Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Presented by The Wellness Community-Greater Washington (TWC-DC) and sponsored by Amgen, a free educational workshop for people with cancer and their loved ones. The workshop, "Frankly Speaking About Cancer," will provide information on how to control the side effects of treatment through medicine, mind and body. Reservations required. For more information, call 703-820-8603.


Dec. 7, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. Dinner MyWay, 14215-F Centreville Square, Centreville. Dinner MyWay, a make-and-take meal operation, is offering gluten-free entrees. Customers can assemble their own entrees or pick up pre-assembled ones. For more information, call 703-266-4200 or e-mail


Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. sponsors a class that teaches participants how to use the mind to alleviate stress and find peace. To learn more, call 202-588-9144 or e-mail

Support Groups


Dec. 11, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teaism (lower level), 400 Eighth Street NW. A peer-run group, sponsored by Asperger Adults of Greater Washington, for adults with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism. To learn more, call 703-516-9265 or e-mail


Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. St. Raphael's Church Parish Hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. A support group, sponsored by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA), for the family and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression and bipolar illness. Free. For more information, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9570.


Dec. 7, 7 p.m. B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A support group, sponsored by Family Resources of Education on Eating Disorders, for family and friends of people with eating disorders. To learn more, call 301-493-4568.


Dec. 12, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. George Washington University Ambulatory Care Center, 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 5-230. A group, sponsored by George Washington University Medical Center Neurological Institute, for people with epilepsy, their families and friends. For more information, call 202-741-2747.


Dec. 7, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 8th St. SE, 2nd floor (near Eastern Market Metro). A counseling session, sponsored by NAMI-DC, for people with mental health issues and their families. Every Wednesday, walk-ins are welcome during that time frame. To learn more, call 202-546-0646 or e-mail


Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17, 2401 Georgia Ave. NW. A group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital, for pre- and post-transplant patients, their families and significant others. Meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.


Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. A neurologist will lead an educational support group, sponsored by the Julia Montgomery Walsh Stroke Fund. The group is open to stroke patients, their friends and family members. Issues to be discussed include risk factors, symptoms, new treatments and current research protocols pertaining to stroke and stroke recovery. There is no fee, but registration is required. For more information, call 202-444-2070 or e-mail

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health are looking for volunteers 18-65 years old who are planning to travel eastward six to eight time zones in the near future. The effects of hydrocortisone vs. melatonin (or both) vs. placebo will be studied. The study will involve physical exams, a blood draw, taking a study medication and filling out questionnaires. Compensation is $100 for a fully completed study. For more information, call 1-866-999-1116.


Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia, a learning program for girls ages 8 to 12 is looking for coaches and assistant coaches for the spring season. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit that combines training for a 3.1-mile running event with workouts designed to enhance self-esteem. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. For more information visit To volunteer, call 703-273-3153 or e-mail

Special Events

MEDICARE PART D Dec. 10,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are sponsoring a free event to provide seniors and caregivers with information about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Individuals planning to attend should bring a list of their prescriptions, including retail cost and dosage, the name and location of the pharmacy they prefer and details about additional insurance policies they have. For more information, call 301-681-1255.

Calendar Guidelines

To be considered for the Calendar, information must be received two weeks before the publication date. Include date, time, address, description, sponsor, phone with area code and cost (must be nominal or free). E-mail submissions to,fax them to 202-334-6471, or mail them to Health Calendar, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071. Because of the large number of submissions received, we cannot guarantee publication.