Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Aug. 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. A seminar, sponsored by the Datz Foundation, about international and national adoptions. To learn more, call 703-242-8800.


Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. McLean Central Park, Engleside Dr. and Oak Ridge Ave., McLean (behind Dolly Madison Public Library on the outdoor basketball park). The Tai Chi Study Center sponsors a class that is open to the public every Saturday morning through October. To learn more, call 703-759-9141 or see

Support Groups


The Serenity Center, at 9650 Basket Ring Rd. in Columbia, hosts the following support groups: 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 and Sexaholics Anonymous, S-Anon (for friends and family of sexaholics), the 12-Steps for Everyone Program (for anyone wanting to understand how such a program works) and Adult Children of Alcoholics Anonymous (for adults whose parents are alcoholics). An Alcoholics Anonymous group for Spanish speakers is also available. For meeting times, call 410-884-6088 or see


Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Charles County Public Library, Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Dr., Indian Head. A support group, sponsored by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, for children and adults with alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease often resulting in hair loss, and their family and friends. The group meets monthly. To learn more, call 301-870-4295.


Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (private dining room 2 , second floor). The regional support group of the Amyloidosis Support Network is holding its quarterly meeting for people with amyloidosis, a disease in which organs accumulate abnormal proteins. Caregivers and family members are also welcome, as is anyone who has lost a loved one to this disease. To learn more, call 301-793-6739 or see


Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors support groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; adult child death; widows/widowers; the death of a significant other under the age of 50; anticipating the death of a loved one; and parent death. There are groups for children and teenagers grieving the death of a loved one. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

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


New Beginnings Inc. has meetings in Maryland, Virginia and the District for people coping with separation and divorce. For locations and times, call 301-924-4101 or see The group also provides a free brochure, "Helping a Friend or Family Member Through Divorce."


Aug. 17, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 8th St. SE, second floor (near Eastern Market Metro). A weekly counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Montgomery Therapy LLC, 15200 Shady Grove Rd., Suite 204, Rockville. A monthly support group, sponsored by the Better Breathers Club, for adults with lung diseases such as emphysema and asthma. To learn more, call 301-417-2652.


Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 205, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A weekly support group, sponsored by the nonprofit BILY (Because I Love You), for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see


Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., second floor conference room, Bethesda. A monthly support group, sponsored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, for anyone with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle weakness. Families and friends welcome. To learn more, call 301-986-1020.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS Aug. 19, 7 p.m. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 West University Blvd., Silver Spring. A 12-step program, sponsored by Nicotine Anonymous, for anyone who wants to quit smoking. The group meets every Friday. To learn more, call 301-598-4914.


Aug. 17, 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 and girls who cut or mutilate their bodies. The group meets every Wednesday. To learn more, call 703-734-8383.


Smart Recovery, a nonprofit group that aims to help people overcome substance abuse, has several meetings in the area. For times and locations, call 703-486-0202 or see

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A volunteer orientation, sponsored by Haven, 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 2 1/2 hours a week for at least a year. Other orientation sessions will be held Aug. 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 1. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

Special Events


Aug. 17, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. A screening of "My Life" (1993), which explores end-of-life issues. This viewing is the last in a series called "Science in the Cinema." The series is sponsored by the theatre and the National Institutes of Health. Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer session with Susan McMillan, a professor at the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida. To learn more, call 301-495-6720 or see The film will be captioned, and American Sign Language interpreters will be available for the discussion.

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