Classes, Workshops and Seminars

MENTAL ILLNESS

July 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (and 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.) Laurie Mitchell Employment Center, 6295 Edsall Rd., Suite 175, Alexandria. An introductory computer training class for people with mental illness to learn the basics about using Microsoft Word and the Internet. The class meets every Saturday at the same times and also Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, call 703-461-3886 weekdays after 5 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More advanced classes are also available.

Support Groups

ALS (LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE)

July 8, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grace Baptist Church, 7210 Race Track Rd., Bowie. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for ALS patients and their families and friends. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

AMPUTEES

July 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Disability Resource Center, 409 Progress St., Fredericksburg. A group, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Amputee Support Team (FAAST), for amputees and their families and friends. The meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 540-439-3656.

BEREAVEMENT

July 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. North County Government Center, Reston District Police Station, 12000 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. A group, sponsored by the Compassionate Friends, for parents who have lost children. The group meets the second Saturday of the month. To learn more, call 703-525-9311.

DIVORCE

July 11, 7 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Church, 11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. A group, sponsored by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington, for people who have divorced or separated. The group meets the second Sunday of every month. This month's topic: An accountant will discuss "Budgeting for the New You." To learn more, call 301-540-4675.

EATING DISORDERS

July 7, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, for adults with anorexia and bulimia. During the same time slot in a different room, a group meets for family and friends of people with eating disorders. Both groups convene the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 301-977-7782.

EPILEPSY

July 9, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hunter Mill District Office, North County Government Center, Meeting Room, 12000 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. A group, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake region, for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and their caregivers. The group meets the second Friday of every month. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

FIBROMYALGIA/ARTHRITIS

July 8, 1 p.m. Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, for anyone with Fibromyalgia/Arthritis and their families and friends. The group meets the second Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-913-0890.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

July 12, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Prince George's County Library (New Carrollton branch), 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. The first meeting in a series of four, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for people diagnosed within the last two years with multiple sclerosis. Families are also welcome. Topics will include: symptom management, employment issues and community resources. The other three dates: July 19 and 26 and August 2. Participants are expected to attend all four meetings. Register by 5 p.m. July 12. To register or learn more, call 202-296-9891.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

July 8, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17. A group, sponsored by the hospital, for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.

SMOKING CESSATION

July 12, 7 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Dr., Room 115, Kensington. A 12-step program, sponsored by Nicotine Anonymous, for smokers wanting to break their addiction. To learn more, call 301-529-5547.

Lectures and Discussions

SENIORS

July 9, 11 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A discussion for enrichment purposes, sponsored by the center, about traveling in Algeria. It's open to senior citizens and their families and friends. Topics will include issues surrounding lifestyle there. To learn more, call 301-681-1255.

TEENS

July 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A discussion, sponsored by the JSSA, for 12- and 13-year-old girls to talk about school, family and peer issues. The group meets every Wednesday. To learn more, call 301-816-2633.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

HIV

A study, sponsored by the Immunology Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, for anyone 18 to 60 years old who has HIV and is no longer responsive to conventional antiviral therapy (HAART). Subjects must also have a CD4 count (which is measured in a blood test to evaluate the immune system) of at least 200. To learn more, call 202-687-8227.

SMOKING

Adult female cigarette smokers can participate in an ongoing 90-minute study of mood and coping at American University. Day, evening and weekend appointments are available. Compensation is provided. For sites and times, call 240-994-0268.

Special Events

HEALING FAIR

July 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. A fair to host a variety of workshops and interactive demonstrations about various healing methods such as (but not limited to): massage, healing touch and tai chi. Some cost about $10, and others have no charge. To register or learn more, call 703-281-1767.

WALKING

North Arundel Hospital sponsors year-round outdoor walking programs in which people of all ages are welcome to stroll or power walk. Mileage cards, supplied and totaled by the co-sponsors, are available when the walking begins at the following locations:

* The Pascal Pacers, co-sponsored by the Pascal Senior Center, walk in Severna Park on the BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) Trail which connects to the B&A (Baltimore and Annapolis) Trail. For times and meeting points, call 410-222-6680.

* The Tick Neck Travelers, co-sponsored by Pastore's Italian Deli, walk in the Tick Neck Park in Pasadena. For time and meeting points, call 410-787-4367.

* The Severna Park Trail Walkers, co-sponsored by the Community Center in Severna Park, walk on the B&A (Baltimore and Annapolis) Trail in Severna Park. To learn more, call 410-787-4367.

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