Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Feb. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. Philip's Catholic Church, Camp Alger Avenue at St. Philip Court, Falls Church. A group called "Coping," sponsored by Coping/Rebuilding of Northern Virginia, for men and women dealing with trauma from loss of a spouse due to separation, divorce or death. Six weekly sessions and a $3 offering per session is requested. To learn more and register, call 703-670-4845.


Feb. 25, 11 a.m. Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. An update on new medical trials for macular degeneration sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Area. To learn more, call 703-519-5911.


Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Metro Run & Walk, Teaching Annex, 7516 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A demonstration and instruction about how to personalize your stretching routine. People of all fitness levels are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 703-790-8452.

Support Groups


Feb. 24, 2 p.m. Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Concerned United Birth Parents, for adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents. To learn more, call 202-298-1011 or e-mail


Al-Anon and Alateen, 12-step programs for people whose lives are affected by drinking and drug use, have meetings throughout the Washington area. For meetings in Maryland and the District, call 202-882-1334. In Virginia, call 703-764-0476.


Feb. 23, 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. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.


Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A group for grandparents who have lost a grandchild. To learn more, call 703-941-7000.


Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. A group for brain injury survivors, their family members and friends sponsored by the Northern Virginia Brain injury Association. To learn more, call 703-569-1855.


Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Feb. 22, 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.


The House of Ruth Domestic Violence Support Center offers free psycho-educational group counseling for women who have experienced an abusive relationship. Groups meet on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To learn more, call 202-347-2777.


Feb. 24, 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. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.


Feb. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. A group for partners and caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis. To learn more and register, call 301-838-9555.

* Feb. 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. A support group for young adults with multiple sclerosis. To learn more, call 202-296-5363.


Feb. 19, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. A meeting for people who have lost a pet or are anticipating the loss of their pet. To learn more, call 703-830-1100.


Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tysons Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A group for people with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. To learn more, call 703-759-3544.

Lectures and Discussions



Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Fairfax High School, Multipurpose Lecture Room, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. A panel presentation, sponsored by CHADD of Northern Virginia, about medication for ADHD. To learn more, call 703-641-5451.


Feb. 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. NAMI Prince George's County Office, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton. An update of legislation impacting treatment services and funding for mental illness sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Prince George's County. To learn more, call 301-322-1900.

* Feb 18, 7:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A presentation, sponsored by NAMI of Northern Virginia, about the media and mental illness. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Feb. 25, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Greenbelt Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. A blood drive for all types of blood. To schedule an appointment, call 301-397-2212.

* 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.


Feb. 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Howard University Cancer Center, First Floor Clinic (behind Howard University Hospital), 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. Free prostate cancer screening for all men age 40 and older. No appointment necessary. To learn more, call 202-806-9259.

Special Events


The National Museum of Health and Medicine offers free calendars that include photos from the museum's anatomical, archival, historical, human developmental anatomy and neuroanatomical collections. To get one, call 202-782-2200 or write to NMHM-Calendar, 6825 16th St. NW, Building 54, Washington, DC 20306-6000.


Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. A heart health fair for women that includes health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness demonstrations and educational programs. To learn more, call 888-694-3278.


Feb. 22, 8:45 a.m. C & O Canal, Across from the Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur 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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