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, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, MCI, Building E2, 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy., Ashburn; 1:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Notre Dame Academy cafeteria, 35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg; 1:30-6 p.m. Thursday, St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 800-448-3543.

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); Hearing Loss, Tinnitus or Meniere's Disease Support, 2 p.m. first Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. All ages including parents of children with hearing loss. 703-444-0101. Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center provides helpful 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

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES SEMINARS, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Plan for the kind of care you would prefer in a variety of circumstances at the end of life. Physician Kenneth Kornetsky, chairman of Fauquier Hospital's Ethics Committee. Free. Registration required. 540-349-0588.

AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION BENEFITS, vendor fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 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 www.abta.org.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 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.

CUT-A-THON, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 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 www.eclipshair.com.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES DISCUSSION, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Hear a panel of four Fauquier Hospital board certified physicians explain how they use these approaches for diagnosis, relieving symptoms and treatment of diseases and medical conditions. Free. Registration required. 540-349-0588.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION, Loudoun chapter, informal discussions for survivors and caregivers, 7-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Loudoun Healthcare, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Free. 540-554-8839.

SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays through 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.

SAMPLE YOGA CLASS, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 6, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE (Market Station), Leesburg. Open to new students only; all levels welcome. Register. Free. 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES, "Fibromyalgia," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-347-2550 or www.fauquierhospital.org.

Pregnancy and Parenting

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CLUB, 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. 703-715-6669.

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.

Support Groups

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

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.

MEDITATION GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesdays, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, 14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Sterling. Support group for patients, families and friends touched by cancer. Learn about and practice the art of meditation. Free. 703-444-4460.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT, 2-4 p.m. last Sundays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-4256; fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Free. 540-937-3808.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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