Classes, Workshops and Seminars


July 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adoptions Together, 427-A Carlisle Dr., Herndon. A seminar, sponsored by Adoptions Together, for anyone interested in domestic or international adoption. To register or learn more, call 703-689-0404 or see

July 11, 6:30 p.m. Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, 8630 Fenton St., Suite 310, Silver Spring. A seminar, sponsored by Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, on beginning the adoption process. Adoption opportunities in Russia, China and Guatemala will also be discussed. To register or learn more, call 301-587-4400 or see


July 9, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. McLean Central Park, (behind Dolley Madison Public Library on the outdoor basketball court), Engleside Drive and Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean. The Tai Chi Study Center of the Washington Area sponsors a tai chi class that is open to the public. The class meets at the McLean location every Saturday morning through the end of October. To learn more, call 703-759-9141 or see

Support Groups


July 7, 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 or see

July 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. North County Government Center, Reston District Police Station, 12000 Bowman Town Dr., Reston. A group, sponsored by Compassionate Friends, for parents who have lost children. To learn more, call 703-525-9311.


July 6, 10 a.m. American Legion Post, 330 Center St. N, Vienna. A group, sponsored by La Leche League of Vienna, for breast-feeding and pregnant women to discuss the topic "Nutrition and Weaning." Children welcome. To learn more, call 703-281-5801 or 703-716-4872.


July 9, 10 a.m. to noon. George Washington University, Ross Hall, 23rd and I streets, Room 105. A group, sponsored by George Washington University and the national nonprofit Us-Too, for men with prostate cancer and their families and friends. To learn more, call 301-277-0755.


July 7, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for anyone with chronic pain and their family and friends. Pain Connection sponsors other chronic pain support groups on July 13, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Rexford Place 9885 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham; July 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730; and July 12, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton. Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see


July 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Room 220. A group, sponsored by SNAP (Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests and Other Clergy), for anyone who has been abused by a priest. To learn more, call 301-514-2902 or 301-607-4374.


July 6, 7:30 p.m. St. Raphael's Church, Parish Hall, 1513 Dunster Rd. (at Falls Road), Rockville. A group, sponsored by DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association) Potomac Chapter for the families and friends of people diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. This is the only meeting in July. To learn more, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.


July 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A group, sponsored by the nonprofit Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders, Inc., for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. For location or to learn more, call 301-237-8257.


July 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Colony South Hotel, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. A group, co-sponsored by NAMI Prince George's County and Southern Maryland Hospital Center, for family and friends of people with mental illness. The group, which meets the second Tuesday of every month, will discuss coping strategies. To learn more, call 301-325-5052.


July 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Center Parkway, Fellowship Hall, Burke. The Burke MS Group is a peer-run group for people with MS and their caregivers. The group will meet 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.

July 7, 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 611 Columbian Way, Bowie. The Bowie/Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will host a dietitian to talk about nutrition and MS. The group meets the first Thursday of each month in Bowie and the third Thursday of each month in Crofton. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.


July 7, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. A group for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


July 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. OAR of Fairfax County, 10640 Page Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax. A group, sponsored by OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) of Fairfax County, for family members and friends of people in jail. To learn more, call 703-246-3033.


July 5, 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 suicide. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Every month prostate cancer screenings are offered to men age 40 and up at Howard University Cancer Center. Men may also volunteer for a patient education project about prostate cancer. To learn more, call 202-865-0009.

Lectures and Discussions


July 12, 6:30 p.m. Bethesda Public Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. A lecture and discussion, sponsored by Lupus Mid-Atlantic, about living well with lupus. To learn more, call 800-777-0934.

Special Events


July 10, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A Fairfax wine-and-cheese event, sponsored by the Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area, for women with bleeding disorders to discuss treatment options. For location and to register, call 703-352-7641. BLOOD DRIVE

July 7, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Montgomery General Hospital and Inova Blood Services will host a blood drive open to the public. To register or learn more, call 301-774-8881. Walk-ins welcome.


July 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Marie Savard, a Philadelphia-based internist and author, will discuss her new book about the relationship between women's body shape and health, called "Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness" (Atria Books, 2005). The Library of Congress will sponsor this event, which is open to the public. To learn more, call 202-707-1639. Calendar Guidelines

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