Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 3:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 540-338-3547. 1-6 p.m. Thursday, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 800-448-3543.

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

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.

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

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, parking lot of the Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory in the Sugarland Crossing Shopping Center in Sterling. Inspections by the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Free. No appointments necessary. 703-777-0333.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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 the month of September, Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Hwy. 703-406-0200.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR, 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Purcellville Town Office, 130 E. Main Street. Loudoun Hospital Center's mobile health van will be there. 540-338-7421 or www.purcellvilleva.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").

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

AL-ATEEN, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 W. Main St. Free. 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.

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

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 through 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 through 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.

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.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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