Classes, Workshops and Seminars

MENTAL ILLNESS

The Laurie Mitchell Employment Center, 6295 Edsall Rd., Suite 175, Alexandria, sponsors classes for people with disabilities or mental illness:

{sstar}Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. An introductory computer class on the basics of Windows, e-mail, and the Internet. This class meets every Saturday.

{sstar}Aug. 7, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The first class on Microsoft Word in a series of eight to meet every Saturday. Participants should attend all eight classes.

Other computer classes and classes related to obtaining employment take placeMonday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more about all classes, call 703-461-3886 weekdays after 5 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Paul's Methodist Church, Heavener Hall, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. An exercise class, led by a licensed physical therapist, for people with Parkinson's disease. It meets every Friday. On the first Friday of every month, a support group for caregivers also meets during the exercise class. Use the Mitchell Street entrance for both. For more information, call 301-593-7476.

SENIORS

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

BEREAVEMENT

Aug. 4, 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 Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see www.havenofnova.org.

* Aug. 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. A group, sponsored by SIDS Mid-Atlantic and facilitated by a grief therapist, for families and caregivers who have experienced the death of a baby. To learn more, call 703-933-9100.

BRAIN TUMOR

Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ambulatory Care Building, George Washington University, 2121 I St. NW, Room 1-401. A group, sponsored by GWU, for brain tumor patients and their caregivers. To learn more, call 301-371-8660.

DIVORCE

New Beginnings Inc. has meetings in Maryland, Virginia and the District for people coping with separation and divorce. For locations and times, call 301-924-4101 or see www.newbeginningsusa.org.

EATING DISORDER

Aug. 4, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Weinschel Education Center, Rockville. A group, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 301-977-7782.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Aug. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Howard University Mental Health Center, 530 College St. NW. A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families and friends. Walk-ins welcome during that time on the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 6111 Columbia Way, Bowie. A group, sponsored by the Bowie/Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, for people with MS and their families and friends. A speech-language therapist will talk about swallowing and other speech-language difficulties associated with MS. The group meets the first Thursday of every month in Bowie. It meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month in Crofton. To learn more about both groups, call 410-793-3896.

SEXUAL ABUSE

Aug. 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. Columba's, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Room 220. A group, sponsored by SNAP (Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests and Other Clergy), for anyone who has been abused by a priest. To learn more, call 301-514-2902 or 301-607-4374.

SPINAL CORD INJURY

Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), 102 Irving St. NW, 2nd Floor Atrium. A group called Community Connections at NRH, sponsored by NRH, for people with spinal cord injury and their families and friends. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 202-877-1589.

SUICIDE

Aug. 3, 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 suicide. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see www.havenofnova.org.

WIDOW

Aug. 5, 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. This group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. There is also a Reston-based group and an evening group. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see www.havenofnova.org.

Special Events

ASTHMA

Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Potomac Center, 2296 Opitz Blvd., Suite 320, Potomac (next to Potomac Hospital). An Asthma Management Program, sponsored by Potomac Center, to include workshops for adults and children (six years old and up) on asthma management. To register or learn more, call 703-221-2500 or see www.potomachospital.com.

SINGLE PARENTS

Aug. 6, 8 p.m. to midnight, Dunn Loring Fire Hall, 2148 Gallows Rd., Vienna. A dance, sponsored by Parents Without Partners (PWP), for single parents. $10 for PWP members. $12 for non-PWP members. To learn more, call 202-438-6899 or see pwp715.org.

Lectures and Discussions

BREAST-FEEDING Aug. 4, 10 a.m. American Legion Post, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. A group, sponsored by La Leche League of Vienna, for anyone who is breast-feeding or pregnant. This month's topic: "Advantages of Breastfeeding." Children are welcome to attend. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-281-5801 or 703-716-4872 or e-mail abcgray@hotmail.com.

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 highly active anti-retroviral 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.

Calendar Guidelines

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