ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Northern Virginia area. 703-281-7501.
AL-ANON SERVICE CENTER OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, volunteer on duty 24 hours to give information on help for spouses, relatives and friends of problem drinkers. 703-764-0476.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT, 7 p.m. second Wednesday, Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., Herndon. 703-449-0755; 9-10:30 a.m. first Thursday, Sunrise of Leesburg, 246 W. Market St. 703-777-1971; 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursday, Marshall Manor, 4248 Manor Dr., Marshall. 540-338-4976; 7-8:30 p.m. first Wednesday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. 540-338-4976; 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd., 703-430-9229; 7-8:30 p.m. third Wednesday, Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd. 703-449-0755; 7 p.m. second Wednesday, Fauquier Hospital, Warrenton. 540-341-2756. Call the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area for schedules and locations of groups that meet throughout the region. 866-259-0042.
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION, 888-333-2377 or www.afsp.org.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BABY SITTER TRAINING, ages 11 and older, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 4 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, Arcola Community Center, 24244 Gum Spring Rd. Program includes ledership, safety, basic care, first aid and professionalism. $50. Call to register. 703-327-3111.
BIRTHRIGHT OF LOUDOUN COUNTY INC., free pregnancy tests, clothes, baby clothing, transportation and support throughout pregnancy, 18 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-7272.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT, 7-8 p.m. first and third Mondays, offices of doctors Smith and Dougherty, 406 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-1510.
CADUCEUS HEALTH CARE IN RECOVERY SUPPORT, health care professionals in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs; group focuses on sharing experiences, strength and hope in treatment needs and facilities, legal resources, disciplinary board process, aftercare monitoring and employment reentry, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Bridging the Gap office, 119 S. Loudoun St., second floor, Winchester. Anonymity is strictly honored. 540-535-1111.
CANCER RECOVERY SUPPORT, Together Ones United Can Heal (TOUCH), 10 a.m. second Tuesday, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St. 540-347-1367.
CANCER SUPPORT, "Creating and Connecting," two-hour art therapy and relaxation workshop for cancer patients, 10 a.m.-noon, quarterly on a Saturday; "Look Good, Feel Better," for women undergoing or emerging from cancer treatment, meets every other month. Call for dates. Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. 703-444-4460. Volunteers with cosmetologist experience are needed to demonstrate hair and makeup techniques to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 703-938-5550. "Reach to Recovery," visitation program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. 703-938-5550.
CARING FOR AGING PARENTS SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Family Focus, 20-B John Marshall St., Warrenton. Free, confidential. 540-349-4537.
CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AD/HD, Loudoun County Chapter of CHADD, provides education, support and legislative advocacy for young and old with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Dec. 18 and each fourth Wednesday in 2003, Leesburg Town Hall, lower-level conference room, 25 W. Market St. 703-771-3943.
"CHILDREN COUNT" SUPPORT/INFORMATION, led by a trained counselor providing structured activities and group discussions, for elementary-school age children who have a parent with cancer, 6:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Suite 130, Sterling. For information, call Karen Archer, 703-444-4460 or 703-771-2974.
CHOICES WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT, 7 p.m. Mondays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, Purcellville. $5 membership to join; $2 monthly. First meeting free. 540-338-4854.
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, for parents who have experienced the death of a child, 7:30 p.m. first Wednesday, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 540-338-4076.
CRISIS OR CHANGE SUPPORT, for individuals in crisis or change. 703-777-8766.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, information on local chapters and a list of accredited centers that provide specialized care. 800-344-4823 or visit www.cff.org.
DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in Warrenton; 7:30-9 p.m. second Thursday in The Plains. Free. For location, call Larry at 540-347-3792; depression and manic depression support group, 7-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in Sterling-Reston. For location and information, call Jan, 703-669-5177.
DIABETES LECTURE SERIES, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14, The Pavilion, Suite 307, 1850 Town Center Pkwy., Reston. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. 877-689-3627.
