“Better Bones” classes For seniors, reduce bone loss and improve balance and flexibility. Thursdays and Mondays at 2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-754-8800 (Holy Cross Hospital). Free; registration required.

Author talk A presentation by NPR commentator Douglas Kamerow on “Dissecting American Health Care.” Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Free; registration required.

Bipolar disorder and depression A presentation by Adelaide Robb from the Children’s National Medical Center. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., National Alliance on Mental Illness, 11718 Parklawn Dr., Rockville. 301-949-5852. Free.

Tea tasting for people with cancer A presentation by Zen Tara Tea. Friday at 1 p.m., Hope Connections for Cancer Support, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100, Bethesda. info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org. 301-493-5002. Free; registration required.

Qigong class Exercises that can be done using a chair for balance and stability, with directed meditation at the end of each session; led by Mike Kornely. Saturdays at noon, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8086. Free.

Grief seminar A presentation by psychotherapist Robin L. McMahon on “Healing and Hope After the Loss Of a Spouse or Partner.” Sponsored by the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Sunday, 2-4 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital, Professional and Community Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 703-641-0100. lisa@wrtc.org. www.holycrosshealth.org. Free; registration required.

Vision screenings and workshop Checkups, followed by a presentation on the connection between the heart and ocular health. Sponsored by the National Eye Institute and the Prevention of Blindness Society. Wednesday, 10 a.m-noon (screenings) and 1-3 p.m. (lecture), Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8085. Free; registration required.

Mental-illness course registration Ten weeks of “peer-to-peer” sessions for anyone living with mental illness. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 22. NAMI-Rockville, 11718 Parklawn Dr. 301-949-5852, Ext. 105. rhalper@namimc.org. Free; registration required.

Pet bereavement support group Wednesday, Montgomery County Humane Society, Animal Shelter, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville. For time of evening meeting, call 240-773-5973 or visit www.mchumane.org/bereavement. Free; registration required.

“Communicating With Your Doctor” A presentation by the Vision Support Group (Prevention of Blindness Society). next Thursday at 12:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Free, registration required.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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