BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Widow/widower bereavement support group, a free group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse, 2-3:30 p.m. tonight and 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. 703-941-7000 or www.havenofnova.org.

Suicide support group, a free, six-week support group for anyone with a loved one who has died by suicide, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Space is limited; preregistration is required. 703-941-7000 or www.havenofnova.org.

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

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), 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. 703-205-9041 or www.tops.org.

Breastfeeding moms group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant. Weekly prize drawing, free parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, Seven South dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church area. $5 a session. 703-776-6455.

Caregiver seminars, sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium: "Elder Care and Work: Finding the Balance," presented by social worker Sharon Lynn and Betsy Pugin, an elder care coordinator, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Pkwy., 10th Floor, Fairfax; "Home Is No Longer an Option: Now What?" presented by Karen Love, Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living, and Bob Eiffert, Fairfax County Department of Housing, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Groveton Senior Center at South County, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), Suite 325, Alexandria area. Both seminars are free; registration required. 703-324-5205.

Heart Health program, offered through the health information partnership between the Fairfax County Public Library and Inova Health System, cardiologist Cleveland Francis Jr. discusses each person's special role in preventing and detecting heart disease, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria area. Preregistration required. 703-765-3645.

Community blood drive, sponsored by Inova Blood Donor Services, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health for three days before donating. Photo identification is required. Donating is scheduled at 15-minute intervals and requires one hour. Call David Roe at 703-860-9430 for an appointment.

Pediatric oncology parent night, meet staff members and other parents of children in various stages of cancer treatment to learn about coping strategies, resources and programs. A light dinner will be served, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Multiple sclerosis support group, for anyone with multiple sclerosis, their family or friends, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Vienna Presbyterian Church Annex, 150 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-768-4841.

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, Mary Ann Murphy, manager of the Wound Care Program for Kaiser-Permanente, discusses "Skin Care and Complications," 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Physicians Conference Center, Falls Church. Free; use blue parking garage. 703-802-3457.

Mended Hearts support group for heart surgery patients and families and friends of heart disease patients, 11 a.m. Saturday, Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free; 703-941-8500.

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

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

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. 703-535-6575.

The following free groups and programs are offered at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

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

* On My Own, a group for singles in their forties and older to discuss the challenges of having cancer and living alone, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday.

* Look Good . . . Feel Better, a professional cosmetologist shares skin, hair and cosmetics tips to help cancer patients look their best, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

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

* Leukemia group, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10.

* Thyroid cancer group, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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