Classes, Workshops and Seminars


March 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Dolley Madison Library, Conference Room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. A program for parents of children with cancer, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, about how to talk about cancer's impact. To learn more and register, call 703-960-1100 ext. 231.


March 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Parent Encouragement Program Inc., 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. A session for those having difficulty getting out of the house in the morning. $5 per person, $8 per couple, $1 per child, $10 per family. To learn more and register, call 301-929-8824.


March 11, 7 p.m. Eisenhower Middle School, 13725 Briarwood Dr., Laurel. A parent-and-family information night about eating disorders and teenage depression. To learn more, call 301-490-8847.


March 6, noon to 1:15 p.m. Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Room A-5, 901 G St. NW. An eight-session course in beginning sign language for hearing people. To learn more, call 202-727-2145.

Support Groups


Smart Recovery, a program that provides a cognitive, non-religious approach to overcoming substance abuse problems, has meetings throughout the area. To learn more and for meeting times and locations, call 703-486-0202 or see

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

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


March 4, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physicians Conference Center, Room 1-D, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A group for amputees. Family members and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 703-222-7120.



March 9, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Education Conference Center #5, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. An education and support group for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sponsored by the ALS Association. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.



March 10, 7:30 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. A group, sponsored by CHADD of Northern Virginia, for parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. To learn more, call 703-641-5451 or see


March 5, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. To learn more, call 703-941-7000.


March 6, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. A group for people with a brain injury, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association. To learn more, call 703-569-1855.


March 5, 10 a.m. St. Mark's Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd., Vienna. A group that offers support to breast-feeding women. To learn more, call 703-281-5801.


March 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A meeting, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people suffering chronic pain. To learn more, call 301-309-2444.


Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program for people experiencing emotional problems because of compulsive spending and debt, has meetings throughout the Washington area. To learn about times and locations, call 202-319-0229.


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


March 5, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Trailer A behind hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group for adults 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.


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


March 9, noon. Washington Adventist Hospital, Conference Center Building, Third Floor Auditorium, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. A group for people interested in ostomy surgery. To learn more, call 301-946-6661.


March 5, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Marshall Rd. Elementary School, Library, 730 Marshall Rd., Vienna. A meeting of Awake, a group for people with sleep disorders. To learn more, call 703-448-0344.


March 10, 7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8403 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. A meeting of the Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group for people troubled by persistent ringing, roaring or other noise in their ears. To learn more, call 703-610-1825.

Lectures and Discussions


March 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington, John T. Hazel Conference Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A discussion about the causes and treatment of lymphedema. To learn more and register, call 703-558-0911.


March 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble Book Store, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. A book discussion group for new or expectant mothers. Babies are welcome. To learn more, call 301-754-7163.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


March 11 to 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A three-day training, sponsored by Hospice Caring Inc. in Gaithersburg, for people interested in volunteering to work with people who are dying. To learn more and register, call 301-869-4673.

* Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers to provide patient care for the terminally ill in Prince George's County. To learn more and for a training schedule, call 301-499-4500.

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