Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups

MENOPAUSE

Oct. 6, 7 p.m. The Sanctuary, 19520 Darnestown Rd., Beallsville. A seminar for women experiencing menopause and other midlife issues. The seminar is sponsored by Transition Counseling Service's Women in Terrific Transition Years (WITTY) support group. A gynecologist from Capital Women's Care will discuss the topic: "Menopause! The Myths, Madness and Magic." To learn more, call 301-349-2620 or see www.transitioncounselingservices.com.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Montgomery County Mental Health Core Service Agency, 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. A workshop, sponsored by NAMI, for family members of people with mental illness. Financial planners and social workers will discuss future planning for family members with mental illness. This might involve setting up special needs trusts and writing letters of intent. To register or learn more, call 301-949-5852. $10.

Support Groups

ANXIETY

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.

BEREAVEMENT

Oct. 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. A support group, sponsored by SIDS Mid-Atlantic, for families, caregivers and anyone else grieving the loss of a baby. The group meets the first Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-933-9100 or see www.sidsma.org.

CANCER

Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, George Washington University, Ross Hall, Room 105, 23rd and I streets NW. A support group, sponsored by George Washington University and the national nonprofit Us-Too, for men with prostate cancer and their families and friends. To learn more, call 301-277-0755.

CHRONIC PAIN

Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A support group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for anyone with chronic pain and their family and friends. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

EATING DISORDERSOct. 5, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A support group, sponsored by Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders Inc., for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. For this meeting, the group will convene in Bethesda instead of its usual location at the B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville. For location and to learn more, call 301-493-4568 (in the evenings).

LASIK

Oct. 15, The annual meeting of a support group, sponsored by the national Vision Surgery Rehab Network, for people with complications from Lasik and other corrective eye surgeries. Register by Friday, Oct. 7. For location and to register, call 877-666-8776 or e-mail info@visionsurgeryrehab.org.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 611 Columbian Way, Bowie. A peer support group for people with MS and their family and friends. 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. At this meeting, a University of Maryland Hospital neurologist will discuss MS-related eye complications. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.

OSTOMY

Oct. 9, Noon. Washington Adventist Hospital, conference center building, 3rd floor auditorium, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. A support group, sponsored by the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association of the United Ostomy Association, for anyone with an ostomy. Family and friends welcome. Nurses will be available for questions. To learn more, call 301-946-6661 or see www.marylandostomy.org.

Lectures and Discussions

CANCER

Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center, Hazel Conference Center, 1625 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A panel discussion, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and called "Strength for Caring," for caregivers of people with cancer. A dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The last day to register is Thursday, Oct. 6. To register, call 703- 960-1100 extension 231 or e-mail singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

DIETS

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St. NW, hospital auditorium. A discussion, sponsored by George Washington University Hospital and the Women's Heart Center, about how to chose a healthy diet among diets such as Atkins, South Beach, Zone and Weight Watchers. To register or learn more about "Diet Wars," call 1-888-4GW-DOCS.

Special Events

MENTAL ILLNESS

Oct. 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Studio Downstairs, Create Arts Center, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring. An art show, sponsored by Studio Downstairs and NAMI Montgomery County, for anyone interested in art created by people with emotional issues and mental illness. To learn more, call 301-949-5852.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clarion Hotel Bethesda Park, 8400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. A series of seminars, sponsored by the Montgomery Multiple Sclerosis Center, for people with MS. The seminars will focus on spasticity, an MS-related mobility issue, and falling safely. The event will also discuss the benefits of exercise, flexibility and relaxation for people with the condition. Reservations required; lunch will be served. To register, call 301-838-9555 or see www.montgomerymscenter.org.

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