Blood Drives

BLOOD DRIVES, Inova Blood Donor Services, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Starbucks, 21201 Southbank St., Sterling (Cascades Marketplace). 866-256-6372. Inova Donor Services, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 866-256-6372. Appointments recommended. A photo ID is required. American Red Cross, 3:30-8 p.m. Nov. 29, Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. Walk-ins are welcome after 4 p.m. Call for an appointment. 540-338-3547. American Red Cross, 2:45-6:45 p.m. Dec. 1, H.M. Pearson Elementary School, 9347 Bastable Mill Road, Catlett. 540-349-2516. Inova Blood Donor Services, 7:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 11, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 37730 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. 540-338-6313.

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

First Aid

FIRST AID, INFANT AND CHILD CPR, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Registration required. $55. 540-349-0588.

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


HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referral services. Walk-ins, 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).

LOUDOUN ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS, support for parents, families and professionals who work with hearing-impaired children in Loudoun County. For information on membership, educational and social events, links to useful Web sites, contact information and recommended reading, call 703-327-5904 or visit

Mental Health

LOUDOUN CSB COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, provides information about mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse for county residents. Lending library and help with computer research available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 906 Trailview Blvd., Suite C, Leesburg. Drop-ins welcome if coordinator is available. Free. For appointment, 703-737-8977.

DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in Warrenton. Free. For location, call 540-347-3792.

RECOVERY INC., provides support for people suffering from anxiety, fear, depression, panic and other emotional problems, 8 p.m. Fridays, Friendship House, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1708.


BABYSITTING COURSE, "Safe Sitter," ages 11-13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Inova Loudoun Hospital, in the patient education room, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Register. $55. 703-858-6360 or

BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 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. Dec. 9, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-0588.

BODY FAT COMPOSITION SCREENING, Fauquier Hospital's Nutrition Center provides a fast readout of your body-fat percentage and your total weight, which is fat and lean tissue. The body fat composition analyzer produces a seven-page report that includes personal goals and recommendations, an exercise schedule and nutrition guidelines. Registration and scheduling required. $55. 540-341-0845.

DULLES DAYBREAK DASHERS PROGRAM, encourages people to get fit by walking at Dulles Town Center. Sponsored by Loudoun Healthcare Inc. and Olympus Gym. Visit Dulles Town Center customer service desk to join and receive a schedule of meetings and programs. Thirty minutes of low-impact aerobics with an Olympus instructor will follow the program. Free. 703-404-7100.

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. Free. 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.


And Parenting

BIRTHRIGHT OF LOUDOUN COUNTY INC., free pregnancy tests, clothes, baby clothing, transportation and support throughout pregnancy, 18 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-7272.

BOND BETWEEN US INC., nonprofit organization offering support to birth parents and their significant others when a child has been placed for adoption, 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays. Call for location. Free. 703-771-7844.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Birthing Inn, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Classes are facilitated by a lactation consultant. Registration is not required. Free. 703-858-6000 or

DULLES AREA MOTHERS, national nonprofit organization offering support for mothers. Evening meetings in Loudoun. Free. 703-421-3381.

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION SUPPORT, "For the Children's Sake," for Loudoun and Fauquier parents separating or divorcing, to help develop co-parenting skills. Four-hour session weekly. Free. 703-391-8599 or

LIFE LINE, pregnancy care center offering free testing, practical care and counseling in a confidential setting. 703-771-3030.

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CLUB, 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Free. 703-715-6669.

LOUDOUN FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN, volunteer organization providing short-term emergency care as well as mentoring to children who have been abused or neglected or are experiencing a family crisis. Adults interested in volunteering as an emergency family should call 703-771-9505 for information.

MOMS CLUB, support group for stay-at-home mothers, play groups, outings, holiday parties and service projects. Free. 540-338-6098. MOMS CLUB OF ASHBURN FARMS, 703-726-0033. MOMS CLUB OF ASHBURN-BROADLANDS, 571-223-1918. MOMS CLUB OF ASHBURN VILLAGE, 703-729-4921. MOMS CLUB OF LEESBURG, 703-431-7160 or MOMS CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG, 540-364-3379. MOMS CLUB OF STERLING, 703-481-3614. MOMS CLUB OF WARRENTON-EAST, 540-428-0052 or

MOMS RUNNING/WALKING GROUPS, for mothers and infants. Free. 703-586-5037 or

MOM-VISION, support group for mothers and women with home-based businesses. Free. For location and information, call 703-669-6348.

