Classes, Workshops and Seminars


June 26, Noon to 2 p.m. Tysons Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A seminar, sponsored by the Datz Foundation, about international and domestic adoptions. Families who have adopted from Russia, China and Guatemala will talk about their experiences. To learn more, call 703-242-8800. For directions, call 703-790-8088.



June 25, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bechtel Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston. A seminar, sponsored by the Northern Virginia CFS/FM Support Group and the CFIDS Association of America, about strategies for diagnosing and managing fatigue and activity in CFS/FM. To learn more, call 703-968-9818. $15. With a purchase of two or more tickets, the fee is $12 per ticket. To register, call 704-364-0466.


June 21 to July 7, Unity Woods Yoga Center is offering introductory Iyengar yoga classes at its studios in Bethesda, Arlington and Woodley Park. For a schedule and to register, call 301-656-8992 or see

Support Groups


June 26, 2 p.m. A group, sponsored by Concerned United Birth Parents DC Metro branch, for adopted persons, birth parents and adoptive parents. 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 the fourth Sunday of every month. For location and more information, call 202-298-1011 or e-mail


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.


June 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teaism (lower level), 400 Eighth St. NW. A peer-run group, called the Asperger Adults of Greater Washington, for adults with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism. To learn more, call 703-516-9265 or e-mail



June 21, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Vienna Courts, 133 Park St., Unit 3, Vienna (across from Vienna Presbyterian Church). A peer-run group for people with borderline personality disorder and their families; mental health professionals welcome. There will also be a presentation by a husband and wife about marriage and borderline personality disorder. To learn more, call 703-938-3034.


June 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cornerstone Nutrition, 3085 Nutley St., Fairfax. A group, sponsored by the national organization ROCK (Raising Our Celiac Kids), for parents of children with celiac disease, an intolerance to the protein gluten found in foods containing wheat, barley, or rye. To learn more, call 703-445-8306. For directions to Cornerstone, call 703-280-0060.


June 27, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A demonstration and discussion, sponsored by Pain Connection and led by a massage therapist, to learn about coping with chronic pain through massage. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see


June 26, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. A beginners' meeting to a 12-step program, sponsored by the 12-step program 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


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. There are also Spanish-speaking counseling groups. To learn more, call their 24-hour crisis hot line, 703-838-4911 or see


June 25, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (in private dining room two). Every Saturday, Eating Addictions Anonymous meets for people with eating and body-image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.


June 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A peer-run group for anyone with low vision and their family and friends. To learn more, call 301-562-5444.


June 28, 7:30 p.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 North Glebe Rd., Arlington. A group, sponsored by NAMI-Arlington, for relatives and friends of people with depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-760-8988.

June 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Ministry Center, 2700 S. 19th St., Arlington. A group, sponsored by NAMI-Arlington, for people with parents or siblings with mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. To learn more, call 703-892-2197 or e-mail


June 23, 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 exhibit challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see A $1 donation is often given to meeting venues.


June 26, 2 p.m. Washington Hospital Center, East Bldg., 110 Irving St. NW, Room G003. A group, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the United Ostomy Association, for people with ostomies. There is free parking in lot 1 next to the east building. Family and friends welcome. The group will also discuss ostomy surgery. To learn more, call 301-630-9260.


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

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


June 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Georgetown Vascular Associates, 1830 Town Center Dr., Reston. Georgetown University Hospital is sponsoring screenings for vascular diseases such as carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Those who might consider screenings include people over 50 with a family history of vascular disease, anyone over 60, smokers and people with cardiovascular disease. Space is limited. To register, call 1-866-220-SAVE (866-220-7283).

Lectures and Discussions


June 27, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., auditorium, Bethesda. A lecture, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, on new treatment options for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells found in bone marrow, for patients and their families and friends. The director of the West Hollywood, Calif.-based Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research will speak. To register or learn more, call 703-960-1100 extension 231 or e-mail SCHIZOPHRENIA

June 27, 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. People with schizophrenia will talk about recovery and the value of peer mentorship. NAMI-Northern Virginia is sponsoring the meeting. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

Special Events


June 25, 8:45 a.m. Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness sponsors a group that walks along the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Potomac. For meeting point information, call 240-632-8355 or 301-530-5991.

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