Classes, Workshops and Seminars

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

July 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, Boyer Community Learning Center, 2nd floor, 18101 Prince Phillip Dr., Olney. A workshop titled "Keepsake: A Program on Memory Loss, Aging and Alzheimer's," sponsored by the hospital, for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caretakers. To register or learn more, call 301-774-8881. KNEE/HIP PAIN

July 22, 11 a.m. Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW, 3 NW Conference Room. 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 every month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To register or learn more, call 202-877-3627.

Support Groups

CHRONIC PAIN

Pain Connection sponsors monthly groups in the Washington area for people with chronic pain. Participants should bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make themselves comfortable. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org. Their next meetings:

{sstar}July 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m. American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730. (Use the universal north entrance). The District group meets the third Wednesday of every month. This month's topic: "Exploring the Emotional World of Chronic Pain."

{sstar}July 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 3701 Spruell Dr., Silver Spring. The first meeting of the Silver Spring group to discuss "Pain Management."

MENTAL ILLNESS

July 22, 7 p.m. A group, sponsored by NAMI-Arlington, for people who have a parent or sibling suffering from a serious mental illness like depression, schizophrenia, manic-depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. For location and to learn more, call 703-892-2197.

* July 27, 7:30 p.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 North Glebe Rd., Arlington. A group, sponsored by

NAMI-Arlington, for family members and friends of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-760-8988.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

July 23, 11 a.m. to noon, Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. A group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, for people with Parkinson's disease to discuss how it can affect someone psychologically and socially. The group meets every Friday. To register or learn more, call 202-966-4450.

SEXUAL ABUSE

July 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. A group, sponsored by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), for people abused by priests and anyone affected by the abuse. To learn more, call 301-460-5588.

SJOGREN'S SYNDROME

July 24, 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.

Lectures and Discussions

CESAREAN

July 21, 7 p.m. Tysons-Pimmit Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A group, sponsored by ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) of Northern Virginia for people who want to prevent having a cesarean or for those recovering. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-444-3093.

CHRONIC PAIN

July 22, 7 p.m. Sunrise Assisted Living at Mount Vernon, 8033 Holland Rd., Alexandria (on the grounds of INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital). A discussion, sponsored by Sunrise Assisted Living and led by a registered nurse at Capital Hospice, for people with chronic pain and their families and friends. Anyone interested in learning more about chronic pain is also welcome. To register or learn more, call 703-781-2622. Register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DRIVE

Inova Blood Donor Services is sponsoring blood drives listed below. To make an appointment or learn more, call 1-866-256-6372 or see www.inova.org/donateblood. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

{sstar}July 24, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starbucks, 6754 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

{sstar}July 25, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke.

{sstar}July 27, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 699 Prince St., Alexandria.

* July 26, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oxon Hill Fire Department, 7600 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. The Oxon Hill and Oxon Hill Friendly Lions Clubs are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross-run blood drive and collecting old eyeglasses and hearing aids. To make an appointment, call 301-839-2742 or 301-292-5880. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred.

* July 26, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Takoma Park Municipal Building (use the rear door), 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. The Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department and the Takoma Park Lions Club are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross-run blood drive. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred. To learn more, call 301-598-7736. Spanish speakers should call 301-270-8209.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE

Montgomery County's Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program is recruiting volunteers for its 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services available to victims of rape and sexual assault. Eligible volunteers must be 21 or older, able to commit 12 hours every week for one year, live in Montgomery County and have immediate access to transportation. Volunteer training will take place in early September. To learn more, call 240-777-1355.

Special Events

CHILD SAFETY

July 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. True Apostolic Church, 4525 Addison Rd., Capital Heights (Eastern Ave. parking lot). A fair on child safety, sponsored by True Apostolic Church and open to the public, for children of any age and their parents to learn about safety for children at home, school or play. Information will be available at booths hosted by groups like the Prince George's County Fire and Police Departments, the PG County Hospital, the PG County Safe Kids program, and the PG County Health Department. To learn more, call 240-274-5564.

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