Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stroke Comeback Center, 2944 Hunter Mill Rd., Suite 201, Oakton. A workshop, sponsored by the Stroke Comeback Center, for stroke survivors with aphasia, a language disorder, and their families and friends. The topic: "How to Communicate When You Have Aphasia," presented by a stroke survivor. Nominal donations for Center programs appreciated. Space is limited. To register or learn more, call 703-255-5221. WALKING

Sept. 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Roslyn Metro station. (Meet under red neon sign reading Rosslyn Metro Center.) 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. They walk at a moderate pace for about 4.5 miles. To learn more, call 703-812-4855 or see $3. Those interested are welcome to attend a dinner afterward at the Brickskeller Saloon. The walking begins at the Rosslyn Metro stop and ends at the Dupont Metro stop.


Oct. 2, 4 p.m. Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid streets NW. The first in a series of five yoga classes, called Yoga in the Park, to meet Sundays through Oct. 30. This is a community service project open to the public and sponsored by a District yoga instructor. To learn more, call 202-253-9774.

Support Groups


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

Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. A peer support group for anyone with an anxiety disorder. To learn more, call 202-487-0844.


Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m. Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Dr., Burke. A support group, sponsored by Northern Virginia's La Leche League, for women who are breast-feeding or pregnant. Children welcome. To learn more, call 703-256-2754.


Oct. 29, Noon to 2 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. A patient-run support group for cancer patients that meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-610-9146 or see


Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. A peer support group for people who are caregivers for their spouses. The group meets the first and third Mondays of every month. One-time fee of $20 for administrative costs. To learn more, call 301-493-8300 extension 204.


Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. A support group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, for anyone abused by clergy or anyone affected by the abuse. To learn more, call 703-538-6128.


Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 205, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A support group, sponsored by the nonprofit Because I Love You, for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see A $1 charitable donation is often given to meeting venues.


Sept. 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A peer support group for anyone with low vision and anyone who is blind. This group meets September through June on the fourth Tuesday of the month. To learn more, call 301-299-7077.


Oct. 2, 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. Attendees may be chemically sensitive; no scented products. To learn more, call 703-821-8833 or see


Sept. 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 Eighth St. SE, Second Floor (near Eastern Market Metro). A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Every Wednesday, walk-ins are welcome during that time frame. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17. A support 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.


Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Physicians' Conference Center, Falls Church. A support group, sponsored by the Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, LLC, for anyone with an ostomy or anyone who might get an ostomy. An ostomy nurse will field questions. Family and friends welcome. (Blue parking garage is free.) To learn more, call 703-802-3457 or see

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Washington Hospital Center, Washington Cancer Institute, 106 Irving St. NW, Siegel Auditorium, Room C1221. A kidney screening, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area and the Amerigroup Foundation. Free round-trip shuttle service available from Mary's Center, 2333 Ontario Rd. NW, starting at 3 p.m. To learn more, call 202-244-7900.

Lectures and Discussions


Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Virginia Hospital Center, Cancer Resource Center, conference room, 1625 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A discussion, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for anyone with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to learn about new treatment options. Families welcome. An expert from Duke University Medical Center will speak. To register or learn more, call 703-960-1100 extension 231.


Sept. 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Herndon Harbor Senior Center, 873 Grace St., Herndon. A discussion, called "Transitions: When More Help Is Needed" and sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, about support services and devices that can aid caregivers. To register or learn more, call 703-324-5205 or 703-449-1186 (TTY); see

Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. A discussion, sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, for caregivers to talk about the symptoms of dementia and how to communicate with someone who might have the condition. To register learn more, call 703-324-5205 or 703-449-1186 (TTY); see


Sept. 29, 7 p.m. The Meeting House, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. A panel discussion, sponsored by the Depression & Related Affective Disorders Association, for anyone interested in the topic: "Compliance with Treatment in Mood Disorders." To learn more, call 410-583-2919 or 888-288-1104; see

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