Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups

ADOPTION

Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Barker Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A seminar, sponsored by the Barker Foundation, to discuss international and domestic adoption. To register or learn more, call 301-664-9664 or see www.barkerfoundation.org.

DRUG ADVERTISING

Aug, 3, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. National Academies, Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW, Room 100 (Judiciary Square or Gallery Place Metro). A seminar, sponsored by the National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellows, about the positive and negative effects of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. To learn more, call 202-334-3576.

MEDICARE

Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A seminar, sponsored by Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, about the new Medicare prescription plan. To learn more, call 301-681-1255.

Support Groups

AMPUTEES

Aug. 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Disability Resource Center, 409 Progress St., Fredericksburg. A peer-run support group for amputees and their families and friends. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 540-898-5372 or 540-972-9087.

CANCER

Aug. 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria. A group, sponsored by the center, for breast cancer patients ages 20-40. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-504-7921.

EATING DISORDERS

Aug. 3, 7 p.m. B'nai Israel Congregation Synagogue, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A support group, sponsored by Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders, for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 301-493-4568 (in the evenings).

DEPRESSION

Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. St. Raphael's Church, Parish Hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. A support group, sponsored by the Potomac chapter of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, for the families and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar illness. To learn more, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.

LYME DISEASE

Aug. 7, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Ernst Auditorium, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. A support group, sponsored by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, for lyme disease patients and their family and friends. Participants may be chemically sensitive, so the association requests that no one wear or bring scented products. To learn more, call 703-821-8833.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 611 Columbian Way, Bowie. A support group, sponsored by the peer-run Bowie/Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, for anyone with multiple sclerosis and their family and friends. A physical therapist will talk about treatment options. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in Bowie and at noon the third Thursday of each month in Crofton. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. A support group, sponsored by Howard University hospital, for pre- and post-transplant patients, their families and significant others. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people recovering from compulsive overeating that meets in the Washington area. No fees or weigh-ins. To learn more, call 301-460-2800 or see www.oa-dcmetro.org.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

CANCER

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.

CHRONIC PAIN

Aug. 4, 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 Aug. 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton; Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Rexford Place, 9885 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham; and Aug. 17, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730. Bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

Lectures and Discussions

CATARACTS

Aug. 9, 10:30 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A discussion, sponsored by Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, about cataract surgery and how the latest technology has made it relatively easy for most patients. A doctor from Holy Cross Hospital's Speakers Bureau will speak. To learn more, call 301-681-1255.

ADOPTION

Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Howard County Library, Center Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Adoptive parents discuss international adoptions from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Colombia in a meeting sponsored by Children's Hope International. To learn more, call 301-829-8532 or see www.childrenshope.com/infomeeting.

GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Aug. 3, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. A discussion, sponsored by Holiday Park Center and led by a doctor from Suburban Hospital, about health concerns for seniors and the differences between geriatric medicine and internal medicine. To learn more, call 301-468-4448.

POSTURE

Aug. 3, 11 a.m. to noon, Fountains at Washington House, 5100 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. A discussion, sponsored by Fountains at Washington House (which is a Sunrise Senior Living Community) and led by a chiropractor, improving quality of life through posture and physical activity. To learn more, call 703-845-2964.

SENIORS AND AGING

Aug. 9, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. A discussion about maintaining a positive attitude about aging. To learn more, call 301-468-4448.

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