Classes, Workshops and Seminars

ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES

April 8, 11 a.m. Longbranch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. A program, sponsored by Adventist HealthCare, that includes basic information about treatment options for asthma and allergies. To learn more, call 301-431-5708.

DIABETES

April 3, 10 and 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A class, sponsored by the hospital, to help people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes learn to manage their condition. To learn more and register, call 301-754-7448.

MENTAL ILLNESS

April 6, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A 12-week program called "Family-to-Family," sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Montgomery County, to teach family members of people with mental illness how to support their ill relatives while maintaining their own well being. To learn more, register and for the Olney location, call 301-949-5852.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

April 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physicians Conference Center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. An education night, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, about the changing face of multiple sclerosis. To learn more, call 202-296-9891.

PILATES

April 1, noon and April 3, 7 p.m. Therapeutics, Third Floor, 1608 20th St. NW. A free introductory Pilates class. To learn more, call 202-299-1200.

THYROID CANCER

April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. A workshop, sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, about all phases of thyroid cancer care. To learn more, call 301-493-8810 or see www.thyca.org.

Support Groups

CAREGIVERS

April 5, 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, call 301-978-9855.

CELIAC DISEASE

April 5, 2 p.m. Davis Library, Downstairs Conference Room, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A meeting of the Washington Area Celiac Sprue Support Group for people with celiac disease. To learn more, call 301-881-4018.

CHRONIC PAIN

April 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A meeting, sponsored by Pain Connection for people suffering from chronic pain. This meeting's topic is "The Effects of Chronic Pain on Family Members." To learn more, call 301-309-2444.

DIVORCE

April 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. or April 5, 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.

FAMILY

April 6, 2:30 p.m. International Organizations Family Rights Group, Suite 2, 2812 Cathedral Ave. NW. A meeting to help former spouses of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Interamerican Development Bank to secure health insurance, pension rights and survivor benefits. To learn more, call 202-462-4204.

KLINEFELTER SYNDROME

April 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1132 North Ivanhoe St., Arlington. A group, sponsored by the American Association for Klinefelter Syndrome Information and Support (AAKSIS), for those with Klinefelter's syndrome. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 703-379-0495.

LYME DISEASE

April 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Rooms 1 an 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. An education, discussion and support group, sponsored by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association for patients with Lyme disease. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. To learn more, call 703-821-8833.

MENTAL ILLNESS

April 8, 7 p.m. NAMI Office, 10730 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. A group, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Montgomery County, for families of children with mental illnesses. To learn more, call 301-949-5852.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

April 6, noon to 3 p.m. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Meeting Room 8, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A group, 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

April 6, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Conference Rooms D, E and F, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A group, sponsored by the United Ostomy Association, for people who have had ostomy surgery. This meeting includes an overview of complementary and alternative medicine. To learn more, call 703-802-3457.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area offers support groups throughout the D.C. metropolitan area for Parkinson's patients, caregivers, family members and friends. To learn more, call 703-891-0821.

PET LOSS

April 2, 7:30 p.m. Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. A support group for pet owners who have lost their pet or are anticipating the death of their pet. To learn more, call 703-838-4774 ext. 0.

SPINAL CORD INJURY

April 2, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. National Rehabilitation Hospital, 2 West Atrium, 102 Irving St. NW. A meeting for people with spinal cord injury. This meeting includes a presentation about how service dogs can assist people with disabilities. To learn more, call 202-877-1589.

SUICIDE

April 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A six-week group for people who have had a loved one die by suicide. To learn more, call 703-941-7000.

Lectures and Discussions

CANCER FATIGUE

April 3, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington, John T. Hazel Conference Center, 1701 North George Mason Dr., Arlington. A lecture by a radiation oncology nurse, sponsored by the Cancer Center, about managing cancer-related fatigue. To register, call 703-558-0912.

EPILEPSY

April 2, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. A presentation for people with epilepsy, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation, about federal government employment for people with disabilities. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DONORS

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.

Special Events

MOVING MEDITATION

April, 11 a.m. to noon. Science for Health and Energy, 4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. A monthly moving meditation to help heal and open the heart. To learn more, call 202-369-4111.

PUBLIC HEALTH FAIR

April 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ellen Coolidge Burke Library, 4701 Kenmore Ave., Alexandria. A health fair focusing on the epidemic of obesity and overweight. To learn more, call 703-838-4400 ext. 258.

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