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.

AL-ANON, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., and 8 p.m. Thursdays, old Loudoun Hospital campus, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. 703-764-0476; 8 p.m. Mondays, noon Thursdays, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 125 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-554-2747; 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St., The Plains. 800-344-2666; noon Tuesdays, Warrenton Church of Christ, Route 29 North, and 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, Main Street. 800-344-2666.

AL-ATEEN, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 W. Main St. 800-344-2666.

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT, 9-10:30 a.m. first Thursday, Sunrise of Leesburg, 246 W. Market St. 703-777-1971. Call the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area for schedules and locations of groups that meet throughout the region. 866-259-0042.


BIRTHRIGHT OF LOUDOUN COUNTY INC., free pregnancy tests, clothes, baby clothing, transportation and support throughout pregnancy, 18 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-7272.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 30, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. 540-347-1379.

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.

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.

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.

CRISIS OR CHANGE SUPPORT, for individuals in crisis or change. 703-777-8766.

CRISISLINK, offers telephone support and reassurance to older adults, people with disabilities and others. 703-527-6016.

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.

DULLES AREA MOTHERS, national nonprofit organization offering support for moms. New chapter starting in January. Evening meetings in Loudoun. 703-421-3381.

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.

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 FAMILY SHELTER SERVICES, emergency housing for Fauquier's homeless. 540-341-0900 or

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 and Nordix Dr. 540-347-5922.

HEALTH FAIR, all ages, information about disease prevention, healthy eating and living, blood pressure checks, participate in activities to stimulate the heart, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 11, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Sponsored by New Life Church. Free. 703-404-4792.

IMMUNIZATIONS, influenza and pneumonia immunizations for high-risk residents, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun County Health Department, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg. $12, flu; $17 pneumonia. For information about immunizations for the general public, call 703-777-0236; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, The Plains Pharmacy. $15. 540-253-5275.

For children, 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. Free. 540-347-0394.

For students, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Loudoun County Health Department, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. Mobile health unit can schedule immunizations and physicals for uninsured Loudoun children. 703-777-0236.

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

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.

LET'S TALK BABIES, educational workshops for expectant couples or those considering pregnancy, 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 4; noon, "Ask the Expert" question-and-answer session as well as a tour of the Birthing Inn, Loudoun Hospital Center at Lansdowne, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Free; registration required. 703-779-2694.

LIFE LINE, pregnancy care center offering free testing, practical care and counseling in a confidential setting. 703-771-3030.

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 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 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.

MEN'S ANGER MANAGEMENT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families Inc., 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, confidential location. 540-825-8876.

MOMS CLUB, support group for stay-at-home mothers, play groups, outings, holiday parties and service projects. 540-338-6098. MOMS CLUB OF LEESBURG, support group for stay-at-home mothers. 703-431-7160 or

MOM-VISION, support group for moms and women with a home-based business. For location and information, call 703-669-6348.

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

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.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, Ashburn, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village Blvd. Child care provided. 703-729-7493. Leesburg, discussions, crafts and child care for infant-5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. 703-858-1906.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS-MOPS, providing creative activities, group discussions and friendship. Group will meet at Ashburn United Methodist Church. 703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

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

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.

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 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. 703-938-5550.

SENIOR CENTER "CALL GUY," telephone tree, 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

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE, 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Wednesday, Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W. Market St.; 7:30-9 p.m. first Monday, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd., 703-777-8766.

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.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE SURVIVORS, for women. For information, time and location, call 540-338-8000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

-- 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, Suite 100-A, The Washington Post, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or by fax to 703-777-8437. For more information, call 703-771-4102.