Classes, Workshops and Seminars

CANCER

Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A group, sponsored by Virginia Hospital Center, for people with cancer. Families and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 703-558-5555.

CHRONIC PAIN

Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 3701 Spruell Dr., Silver Spring. A seminar, sponsored by Pain Connection and led by a physical therapist, about the benefits of ergonomics for people with chronic pain. Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

DIABETES

Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 4530 40th St. NW (in Tenleytown). A seminar, sponsored by Whole Foods and led by a nutritionist, for diabetes patients to learn about nutrition. To register or learn more, call 202-237-5800 or e-mail tenley.classes@wholefoods.com. YOGA

Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, Great Falls Yoga Institute, 1137 Walker Rd., Great Falls. The Great Falls Yoga Institute is sponsoring introductory yoga classes. For times or to learn more, call 703-757-6670, e-mail ellen@greatfallsyoga.com or see www.greatfallsyoga.com.

Support Groups

CANCER

Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, Community Learning Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., second floor, Olney. A group called "Look Good, Feel Better," sponsored by the American Cancer Society, gives makeovers to women with cancer. To register or learn more, call 301-774-8775.

CHRONIC PAIN

Sept. 15, Noon to 1:30 p.m. American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730. (Use universal north entrance.) A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. This month's topic: "Redefining What Is Normal." Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable. The Montgomery County group meets in Bethesda the first Thursday of the month; the Prince George's County group meets the second Wednesday in Greenbelt. To learn more about all groups, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

OSTOMY

Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Washington Hospital Center East Building, 110 Irving St. NW, Room G-003. A group, sponsored by the United Ostomy Association, for people with ostomies. Family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 301-630-9260.

PARENTS

Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. A peer-led group in Fairfax for parents of children who have been deployed in the military. The group discusses the strain that can cause on the family. To register or learn more, call 703-934-2648 or e-mail lindamclaine@cox.net.

SJOGREN'S SYNDROME

Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Great Falls Community Library, 9830-A Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. A peer-led group for people with Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that causes dry eyes, arthritis and other symptoms. Family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 703-759-3544 or 703-590-1367.

Lectures and Discussions

DEAF

Sept. 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) of Metropolitan Washington, 11-B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. A discussion, sponsored by the JSSA, for deaf parents to talk about raising children who also have disabilities. To learn more, call 301-990-7215(TTY) or 301-990-6880.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Great Hall (second floor). The National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is sponsoring a lecture titled "Multiple Sclerosis: A Research Update" for people with MS and their family and friends. A Georgetown University Hospital neurologist will speak. To learn more, call 202-296-9891 or see www.msandyou.org.

OBESITY

Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 10 Center Dr., Building 10, Masur Auditorium, Bethesda. A lecture by Julie Louise Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the CDC's new research initiatives on obesity and its aim to reverse obesity trends. It's sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's Director's Seminar Series. To learn more, call 301-348-1606, or e-mail NCIdirectorslecture@matthewsgroup.com. View the lecture in real time that day, or at a later date, at http://videocast.nih.gov.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

VOLUNTEERS

Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Services for the Visually Impaired sponsors a volunteer orientation for people interested in assisting the blind and visually impaired in the Washington area. Volunteer activities include reading and shopping. To learn more, call 301-589-0894 or e-mail gsnider@servicesvi.org.

Special Events

BLOOD DONATIONS

Inova Blood Donor Services is sponsoring the blood drives. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more about these or other Inova blood drives in the Washington area, call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or see www.inova.org/donateblood.

* Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. John's United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. For an appointment or to learn more, call 703-256-6655.

* Sept. 15, Noon to 6 p.m. Community Bank of Northern Virginia, 107 Free Court, Sterling. For an appointment or to learn more, call 703-444-7644

* Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Loudoun Hospital Center, Landsdowne, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg. For an appointment or to learn more, call 1-866-256-6372.

* Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Potomac Hospital, 2300 Opitz Blvd., Auditorium, Woodbridge. For an appointment or to learn more, call 1-866-256-6372.

* Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. For an appointment or to learn more, call 1-866-256-6372.

HEALTH FAIR

Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lansburg Park, Delaware Avenue at K Street SW. The Georgetown University Hospital Kids Mobile Medical Clinic and the South Washington/West of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative are hosting the third annual Community and Healthcare on Wheels Health Fair. To learn more, call 202-444-0075.

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