Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Exercise classes for people with Parkinson's disease, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, meet weekday mornings at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Family is also welcome. For class schedule and more information, call 703-503-8703.

Support Groups


The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Rd., Columbia, hosts groups including: 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 (for anyone wanting to understand how such a program works). An Alcoholics Anonymous group is also available for Spanish speakers. For meeting times or to learn about other groups, call 410-884-6088 or see


Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors 10 groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone interested in topics concerning widows/widowers; miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; general bereavement; or the death of a significant other under the age of 50. There is also an evening "Good Grief Club" for high school-aged kids who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

* Sept. 2, 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 family and caregivers who have experienced the death of a baby. The group meets the first Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-933-9100.


Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. A beginners' meeting to a 12-step program, sponsored by Debtors Anonymous, for people who have problems with money and debt. The beginners' group meets every Sunday. To learn more, call 202-319-0229 or see


The House of Ruth Domestic Violence Support Center offers confidential individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence. To learn more, call 202-347-0390. For a crisis, call the 24-hour hot line, 202-347-2777.

* The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program offers individual and group counseling to individuals and their children, who live in Alexandria and have experienced domestic abuse. Volunteers are also always needed. To learn more, call their 24-hour crisis hot line, 703-838-4911 or see


Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., 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.


Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 8th St. SE, 2nd Floor. A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Every Wednesday, walk-ins are welcome during that time frame. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Room 205, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the nonprofit BILY (Because I Love You), for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see A $1 charitable donation is often given to meeting venues.


Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 6111 Columbus Way, Bowie. A group, sponsored by the Bowie/Crofton MS Support Group, for people with MS and their family and friends. A guest speaker will talk about Chinese herbology and MS. The group meets the first Thursday of every month in Bowie and at noon on the third Thursday of each month in Crofton. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.


Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, fifth floor, Room 5J17. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital, for pre- and post-transplant patients, their families, and significant others. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


Sept. 6, 7 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Dr., Room 115, Kensington (use side entrance). Nicotine Anonymous is a free 12-step program to help smokers quit. The group meets every Monday. To learn more, call 301-529-5547.

Lectures and Discussions


Sept. 1, 10 a.m. American Legion Post, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. A discussion, sponsored by La Leche League of Vienna, for breast-feeding or pregnant women. This month's discussion: "Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breast-fed Baby." This group meets the first Wednesday of every month.To learn more, call 703-281-5801, 703-716-4872 or e-mail

* Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m. Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. A group, sponsored by La Leche League of Burke, for breast-feeding or pregnant women. The group meets the first Saturday of each month. This month's topic: "The Advantages of Breast-feeding to Mother and Baby." Babies and small children are welcome. To learn more, call 703-256-2754 or 703-323-7301.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


The Montgomery County Child Care and Referral Center of the Children's Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help answer general questions and to direct visitors to training programs, meetings and agency offices. The hours and duration of commitment are flexible, but volunteers are only needed Monday through Friday during the day. To learn more, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

* 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.

Calendar Guidelines

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