Classes, Workshops and Seminars


July 12, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A class, sponsored by the Montgomery County Stroke Association, on computer-aided speech and language therapy for stroke patients with speaking difficulties. Preregistration required. $15 per person requested. To preregister, call 301-622-2282.

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, Sexaholics Anonymous, S-Anon (for friends and family of sexaholics) and 12 Steps for Everyone (for those wanting to understand how 12-step programs work). An Alcoholics Anonymous group for Spanish speakers is also available. For meeting times or to learn about other groups, call 410-884-6088 or see


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


July 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A group, sponsored by Montgomery Hospice, for children ages 4 to 17 who have lost a parent or sibling. Activities include discussion and arts and crafts. For location or to learn more, call 301-921-4400.

Weekly groups for anyone widowed within the last two years meet at locations throughout Montgomery County. Sponsored by the Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County. To register or learn more, call 301-949-7398.


July 14, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kessler Adventist Rehab Hospital, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by Kessler Adventist Rehab Hospital and TLC/Outcomes, for anyone who has experienced a brain injury and for their families and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. The receptionist at the main entrance to the hospital will direct participants to the meeting. To learn more, call 301-294-9205.


July 13, 10 a.m. Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. A group, sponsored by La Leche League of Fairfax City, for women who are breast-feeding or pregnant to discuss "The Art of Breast-feeding and Avoiding Difficulties." Children are welcome. To learn more, call 703-255-6808 or 703-323-6683; see


July 13, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. American Red Cross Building, 123 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the Flicker of Hope Foundation, for people with serious burn injuries and their family and friends. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-698-1626.

July 14, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Rd., Silver Spring. A group, sponsored by the Colorectal Cancer Network, for people with colorectal cancer and their caregivers. The group meets the second Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 301-879-1500.


July 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kings Park Library (supervisor's meeting room), 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. A Northern Virginia-based group, sponsored by the Well Spouse Foundation (WSF), for women and men who are caring for their chronically ill or disabled spouses. To learn more, call 703-425-2430.


July 18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave. (at Christopher Avenue), Gaithersburg. A group, co-sponsored by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) of Montgomery County and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), for people abused by clergy or anyone affected by the abuse. To learn more, call 301-460-5588.


July 17, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington, A group, sponsored by NAMI-Arlington, for parents of children, teens and young adults diagnosed with mental illness. The group meets the third Sunday of every month, except in August. To learn more, call 703-862-9588.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


From July 15 through Aug. 30, a doctor from Montgomery General Hospital is sponsoring free skin cancer screenings at her office in Olney. To make an appointment or learn more, call 301-260-9202.


July 16, 10 a.m. to noon, 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring. Services for the Visually Impaired will hold an orientation for new volunteers, who will read, shop or visit with blind or visually impaired adults in the Washington area. To register or learn more, call 301-589-0894.

Lectures and Discussions


July 14, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. AARP is sponsoring a discussion about coping with the death of a spouse or significant other. The group will also discuss getting through a divorce or the end of any type of relationship. To learn more, call 301-468-4448.


July 13, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Adventist HealthCare will sponsor a discussion, led by a geriatric care physician, about specialized care options for seniors. To learn more, call 301-468-4448.

Special Events


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has published a free brochure, "Walking for Exercise," to help people avoid walking-related discomfort, pain and injury. To request a copy, write to: "Walking Brochure," 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; the brochure also is available for downloading at


July 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Internist Marie Savard will discuss her book "Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness" (Atria Books, 2005). The Library of Congress will sponsor this event. To learn more, call 202-707-1639.

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