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The following free programs will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

* Widow and widower support group, 2-3:30 p.m. today or 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

* Grandparents loss of a grandchild ongoing group, 7:30-9 p.m. today.

* Grieving grandparents program, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday (reservations required).


CHADD of Northern Virginia (Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) presents a panel of teenagers diagnosed with AD/HD to share their experiences and offer suggestions and advice for parents, educators and other teens, 7 p.m. today, Fairfax High School multipurpose lecture room, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. For more information, call 703-641-5451.

The American Red Cross offers the following classes in Northern Virginia. For more information, call 703-876-0712.

* Adult, child and infant CPR and first aid, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, north Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Pkwy., Herndon. $63.

* Infant and child CPR, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, north Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Pkwy., Herndon. $40.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Northern Virginia presents Anita S. Everett, inspector general for the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, discussing state institutions, 7:30 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-525-0686.

Women's wellness seminar, sponsored by the Beth Emeth Sisterhood, with sessions on hormone replacement, cardiac health and nutrition, 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon. $7.

The following programs are offered at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

* Understanding and managing sleep problems, a seminar for survivors, an overview and strategies for managing sleep problems from a medical perspective as well as the role of relaxation and imagery techniques in improving sleep, 7:15-9 p.m. today; reservations required.

* Food Choices for Health, registered dietician Jennifer Keller reviews some of the research on the role of a vegetarian diet in cancer growth, prevention and treatment, 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday; reservations required.


Parkinson's disease support group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, for patients and family members, 2-3 p.m. today. For more information, call 703-891-0821.

The Epilepsy Foundation sponsors the following support groups for adults with seizure disorders and caregivers. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

* Parents of children with epilepsy, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Braddock supervisor's office conference room, 9002 Burke Lake Rd., Burke.

* Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Falls Church High School career center, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack