Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Oct. 27, 6 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, Ambulatory Care Building, fifth floor, Room 230, 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates sponsors a seminar in a series about infertility. This meeting's topic is "Recurrent Pregnancy Loss." All seminars are open to the public and continue through December. To register or learn more about the series, call 202-741-3381.

Support Groups


Haven of Northern Virginia sponsors the following groups meeting at 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale:

* Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first meeting of a six-week program for people grieving the suicide of a loved one. Space is limited. The group will meet Mondays through Dec. 13. Participants should expect to attend all sessions. To register or learn more, call 703-941-7000.

* Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A group for anyone grieving a suicide. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month. Participants are not obligated to attend regularly. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

The Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County sponsors weekly groups at locations throughout Montgomery County for anyone newly widowed within the last two years. To register or learn more about any group, call 301-949-7398.


Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kessler Adventist Rehab Hospital, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. The receptionist at the main entrance will direct you to the group. A group, sponsored by Kessler Adventist Rehab Hospital and TLC/Outcomes, for anyone who has experienced a brain injury and their families and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 301-294-9205.


Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center Waiting Room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the Life with Cancer Family Center, for women with breast cancer. To register or learn more, call 703-776-2841.

Oct. 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, Room B, Merrifield. A group, sponsored by Life with Cancer Family Center, for people with hereditary or secondary lymphedema resulting from surgery, radiation or trauma to the lymphatic system. To register or learn more, call 703-776-2841.

Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Room 1-B, Merrifield. A group, sponsored by the Life with Cancer Family Center, for anyone interested in learning about the genetic aspects of colorectal cancer and discussing other issues related to the disease. 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. 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. The Low Vision Support Group meets for anyone with low vision interested in learning about adaptive equipment and community resources. The guest speaker, from the Maryland State Division of Rehabilitation Services, will discuss the changes to services for low vision/blind persons in Maryland. To learn more, call 301-299-7077.


Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Reston Hospital Medical Plaza, 1800 Town Center Dr., west wing conference room A, Reston. A group, sponsored by Reston Hospital Medical Plaza, for anyone with lupus and their family and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To learn more, call 703-689-9240.


Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 205, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the nonprofit BILY (Because I Love You), for parents of adolescent and adult children who present challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see A $1 charitable per person donation is often given to meeting venues.


Oct. 29, 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. To learn more, call 301-598-4914.


Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, fifth floor, Room 5J19. 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. 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., OAR of Fairfax, 10640 Page Ave., #250, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) of Fairfax, for family members and friends of people in jail. To learn more, call 703-246-3033.


Nov. 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. Columba's, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Room 220. A group, sponsored by SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and Other Clergy. To learn more, call 301-514-2902 or 301-607-4374.


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 locations and times, call 240-994-0268.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers, 14 and older, to greet donors and provide refreshments at blood donor centers. A monthly commitment of two or more blood drives, which last four to six hours, is requested. To register for training, call 800-272-0094 extension 1.

Special Events


Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lansburg Park, Delaware Ave. and K St. NW. A health fair called "Healthcare on Wheels," sponsored by Georgetown University Hospital Kids Mobile Medical Clinic and the South Washington/West of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative, for residents of Southwest and Southeast Washington. Services will include health screenings and health insurance information sessions run by more than 50 health-related organizations. To learn more, 202-444-0075.


Oct. 30, 8:45 a.m. A monthly group, sponsored by Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness, walks nearby the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Potomac and stops for coffee at a local restaurant. Meet across from the Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. To learn more, call 240-632-8355 or 301-530-5991 or see

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