Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Dec. 5, noon to 1:30 p.m. U Street Community Center, 1632 U St. NW. In partnership with The Cancer Project and Whole Foods Market, Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts offers a course in cooking simple, tasty meals with cancer-fighting foods. Free. For more information or to register, call 202-483-8600, e-mail or go to


Dec. 5, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pennington Institute for Health and Wellness, 8505 Fenton St., Suite 206, Silver Spring. Pilates for beginners program offers an introduction to the body awareness exercise method that strengthens the core postural muscles and improves flexibility and balance. Pre-registration is required, $5. To learn more, call 301-588-7366.

Support Groups


Dec. 1, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A support group free and open to anyone grieving the loss of a spouse. Haven is a non-profit, non-sectarian community organization of trained volunteers that offers emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying and their families and friends. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or visit

Dec. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean. A bereavement support group, sponsored by SIDS Mid-Atlantic, is free and open to anyone affected by the death of an infant. For more information, call 703-93-9100 or e-mail


Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates Breast Care Center, DC Level. Enter through GW Ambulatory Care Center at 22nd and I streets NW and take elevators to DC Level. A support group, open to patients who have recently received a diagnosis or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer of the breast. For more information, call 202-741-3158.

Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 1-401 and 1-402. A support group open to patients with a brain tumor and their caregivers. For more information, call 202-741-2743.


Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for people who are handicapped, isolated or alienated by chronic pain. Open to friends and family members. For more information, call 301-309-2444 or visit


Dec. 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, Ernst Auditorium, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. An educational discussion and support group, sponsored by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, for patients, their family members and friends. Attendees may be chemically sensitive; no scented products, please. For more information, call 703-821-8833 or visit


Nov. 30, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Leisure World, Club House I, Rossmoor Boulevard at Leisure World Boulevard, Silver Spring. A group sponsored by the Montgomery County Stroke Association (MCSA) provides information and support for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Free. For more information or to register, call 301-598-3904 or visit

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whitman-Walker Clinic of Suburban Maryland, 7676 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 411, Takoma Park. The clinic will offer free OraQuick (rapid) HIV testing. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more, call 202-797-3500.

* Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, 5235 Lee Highway, Arlington. Free HIV testing offered, walk-ins welcome. To learn more, call 703-237-4900 or go to

* Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center of Whitman-Walker Clinic, 1701 14th St. NW. OraQuick anonymous HIV tests are regularly offered with results in less than an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 202-483-TEST or go to

Special Events


Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to noon. Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., Alexandria. A public hearing will provide an opportunity to hear an overview of AARP's long-term care recommendations to the Virginia General Assembly and to discuss concerns about long-term care services in the community. Free. For more information, call 1-877-926-8300.


Beginning Dec. 1, the Arlington Agency on Aging will be scheduling one-on-one sessions with Arlington and City of Alexandria residents who are trying to determine whether enrolling in Medicare Part D would be beneficial to them and/or need assistance with enrollment. For more information or to schedule an individual session, call the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788 or e-mail


Morning Milers, sponsored by Washington Hospital Center, meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Walkers meet on the field house level and register on-site. Free blood pressure screening is offered the first and third Fridays of the month. For more information, call 202-877-6213.

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