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. Friday, 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.

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.

First Aid

LOUDOUN COUNTY MASS CITIZEN CPR TRAINING, "Operation: Save a Life," Saturday, 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.

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 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.

Miscellaneous

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BACKPACK SAFETY EVALUATION, backpacks can cause painful back and neck problems and injuries. Safety guidelines for backpacks advise children not to carry anything on their back in excess of 15 percent of their weight. Free evaluations throughout September, Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Hwy. 703-406-0200.

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.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR, 2-7 p.m. Sept. 23, Purcellville town office, 130 E. Main Street. Loudoun Hospital Center mobile health van will be there. 540-338-7421 or www.purcellvilleva.com.

ECHO-LARC SATURDAY LEISURE PROGRAM, ages 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.

YOGA CENTER OPEN HOUSE, noon Saturday, 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 Wednesday. 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

Pregnancy and Parenting

BIRTHING INN TOURS, noon-12:45 p.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Oct. 2, noon-12:45 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Registration required. Free. 703-858-6360 or www.thebirthinginn.org (under "Education").

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.

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 ASHBURN-BROADLANDS, open house, 10 a.m. Thursday, Broadlands Nature Center, 21907 Claiborne Pkwy., Ashburn. Free. Learn about this national organization offering crafts, games and entertainment for children. 571-223-1918. 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.

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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 Friday. 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

ALZHEIMER SUPPORT INFORMATIONAL MEETING, 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 27, Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. Learn about the disease and what can be done to help the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Free. 703-430-2203.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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