Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 1:30-6 p.m. Thursday, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 800-448-3543; 3-7 p.m. May 31, Ashburn Fire and Rescue Department, Founders Hall, 20688 Ashburn Rd.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7, Town of Leesburg, lower level, 25 W. Market St.; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8, Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. 800-448-3543.


BLUE RIDGE SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER, open house, noon-7 p.m. Tuesday. Hearing screening and demonstration of the latest digital technology in hearing instruments; "Building Children's Language, Reading and Learning Skills," noon-1 p.m. Wednesday; 602 S. King St., Suite 102, Leesburg. Register. Free; 703-777-5050.

HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referral services; walk-ins, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. third Thursdays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. For one-on-one appointments, 703-444-0101 or 703-430-2906 (TDD). Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center provides helpful technology for hearing loss, tap loans, referrals to other agencies and presentations to businesses, civic groups and schools, 2-5 p.m. third Thursdays, the Workplace, 205 Keith St., Warrenton. Free; call for appointment. 800-648-6324 or 540-373-5890 (TDD).

Mental Health

DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in Warrenton; 7:30-9 p.m. second Thursdays in The Plains. Free. For location, call 540-347-3792; depression and manic depression support group, 7-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in Sterling-Reston. Free. 703-431-0045.


BABYSITTER INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, American Red Cross, 604 S. King St., Leesburg. Must complete fundamentals of instructor training before course. Register. $55. 703-771-7171.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 26, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Taught by American Red Cross instructor. Students receive a babysitter's training manual to take home. Bring bag lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. $25. Register. 540-349-0588.

BIG BROTHER-BIG SISTER, ages 3-10, 9-10:30 a.m. June 19, Fauquier Hospital, Tom Frost Conference Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Expectant brothers and sisters learn about changes that occur when a new baby arrives. Visit nursery and postpartum unit, change a diaper and dress and hold a baby. Class should be attended one month before baby's arrival. $10. Register. 540-349-0588.

LOUDOUN HOSPITAL'S MOBILE HEALTH VAN, 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Town of Purcellville, 130 E. Main St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Round Hill Home Town Festival, Town Park, Loudoun and Main streets. Provides wellness screenings for ages 18 and older. Blood pressure screening is free; other costs vary. No appointment necessary. 703-771-2917.

"SUMMER DAYS, NOT SUMER DAZE, How to Keep Your Child Drug-Free This Summer and Beyond," 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Hear about current trends in substance use among Loudoun County youth and find out about summer camp and recreational activities available to children and youth over the summer. Speakers and question-and-answer session. Sponsored by SELF, the eastern Loudoun chapter of the Loudoun County School-Community Coalitions, whose mission is to develop a network of community members and organizations devoted to reducing substance abuse among youth in Loudoun County. Free. 703-633-7741.

Pregnancy and Parenting

BOND BETWEEN US INC., nonprofit organization offering support to birth parents and their significant others when a child has been placed for adoption, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call for location. Free. 703-771-7844.

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CLUB, 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. 703-715-6669.

MOTHERS FIRST, support group offers discussions, lectures, field trips, play groups and mom's night out. 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Tuesdays, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St.; 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. 703-827-5922 or

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. Another group meets at Ashburn United Methodist Church. 703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT, 10-11:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays, Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. 703-689-9240.


NEW MEDICARE-APPROVED DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS PRESENTATION, "Understanding the Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards," 7 p.m. June 1, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE.; 2 p.m. June 14, Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg; 10 a.m. June 23, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Reservations. Free. 703-777-0526.

Support Groups

ASTHMA CAMPS, summer fun for kids with asthma. 800-586-4872 or

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Family Focus, 20-B John Marshall St., Warrenton. Confidential. Free. 540-349-4537.

"CHILDREN COUNT" SUPPORT/INFORMATION, led by 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 Wednesdays, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Suite 130, Sterling. 703-444-4460 or 703-771-2974.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, for parents who have experienced death of a child, 7:30 p.m. first Wednesdays, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. Free. 540-338-4076.

DUAL DIAGNOSIS ANONYMOUS, support group for those with substance abuse and mental health issues, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun Hospital Center, Cornwall campus, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Free. 301-827-7220.

GRIEFSHARE, recovery seminar and support group, 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May, Purcellville Baptist Church, 221 S. Nursery Ave. Separate evening program, Growing Seasons, for youth, teens and young adults dealing with grief from death or divorce. Free. 540-338-6400.

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 Drive. 540-347-5922. Grief support, for individuals in crisis or change. Eight-week program, 7-9 p.m. beginning March 3, Hospice of Northern Virginia Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. Register. 703-777-7866. Grief and loss support, 7:30-9 p.m. third Wednesdays, Leesburg United Methodist Church parlor, 107 W. Market St.; 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-777-8766.

MEDITATION GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesday, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. Support group for patients, families and friends touched by cancer. Learn about and practice the art of meditation. Free. 703-444-4460.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT, 2-4 p.m. last Sundays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-4256; fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Free. 540-937-3808.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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