Blood Drives

BLOOD DRIVES, American Red Cross, 2-7 p.m. tomorrow, Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 Main St., Warrenton; 540-349-2516. Inova Blood Donor Services, 7:30 a.m.-noon next Sunday, 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. Saturday, 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. third Thursdays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 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 AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT, 7:30-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. Peer-led discussions to share strategies for living with these illnesses. Free. 703-669-1928 or

DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in Reston. Free. 703-431-0045.

LOUDOUN CHAPTER ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, 7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Friendship House, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-444-5326.

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.


LIGHTS OF LOVE, remembrance program honoring loved ones. A light will be illuminated on the evergreen tree at the main entrance to Inova Loudoun Hospital for each $10 contribution per individual's name. A donation of $100 or more per name will receive a Life Light that is lit annually. The project culminates at 5 p.m. today, with a tree-lighting ceremony at the hospital, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Donations benefit the Ladies Board's nursing scholarships. 703-771-2985 or

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

ECHO-LARC SATURDAY LEISURE PROGRAM, ages 13 and older with disabilities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Aurora School, 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.

FAUQUIER FREE MEDICAL CLINIC, new preregistration process. Patients must call between 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays to register for that evening. No advance appointments for another evening. Fauquier or Rappahannock residents only. Bring proof of residency for the first visit. To be eligible for treatment, patients cannot have Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance. If you have questions, call between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays. 540-347-0394.

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 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.

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 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, 10 a.m. Dec. 14, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. 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. 10:30 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.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, Leesburg, 9-11 a.m. first and third Fridays, Leesburg Baptist Church, 835 Lee Ave., crafts, speakers, discussion, child care provided. Fees vary. Call for registration information. 703-669-9163703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

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.


HOLIDAY DEPRESSION, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Arthur Rosecan, medical co-chair of Inova Loudoun Hospital Department of Psychiatry and medical co-director of Loudoun Advanced Medical Psychiatric Services Program. 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.

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, "Reach to Recovery," home visitation program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, sponsored by American Cancer Society; temporary prostheses, exercise instruction, encouragement. Free. 703-938-5550.

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

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.

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.

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. Fifth St., Warrenton. 540-347-5922.

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

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT, Coping with Grief During the Holidays Workshop, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Cir., Leesburg. Licensed social worker Judith Ratliff will be the speaker. Open to all area residents. Free. 703-777-6000.

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.

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.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT, 1:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Wingler House West, 20903 Runnymeade Terr., Ashburn. Free. 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 transgender people. Helps work to keep families together. Free. 703-431-0882 or

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.

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 CANCER SUPPORT, 6:30-8 p.m. first Wednesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Radiation Oncology Center, 44035 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Free. 703-858-8850.

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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