Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 8 a.m.-noon Friday, National Association of Letter Carriers, 20547 Waverly Ct., Ashburn; 6:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Theresa Church Parish Center, 21370 St. Theresa Lane, Ashburn; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25-26, MCI , Building E2, 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy., Ashburn; 1:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27, Notre Dame Academy cafeteria, 35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg; 1:30-6 p.m. Oct. 28, St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 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.

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

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 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.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, "Safe Sitter," girls and boys ages 11-13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Ct., Leesburg. Instructors, Megan Descutner, RN, director of community relations for Broadlands Regional Medical Center, and Joy Brown, manager of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services public education and passenger safety programs. Bring lunch and a beverage both days. Register. $50, includes course materials and snacks. 703-858-3465.

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. Wednesday, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-0588.

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.

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 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 www.fauquierhospital.org.

Pregnancy and Parenting

BABIES: BIRTH AND BEYOND, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 1-22 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, 7-7:45 p.m. Friday, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Registration required. Free. 703-858-6360 or www.thebirthinginn.org (under "Education").

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

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.

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.

Support Groups

CANCER SUPPORT, "Creating and Connecting," two-hour art therapy and relaxation workshop for patients, 12:30-2:30 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. 703-444-4460; "Look Good, Feel Better," for women undergoing or emerging from cancer treatment, 6:45-9 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. 703-444-4460. Volunteers with cosmetology experience needed to demonstrate hair and makeup techniques to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 703-938-5550. "Reach to Recovery," visitation program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, sponsored by American Cancer Society, temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. 703-938-5550. "Together Ones United Can Heal," 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St. 540-347-1367.

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.

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

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.

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

Weight Loss

CHOICES WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT, 7 p.m. Mondays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, Purcellville. $5 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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