Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Aug. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Dr., auditorium, Cheverly. A seminar, sponsored by Prince George's Hospital Center and open to the public, on prevention and treatment of stroke. To register or learn more, call 301-618-3795.

Support Groups



Aug. 21, 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 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

* Aug. 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their family members and friends. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.


Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Russett Branch Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. A monthly group, sponsored by La Leche League of Laurel, for women breast-feeding or interested in breast-feeding. Children are welcome. To learn more, call 301-464-5046 or 410-674-8090.


Aug. 18, Noon to 1:30 p.m. American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730 (use the universal north entrance). A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. The D.C. group meets the third Wednesday of every month. This month's topic: "Personality Changes Due to Chronic Pain." To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable.


Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Saint Elizabeth's Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A meeting, sponsored by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington, for people divorced or separated. A representative from AAA will speak on "Auto Repair Care for the Single Person." This group meets the forth Sunday or every month. To learn more, call 301-767-6946.



Recovery Inc., offers weekly support group meeting for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fears and other mental, nervous and emotional problems. For locations and times, call 301-431-1818 or see


Aug. 18, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Room 100, Falls Church. A group, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region, for adults diagnosed with epilepsy or other seizure disorders and their caregivers. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.


Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Conference Rooms 1 and 2, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, for anyone with myasthenia gravis, a condition characterized by muscle dysfunction. Family and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 301-986-1020.


Aug. 18 , 7 p.m. Inova Rehabilitation Center, 8101 Hinson Farm Rd., Suite 108, Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Osteoporosis Support Group of the Mount Vernon area, for people with osteoporosis and their family and friends. The group meets every Wednesday. To register or learn more, call 703-664-7664.


Aug. 17, 2 p.m. Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation, for people with Parkinson's disease and their family and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-891-0821.


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

Lectures and Discussions


Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A lecture, sponsored by the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, on the topic: "The Power of a the Rainbow Diet," which will discuss the health benefits of eating foods of varying color. To learn more, call 301-681-1255.


Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Wasserman Conservatory, 6121 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A discussion on memory loss, sponsored by Suburban Hospital, to discuss the relationship between memory and aging and offer tips for remembering and maintaining mental acuity. To learn more, call 301-896-3939.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Aug. 21, Noon to 6 p.m. Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery, Center Court, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A skin cancer screening, sponsored by Georgetown University Hospital Department of Dermatology, open to the public. To register or learn more, call 202-444-1167.


Sept. 7 to 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A three-day training program in Gaithersburg, sponsored by Hospice Caring Inc., on how to be a volunteer caregiver for the terminally ill at Hospice Caring. To register or for location, call 301-869-4673.

Special Events


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

* 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.

* 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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