Classes, Workshops and Seminars


March 13, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Hospital Auditorium, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A free program, "Blood Counts: What They Mean and Their Implication for Treatment Decisions," sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To learn more, call 703-960-1100 ext. 231.


March 18, 10:30 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A seminar about understanding lab tests and what they mean. To learn more, call 301-681-1255.


March 12, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 2136-A Gallows Rd., Tysons Corner. A free seminar, "The Human Potential Program," sponsored by Pepper Wolf Chiropractic Wellness Center, on better understanding the mind-body connection. Registration is required. To learn more and register, call 703-204-2320.

Support Groups


March 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington-Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. A free one-day camp, sponsored by Comfort Zone Camp, for children who lost a parent or relative on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. To learn more and to register, call 866-488-5679 or see


March 11, 7:30 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physicians Auditorium and Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. An open discussion lead by a panel of prostate cancer survivors. To learn more, call 703-698-2841 or see

* March 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Inova Life With Cancer Building, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. A monthly patient-led support group for carcinoid cancer survivors, family and friends. To learn more, call 703-255-0519 or see

* March 17, noon, Reston Hospital Center campus, the Pavilion, Suite 307, 1850 Town Center Parkway, Reston. A support group for patients and families with cancer. To learn more, call 703-689-9240 ext. 2200 or see

* March 18, 7 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A support group for women who have breast cancer. To learn more, call 301-279-6604.


March 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. A support group for caregivers of people alzheimer's disease. To learn more, call 301-754-7152.

* March 15, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Education Conference Room 1, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A support group for caregivers of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis sponsored by the ALS Association. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.


March 16, 2 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A support group for people with chronic pain. To learn more, call 301-670-0134 or see


March 12, 7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. A support group, sponsored by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, for people with depression or bipolar disorder. To learn more, call 703-256-5338.


March 18, 6 p.m. A support group for friends and families of victims of drunk driving accidents. Participants must call for the Burke location. For more information, call 703-978-3025 or see


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


March 12, 7:30 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group for family members and friends of people with MS. To learn more, call 800-542-5096.


March 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital, Conference Room 1 and 2, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A group for people with myasthenia gravis. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 301-986-1020.


March 12, 10:30 a.m. Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Montgomery Village. A support group, sponsored by the Parkinsonian Society of Greater Washington, for people with Parkinson's disease. Exercise session included. To learn more, call 301-840-5973.


March 12, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd., NW. A program, "Fresh Start," for people who want to quit smoking. Registration is required. To register and learn more, call 202-537-4500.


March 12, 7 p.m. Shady Grove Nursing and Rehab Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A support group for family members and friends of people who have had strokes. To learn more, call 301-869-1580.

Lectures and Discussions


March 12, 7 p.m. Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, 3401 Woodburn Rd., Annandale. A free lecture, "Capitol Hill Update: Is Parkinson's on the Agenda?", sponsored by The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area. To learn more, call 703-891-0821.


March 13, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center, John T. Hazel Conference Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A free lecture, "Understanding and Coping With the Fear of Recurrence," sponsored by The Cancer Center, Virginia Hospital Center. Registration is required. To learn more, call 703-558-5555.

* March 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mary Washington Hospital, Auditorium 3, 1001 San Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg. A free presentation on colon cancer. A question and answer session will follow presentation. To learn more, call 540-741-1404.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


March 12, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, Ground-Level Auditoriums, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A blood drive for all types of blood. Must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. To make an appointment, call 301-754-7347.


March 12, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. Free blood pressure check for Vienna seniors. To learn more, call 703-255-6360 or e-mail


March 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Community Center, Severna Park Meeting Room, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. A free carpal tunnel screening sponsored by North Arundel Hospital and the Community Center in Severna Park. Registration is required. To learn more, call 410-787-4367.

Special Events


March 15, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. St. Luke's Catholic Church, School Gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike., McLean. A free weekly T'ai Chi practice is sponsored by the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Study Center Ltd. All are welcome. To learn more, call 703-759-9141 or see

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