"DISCIPLINE THAT FEELS GOOD," for preschool parents, presentation and discussion given by Fehemeh Pirzadeh, deputy director of the Reston Children's Center, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Free. 703-430-6673.
ELDER CHOICES, Diane Younkins will meet with individuals one-on-one to help make informed decisions about health care, financial and social needs, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 703-430-2397.
EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 224-F S. King St., Leesburg. 703-777-5911.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION SUPPORT (FITS), "For the Children's Sake," for Loudoun and Fauquier parents separating or divorcing, to help develop co-parenting skills, four-hour session weekly. 703-391-8599 or www.fitsfoundation.org.
FAUQUIER FREE CLINIC, for uninsured adults, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fauquier County Health Department, 330 Hospital Hill, Warrenton. 540-347-0394.
FAUQUIER TEMPORARY FAMILY SHELTER, temporary housing for Fauquier's homeless, 320 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. 540-341-0900.
FREE CHILD IMMUNIZATIONS, sponsored by Warrenton Rotary Club and Fauquier Free Clinic, for hepatitis B, polio, mumps, German measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB) and chicken pox, 5:30-6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Fauquier County Health Department, 330 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. 540-347-0394.
GOOD SHEPHERD ALLIANCE, emergency shelter and other resources to help Loudoun's homeless become self-sufficient. 703-444-5956.
GRIEF SUPPORT, sponsored by Hospice Support of Fauquier County, drop-ins welcome, individual counseling available, 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Warrenton Church of Christ, Route 29 north. Free. 540-347-5922.
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 703-777-8766.
HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referral services; walk-ins, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. third Thursday, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Thursday, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. For one-on-one appointments, 703-444-0101 or 703-430-2906 (TDD). The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center will provide helpful technology for hearing loss, tap loans, referrals to other agencies and presentations to businesses, civic groups and schools, 2-5 p.m. third Thursday, the Workplace, 205 Keith St., Warrenton. Free; call for an appointment. 800-648-6324 or 540-373-5890 (TDD).
IMMUNIZATIONS, influenza and pneumonia immunizations for high-risk residents, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun County Health Department, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg. $11, flu; $17 pneumonia. Call for information about immunizations for the general public. 703-777-0236; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, The Plains Pharmacy. $15. 540-253-5275.
INOVA BLOOD DONORS, make an appointment to donate blood at any of Inova's four donation centers in Northern Virginia or at a community blood drive. Call 866-256-6372 or make an appointment at www.inova.org/donateblood.
LA LECHE LEAGUE, mother-to-mother support and breast-feeding information, 10 a.m. second Wednesday in Warrenton, 540-351-6103;, 7 p.m. second Monday in Leesburg, 703-771-7492; 10:30 a.m. third Friday, Marshall Community Center, Marshall, 540-364-3991; 10:30 a.m.-noon third Thursday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Sterling. 703-404-2002.
LIFE LINE, pregnancy care center offering free testing, practical care and counseling in a confidential setting. 703-771-3030.
LOCKS OF LOVE, a non-profit organization providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. To donate hair or for more information, 888-896-1588.
LOUDOUN ABUSED WOMEN'S SHELTER, legal representation for income-eligible physically battered women, 703-771-3397. Crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, follow-up and outreach services, emergency shelter for pets. 703-777-6552.
LOUDOUN CSB COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, provides information about mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse for county residents. Lending library and help with computer research are available, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 906 Trailview Blvd., Site C, Leesburg. Drop-ins welcome if a coordinator is available. Free. For an appointment, call 703-737-8977.
LOUDOUN CHAPTER ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday, Friendship House, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. 703-444-5326.
LOUDOUN COUNTY RESPITE CENTER, adult day-care service, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 16501 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Fees based on ability to pay. 703-771-5334.
LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX COLORECTAL CANCER SUPPORT, 7 p.m. every other Wednesday in Herndon, 703-327-1472.
LOUDOUN FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN, volunteer families who provide short-term care for abused or neglected children, mentor program for at-risk children. Volunteers must be older than 21, training provided. 540-687-5452.
