Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. A workshop, co-sponsored by Iona, the Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area and the George Washington University Memory Disorders Clinic, for caregiver's of Alzheimer's patients. To register or learn more, call 202-966-1055 or see From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there will also be an open house for anyone interested in Iona's services.


Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St. NW, auditorium. A seminar, sponsored by George Washington University Hospital, for women to discuss managing menopause. Other topics include heart disease, osteoporosis, estrogen therapy and alternative medication. To register or learn more, call 1-888-4GW-DOCS.

Support Groups


Oct. 24, 2 p.m. A support group, sponsored Concerned United Birth Parents, for adopted persons and birthparents. Share and explore issues related to relinquishment, search, reunion and the lifelong effects of adoption on all members of the adoption triad. The group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. For location and more information, call 202-298-1011 or e-mail


Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Conference Room F, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by Inova Fairfax Hospital, for people with Crohn's disease or colitis. A licensed acupuncturist will talk about Chinese medicine that is believed to help with both conditions. To learn more, call 703-739-2548.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 West University Blvd., Silver Spring. A 12-step program, sponsored by Nicotine Anonymous, for anyone who wants to quit smoking. The group meets every Friday. To learn more, call 301-598-4914.


Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. A group for people with sarcoidosis, sponsored by the Darlene Campbell Jones Sarcoidosis Support Group, meets the third Wednesday of each month. To learn more, call 202-882-0968.


Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. A group, co-sponsored by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) of Montgomery County and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), for anyone abused by clergy and their family and friends. To learn more, call 301-460-5588.


Sexual Compulsives Anonymous is a 12-step program for people recovering from sex addiction. For meeting locations in the Washington area and times, call 202-736-3736.


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. 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 3701 Spruell Dr., Silver Spring. A discussion in a series, led by a psychiatrist and sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. This month's topic: "Depression and Healing." To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see Bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable.


Oct. 26, Noon to 1 p.m. National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, 10 Center Dr., Masur Auditorium, Bethesda. A lecture, "Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions," sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and featuring a leading doctor in the field. See the lecture in real time or at a later date at To learn more, call 301-348-1606, e-mail or see

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Oct. 22, Noon to 2 p.m. GW Women's Heart Program, 2131 K St. NW, Suite 600. A blood pressure screening, sponsored by the George Washington Women's Heart Program, for men and women ages 18 and over. The screenings take place every Friday at this time. To learn more, call 202-715-5400.


Oct. 20, Howard University Cancer Center sponsors prostate cancer screenings for men 40 and older. Screenings are conducted the third Wednesday of every month. For times and location and to register, call 202-865-0009.


Oct. 21., 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, 370 S. Washington St., Suite 300, Falls Church. The L-clinic, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, provides reproductive health and birth control services to lesbians and bisexual women in Northern Virginia. There is a sliding cost for services, which are available the first and third Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-533-5651.


Adult female cigarette smokers can participate in an ongoing 90-minute study of mood and coping at American University. Day, evening and weekend appointments are available. Compensation is provided. For location and times, call 240-994-0268.


Inova VNA Home Health, 5501 Backlick Rd., Springfield, needs office volunteers for filing, mass mailings, copying and answering the phone. Two- to three-hour shifts are requested. Inova also needs Friendly Visitors volunteers, who provide companionship to Inova VNA Home Health patients who are homebound. One- to two-hour visits are requested. To learn more, call 703-916-2885.

Special Events


Oct. 26, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A Halloween Party, sponsored by the Life with Cancer Family Center, for people ages 13-18 who have cancer. For location and to register, call 703-208-5623.


Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St. NW. A Senior Health Expo, sponsored by George Washington University Hospital, to include screenings for things like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, glaucoma and strength. Class subjects will include sleep, aching feet, diabetes, ear, nose and throat problems, and memory loss. To register for a class or to learn about other classes, call 1-888-4GW-DOCS or see Walk-ins are accepted for screenings but will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Dr., Springfield. A health fair, sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College, for adults and children to include things like story hour, massages, and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. To learn more, call 703-822-6661 or e-mail

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