Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Aug. 25 (from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Aug. 26 (from 9 a.m. to noon). National 4-H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Grief management specialist Bill Bates will lead a two-day seminar, sponsored by the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes. The official title of the programs: "Life Appreciation Grief Management Seminar." To register or learn more, call 202-652-2200.


Indoor walking programs in which people are welcome to stroll or power walk take place year-round in North Arundel County. Mileage cards, supplied and totaled annually by Baltimore Washington Medical Center, are available when the walking begins at the following times and locations:

* The Arundel Mills Milers, co-sponsored by Arundel Mills Mall, walk inside the mall, located at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. To register or learn more call, 410-787-4367.

* The O'Malley Marchers, co-sponsored by the O'Malley Senior Center and the Wheels Skating Center, walk inside Wheels Skating Center, 1200 Odenton Rd., Odenton, from

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Must be 55 years or older to participate. To learn more, call 410-222-6227.

Other walking programs include:

* The Marley Milers, co-sponsored by Harbor Hospital and the Marley Station Mall, walk inside the mall five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. To learn more, call 410-766-2033 or 410-760-8900.

* Aug. 27, 8:45 a.m. Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness sponsors a group that walks along the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Potomac. For meeting point information, call 240-632-8355 or 301-530-5991.

Support Groups


Aug. 28, 2 p.m. A support group, sponsored by Concerned United Birth Parents DC Metro branch, for adopted persons, birthparents and adoptive parents. Share and explore issues related to relinquishment, search, reunion and the lifelong effects of adoption on all members of the adoption triad. The group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. For location and more information, call 202-298-1011 or e-mail


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


Aug. 28, 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. 25, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. The receptionist at the main entrance will direct you to the group. A group, sponsored by Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital and TLC/Outcomes, for anyone who has experienced a brain injury and their families and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 301-294-9205.


Sept. 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. The first meeting of a six-week long support group for widowed men and women of all ages, races and creeds to meet Thursdays. This program is led by trained volunteers from the Patuxent Widowed Persons Service and sponsored by AARP and local organizations. To register or learn more, call 301-441-8943 or 301-474-6892.


Aug. 25, 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. To learn more, call 301-610-9146 or see


Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Capital Gastroenterology Consultants, 10801 Lockwood Dr., Suite 200, Silver Spring. A peer-run support group for people with hepatitis and their family and friends. The group meets the fourth Saturday of every month. At this meeting, there will be a viewing of a film about viral Hepatitis and blood-borne pathogens, called "The Invisible Threat," sponsored by Hepatitis Foundation International. Family and friends welcome. The group welcomes suggestions for speakers at future meetings. To learn more, call 301-989-9097.


Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, 5th Floor, Room 5J17. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital's Transplant Center, for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon. Sunrise Assisted Living at Fairoaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax (adjacent to Fairoaks Hospital). The peer-run Sully/Western Fairfax Parkinson's Support Group, which is part of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, for Parkinson's disease patients and their families and friends. To learn more, call 703-830-3823 or e-mail


Aug. 25, 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.


SMART Recovery is a program for overcoming substance abuse. SMART has several meetings in the DC metro area. For meeting times and locations, call 703-486-0202 or see

Lectures and Discussions


Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery General Hospital, Boyer Community Learning Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. A neurologist will discuss new research on Alzheimer's disease. To register or learn more, call at 301-774-8881.


Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. A support group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, for anyone with Parkinson's disease and their family and friends. At this meeting, a personal trainer will demonstrate exercises relevant to Parkinson's. To learn more, call 703-406-2732.


Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. Natural Horizons Wellness Center, 10640 Main St., #300, Fairfax. A lecture, sponsored by Natural Horizons Wellness Center, on acupuncture and smoking cessation. The president of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia will speak. To register or learn more, call 703-246-9355.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Aug. 30, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Shaare Tefila Congregation, 11120 Lockwood Dr., White Oak. A blood drive, co-sponsored by Washington Hospital Center and the Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge. To learn more, call 301-593-3191.

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