Classes, Workshops and Seminars


May 25, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, Boyer Community Learning Center, 2nd floor, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. A workshop, sponsored by Montgomery General Hospital, for anyone interested in some of the common causes and treatment options for sleep disorders. To register or learn more, call 301-774-8881. Light refreshments will be served.

Support Groups


A 12-step program for anyone who wants help eliminating excessive clutter meets twice a week: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schafer Hall, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW; and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unity Club, 116-B West Broad St., Falls Church. Participants can attend one or both meetings. To learn more, call 301-897-8849. DRUNK DRIVING VICTIMS

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for people injured in drunk-driving accidents. For times and locations, call 703-978-3025.


May 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. A group, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region, for anyone with epilepsy. This session will discuss managing seizures with surgery. People who have had surgery to correct seizures will be available to answer questions. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.


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


May 27, 6:30 p.m. Reston Hospital Medical Plaza, 1800 Town Center Drive, Suite 117, Reston. A group, sponsored by Reston Hospital Medical Plaza, for anyone with lupus and their family and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-689-9240.


May 27, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 205, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by "Because I Love You" (B.I.L.Y), for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging or destructive behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597. $1 donation.


May 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 5th Floor, Room 5J17, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital Transplant Center, for pre- and post-transplant patients, their families and significant others. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


May 31, 7 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Dr., Room 115, Kensington. (Enter side door.) A group, sponsored by Nicotine Anonymous, is a 12-step program to help smokers break their addiction to nicotine. It meets every Monday. To learn more, call 301-529-5547.


Smart Recovery provides a secular approach to overcoming substance abuse. Smart has several meeting times and locations in the Washington area. To learn more, call 703-486-0202 or see

* Weekly groups, sponsored by the Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County, for anyone newly widowed within the last two years meet at locations throughout Montgomery County. To register or learn more about any group, call 301-949-7398.

Lectures and Discussions


May 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. University of Maryland Shady Grove Campus, Building 1, Room 1, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. A discussion, led by a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor and sponsored by the Pediatric Adolescent Gastro Esophageal Reflux Association, for parents of children with pediatric GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and related disorders. Health care professionals interested in the topic: "Advanced Topics in Pediatric GERD Beyond Basic Nutrition" are also welcome to attend. To register or learn more, call 301-601-9541 or see

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


May 25, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Women's Center of Vienna, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. A screening, sponsored by the Women's Center of Vienna, for anyone with symptoms of anxiety or depression. To learn more, call 703-281-2657.


An adult asthma clinic at Howard University hospital for anyone without health insurance. Howard sponsors doctors' visits, medicine and counseling. To learn more, call 202-865-3471.

Special Events


May 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. A fair, co-sponsored by Reston Community Center, Reston Hospital and Reston Association, for seniors and their caregivers interested in resources for seniors that range from housing options to leisure activities. More than 40 local vendors who provide senior services and leisure/health activities will be available. Reston Hospital will conduct healthy cooking demonstrations and cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. Donate blood at the Red Cross blood mobile from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for the blood drive, call 1-800-GIVELIFE. To learn more about the fair, call 703-476-4500.


May 29, 8:45 a.m. Across from the Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd. A monthly group, sponsored by Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness, walks along the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Potomac. To learn more, call 240-632-8355 or see

* Indoor walking programs in which people of all ages are welcome to stroll or power walk take place year-round in North Arundel County. Mileage cards, supplied and totaled annually by North Arundel Hospital, are available when the walking begins at the following times and locations:

{sstar}The O'Malley Marchers, co-sponsored by the O'Malley Senior Center and the Wheels Skating Center, walk inside Wheels Skating Center, 1200 Odenton Rd., Odenton from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To learn more, call 410-222-6227.

{sstar} The Arundel Mills Milers, co-sponsored by Arundel Mills Mall, walk inside the mall, located at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. To register or learn more call, 443-755-8773.

{sstar}The Marley Milers, co-sponsored by Harbor Hospital and the Marley Station Mall, walk inside the mall five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. To learn more, call 410-766-2033 or 410-760-8900.

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