BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Widow and widower bereavement support groups will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, 2-3:30 p.m. today and 7:30 -- 9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Grief support, a general bereavement support group for adults, 7:30-9 p.m. today and Oct. 20, Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400, Ext. 17.

Widow and widower group, a free grief support group for those who have lost a significant other, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 24, Conference Room, Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Rd., Suite 101 West, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-641-0100.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. $20 a year, plus $5 a month; first meeting is free. For more information, call 703-205-9041 or visit www.tops.org.

La Leche League of Fairfax City discusses "The Family and the Breastfed Baby" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Pregnant and nursing women and their children are welcome. For more information, call 703-323-6683.

Breastfeeding mothers group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant, with weekly prize drawing, complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. $5 a session. For more information, call 703-776-6455.

Caregivers seminar, "Avoiding Financial Pitfalls When Paying for Long-Term Care," presented by financial planner Tom West, sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. Free; registration required. For more information, call 703-324-5205.

Mental health screenings will be offered free, in English and Spanish, by licensed clinicians in recognition of National Depression Screening Day. Participants will be given results and, when recommended, information on obtaining professional mental health care. The county's Community and Recreation Services Department will provide food and games. Screenings will be conducted 2-6 p.m. today at the teen center at South County Center, third floor, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), Alexandria, or 6-9 p.m. today, James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Rd., Falls Church. For more information, call Jennifer Heffron at 703-440-9779.

Look Good . . . Feel Better, a professional cosmetologist shares skin, hair and cosmetic tips to help you look your best before, during and after cancer treatment, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Gay people and families support group, a free group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, to discuss issues having to do with coming out, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Beverly Hills Community United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd., Alexandria. For more information, call 301-439-3524.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, a free group for individuals diagnosed with OCD, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. For more information, call 703-535-6575.

Northern Virginia epilepsy group, a free group sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and their caregivers. 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

The following free groups are held at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

* CanSurvive, a patient-led general cancer support group, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.

* Gynecological cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

* Leukemia group, 7-9 p.m. next Thursday.

The following free cancer support groups are held at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Use blue parking garage. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

* Caregivers meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 26.

* Head and neck cancers group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Caring and Sharing support group for patients, survivors, family and friends, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 25, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Conference Center Room 3, past the cafe to the left, 2600 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

Young Women With Breast Cancer, a meeting for pre-menopausal women to discuss concerns and solutions for dealing with breast cancer at a young age, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Preregistration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by

JEAN MACK

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