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, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg; 1-6 p.m. Sept. 23, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 800-448-3543.

First Aid

LOUDOUN COUNTY MASS CITIZEN CPR TRAINING, "Operation: Save a Life," Sept. 18, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd. SE, Leesburg. Pediatric CPR, 9 a.m.-noon; adult CPR, 1-4 p.m. Class size is limited. Free. Register. 703-737-8093. Forms are available at any Loudoun County fire and rescue station or at www.loudoun.gov/fire.

CPR AND FIRST AID RECERTIFICATION, by appointment, Red Cross office, 53 S. Third St., Warrenton. Cost varies depending on recertification needed. 540-349-2515.

ADULT, INFANT AND CHILD CPR AND FIRST AID, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. first Saturdays, Red Cross office, 53 S. Third St., Warrenton. Register. $55. 540-349-2516.

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.

Miscellaneous

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

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MEDITATION CLASS, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Friday, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE (Market Station), Leesburg. Register. $35. 703-771-0006.

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.

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. For information, time and location, Free. 540-338-8000.

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

YOGA CENTER OPEN HOUSE, noon Sept. 18, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE (Market Station), Leesburg. Visit the studio, meet teachers and see demonstrations. Refreshments. Free. RSVP by Sept. 15. 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

Pregnancy and Parenting

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, discussion-oriented, interactive class for expectant parents, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 7-28, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Topics include feelings during pregnancy, caring for your baby once you get home, labor, breathing techniques and relaxation. Each couple receives the American Red Cross book "Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby." Register. $50. 540-349-0588.

LA LECHE LEAGUE, mother-to-mother support and breast-feeding information, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays in Warrenton, 540-351-6103; 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.

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 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.

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. 703-723-9290. Bealeton, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd. Improve parenting skills, meet new friends and discover hobbies and games. 540-439-0500 or www.libertyassembly.com. Leesburg, 9-11 a.m. first and third Fridays, Leesburg Baptist Church, 835 Lee Ave. Crafts, speakers, discussion. Child care provided. Taking registration for 2004-05 year, which begins Sept. 17. 703-669-9163. 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.

Support Groups

"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 the death of a child, 7:30 p.m. first Wednesdays, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. Free. 540-338-4076.

DIVORCECARE, support group for people experiencing separation or divorce, 7 p.m. Wednesdays in September, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 1775 Morgansburg Rd., Bealeton. Free. 540-439-0500 or www.libertyassembly.com.

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. Griefshare, 13-week educational program and support group for those who have lost a loved one, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14-Dec. 14, Purcellville Baptist Church, 221 Nursery Ave. Register. Free. 540-338-0918. Growing Seasons, ages 4-12, deals with a child's loss from death or divorce, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14-Dec. 14, Purcellville Baptist Church, 221 Nursery Ave. Register. Free. 540-338-0918. 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.

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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.

PFLAG SUPPORT, first Tuesdays, meet at the Sterling Starbucks, 21800 Towncenter Plaza, to carpool to local meeting. For parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Helps work to keep families together. 703-431-0882 or www.equalityloudoun.org.

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.

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

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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