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, 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.

First Aid

ADULT, CHILD, INFANT CPR, 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Loudoun County Extension office, 30-B Catoctin Cir., Leesburg. Training will be conducted by Virginia Rescue Training Center. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Register. $55. 703-771-1342 or


AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION BENEFITS, vendor fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30. Free; "John's Jamboree," 8 p.m.-midnight, Leesburg Firehouse, 215 W. Market St. In memory of John C. Carr Jr. Music by Brandy Stills Band. $10, advance; $15, door. 703-777-7748 or

"ARTISTS WHOSE MEDICAL CHALLENGES AFFECTED THEIR CREATIVITY," 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Lightfoot Restaurant, North King Street, Leesburg. Loudoun Arts Council membership meeting with guest speaker Peter Chopivsky, MD, of Loudoun Family Practice. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. RSVP. 703-777-7838 or

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.

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. Nov. 20, 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. Nov. 10, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-0588.

CUT-A-THON, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday, Eclips Salon, 44110 Ashburn Village Blvd. Haircuts and facials will be offered with or without an appointment. Benefits the Brad Kaminsky Foundation for Brain Tumor Research. Nextel will match donations. Local businesses will provide prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the salon. 703-858-7555 or

SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 18, Ashburn Library story time room, 43316 Hay Rd. Sahaja yoga is a meditation technique that seeks to balance your physical, mental and emotional being. It can be practiced by all ages and does not involve any complex exercises. Sponsored by Vishwa Nirmala Dharma, a nonprofit organization. Register. Free. 703-471-8484.

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE, 7 p.m. every other Thursday, Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Free. 703-726-8192.

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 27, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. 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, 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, noon-12:45 p.m. Nov. 2, noon-12:45 p.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Nov. 6, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Registration required. Free. 703-858-6360 or (under "Education").

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

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 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

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

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.

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

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.

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

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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