LOUDOUN MOBILE HEALTHCARE, screenings for blood pressure, hearing, vision, glucose and cholesterol for residents 55 and older without health insurance or a primary health care provider, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Loudoun Senior Center, Sterling. 703-430-2397.
LOUDOUN LIFELINE, 24-hour emergency response system for those who live alone or have a medical condition, installation fee and a monthly fee; Loudoun Hospital can assist those who cannot afford the service. 703-858-6469.
MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, for men with prostate cancer and their families, 7-9 p.m. second Tuesday, Loudoun Senior Center, Sterling. 703-444-4460.
MEDICARE DRUG INFORMATION ONLINE, learn about community-based programs and how to apply for drug assistance. www.medicare.gov.
MEN'S ANGER MANAGEMENT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families Inc., 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, confidential location. 540-825-8876.
MOTHERNET/HEALTHY FAMILIES LOUDOUN, a program of INMED, an international health and development organization based in Sterling. Program links first-time parents with medical, social and educational resources needed to give children a healthy start in life, physically and socially. Family support workers meet with participants in their homes. English-Spanish translation provided when necessary. For information, call Judith A. Card at 703-444-4477, Ext. 217, or visit www.inmed.org.
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING, open to the public, volunteers, victims and their families, 7:30-8:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Bull Run ASAP office, 4 Royal St., Leesburg. 703-771-8127.
MOTHERS FIRST, a support group offering discussions, lectures, field trips, play groups and mom's night out. 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Sterling, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesdays, Ashburn Village Woods Recreation Center, Louisa Drive, 10:30 a.m.-noon second and fourth Tuesdays, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. 703-827-5922.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, educational literature, lending library, no-cost MRIs, cool suits to help reduce symptoms, wheelchairs and scooters, support groups and programs designed to link clients via mail, phone or computer. Free. 800-LEARNMS or www.msaa.com.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUPS, 2-4 p.m. last Sunday of each month, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-4256; Multiple Sclerosis support group, fourth Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. For information, call Karen Rutherford at 540-937-3808.
NEW MOTHERS AND BABIES SUPPORT, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun provides free in-home mentoring and health education to first-time mothers, especially those facing teenage or single parenthood, poverty, substance abuse, family violence and unemployment. 703-444-4477.
NEW VOICE CLUB, support and education program for laryngectomy patients and their families, including free speech therapy, monthly meetings. 703-938-5550.
NORTHERN DISTRICT VIRGINIA DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, the group has a speakers bureau of registered dietitians and diet technicians who speak on topics, including weight management, vegetarian diets, quick and healthy meal planning and preparation, sports nutrition, understanding food labels, nutrition for seniors and special diet needs for heart disease patients and diabetics. The bureau is available to schools, civic and business groups in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. 703-758-4411.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION, Loudoun chapter, informal discussions for survivors and caregivers, 7-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Loudoun Healthcare, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. For information or transportation, call 540-554-8839.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN, investigates and resolves complaints made by or for residents of long-term care facilities. 703-324-5411.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program for those with eating disorders, 8-9 p.m. Fridays, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd., 703-771-0084; 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., 540-338-7483 days, 540-882-3988 evenings; 7 p.m. Thursdays, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7485 Lee Hwy., Warrenton. 540-439-0790.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT, for information on activities and services (meetings, equipment loan closet) offered by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, call Tara Avery at 703-669-4312.
ROAD TO RECOVERY, for cancer patients in need of transportation to treatments. Volunteers are needed to transport ambulatory patients to appointments and back. 703-938-5550.
SENIOR CENTER "CALL GUY," telephone tree where seniors call other seniors to check on them. 703-430-2397.
SENIOR WHEELS USA, offering power wheelchairs and scooters to seniors and those permanently disabled with walking impairments. Call to schedule a mobility needs visit in your home or for information. 800-943-4431. Miracle on Wheels, offering power wheelchairs to nonambulatory people 65 and older, service may also be available to people with permanent disabilities. 800-749-8778 or www.durablemedical.com.
