Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Alzheimer's Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax. A series of "Mind and Body" workshops, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Family Day Center, for people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The workshops meet every Thursday. To register or learn more, call 703-204-4664 or see


Oct. 4 , 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. The first meeting of a drama workshop, sponsored by the Life with Cancer Family Center, for people with cancer. The group will meet Mondays beginning Oct. 4 through Nov. 15. Prior acting experience is not necessary. To register or learn more, call 703-776-2841.


The Healthy D.C. Foundation Inc. sponsors three weekly support groups called "Renue" for women with HIV: Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Institute for Behavioral Change and Research, 401 H St. NE; Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Langston Dwellings Residents Community Center, 709 24th St. NE; and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HIV/AIDS Community Coalition, 817 L St. SE. To learn more, call 202-289-6980.


Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A seminar, sponsored by Suburban Hospital, for people with irritable bowel syndrome and their families and friends. A gastroenterologist from Suburban Hospital will discuss treatment options. To register or learn more, call 301-896-3939.

Support Groups


Oct. 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Telestar Court Building, 2990 Telestar Court, Gemini Room, Falls Church. A group, sponsored by Inova Fairfax Hospital, for amputees and their families and friends. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-222-7120 or e-mail


Oct. 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for caregivers of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Families and friends of patients are also welcome to attend. To register or learn more, call 301-978-9855.


Oct. 5, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Room 1E, Merrifield. A group, sponsored by the Life with Cancer Family Center, for adults with malignant or benign brain tumors. Family and friends are welcome. To register or learn more, call 703-776-2841.


A 12-step program for anyone who wants help eliminating excessive clutter meets twice a week: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schafer Hall, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW; and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unity Club, 116-B West Broad St., Falls Church. Participants can attend one or both meetings. To learn more, call 301-897-8849 or 703-573-7839.


Oct. 2, 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


Sept. 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 Eighth St. SE, 2nd Floor (near Eastern Market Metro). A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, 5th Floor, Room 5J17. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital's Transplant Center, for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


Oct. 4, 6 p.m. George Washington University Ambulatory Care Center, 22nd and I Streets NW, Conference Room 401 (first floor). A group, sponsored by the Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, for people with spasmodic dysphonia and their families and friends. To learn more, call 703-780-2483.


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


Oct. 5, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. A discussion, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital and open to seniors, about self-exams for breast cancer and advancements in breast cancer research. To learn more, call 301-468-4448.


Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Dr., Burke. A group, sponsored by La Leche League of Burke, for women who are breast-feeding or pregnant. The group meets the first Saturday of every month. Children are welcome. To learn more, call 703-256-2754 or 703-323-7301.


Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Room 2C, Merrifield. The Life with Cancer Family Center sponsors a discussion about the challenges of living alone during and after cancer treatment. Participants must be single and 40 or older. To register or learn more, call 703-776-2841.


Oct. 5, 7 p.m. National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10), Bethesda. The NIH Clinical Center sponsors the first lecture in a six-part series called "Medicine for the Public." The Oct. 5 topic: "Dietary Supplements: What Do You Know? What Should You Know?" To learn more, call 301-496-2563.


Oct. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW, Ernst Auditorium. A discussion, sponsored by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, for lyme disease patients and their families and friends. A psychiatrist will discuss treatment options and related dilemmas. To learn more, call 703-821-8833 or see


Oct. 3, 2 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Conference rooms D-E-F, Falls Church. A discussion about hospice care, sponsored by the United Ostomy Association, for people with ostomies and their families and friends. Refreshments begin at 1:30 p.m. To learn more, call 703-802-3457.


Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m. Washington Adventist Hospital Conference Center, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Washington Adventist Hospital sponsors a discussion, open to the public and led by the chief of plastic surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital, about new technologies in plastic surgery. Patient safety will also be discussed. To register or learn more, call 1-800-542-5096.

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