Alternative Medicine

CHAKRA HEALING/MEDITATION, Bruce Winkle of Healing Touch International. Learn to enhance natural clarity and consciousness, 6:30-8:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Gardens of Delight, Route 9, Paeonian Springs. 540-882-9113.

First Aid

"WHEN I'M IN CHARGE," ages 8-11, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Parents are encouraged to attend last 30 minutes for video and activity. $30; first aid and adult CPR-AED, 6-10:30 p.m. July 27 and 28. $55; adult, infant and child CPR and first aid, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31. $63. American Red Cross, 604 S. King St., Leesburg. Register. 703-777-7171.

PET FIRST AID, ages 9 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Vint Hill Community Center activity room, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. Basic pet first aid and what to do in an emergency. Bring a stuffed animal. Residents, $25; nonresidents, $38. Includes a pet first aid handbook and hands-on training with a dog and cat manikin. Register by tomorrow. 540-347-6894.

ADULT, CHILD AND INFANT CPR, 1-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Loudoun County Extension office, 30-B Catoctin Cir., Leesburg. Sponsored by Loudoun County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Training by Virginia Rescue Training Center Inc. Portion of funds raised will go to Loudoun MADD to support programs. $55. Register. 703-771-1342.

Hearing

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 Reston. Free. 703-431-0045.

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 available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 906 Trailview Blvd., Site C, Leesburg. Drop-ins welcome if coordinator is available. Free. For appointment, 703-737-8977.

RECOVERY INC., self-help group for Loudoun residents recovering from mental and nervous illnesses, 8 p.m. Fridays, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1708.

Miscellaneous

BABYSITTER TRAINING, "Safe Sitter," ages 11-13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Round Hill Fire Department, Route 719 north. Bring lunch and beverage. Sponsored by Broadlands Regional Medical Center and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. Register. $50, includes course materials and snacks. 703-858-3465.

DULLES DAYBREAK DASHERS PROGRAM, encourages people to get fit by walking at Dulles Town Center. Sponsored by Loudoun Healthcare Inc. and Olympus Gym. Visit Dulles Town Center customer service desk to join and receive a schedule of meetings. and programs. Thirty minutes of low-impact aerobics with an Olympus instructor will follow the program. Free. 703-404-7100.

HEALTH CARE CAREER FAIR, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Old Dominion University, Northern Virginia Center, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Suite 300, Sterling. Employers and training providers in Loudoun County and surrounding areas will be recruiting for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, medical assistants, medical receptionists, billers and coders, radiology techs, lat techs, pharmacy techs and dental assistants and hygienists. Information will be available about degree and certificate training programs at local colleges and training providers. Sponsored by Loudoun Workforce Resource Center. A list of exhibitors will be available online beginning tomorrow. Free. 703-777-0150 or www.loudoun.gov/services/career.htm.

LOUDOUN HOSPITAL'S MOBILE HEALTH VAN, 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, in front of Safeway, Route 50, Middleburg; 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Purcellville, 130 E. Main St.; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Olympus Gym, 308 Glenn Dr., Sterling; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 31, Farmwell Hunt, Hemingway Drive, Ashburn. Provides wellness screenings for ages 18 and older. Blood pressure screening is free; other costs vary. No appointment necessary. 703-771-2917.

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

NEW VOICE CLUB, support and education program for laryngectomy patients and their families, including free speech therapy. Monthly meetings. 703-938-5550.

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. Free. 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.

ROAD TO RECOVERY, cancer patients in need of transportation to treatments. Free. 703-938-5550.

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN, eight-week program, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, $15 a session. 199-B Liberty St. SW, Leesburg. Call for date of next session. 703-391-8599.

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

SUMMER HEALTH CARE CAMP, students who have completed seventh grade, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 11, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44-45 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Learn about health care careers. Challenges students to combine compassionate, caring skills with high-tech knowledge. Students must send a one-page essay on the topic "Why I Am Interested in Learning About a Career in Health Care." Include your name, address, phone number, age and grade and send to Carol Mahood, Clinical Recruiter, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg, Va. 20176; e-mail to Carolm@lh.org; or fax to 703-858-6062. Deadline is July 20. Parental consent is required to participate. 703-858-6355.

Pregnancy and Parenting

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

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. fourth Tuesdays. Call for location. Free. 703-771-7844.

DULLES AREA MOTHERS, national nonprofit organization offering support for mothers. Evening meetings in Loudoun. Free. 703-421-3381.

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION SUPPORT, "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.

LA LECHE LEAGUE, mother-to-mother support and breast-feeding information, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays in Warrenton, 540-351-6103; 7 p.m. second Mondays in Leesburg, 703-771-7492; 10:30 a.m. third Fridays, Marshall Community Center, Marshall, 540-364-3991; 10:15 a.m.-noon third Fridays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Sterling. 703-689-0811.

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

LOUDOUN ARC SUPPORT, open forum for exchange of information, sharing and emotional support for parents of children with special needs, 7-8:30 p.m. second Wednesdays. Free. For Leesburg location, 703-777-1939.

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

LOUDOUN FAMILY CHILD CARE COALITION, support for child care providers through training, education and networking, 7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays. Free. For location, 703-715-6656.

MOMS CLUB, support group for stay-at-home mothers, play groups, outings, holiday parties and service projects. 540-338-6098. MOMS CLUB OF ASHBURN, 703-724-0480. MOMS CLUB OF LEESBURG, 703-431-7160 or www.momsclubleesburg.org. MOMS CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG, 540-364-3379. MOMS CLUB OF STERLING, 703-481-3614. MOMS CLUB OF WARRENTON-EAST, 540-428-0052 or www.members.tripod.com/~MamaSharon.

