Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Paul's Methodist Church, Heavener Hall, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. An exercise class, led by a licensed physical therapist, for Parkinson patients. It meets every Friday. A support group for caregivers meets during the same time as the exercise class on the first Friday of every month. Use the Mitchell Street entrance for both. For more information, call 301-593-7476.

Support Groups


The Serenity Center (9650 Basket Ring Rd., Columbia) hosts groups including: Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics), Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Debtors Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex and Love Anonymous and Sexaholics Anonymous S-Anon (for friends and family of sexaholics) and 12-Steps for Everyone Program (for anyone wanting to understand how such a program works). Another Alcoholics Anonymous group is also available in Spanish. For meeting times or to learn about other groups, call 410-884-6088 or see BEREAVEMENT

Nov. 4, 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.


Chemically Dependent Anonymous meets throughout central Maryland for anyone with a drug or alcohol problem. For locations and times, call the 24-hour hot line 301-369-6556 or see


Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people with chronic pain. The group meets the first Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see Bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to be comfortable. There are also groups based in Prince George's County and the District that meet the second and third Wednesday, respectively.


New Beginnings has meetings in Maryland, Virginia and the District for people coping with separation and divorce. For locations and times, call 301-924-4101 or see


Nov. 5 and 6, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (in private dining rooms 1 and 2). Every Friday and Saturday, Eating Addictions Anonymous meets for people with eating and body image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.


Nov. 3, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Hickory Room (off the visitor's entrance), 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.


Nov. 9, 11 a.m. Washington Hospital Center, 3NW, 110 Erving St. NW, Conference Room. A seminar, sponsored by Washington Hospital Center, for anyone interested in causes of knee and hip pain and to discuss the latest treatments with regard to diet, exercise and medication. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To register or learn more, call 202-877-3627.


Nov. 3, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 8th St. SE, 2nd Floor (Near Eastern Market Metro). 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.

Nov. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Howard University Mental Health Center, 530 College St., NW. A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Walk-ins are available during that time on the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


Nov. 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Center Parkway, Fellowship Hall, Burke. A meeting of the Burke MS Group, sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, for people with MS and their caregivers. The group meets the first Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-201-6494 or e-mail Contact the church for directions at 703-250-6100.


Nov. 5, 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.


Nov. 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., OAR of Fairfax Co., 10640 Page Ave., #250, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources) of Fairfax County for family members and friends of people in jail. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 703-246-3033.


Nov. 3, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. National Rehabilitation Hospital, 102 Irving St. NW, second floor atrium. A group called Community Connections, sponsored by the National Rehabilitation Hospital, for persons with spinal cord injury and their families and friends. To learn more, call 202-877-1589.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Inova VNA Home Health, 5501 Backlick Rd., Springfield, 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.

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