Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, National Electronics Warranty, 22894 Pacific Blvd., Sterling; 3-7 p.m. Nov. 18, Olive Branch Masonic Lodge 114, 108 Cornwall St., Leesburg; 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg; 1:30-6 p.m. Nov. 23, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 800-448-3543; 3:30-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. Call to schedule an appointment. 540-338-3547.

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

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.

RECOVERY INC., self-help group for Loudoun residents recovering from mental and nervous illnesses, 8 p.m. Fridays, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1708.

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.

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.

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

EMERGENCY FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN, informational meeting, 7 p.m. tomorrow, Midland Church of the Brethren. Volunteers provide temporary housing for ages newborn-17 years for one to 21 days. Training on Nov. 10, 15, 17 and 22. Child care provided. 540-547-4284.

WARRENTON LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS RECYCLING PROGRAM, donate unneeded eyeglasses to help others. Drop off locations in Warrenton are Warrenton Professional Center, 493 Blackwell Rd.; Wal-Mart Vision Center, 8728 James Madison Hwy.; and Lindsey's Vision Center, 71 W. Shirley Ave. 540-347-3164 or 540-341-1006.

MARY'S FAMILY, respite care program for families with special needs children, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. second Saturdays at locations throughout the Piedmont area. Respite day includes licensed pediatric nurse, one volunteer per child and appropriate activities. 4-H club designed for children with different abilities meets each month. Locations and reservations, 540-364-4757 or www.marysfamily.org.

MEN'S ANGER MANAGEMENT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families Inc., 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, confidential location. Free. 540-825-8876.

NEW VOICE CLUB, support and education program for laryngectomy patients and their families, including free speech therapy. Monthly meetings. 703-938-5550.

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.

Pregnancy and Parenting

BIRTHING INN TOURS, 7-7:45 p.m. Nov. 19; noon-12:45 and 1-1:45 p.m. Dec. 4, Loudoun Hospital Center, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Registration required. Free. 703-858-6360 or www.thebirthinginn.org (under "Education").

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

AL-ANON SERVICE CENTER OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, volunteer on duty 24 hours to give information on help for spouses, relatives and friends of problem drinkers. 703-764-0476. Meetings 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., and 8 p.m. Thursdays, old Loudoun Hospital campus, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. 703-764-0476; 8 p.m. Mondays, noon Thursdays, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 125 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-554-2747; 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St., The Plains. 800-344-2666; noon Tuesdays, Warrenton Church of Christ, Route 29 North; and 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, Main Street. 800-344-2666.

AL-ATEEN, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 W. Main St. Free. 800-344-2666.

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.

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 lvcaregivers.org.

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

CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ADHA (CHADD), 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Parent Resources Center, Warrenton Middle School, 2444 Waterloo St. 540-364-1428.

FOREVER CHANGED, support for those who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and toddler and young children under any circumstance, 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Hospice Support of Fauquier County, 42 N. Fifth St., Warrenton. Free. 540-347-5922.

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. Thursday, Capital Hospice, Loudoun office, 209 Gibson St. NW, Suite 202, Leesburg. Free. Register. 703-777-7866.

MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT, Loudoun Cancer Care Center, for prostate cancer patients and their families, 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesday, Loudoun Senior Center, Sterling. Free. 703-444-4460.

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

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

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 www.survivorsofsuicide.com.

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.

WOMEN'S SUPPORT, sponsored by Services to Abused Families, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, confidential location. Free. 540-825-8876.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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