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

MOTHERNET/HEALTHY FAMILIES LOUDOUN, 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 homes. English-Spanish translation provided. 703-444-4477, Ext. 217, or www.inmed.org.

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 www.mothersfirst.org.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, Ashburn, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village Blvd. Child care provided. Taking registration for the 2004-05 year, which begins Sept. 10. 703-723-9290. Leesburg, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Rd. Discussions, crafts and child care for infants-age 5. 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 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.

YOUNG PARENTS SERVICES, support program for teenage mothers and fathers offering individual case management and weekly support group, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 52 Sycolin Rd., Leesburg. Free. Call for times. 703-771-5375.

Seniors

SENIOR CITIZENS HANDBOOK, information on finances, health care, insurance, housing, estate planning, consumer issues and civil rights. Joint project of the Senior Lawyers Section and the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar. $3. 804-775-0548 or e-mail harvey@vsb.org.

Support Groups

ADULT FOSTER-CARE PROGRAM, enables people with mental disabilities to grow and become more independent through interaction and routines of family life. Loudoun County Mental Retardation Services is seeking new families for the program. Foster families receive a monthly stipend and are provided with ongoing training and in-home support. 703-737-8977.

AFTER THE AFFAIR SUPPORT, sponsored by Couples Counseling Center, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays, 116-B Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, Leesburg. New group begins each month. 703-771-1773.

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. Meetings 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. Free. 800-344-2666.

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT, 9-10:30 a.m. first Thursdays, Sunrise of Leesburg, 246 W. Market St. Free. 703-777-1971. For schedules and locations of groups throughout region, call Alzheimer's Association. 866-259-0042.

ASTHMA CAMPS, summer fun for kids with asthma. 800-586-4872 LUNGUSA or www.lungusa.org/virginia.

CANCER SUPPORT, "Creating and Connecting," two-hour art therapy and relaxation workshop for patients, new time 12:30-2:30 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. 703-444-4460; "Look Good, Feel Better," for women undergoing or emerging from cancer treatment, 6:45-9 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. 703-444-4460. Volunteers with cosmetology experience 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 American Cancer Society, temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. 703-938-5550. "Together Ones United Can Heal," 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St. 540-347-1367.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. third Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Ashburn. 703-737-8741; 10-11 a.m. third Thursdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. 703-779-8617 or lvcaregivers.org.

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

CEREBRAL PALSY SUPPORT, parents and children with cerebral palsy ages birth-10 years. Leesburg and Purcellville areas. Call for information. Free. 540-668-6832.

"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.

CRISISLINK, suicide and crisis prevention, intervention and response organization. Nonprofit serves Northern Virginia. Volunteers are needed to staff its local and national suicide and crisis hotline. Training classes are forming for September. Must be 18 or older, willing to complete 45 hour training class and give three hours a week 703-527-6016 or www.crisislink.org.

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.

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. 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.

LOUDOUN CHADD SUPPORT, 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Leesburg Town Hall, lower-level conference room, 25 W. Market St. Free. 703-669-2445.

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX COLORECTAL CANCER SUPPORT, 7 p.m. every other Wednesday in Herndon. Free. 703-327-1472.

MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, for prostate cancer patients and their families, 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesday, Loudoun Senior Center, Sterling. Free. 703-444-4460.

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.

MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE-DYSAUTONOMIA SUPPORT, noon, second Tuesdays. Program details and location. Free. 703-689-9240

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.

NEUROPATHY SUPPORT, 2:30-5 p.m. second Saturdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. For information about neuropathy, www.neuropathy.org; meeting information, 703-904-6548.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 12-step program for those with eating disorders, 8-9 p.m. Fridays, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd., 703-327-3390; 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.

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. first Wednesdays, Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W. Market St.; 7:30-9 p.m. first Mondays, Sterling United Methodist Church, Room 105, 304 E. Church Rd. Free. 703-777-8766.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT, sponsored by Sexual Assault Victims Volunteer Initiative, Mondays. Child care available with 48 hours' notice. Call for time and location. Free. Hannah, 540-349-7720.

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. third Tuesdays, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. Cancer patients, family members and friends. Learn how to draw on your own spiritual resources to help cope with the cancer experience. Free. 703-444-4460.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Janney Parlor, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Free. 703-779-2745 or www.survivorsofsuicide.com.

WIDOWED SUPPORT, 7:30 p.m. second Mondays, Sterling United Methodist Church, Room 105, 304 E. Church Rd.; 7:30 p.m. second Wednesdays, Leesburg United Methodist Church parlor, 107 W. Market St. Free. 703-777-8766.

WOMEN'S CANCER SUPPORT, 6:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. Free. 703-444-4460.

WOMEN CANCER SURVIVORS SUPPORT, 7-8:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Free. 540-554-8474.

WOMEN'S SUPPORT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, confidential location. Free. 540-825-8876.

Weight Loss

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.

NORTHERN DISTRICT VIRGINIA DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, 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. Available to schools, civic and business groups in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. 703-758-4411.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY, 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 meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, SunTrust Bank, Routes 29 and 17, Warrenton. $20 a year. 540-439-3671.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT, group forming in Loudoun. For information, 703-788-3193 or supportgroup4wls@aol.com.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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