Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


July 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Woodley Park Metro, Connecticut Avenue at Woodley Avenue NW. The Capital Hiking Club sponsors a walking group, called "Urban Trailers." The group, which is open to all ages, meets the last Wednesday of every month at a different Metro stop in the District. They walk at a moderate pace for about 41/2 miles. To learn more, call 703-812-4855 or see the walking schedule and meeting locations at The fee is $3.

Support Groups


July 31, 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


Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Rd., Potomac. A group, sponsored by the Compassionate Friends, for parents who have lost children. To learn more, call 301-776-8500.


July 28, noon to 2 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. A patient-run group for cancer patients. The group meets every Thursday. Family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 301-610-9146 or see


July 27, 7 p.m. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. A group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, for anyone abused by members of the

clergy or anyone affected by such abuse. To learn more, call 703-538-6128.


A 12-step program for anyone who wants help eliminating excessive clutter meets twice a week in the Washington area: 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.


July 31, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. A beginners' meeting for a 12-step program, sponsored by 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


July 30, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (in private dining room one). Every Saturday, Eating Addictions Anonymous meets for people with eating and body image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.


July 26, 10 a.m. Washington Hospital Center, Seigel Auditorium, 110 Irving St. NW. A group, sponsored by Washington Hospital Center, for Parkinson's disease patients and their families and friends. Family and caregivers welcome. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 202-877- 5069.


July 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1717 K St. NW. A group, sponsored by the International Premature Ovarian Failure Association, for women experiencing premature ovarian failure, which is the loss of ovarian function in women under the age of 40. The group meets the fourth Thursday of every month. To learn more call 202-508-3389 or see


July 27, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 6845 Elm St., Suite 710, McLean. A 12-step group, facilitated by a clinical psychologist in her office waiting room, for women of any age who cut or self-mutilate their bodies. The group meets every Wednesday. To learn more, call 703-734-8383.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A volunteer orientation, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone interested in providing emotional support to the bereaved, seriously ill, dying and their families and friends. Volunteers must be available weekdays and commit to a minimum of 21/2 hours a week for at least a year. Other orientation sessions will be held Aug. 17, 22, 26 and Sept. 1. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

Lectures and Discussions


July 27, 7 p.m. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Room 100, Falls Church. A discussion, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation, about the services provided by the foundation. A physician will also talk about "Diagnosing & Treating Complex Partial Seizures." The program is open to people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders and their caregivers. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

Special Events


Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center, 6400 Goldsboro Rd., Suite 400, Bethesda. In a health fair open to the public, the center is sponsoring patient education sessions about cancer pain management, coping with chronic back pain and diabetic foot care. There will also be health screenings and a facility tour. To learn more, call 202-339-0111.


Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kennedy Recreation Center, Seventh and P streets NW. A fair to host health and social service providers in the Washington area who make services free and available to low-income children living in the District. To learn more, call 202-234-9404 or e-mail

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