Classes, Workshops and Seminars

CANCER

Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Washington Hospital Center, Washington Cancer Institute, 110 Irving St. NW. A bilingual (Spanish/English) program conducted by cosmetologists who teach female cancer patients hair and makeup techniques to deal with the effects of cancer treatment. To learn more and register, call 202-877-2273.

COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS

Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Hospice of Prince George's County, Suite 100, 11700 Beltsville Rd., Beltsville. A workshop about coping with the holidays for people who have lost a loved one. To learn more and register, call 800-255-3042.

FITNESS

Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Vienna. A fitness information night, sponsored by the center, where personal trainers will answer questions related to diet, exercise programs, supplements and lifestyle changes. To learn more, call 703-255-6360.

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

Dec. 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. A seminar, sponsored by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, about the consumers perspective on long-term care insurance. To learn more, call 301-590-2819.

Support Groups

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Narcotics Anonymous, a 12-step program for people who have a problem with drugs or think they do, has meetings throughout the Washington area. To learn more and locate a meeting near you, call 800-543-4670.

BREASTFEEDING

Dec. 4, 10 a.m. St. Mark's Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd., Vienna. A group, sponsored by La Leche League, for pregnant and nursing women. To learn more, call 703-281-5801.

CANCER

Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. A weekly patient-led group, sponsored by the hospital, for people with all types of cancers, their family members and friends. To learn more, call 202-537-4923 or e-mail ODAAT@usermail.com.

CAREGIVERS

Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for caregivers of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To learn more and register, call 301-978-9855.

CHRONIC PAIN

Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. To learn more, call 301-309-2444.

DEPRESSION /BIPOLAR DISORDER

Dec. 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1516 Moorings Dr., Reston. A meeting, sponsored by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, for people with depression and bipolar disorder. To learn more, call 703-433-1448.

DIVORCE

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., or Dec. 7, 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.

EATING DISORDERS

Dec. 4, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, behind the hospital in Trailer A, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group for adults struggling with anorexia or bulimia. A group for family members and friends of people with eating disorders meets at the same time in Trailer B. To learn more, call 301-977-7782.

EPILEPSY

Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A group for parents of children with epilepsy sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

FAMILY

Dec. 3, 7:45 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Parish Center, 11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. A group for family members of prisoners/inmates. To learn more, call 301-869-6634.

LESBIAN AND GAY

Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd., Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the Washington chapter of PFLAG, for parents, family members and friends of lesbians and gays. To learn more, call 202-638-3852.

LUPUS

The Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington has support groups throughout the Washington area for people with lupus. For days and times, call 703-644-0058.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie. A meeting of the Bowie/Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for people with multiple sclerosis. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

Dec. 8, noon to 3 p.m. Tysons Pimmit Regional Library, Meeting Room 8, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A meeting, sponsored by the International Association of Near-Death Studies Northern Virginia Chapter, for people who have had or are interested in near-death experiences. To learn more, call 703-645-0211.

OSTOMY

Dec. 8, noon. Washington Adventist Hospital, Conference Center Building, Third Floor Auditorium, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. A meeting, sponsored by the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association, for anyone interested in ostomy surgery. To learn more, call 301-946-6661.

POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Dec. 7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Library, Ground Floor, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. A group, sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the PKD Foundation for people with polycystic kidney disease. To learn more, call 202-324-3356.

Lectures and Discussions

CANCER

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Auditorium, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A presentations for cancer patients, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, about what blood counts mean and their implications for treatment decisions. To learn more and register, call 703-960-1100 ext. 231.

Dec. 10, 7 p.m. 8 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington, John T. Hazel Conference Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A lecture about cancer pain management. To register, call 703-558-0917.

LYMPHEDEMA

Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon. National Naval Medical Center, Building 10, Second Floor Amphitheater, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. A lecture, sponsored by Y-ME of the National Capital Area Breast Cancer Organization, about the latest research on lymphedema. To learn more, call 703-461-9595.

MEDICARE

Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. A program, sponsored by the Caregiver Resource Center, about Medicare changes. To learn more, call 301-754-7152.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DRIVE

Dec. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Ground Level Auditoriums, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A blood drive for donors with all types of blood. To schedule and appointment, call 301-754-7347.

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