Haven of Northern Virginia is sponsoring the following free widow and widower bereavement support groups. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

* 2-3:30 p.m. today, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale.

* 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

"Surviving and Healing: The Loss of Your Life Partner," a seminar sponsored by the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium for widows, widowers and those who have lost a significant other, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Rd., Suite 101 West, Falls Church. To RSVP or for directions, call 703-641-0100.

Good Grief dinner for teens, a monthly dinner for ages 13-18 to meet others who have lost a loved one to cancer, share thoughts and feelings and learn about the grief process, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

After the First Year, a monthly drop-in group for people who have lost a loved one to cancer more than a year ago, 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. For more information, call 703-698-2841.


The Alzheimer's Family Day Center's classes for caregivers are geared for families and professionals who are caring for their loved ones with an Alzheimer's-type illness. Free respite care is available for family members during the session. Lin Noyes, clinical director of the center, discusses day-to-day caregiving, including communicating activities of daily living and managing challenging behaviors, noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, at the center, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Suite 210, Fairfax. The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 703-204-4664 to register or to schedule respite care.

"Managing Your MS Symptoms: A Focus on Cognition," sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a discussion led by Jeffrey Wilken, director of neuropsychology at the VA Medical Center in the District. The free meeting will be held 7:30-9 p.m. today, Physician's Conference Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. For more information, call 202-296-5363.

Reston Senior Health and Leisure Fair, sponsored by the Reston Community Center, Reston Hospital and Reston Association, will feature more than 40 local vendors who provide senior leisure activities and health programs. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations; free screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels; plus exhibits. The fair will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd.. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Community blood drive, conducted by Inova Blood Donor Services, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Rd. Donations are scheduled at 15-minute intervals and require an hour. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. To schedule an appointment, call David Roe at 703-860-9430.

Mental illness, James W. Stewart III, the Virginia inspector general for mental health, will speak at the next meeting of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Northern Virginia, 6 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church. For more information, call 703-525-0686.

Anxiety and depression screenings, in observance of Mental Health Month, the Women's Center will provide free anxiety and depression screenings 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 133 Park St. NE, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-2657.

"Patient-to-Patient Forum," sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region, three individuals who have become seizure free as a result of surgery will discuss seizure management through surgery, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Celebrate Communication 2004, a free event sponsored by the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, will feature more than 40 exhibits on a variety of topics relating to deafness, hearing loss and hearing health. Presentations, children's activities, food and raffles will be offered. The event will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-352-9055; TTY: 703-352-9056.


Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Free. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Survivors of Clergy Abuse support group, sponsored by the Voice of the Faithful, Northern Virginia chapter, and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dolley Madison Library, 1255 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. For more information, call 703-538-7128.

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

* Colorectal cancer group, 6:30-8 p.m. today.

* Lymphedema group, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

General cancer support group, a drop-in discussion and support group for cancer survivors and family members, sponsored by Life With Cancer, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Medical Plaza Building, Conference Center, 3700 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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