Classes, Workshops and Seminars

BACK PAIN

Jan. 22, 6 p.m. ProHealth Chiropractic Wellness Center, 2778 Washington Blvd. Arlington. A workshop about trigger point therapy where participants will learn how to use gentle finger pressure to relieve muscle tightness. Because this is an interactive workshop, participation is limited to those who attend with a partner. To learn more, call 703-522-7788.

HAND AND WRIST PROBLEMS

Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon. The Spine and Joint Center, Suite 101, 14999 Health Center Dr., Bowie. A class, called, "Help for Hurting Hands and Wrists," about common hand and wrist disorders such as carpel tunnel, arthritis and tendinitis and what to do about them. To learn more and register, call 301-860-1900.

PRENATAL COUNSELING

Jan. 22, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Takoma Women's Health Center, 7005 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. A class, sponsored by the center, that offers information about nutrition, healthy lifestyles and prenatal guidelines for expectant mothers and women trying to conceive. To learn more and register, call 301-270-8880.

FIBROIDS

Jan. 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Washington Hospital Center, 100 Irving St. NW. An educational seminar about symptoms and treatments of uterine fibroids. To learn more and register, call 202-877-3627.

SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS

The Adult Health and Development Program at the University of Maryland is seeking adults over 50 to participate in a nine-week program to improve health and fitness. Participants are paired with trained students and they meet on Saturday mornings to engage in physical and social activities. Call now to register for the orientation that meets on Feb.8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. University of Maryland College Park, Health and Human Performance Building, Room 1312. To learn more, call 301-405-2463.

Support Groups

AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS

Jan. 26, 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 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

AUTISM

Jan. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pennino Building, Room 206-A, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Autism Society of America, for family members and friends of people with autism spectrum disorder as well as anyone interested in learning more about autism. This meeting will include a presentation about setting up special needs trusts. To learn more, call 703-495-8444.

DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR DISORDER

Jan. 22, 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 or bipolar disorder. To learn more and for directions, call 703-256-5338.

EPILEPSY

Jan. 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Braddock Supervisor's Office, Conference Room, 9002 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. A group for parents of children with epilepsy sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

LOW VISION

Jan. 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A support group for people who have low vision and are employed or seeking employment. To learn more, call 301-299-7077.

MENTAL HEALTH

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 www.recovery-inc.org.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Jan. 27, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. A group, sponsored by the Montgomery Multiple Sclerosis Center, for children in grades 9 to 12 who have a family member with multiple sclerosis. To learn more, call 301-838-9555.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

Jan. 25, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, APL Drive, Main Cafeteria, 11100 Johns Hopkins Dr., Columbia. A group, sponsored by the International Association of Near-Death Studies Maryland Chapter, for people who have had or are interested in near-death experiences. To learn more, call 410-531-3330.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Montgomery Village. An exercise and support group for people with Parkinson's disease, sponsored by the Parkinsonian Society of Greater Washington. To learn more, call 301-840-5973.

TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Auditorium 1, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A group for people with trigeminal neuralgia. This meeting includes a presentation on medical and surgical options for trigeminal neuralgia. To learn more and register, call 301-983-1167.

Lectures and Discussions

MENTAL ILLNESS

Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A panel discussion, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Northern Virginia, about community educational and training services available for the mentally ill. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

MYELOMA

Jan. 23, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A program, sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, about emerging medical treatments for myeloma. To learn more and register, call 703-960-1100 ext. 231.

STEM CELL AND BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION

Jan. 22, 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center, Room 1-E, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. A presentation, sponsored by the center, about new developments in stem cell and bone marrow transplantation. To learn more and register, call 703-698-2841 or see www.lifewithcancer.org.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DRIVE

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

* Jan. 27, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Takoma Park Municipal Building, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. A blood drive sponsored by the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department and the Takoma Park Lions Club. Both walk-ins and scheduled appointments are welcome. To learn more, English speakers can call 301-598-7736 and Spanish speakers can call 301-270-8209.

CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT

Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. Pasadena Senior Center, Lake Shore Plaza, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. An assessment for seniors, sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, to evaluate risk factors for cancer. To learn more, call 410-222-0030.

VOLUNTEERS

Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albermarle St. NW. An orientation session, sponsored by IONA Senior Services, where those interested in volunteering can learn about opportunities to help seniors remain independent. To learn more, call 202-895-9425.

Special Events

TAI CHI

Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. St. Luke's Catholic School, Gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean. A free weekly T'ai Chi practice session. Beginners are welcome. To learn more, call 703-759-9141 or see www.taichicenter.com.

WALKING GROUP

Jan. 25, 8:45 a.m. C&O Canal, across from Old Angler's Inn, 10801 McArthur Blvd., Potomac. A walk along the C&O Canal sponsored by the Fifty Plus Fitness Association. To learn more, call 301-570-3263.

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