Classes, Workshops and Seminars

ADDICTIONS

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 (a program for anyone wanting to understand how 12-step programs work). For meeting times, call 410-884-6088 or see www.serenitycenter.homestead.com.

CONGENITAL HEART FAILURE

June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, Boyer Community Learning Center (2nd floor), 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Montgomery General Hospital sponsors a workshop featuring a

pediatric cardiac surgeon discussing prevention and treatment options for congenital heart failure in newborns and low birth weight patients. To register or learn more, call 301-774-8881.

NURSING

June 22, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. A seminar, sponsored by the advocacy organization TLC 4 Long Term Care and presented by the Northern Virginia Ombudsman Program, to discuss staffing concerns in nursing facilities. To learn more, call 703-451-8631.

SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE

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.

YOGA

Every Thursday from June 17 through July 15, the meditation nonprofit Vishwa Nirmala Dharma is sponsoring sahaja yoga, which is a form of meditation. Workshops, open to all ages and ability levels, meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. To learn more, call 301-630-7669 or see www.sahajayoga.org. Participants can attend one or more workshops.

Support Groups

ALCOHOLICS

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. For times and locations, call 202-882-1334.

ALS (LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE)

June 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Messiah Lutheran Church, 6510 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY

DISORDER

June 15, 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Lower Level, 124 Park St. NE, Vienna . A monthly group, that alternates between Bethesda and Vienna, sponsored by the Metro Washington Borderline Personality Disorder Education and Support Group, for people with borderline personality disorder and their families. Mental health professionals are also welcome. This month's topic: "Developing a Consumer Support Group." To learn more, call 301-469-6101.

BEREAVEMENT

June 16, 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 people grieving a death. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. People can attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see www.havenofnova.org.

* June 17, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A group, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone grieving the loss of a spouse. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. People can attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see www.havenofnova.org.

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

CHRONIC PAIN

June 16, Noon to 1:30 p.m. American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. This month's topic: "Exploring the Healing Connection." To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

DIABETES

June 15, 7 p.m. Doctors Community Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Building, 5th floor classroom, 8118 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. A group, sponsored by Doctors Community Hospital, for anyone with diabetes. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month. This month's topic: "Advance Directives or Planning for Your Care." To register or learn more, call 301-552-5134.

HERPES

June 22, 8 p.m. National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Clinical Center, Conference Room 11-S-235, corner of South Drive and Memorial Drive, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Herpes Help of Washington, for people with herpes to discuss how to deal with herpes in dating relationships. To learn more, call 301-369-1323 or see www.herpeshelpofwashington.org.

LUNG DISEASE

June 17, 11 a.m. Montgomery Therapy, 15200 Shady Grove Rd., Suite 204, Rockville. A group, sponsored by the Better Breathers Club, for adults with lung diseases such as emphysema and asthma. The group meets the third Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 301-417-2652.

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS

June 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., conference rooms 1 and 2, Bethesda. A group for people with myasthenia gravis and their families and friends. The group meets the third Saturday of each month. To learn more, call 301-986-1020 or 301-986-0299.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

June 17, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, Room 5J17, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital, for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

June 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Cancer Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. A group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, for anyone with Parkinson's disease and their families and friends. The group meets the third Monday of each month. To learn more, call 703-891-0821.

PRISONERS/INMATES

June 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. OAR of Fairfax County, 10640 Page Ave., #250, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) of Fairfax County for family members and friends of people in jail. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 703-246-3033.

SARCOIDOSIS

June 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. A group for people with sarcoidosis, sponsored by the Darlene Campbell Jones Support Group, meets the third Wednesday of each month. To learn more, call 202-882-0968.

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