Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Nov. 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. George Washington University Hospital (auditorium on the lower level) , 900 23rd Street NW. The Wellness Community of Greater Washington and the GW Cancer Institute present "Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer: Stepping Back to Take a Closer Look," a free educational workshop for people with lung cancer and their loved ones. For reservations and information, call 703-820-8603 or e-mail


Nov. 10, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pennington Institute for Health and Wellness, 8505 Fenton St. Suite 206, Silver Spring. Community Fitness Classes offers Pilates for beginners. This workout will strengthen and lengthen your muscles without building bulk and is especially effective for people who are just beginning an exercise program. $5 fee. To secure a spot, call 301-588-7366.


Nov.13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church Center, 6810 Eastern Ave NW. "Surviving the Holidays," an international vegetarian food preparation seminar with stress-busting tips and free health and fitness evaluations. Tickets are, $5 per person, $15 for families (two adults and two children); and a group discount is available for $4 per person (minimum of five people). Proceeds benefit the church's local homeless ministry. Registration required. Visit or call 202-829-4800 for more information.


Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Natural Horizons Wellness Center, 10640 Main Street, #300, Fairfax. A demonstration of Thai massage will show how it can help circulation and flexibility. To register, call 703-246-9355



Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A free seminar, sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County and the Special Needs Library, focusing on using vision therapy to remediate visual conditions that cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching. Reservations preferred: 301-933-1076.

Support Groups


Nov. 8, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Herpes Help of Washington meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month, are confidential and free. For detailed information, call HELP of Washington at 301-369-1323 or visit


Nov. 12, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Silver Spring Drop-In Center at Affiliated Sante Group, 700 Roeder Rd., Silver Spring. NAMI Montgomery County introduces NAMI CARE (Consumers Advocating Recovery through Empowerment), a peer-based mutual support group for individuals recovering from mental illness. The group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. For information: 301-589-2303, extension 311, or e-mail


Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m. The McLean Rotunda, 8380 Greensboro Drive, Building 5, Unit 302, McLean. A peer-run group for anyone with MS. To learn more, call 703-201-6494 or e-mail

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 222, Silver Spring. Visiting Angels, a home care agency, in association with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, will be offering free, confidential memory screenings, by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, call 301-578-1616.

Lectures and Discussions


Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Fairfax County Public Library and the Inova Health System sponsor an evening of discussion with cardiologist Cleveland Francis, Jr., to discuss preventing and detecting heart disease. To register for this free program, call 703-765-3645.


Nov. 9, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Healing Arts Center of Georgetown, 3259 Prospect St. NW. Discussion about enhancing your health using natural methods, strengthening your immune system and maximize wellness during cold and flu season. For more information, call 202-285-0807 or visit


Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Christ Church Georgetown, 31st & O Streets NW. An interactive "Prescription for Family Health: Wellness is a State of Mind": a panel discussion featuring nutrition/metabolism/fitness/stress expert Pamela Peeke, former FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, Center for Science in the Public Interest executive director Michael F. Jacobson and Whole Foods/Mid-Atlantic region president Ken Meyers. Sponsored by Christ Church and open to all. Free. To reserve a seat, call 202-333-6677.

Special Events


Nov. 12, 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. The Polio Society presents "Warm Springs," a film about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's struggle with polio. To reserve at seat, call 301-570-6664 or e-mail


Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Free seminars on high-risk pregnancy, varicose veins, plantar fasciitis and heart disease. Free blood pressure and body composition screenings. No-fasting cholesterol ($16) and osteoporosis ($25) screenings also available. Get information on nutrition, heartburn, sleep disorders, cancer, stroke, maternity and more. Advanced registration encouraged. Call 703-204-3366.

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