Classes, Workshops and Seminars


Nov. 17, 6 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, Ambulatory Care Building, fifth floor, Room 230, 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The George Washington University Hospital sponsors a seminar in a series about infertility. This meeting's topic: "Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis." All seminars are open to the public and continue through December. To register or learn more about the series, call 202-741-3381.


The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program provides programs and individual counseling for seniors living in Montgomery County who have questions about health insurance. To learn more, call 301-590-2819.

Support Groups


Al-Anon offers daily groups in the Washington area for families and friends of alcoholics who have felt helpless or lonely due to another's alcoholism. There is also a group for teens only. For times and locations, call 202-882-1334.


Recovery Inc. offers weekly groups for people with anxiety, fear, depression, panic and other emotional problems. For times and locations in the Washington area, call 301-431-1818.


Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors nine groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone interested in topics concerning widows/widowers; miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; general bereavement; or the death of a significant other under the age of 50. There is also an evening "Good Grief Club" for high school-age kids who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, and a group for elementary, middle and high school students grieving a death. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd. Annandale. A group, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone grieving a death. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

Nov. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd. Annandale. A group, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone grieving the loss of a spouse. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see


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. 17, Noon to 1:30 p.m. American Cancer Society (Universal North Entrance), 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection for anyone interested in the topic: "Exploring the Healing Connection." To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable.


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.


New Beginnings Inc. 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


The House of Ruth Domestic Violence Support Center offers confidential individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence. To learn more, call 202-347-0390. For a crisis, call the 24-hour hot line, 202-347-2777.

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program offers individual and group counseling to individuals and their children, who live in Alexandria and have experienced domestic abuse. To learn more, call their 24-hour crisis hot line, 703-838-4911 or see


Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., 6th Floor, Olney. A group, sponsored by Narcotics Anonymous, for families and friends of drug addicts. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-649-6234.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for victims injured in drunk driving accidents. For times and locations, call 703-978-3025.


Nov. 19 and 20, 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. 23, 11 a.m. Washington Hospital Center, 3NW, 110 Irving St. NW, Conference Room. A seminar, sponsored by Washington Hospital Center, for anyone interested in what can cause knee and hip pain and to discuss the latest treatments with regard to diet, exercise and medication. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Participants can attend one or both groups. To register or learn more, call 202-877-3627.


Nov. 18, 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 have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see $1 donation.


Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Conference Rooms 1 and 2, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, for anyone with myasthenia gravis, a condition most widely characterized by muscle dysfunction. Families and friends are also welcome. The group meets the third Saturday of every month. To learn more, call 301-986-1020.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS Nov. 19, 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.


Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, fifth 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.


Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. A meeting of the Fairfax Little River Glen Group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation, for Parkinson's disease patients and their family. To learn more, call 703-891-0821.


Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. The group, sponsored by the Darlene Campbell Jones Support Group, meets the third Wednesday of each month for people with sarcoidosis. To learn more, call 202-882-0968.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


An adult asthma clinic at Howard University hospital for anyone without health insurance sponsors doctors' visits, medicine and counseling. To learn more, call 202-865-3471.

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