meeting of Grey Sheeters Anonymous, a 12-step program for men and women struggling with weight and food issues. To learn more, call 301-405-6424.


Nov. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Conference Rooms D, E and F, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A support group for people with hepatitis C. To learn more, call 202-822-5500.


Nov. 26, 8 p.m. National Institutes of Health, Building 10 Clinical Center, Conference Room 11-S-235, South Drive and Memorial Drive, Bethesda. A group for people with herpes sponsored by Herpes Help of Washington. To learn more, call 301-369-1323 or see


Nov. 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A group for people dealing with vision loss. To learn more, call 301-299-7077.


Recovery Inc. offers free support group meetings in the Washington area for people struggling with anxiety, fear, depression, panic, anger and other mental, nervous and emotional problems. For times and locations, call 301-431-1818 or see the Web site


Nov. 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Endependence Center of Northern Virginia, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. A group, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society, for adults under age 35 who are living with multiple sclerosis. To learn more, call 202-296-5363.


Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Ave., Alexandria. A weekly group, sponsored by Toughlove International, for parents dealing with problems with their children of all ages. To learn more, call 703-922-9722.

* Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 209, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A meeting of Because I Love You (BILY) for parents of adolescent and adult children presenting challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. $1 donation requested. To learn more, call 301-530-3597.

Lectures and Discussions


Nov. 25, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. A presentation, sponsored by Life With Cancer, about the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung cancer. To learn more and register, call 703-698-2841 or see

* Nov. 21, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center Arlington, John T. Hazel Conference Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A program, sponsored by the hospital's complementary lecture series, about energy healing. To learn more and register, call 703-558-0902.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Inova Blood Donor Services needs donors of all types of blood. Call 866-256-6372 to schedule an appointment to donate or see for more information.

Special Events


Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. An orientation for Parents Without Partners, a group that offers social, educational and sports activities to single parents and their children. To learn more, call 301-879-5015.

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