Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups

DISABILITIES

Oct. 24, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Laurie Mitchell Employment Center, 8794-S Sacramento Drive, Alexandria. A free seminar on "Medicare Part D and Extra Help." Learn how upcoming changes in Medicare and Medicaid will affect prescription drug coverage. Food and refreshments served. To register, call 703-619-1947.

Support Groups

CAREGIVER'S SUPPORT GROUP

Oct. 22, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. Free. Offers support and information to people caring for elderly or disabled adults. Meets second and fourth Saturdays of each month. For more information, call 703-451-8631 or e-mail jjclement@earthlink.net

CHILDREN'S HEALTH

Oct. 19, 6:45 p.m. Tranquil Waters Educational Center, 474-C Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Free workshop on Children's Environmental Health. Concerns such as ADD/ADHD, asthma/allergies, weight management, eczema and other issues will be discussed. Reserved seating only as a light supper will be served. To reserve your seat call 410-224-3337 or 410-320-4026. Event is sponsored by EarthSense Solutions of Annapolis.

DEPRESSION

Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. St. Raphael's Church (Parish Hall), 1513 Dunster Road (Falls Road and Dunster Road), Rockville. DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association), Potomac Chapter. The meeting is for families and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar illness. Free. For additional information, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.

HEPATITIS

Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Capital Gastroenterology Consultants, 10801 Lockwood Drive, Suite 200, Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Hepatitis Support Group is a peer-run support group that meets every fourth Saturday of the month. All are welcome. The group asks that the confidentiality of meeting-goers be respected. There is no fee. Light refreshments are served. For further information, contact Becky Lorenz at weldermom@yahoo.com or by phone at 301-989-9097

MENTAL ILLNESS

Oct. 22, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Silver Spring Drop-In Center at Affiliated Sante Group, 700 Roeder Rd., Silver Spring. NAMI C.A.R.E. (Consumers Advocating Recovery through Empowerment). A peer-based, mutual support group for individuals recovering from any mental illness. The group allows individuals to share their experiences in a safe and confidential environment. For more information, call 301-589-2303 extension 311 or e-mail dropincenter@santegroup.org

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host the Fall 2005 Newly Diagnosed Support Group on four Thursdays: Oct. 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Falls Church. Those diagnosed with MS in the last two years are welcome to join the society. Event location and further information will be provided upon registration. To register, please call the National Capital Chapter at 202-296-9891.

NARCOLEPSY

Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bethesda Library (Meeting Room), 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. Washington Narcolepsy Group is holding a support group meeting for those with this sleep disorder, their family and friends. For more information or for directions, call 202-265-1108 day or night.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 5th Floor, Room 5J17, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW. A group for pre- and post-transplant patients, their families, and significant others. To learn more, call 202-865-1443

Lectures and Discussions

ADOPTION

Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Chinese Children Adoption International, 8009 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. An information session, sponsored by Chinese Children Adoption International, for people interested in adopting from China. To register or learn more, call 703-243-8431 or e-mail elisa_rosman@yahoo.com.

MEDICATION USE/ABUSE

Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center 1609 Great Falls St., McLean (enter left side of building). Learn about the use, abuse and side effects of medications with various conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and arthritis. For directions, call 703-734-1718

Special Events

FLU SHOTS

Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Suburban Hospital, Lambert Building, 8710 Old Georgetown Road, on the 2nd floor. Flu shots are $32 each. Medicare will be accepted with presentation of Medicare card. Registration is required for a flu shot. To register, call 301-896-3939.

HEALTH FAIR

Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington Highlands Library, 115 Atlantic Street SW. This event will help promote Health Literacy and Health Care throughout the Ward 8 community. The program will include discussions with health care providers, health seminars for adults and children and free health testing. For more information, call 202-645-5880. If you would like to participate, please call Maria Brooks or

Larry Cody at 202-645-5880 to register your organization. This program is co-sponsored by the Health Information Partners (HIPS).

Calendar Guidelines

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