Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, MCI, 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy., Ashburn. 703-777-7171; 3-8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Sterling Safety Center, 47600 Middlefield Dr., Sterling. 703-777-7171; 3:30-8 p.m. Sept. 20, Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 540-338-3547.

INOVA BLOOD DONOR CENTER, noon-8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 45745 Nokes Blvd., Sterling. Walk-ins welcome. 866-256-6372 or www.inova.org/donateblood.

INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL/INOVA BLOOD DONOR SERVICES, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, Conference Rooms A and B, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. 866-256-6372.

First Aid

FIRST AID AND CPR, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Registration required. $55. 540-349-0588.

ADULT, INFANT AND CHILD CPR AND FIRST AID, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. first Saturdays, 333 Carriage House Lane, Warrenton. Registration required. $55. 540-349-2516.

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, call 703-444-0101 or 703-430-2906 (TDD). For hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease support, 2 p.m. first Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For all ages, including parents of children with hearing loss. 703-444-0101. The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center provides helpful technology for hearing loss, Technology Assistance Program 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).

Miscellaneous

ECHO-LARC SATURDAY LEISURE PROGRAM, ages 13 and older with disabilities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Aurora School, in the Child Development Center, 205 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Activities include arts and crafts, board games, cooking, videos, music, special events and guest speakers. Supervised, trained staff. 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.

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. Program includes pediatric nurse, one volunteer per child and appropriate activities. 4-H club 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, Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Free. 540-554-8839.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN, investigates and resolves complaints made by or for residents of long-term care facilities. 703-324-5861.

ROAD TO RECOVERY, for cancer patients in need of transportation to treatments. Free. 703-938-5550.

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

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN, eight-week program, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, $15 a session. 199-B Liberty St. SW, Leesburg. Call for date of next session. 703-391-8599.

SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop sexually self-destructive behavior. Free. 703-866-6929.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE SURVIVORS, for women. Free. For information, time and location, 540-338-8000.

VEHICLES FOR CHANGE, a nonprofit organization that collects used vehicles and prepares them for distribution to eligible recipients. 703-771-5871.

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.; Lindsey's Vision Center, 71 W. Shirley Ave. 540-347-3164 or 540-341-1006.

Pregnancy

And Parenting

MOTHERS FIRST, discussions, lectures, field trips, play groups and moms' night out. 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m. 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, 703-723-9290; Bealeton, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd., improve parenting skills, make 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 to age 5, 703-858-1906. Another group meets at Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., 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.

NEW MOTHERS AND BABIES SUPPORT, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun provides free in-home mentoring and health education to first-time mothers, especially those facing teenage or single parenthood, poverty, substance abuse, family violence and unemployment. 703-444-4477.

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTHING RESOURCE, Childbirth Solutions Resource Center, 8393 W. Main St., Marshall. Education and support for women interested in learning about birthing options. 571-344-0438.

YOUNG PARENTS SERVICES, support program for teenage mothers and fathers offering individual case management and weekly support group, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 52 Sycolin Rd., Leesburg. Free. Call for times. 703-771-5375.

Seniors

LIFELINE, 24-hour personal response service for seniors. Call Inova Loudoun Hospital for information. 703-858-8094.

MEDICARE-APPROVED DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS, speakers available to explain the

benefits of the new cards, who needs them and how to choose the best card for your needs. Free. Groups or clubs.

703-777-0257.

Support Groups

ADULT FOSTER-CARE PROGRAM, enables people with mental disabilities to become more independent through interaction and

the 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.

AFTER THE AFFAIR SUPPORT, sponsored by Couples Counseling Center, 8 p.m. Mondays, 116-B Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, Leesburg. New group begins each month. 703-771-1773.

AL-ANON SERVICE CENTER OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, volunteer on duty 24 hours with information 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, Inova Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall 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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, many meeting times and locations in Loudoun. 800-208-8649 or www.nvintergroup.org.

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, call Alzheimer's Association, 866-259-0042.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, for parents who have experienced the death of a child, 7:30 p.m. first Wednesdays, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. Free. 540-882-9707.

FOREVER CHANGED, support for those who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death or the loss of a toddler or young child 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,

open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, 7-8:30 p.m. first

and third Thursdays, Hospice Support

Office, 42 N. 5th St., Warrenton.

540-347-5922.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT, 1:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Wingler House West, 20903

Runnymeade Ter., Ashburn.

703-723-0919.

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 www.equalityloudoun.org.

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 Wednesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Radiation Oncology Center, 44035

Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Free.

703-858-8850.

Weight Loss

NORTHERN DISTRICT VIRGINIA DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, speakers bureau of registered dietitians and diet technicians who speak on topics including weight management, vegetarian diets, quick and healthful meals, planning and preparation, sports nutrition, understanding food labels, nutrition for seniors and special diet needs for heart disease patients and diabetics. Available to schools and 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.

-- Compiled by

SANDY MAUCK

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