MOTHERNET/HEALTHY FAMILIES LOUDOUN, program links first-time parents with medical, social and educational resources needed to give children a healthy start in life, physically and socially. Family-support workers meet with participants in homes. English-Spanish translation provided. 703-444-4477, Ext. 217, or

MOTHERS FIRST, discussions, lectures, field trips, play groups and moms' night out. 10:15 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. $28, membership. 703-827-5922 or

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, 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. $90, per year. 703-858-1906. Another group meets at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., checking cost 703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT, 10-11:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays, Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. Free. 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.


INOVA LOUDOUN HEALTHCARE MOBILE VAN, 9:30 a.m.-noon second and fourth Tuesdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Blood pressure and glucose testing along with other medical services. Free. 703-430-2397.

NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG INSURANCE, counseling and speakers available from the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging. Free. 703-737-8036.

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. checking cost 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. Meetings are free.

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. Free. 800-208-8649 or

CANCER SUPPORT, for those with cancer and their families and friends, 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, Room 209, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Child care will not be provided. Free. 703-729-2012 or "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. Free. 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. Free. 703-858-8850. Volunteers with cosmetology experience needed to demonstrate hair and makeup techniques to patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Free. 703-938-5550. "Reach to Recovery," visitation program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, sponsored by American Cancer Society; temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. Free. 703-938-5550. "Together Ones United Can Heal," 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St. Free. 540-347-1367.

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

CEREBRAL PALSY SUPPORT, parents and children with cerebral palsy ages birth-10 years. Leesburg and Purcellville areas. Call for information. Free. 540-668-6832.

CRISISLINK, suicide and crisis prevention, intervention and response organization. Nonprofit organization serves Northern Virginia. Volunteers are needed to staff local and national suicide and crisis hotline. Must be 18 or older, willing to complete 45-hour training and give three hours a week. Organization also provides community education and training in mental health issues, has a certified volunteer crisis response team and offers CareRing, a free, daily telephone outreach program for elderly and disabled people. 703-527-4077 or

DUAL DIAGNOSIS ANONYMOUS, support group for people with substance abuse and mental health issues, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Cornwall campus, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Free. 301-827-7220.

GRIEF SUPPORT, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment, Spiritual Care Support Ministries, 76 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-5814 or

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. fourth Wednesdays, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-777-8766.

HOSPICE SUPPORT, medical equipment loan closet that serves all residents of Fauquier County at no cost is in need of hospital beds, wheelchairs, all medical equipment and supplies. Donations will be received 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, hospice office, 42 N. Fifth St., Warrenton. 540-347-5922 or e-mail for all inquiries.

LOUDOUN-FAIRFAX COLORECTAL CANCER SUPPORT, 7 p.m. every other Wednesday in Herndon. Free. 703-327-1472.

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.

MEDITATION GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Radiation Oncology Center, 44035 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Support group for patients, families and friends touched by cancer. Learn about and practice meditation. Free. 703-858-8850.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT, 2-4 p.m. last Sundays. Call for location. 703-771-4256; fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Free. 540-937-3808.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 12-step program for those with eating disorders, 8-9 p.m. Fridays, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd., 703-327-3390; 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., 540-338-7483 days, 540-882-3988 evenings; 7 p.m. Thursdays, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7485 Lee Hwy., Warrenton. 540-439-0790; 8:45 a.m. Saturdays, second-floor sunroom, Inova Loudoun Hospital Cornwall Campus, Cornwall Street, Leesburg. Enter through the south entrance and follow the signs to elevators. 540-751-0685. Free.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT, sponsored by Sexual Assault Victims Volunteer Initiative, Mondays. Child care available with 48 hours' notice. Call for time and location. Free. 540-349-7720.

SINGLEPOINTE, singles 30 and older, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn. Live music, discussions, practical principles for living the single life, refreshments. Child care available for ages 2 and older. Free. 703-724-4916 or

SPIRITUAL CARE SUPPORT MINISTRIES, provides support, education and a biblical perspective through individual sessions, support groups, retreats, Bible studies and social events. Training provided for those who would like to know how to minister to people who are sick or grieving the loss of a loved one. Free. 540-349-5814.

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

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

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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