Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 2-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Foxcroft School, Roxcroft Road, Middleburg. 800-448-3543; 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dominion High School cafeteria, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling. Call to schedule a time. 703-444-8036; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Town of Leesburg, 25 W. Market St. 800-448-3543; 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. 800-448-3543; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 9, National Electronics Warranty, 22894 Pacific Blvd., Sterling. 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.

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.

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


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

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


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.

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.

BABYSITTER TRAINING, "Safe Sitter," girls and boys ages 11-13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. tomorrow and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

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.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES DISCUSSION, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 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.

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. Saturday, 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

Pregnancy and Parenting

BABIES: BIRTH AND BEYOND, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow-Nov. 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. Tuesday, noon-12:45 p.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday, 7-7:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 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, Nov. 2-23, 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.

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.; 10-11:15 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

ADULT FOSTER-CARE PROGRAM, enables people with mental disabilities to grow and become more independent through interaction and routines of family life. Loudoun County Mental Retardation Services is seeking new families for the program. Foster families receive a monthly stipend and are provided with ongoing training and in-home support. 703-737-8977.

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.

ARC OF LOUDOUN (LARC), 7 p.m. second Wednesdays, 71 Lawson Rd., Leesburg. Open forum for parents of children with special needs. Free. 703-777-1939.

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, 1-2 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, 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, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Capital Hospice, Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. Register. 703-777-7866.

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.

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.

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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