Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. The Holy Cross Hospital Speakers Bureau presents a seminar on diabetic eye disease, a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of this disease. The seminar will emphasize the importance of getting a dilated eye exam at least once a year. For more information, call 301-681-1255.


Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Jowdy Chiropractic Center 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 500 Reston. Jowdy Chiropractic Center sponsors a free seminar on natural health, "Taking Control: Putting the Puzzle of Health Together." A chiropractor will discuss the importance and benefits of eating healthy, taking care of your muscles and ridding the body of stress. To reserve a seat, call 703-435-8802.


Nov. 5, Noon to 2 p.m. Cornerstone Nutrition, Pan Am Shopping Center, 3085 Nutley St., Fairfax. A seminar on using vitamins and supplements to improve the immune system. The lecture is free, and samples of new lines of gluten-free foods will be offered. For more information, call 703-280-0060


Nov. 7, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Holy Cross Hospital sponsors a talk by Podiatrist Gene Mirkin about the many conditions that cause foot discomfort that keeps seniors from getting around and exercising. For more information, call 301-468-4448.

Support Groups


Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. A six-week support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Registration is required as space is limited. For information and registration, call 703 941-7000 or e-mail


Nov. 2, 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 sponsors a meeting of a support group for the families and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar illness. For additional information, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.


Nov. 2, 7 p.m. B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville. Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders is sponsoring a support group that will hold a monthly meeting for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month at B'nai Israel Congregation. To learn more, call 301-493-4568 (in the evening).


Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 611 Columbian Way, Bowie. A group for people with multiple sclerosis meets the first Thursday of each month in Bowie and the third Thursday of each month in Crofton. At this meeting, a lawyer will discuss financial issues for those with chronic illness. The meeting is open to all. For more information, call 410-793-3896.



Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. River Road Unitarian Church, Room 24, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. A peer support group for ovarian or gynecologic cancer patients and survivors meets the first Wednesday of each month. For information or to learn more, call 301-320- 2710.


Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 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


Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1717 K St. NW. The International Premature Ovarian Failure Association sponsors a group that offers emotional support for women in the Washington area who have experienced loss of ovarian function before age 40. The group usually meets the fourth Thursday of the month. To learn more, call that association at 202-508-3389, or visit

Lectures and Discussions


Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, 4084 University Drive, Suite 204, Fairfax. A seminar, sponsored by Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, to discuss beginning the adoption process and adoption opportunities in Russia, China and Guatemala. Event is free, though registration is required. To register or learn more, call 301-587-4400, e-mail or visit


Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 North Glebe Road, Arlington (downstairs meeting room). NAMI-Arlington sponsors a presentation on the new Medicare Drug Benefit (Part D) as it affects individuals with mental illness. For more information, call Tom Quinn at 703-416-0429.

Special Events


Nov. 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Potomac Hospital, A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge. Prince William Hospital and the Prince William Health District are sponsoring a free diabetes fair offering information to help patients cope with the disease. Health care professionals and pharmaceutical representatives will be available to talk with patients and others seeking information. To register, call Potomac's Health Connection at 703-221-2500 or register online at


Nov. 5, 9 a.m. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region and the National Epilepsy Foundation ( are sponsoring a fundraising walk. There will be 1-mile and 2.5-mile courses. Walkers are welcome to collect donations (walkers collecting $20 or more get a free t-shirt). There is no registration fee. To learn more or to request a registration form, please contact Deborah Lannen at 703-328-7582 or


Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. The Sherwood High School Jazz Ensemble, Montgomery General Hospital, and Olney Theatre are collaborating for an evening of jazz to support the hospital's new Comprehensive Cancer Center. For tickets, call 301-924-3400 All proceeds benefit the Cancer Center and are tax deductible. General admission tickets $35, students $15.

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