Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church Rd. 540-349-2516; 3-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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; 1:30-6 p.m. Sept. 22, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 703-777-7171.

INOVA BLOOD DONOR CENTER, noon-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 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

CPR AND FIRST-AID RECERTIFICATION, by appointment, Red Cross office, 53 S. Third St., Warrenton. Cost varies depending on recertification needed. 540-349-2516.

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.

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

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. Register. $25. 540-349-0588.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, 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 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.

JOINT REPLACEMENT, 7 p.m. Thursday, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room A, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Learn about non-surgical alternatives and treatment options for arthritis. Register. Free. 540-349-0588.

NO MORE SURGERY FOR VARICOSE VEINS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Register. Free. 540-349-0588.

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.

"10 SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL AGING" LECTURE, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 30, Ida Lee Recreation Center, 50 Ida Lee Dr. NW, Leesburg. Nancy Osgood, gerontologist. Free. 703-737-2372.

Pregnancy

And Parenting

BIG BROTHER-BIG SISTER, ages 3-10, 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Children whose parents are expecting learn about changes that occur when a new baby arrives. Children visit the nursery and postpartum unit and practice holding and changing skills on dolls or stuffed animals. Class should be attended one month before the baby's due date. $10. Register. 540-349-0588.

BIRTH AND BEYOND, 7-9 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 3, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. For parents in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register. $45 a couple. 540-349-0588.

LA LECHE LEAGUE, mother-to-mother support and breast-feeding information, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays in Warrenton, 540-351-6103; 10:30 a.m. third Fridays, Marshall Community Center, Marshall, 540-364-3991; 10:15 a.m.-noon third Fridays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Sterling. 703-689-0811.

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 AND MORE, 7-9 p.m. second Wednesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 571-437-7916 or www.mothersandmore.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.

Support Groups

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT, 7-8:30 p.m. second Mondays, Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. People suffering with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases and their caregivers. Free. 703-430-2203 or www.Galileeumc.org.

CANCER SUPPORT, "Creating and Connecting," two-hour art therapy and relaxation workshop for patients, 12:30-2:30 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. 703-444-4460; "Look Good, Feel Better," for women undergoing or emerging from cancer treatment, 6:45-9 p.m., meets every other month. Call for dates. Inova Loudoun Hospital Radiation Oncology Center, 44035 Riverside Pkwy., Suite 100, Leesburg. 703-858-8850. Volunteers with cosmetology experience needed to demonstrate hair and makeup techniques to patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 703-938-5550. "Reach to Recovery," visitation program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, sponsored by American Cancer Society, temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. 703-938-5550. "Together Ones United Can Heal," 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St. 540-347-1367.

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.

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. Loss of a Spouse or Life Partner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks beginning Tuesday; Adults Who Have Lost a Parent, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks beginning Wednesday, Monroe House at Community Village, 46555 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Sponsored by Capital Hospice. Register. Free. 703-538-2044.

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

LYMPHEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP, people suffering from lymphedema who are interested in forming a support group. Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid causing swelling of the arms, legs, breast, abdomen, neck or head. Call Rob Arnold for information. 540-341-4058.

LYME DISEASE SUPPORT, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. 540-338-3251.

MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT, sponsored by Loudoun Cancer Care Center, for prostate cancer patients and their families, 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-858-8850.

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

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS EDUCATION DAY, 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Jane Johnston, post-rehab conditioning specialist, registered yoga teacher and a certified Feldenkrais practitioner will discuss the potential benefits of exercise on MS. She will lead participants in light stretching and strengthening exercises. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Register. Free. 202-296-9891.

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.

Weight Loss

CHOICES WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT, 7 p.m. Mondays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, Purcellville. $5 to join; $2 monthly. First meeting free. 540-338-4854.

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.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT, group forming in Loudoun. For information, 703-788-3193 or supportgroup4wls@aol.com.

-- Compiled by

SANDY MAUCK

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