Classes, Workshops and Seminars


May 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Dr., Cheverly. A seminar, sponsored by Prince George's Hospital Center, for anyone interested in the topic: "Keys to Better Living With Arthritis." To register or learn more, call 301-618-3795.


May 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., New Carrollton. A seminar, sponsored by NAMI Prince George's County, for elderly caregivers to discuss planning wills and trusts to secure the livelihood of mentally ill relatives. To register or learn more, call 410-467-7100. $10.


May 25, 11 a.m. Washington Hospital Center, 3 NW Conference Room, 110 Irving St. NW. A seminar, sponsored by Washington Hospital Center, to discuss the causes of knee and hip pain and the latest treatment options. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To register or learn more, call 202-877-3627.


The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program provides programs and individual counseling for seniors living in Montgomery County who have questions about health insurance. To learn more, call 301-590-2819.

Support Groups


The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Rd., Columbia, hosts the following groups: Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics), Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex and Love Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous and 12-Steps for Everyone Program (for anyone wanting to understand how 12-step programs work). For meeting times, call 410-884-6088 or see


CHADD (Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities) of Montgomery County is sponsoring the following two groups. To learn more about either group, call 240-777-3152 or see

* May 19, 7:30 p.m. Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. A panel discussion on education advocacy open to the public.

* May 25, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. A group for women with ADHD to discuss the ADHD-related challenges particular to women.


Al-Anon offers daily groups in the Washington area for families and friends of alcoholics who have felt helpless or lonely due to another's alcoholism. There is also a group for teens-only. For times and locations, call 202-882-1334.


Recovery Inc. offers weekly groups for people with anxiety, fear, depression, panic or other mental, nervous and emotional problems. For times and locations in the Washington area, call 301-431-1818.


Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors 10 groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone interested in topics concerning widows/widowers; miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; general bereavement; or losing a significant other under the age of 50. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

* May 19, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A group, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone grieving a death. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see


The Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association sponsors groups for anyone who has had a brain injury and their family and friends at the following locations and times:

* May 18, 7 p.m. The Inova Rehabilitation Center, 2280 Opitz Blvd., Suite #120, Woodbridge. The Woodbridge Brain Injury/Stroke support group meets the third Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-580-5160.

* May 20, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Career Room, Falls Church. The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month. Participants may attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-569-1855 or see

* May 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Independence Center, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-933-1896 or e-mail


May 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. A group, co-sponsored by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) of Montgomery County and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), for survivors of clergy abuse and anyone affected by the abuse. Family and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 301-460-5588.


May 18, 7 p.m. Doctors Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. A group, sponsored by Doctors Community Hospital, for anyone with diabetes and their family and friends to discuss the topic: "Answers about Nerve Damage." The group meets the third Tuesday of every month. To register or learn more, call 301-552-5134.


May 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW (across from American University). A discussion, sponsored by the Iona Senior Services Citizens Advisory Council, for anyone interested in the topic "New Medicare Prescription Drug Act." To register or learn more, call 202-966-1055.


Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Washington Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC) provides walk-in counsel to individuals and families struggling with mental health issues. To learn more, call 202-546-0646 or drop by 422 8th SE, 2nd Floor (near Eastern Market Metro).


May 20, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physicians Conference Center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A discussion, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for anyone interested in the topic: "Managing Your MS Symptoms: A Focus on Cognition" led by the director of neuropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington. To learn more, call 202-296-9891.


May 22, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the Washington DC-Area Neuropathy Support Group, for persons suffering from all forms of peripheral neuropathy. Families and friends are also welcome. To learn more, call 301-897-8268.


May 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Great Falls Community Library, 9830-A Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. A group, sponsored by the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, for anyone with sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can causes dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. To learn more, call 703-759-3544 or 703-675-3955.

Lectures and Discussions


May 24, 6 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A lecture, sponsored by NAMI-Northern Virginia, led by the inspector general of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and open to the public. It's part of NAMI-Northern Virginia's annual meeting. A buffet dinner will be served and a board of directors will be elected. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

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