Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups

AUDITORY THERAPY

Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A seminar, sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County, on the benefits of auditory therapy for people with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and other learning disorders. This program is open to the public. To register or learn more, call 301-933-1076 or see www.ldamc.org.

MEDICARE DRUG PLANS

Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. George Washington University School of Law, Moot Court Room, 2000 G St. NW. An orientation, sponsored by the Health Insurance Counseling Project at the George Washington University Community Legal Clinic, for volunteers willing to help District residents understand the new Medicare drug plans, which become effective Jan. 1, 2006. The volunteering begins Nov. 15. Space limited. Arrive at 8:30 p.m. to register, or register by phone at 202-739-0668.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Sept. 26, 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A seminar, sponsored by NAMI Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team, about a new program designed to keep people with mental illness from unnecessary arrest or jail time. This meeting is open to the public, and family and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

Support Groups

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME

Sept. 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teaism (lower level), 400 Eighth St. NW. A peer-run group, called 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 willardston@yahoo.com.

BEREAVEMENT Sept. 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, Conference Room, 8110 Gatehouse Rd., Suite 101 West, Falls Church. A support group, sponsored by the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium and led by a psychotherapist, for young adults who have lost a spouse. To learn more about the Young Widowhood Support Group, call 866-Be-A-Donor (1-866-232-3666) or see www.BeADonor.org and click on "events."

CAREGIVERS

Sept. 24, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. A support group, sponsored by the church and open to the public, for caregivers of elderly or disabled adults. The group meets the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. To learn more, call 703-451-8631.

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a national 12-step program that meets throughout central Maryland for anyone with a drug or alcohol problem. For locations and times, call the 24-hour hotline 1-888-232-4673 (888-CDA-HOPE) or see www.cdaweb.org.

DEBTORS ANONYMOUS

Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. A beginners' meeting to 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 capitalareadebtors.org.

DIVORCE

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

EATING ADDICTIONS

Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (private dining room one). Eating Addictions Anonymous is a 12-step program that meets every Saturday for people with eating and body-image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.

LOSS

Sept. 27, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 8415 Fenton St., Silver Spring. A peer support group for children and their parents dealing with loss from death, divorce or a separation. To register or learn more, call 301-495-0051 or 1-888-610-9804.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Smart Recovery is a program for overcoming substance abuse. Smart has several meetings in the Washington area. For meeting times and locations, call 703-486-0202 or see www.his.com/washdcsmart.

TINNITUS

Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8403 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. A peer support group for anyone diagnosed with tinnitus or anyone experiencing ringing in their ears. The group discusses coping strategies and medical resources. To learn more, call 703-610-1825.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

VOLUNTEER

Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring. An orientation, sponsored by Services for the Visually Impaired, for people willing to read, shop or visit with blind or vision-impaired people . To learn more, call 301-589-0894.

Lectures and Discussions

CAREGIVING

Sept. 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. George Mason Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. A discussion, sponsored by Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, about good decision-making skills for caregivers. A nurse and mediation expert will speak. To register, call 703-324-5205 or 703-449-1186 (TTY). www.fairfaxcounty.gov/service/aaa

CHRONIC PAIN

Sept. 26, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Silver Spring Monday Speakers Series, sponsored by Pain Connection, for anyone with chronic pain or anyone interested in chronic pain. At this meeting, a physical therapist will discuss managing the condition with ergonomics. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org. Bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to make yourself comfortable.

Special Events

CANCER

Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Sibley Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW, Renaissance Rooms One and Two. An educational program, sponsored by the Lymphoma Foundation of America and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, about the stress-relieving effects of the slow moving exercise method chi gong for people with cancer. Family and friends are also welcome. To register or learn more, call 703-875-9800.

Sept. 26 to Oct. 16, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, West Hall. An art exhibit called "Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Woman's Cancer Journey," sponsored by Elli Lilly and Co., National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital. To learn more, see lillyoncology.com.

HEALTH EDUCATION

Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Auditorium, Bethesda. A health education program called "Teach the Facts -- Just Say Now to Comprehensive and Inclusive Health Education," sponsored by the Montgomery County parents' group "Teach the Facts." A panel will include Paul Wertsch, chair of the American Medical Association's advisory committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; Deborah Roffman, author of a book about sex and parenting, and other sex education speakers. Questions welcome. To learn more, call 301-529-0841 or see teachthefacts.org.

KATRINA AND

ALHEIMER'S DISEASE

To find resources for Hurricane Katrina victims with dementia, call the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.

PRE-NATAL CARE

Sept. 24, Noon to 3 p.m. Chartered Family Health Center, 3924 Minnesota Ave. NE. An educational program called "D.C.'s Largest Baby Shower," sponsored by Chartered Health Plan, for low-income pregnant women interested in learning about prenatal care. To register or learn more, call 301-429-4613.

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