SERVICES OF LOUDOUN ABUSED WOMEN'S SHELTER, weekly support groups in Leesburg for adult survivors of sexual assault and adult survivors of childhood incest. 703-771-9020.
SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop sexually self-destructive behavior. 703-866-6929.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE SURVIVORS, for women. For information, time and location, call 540-338-8000.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE CLINIC, confidential, no appointment needed, 1-3 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Fauquier County Health Department, 330 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-347-6400.
SEXUAL TRAUMA TREATMENT, ADVOCACY AND RECOVERY CENTER, provides training on workplace sexual harassment, educates employees on what constitutes sexual harassment, steps to take if you or a co-worker are being harassed and consequences of such behavior. Free. Tax-deductible donations accepted. 410-290-6432; 24-hour crisis hot line, 410-997-3292.
SEVEN LOAVES, an interdenominational project to provide free emergency groceries to those in need, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, United Methodist Church basement, 28 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-687-3489.
STRETCH YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH, sponsored by the Doctor's Speakers Bureau, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Free. Preregistration required. 703-219-5192.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. third Thursday, Janney Parlor, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. 703-779-2745 or www.survivorsofsuicide.com.
TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS), weight loss support group, 5-6 p.m. weigh-in, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Tuesdays, Midland Church of the Brethren. $25 a year. 540-439-3739. TOPS support group also meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, SunTrust Bank, Routes 29 and 17, Warrenton. $20 a year. 540-439-3671.
VEHICLES FOR CHANGE, a nonprofit that collects used vehicles and prepares them for distribution to eligible recipients. Program partners include the Virginia Department of Social Services, Northern Virginia Family Service and social services departments in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. For information, call Janis Chamblin, 703-771-5871.
VOLUNTEER CAREGIVERS, to help older or ailing adults keep living independently, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-A Loudoun St., Leesburg. Transportation, telephone reassurance, grocery shopping, household chores, meal preparation, respite sitting and visiting. 703-779-8617.
VOLUNTEERS FOR LARC, nonprofit agency serving people with disabilities and their families in Loudoun County, needs volunteers for Pathways to the Community, a group designed to promote integration of developmentally impaired adults into the community. 703-777-1939.
WARM COAT DRIVE, sponsored by Dulles Town Center, the Community Holiday Coalition and Sterling Chevrolet, through Nov. 15 during regular shopping hours, Dulles Town Center. A Chevy Suburban will be parked inside the mall where clean used or new coats, hats and gloves will be collected. 703-404-7100.
WE CARE ELDER CHOICES, a care coordination program sponsored by the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging to help provide services for frail older adults, enabling them to stay home and maintain their independence as long as possible. 703-777-0257.
WIDOWED SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second Monday, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd.; 7:30-9 p.m. second Wednesday, Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W. Market St., 703-777-8766.
WOMEN'S CANCER SUPPORT, 6:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. 703-444-4460.
WOMEN'S HEALTH FORUM, topics include Alternatives to Hormore Replacement Therapy, Nutrition and Fitness for Optimum Health, and Energy Medicine and Well-Being, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Airlie Conference Center, Warrenton. Sponsored by the Community Leadership Network and the Women's Wellness Institute. Registration required by Nov. 8. CLN members, $15; nonmembers, $20. Includes lunch. 540-349-8107.
WOMEN'S SUPPORT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, confidential location. 540-825-8876.
YOUNG PARENTS NETWORK, support group for teenage mothers and fathers offering parenting skills and individual counseling, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. 703-771-5186.
ZEN GROUP OF DELAPLANE, training and practice, 7-9:30 a.m. Saturdays. 540-592-3701 or www.piedmontparish.org/pages/ zen.html.
-- Compiled by Sandy Mauck
Items are accepted on a space-available basis and must be received at least 14 days before the Sunday publication date. Send information to Sandy Mauck, Health Calendar, The Washington Post, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or by fax to 703-777-8437. For more information, call 703-771-4102.