Alternative Medicine

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

Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today, St. John the Apostle Church, 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr. NE, Leesburg; 2-6 p.m. tomorrow, Hamilton Rescue Squad, 71 Laycock Rd.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Dr., Sterling; 4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd. 800-448-3543.

LOUDOUN HOSPITAL CENTER/INOVA BLOOD DONOR SERVICES, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Loudoun Hospital Center at Lansdowne, conference rooms A and B, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. 866-256-6372.

Emergency Help

LOUDOUN LIFELINE, 24-hour emergency response system for those who live alone or have a medical condition; installation and monthly fee; Loudoun Hospital Center can assist those who cannot afford the service. 703-858-6469.

First Aid

ADULT, CHILD AND INFANT CPR, 1-4:30 p.m. today, 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. 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.

LOUDOUN CHAPTER ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, 7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Friendship House, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-444-5326.

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. tomorrow and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Fauquier Hospital Tower Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Taught by certified American Red Cross instructor. Students receive 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. Saturday, 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.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, noon-2 p.m. Sept. 8, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-0588

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.

ECHO-LARC SATURDAY LEISURE PROGRAM, 13 and older with disabilities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Aurora School, in Childhood Development Center, Purcellville. Activities include arts and crafts, board games, cooking, videos, music, special events and guest speakers. Supervised, trained staff on-site. Limited transportation available from Northern Virginia Community College and Douglass Community Center for $3 each way. $20 a session. Call for registration forms and details. 703-777-1939.

MARY'S FAMILY, respite care program for families with special needs children, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. second Saturdays at locations throughout the Piedmont area. Respite day includes licensed pediatric nurse, one volunteer per child and appropriate activities. 4-H club designed for children with different abilities meets each month. Locations and reservations, 540-364-4757 or www.marysfamily.org.

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. 703-324-5861.

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

SAMPLE YOGA CLASS, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 28, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE (Market Station), Leesburg. New students only. Register. Free. 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

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.

SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop sexually self-destructive behavior. Free. 703-866-6929.

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

VEHICLES FOR CHANGE, a nonprofit that collects used vehicles and prepares them for distribution to eligible recipients. 703-771-5871.

Pregnancy and Parenting

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.

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.

Seniors

NEW MEDICARE-APPROVED DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS, speakers available to explain the benefits of the new cards, who needs them and how to choose the best card for your needs. Free. Groups or clubs. 703-777-0257.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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