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

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

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

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


FLU SHOTS, administered by Loudoun Healthcare's Mobile Health Services at the following locations for $20: Wednesday, 2-9 p.m., Cascades Homeowners Association, 47620 Saulty Dr., Sterling; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., SterlingFest, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling; next Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn; Oct. 11, 3-8 p.m., Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg, and 4-9 p.m., Ashburn Farms Homeowners Association, 21400 Windmill Dr. Flu shots will be administered by registered nurses to people 4 and older. Children ages 4-18 and pregnant women must have a doctor's prescription. Children must also have signed parental consent.

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.

WELLNESS SCREENINGS, ages 18 and older, 1-4 p.m. today, Philomont Volunteer Fire Department, off Route 734. Includes blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density and glucose. Provided by Loudoun Hospital Center's mobile health van during the annual Fire Prevention Week open house at Philomont. Visit from Smokey Bear. Kids can practice dialing 911 in case of an emergency. Medical transport helicopter at 1:30 p.m. Free. 703-771-2917 or 540-338-2880.

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 6-27, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Session 1, "Hypertension, Heart Disease and Menopause"; session 2, "Laugh, Cough, Sneeze -- Oops! Urinary Incontinence"; session 3, "Menopause, Traditional and Alternative Treatments"; session 4, "Fibromyalgia." Free. 540-347-2550 or

Pregnancy and Parenting

BABIES: BIRTH AND BEYOND, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 4-25, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. For parents in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register. $40 a couple. 540-349-0588.

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

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, class for expectant parents, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5-26, 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.

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

Support Groups

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.

ALZHEIMER SUPPORT INFORMATIONAL MEETING, 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, 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 for the family. Free. 703-430-2203.

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.

response organization. Nonprofit organization serves Northern Virginia. Volunteers are needed to staff its local and national suicide and crisis hotline. Must be 18 or older, willing to complete 45-hour training class and give three hours a week 703-527-6016 or

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

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. Drop-in grief support, for individuals coping with the loss of a loved one, 2-3:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Capital Hospice, Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. 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. Coping With the Holidays: Grief Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 6, Capital Hospice, Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. Register. 703-777-7866.

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

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

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

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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