The county is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Victim Services Advisory Board. Two vacancies are for professional representatives from the mental health, legal, medical, dental and nursing professions. One partial term vacancy is for a member of the clergy. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, and meet the fourth Thursday evening of each month. Apply by April 12 to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Md. 20850.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Group members share experiences and challenges, information about the latest adaptive equipment and community resources and networking for support and employment. Call Anita Cohen at 301-299-7077 or email

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has announced a statewide outreach campaign to promote the Family New Works project. The program is designed to reach traditionally under-served state families that include a child or adult member with developmental disabilities. As an interactive resource, is designed to help families locate resources and support, network with others, keep current on issues and events and participate in online discussions with experts.

Volunteers are needed for Montgomery Hospice, 1450 Research Blvd. in Rockville, interested in working with terminally ill patients and their families, at home or in an inpatient setting. Duties include patient care, caregiver respite and bereavement support. Volunteers are also needed in the administrative department. Call 301-279-2567, ext. 118.

The Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program is recruiting volunteers to work with victims and their families. Volunteers will attend a training program and provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services to victims of rape and sexual assault in Montgomery County hospitals and police stations. Acceptance into the program requires a 12-month commitment to serve on-call for either a 12-hour shift or two six-hour shifts each week. Call 240-777-1355 or visit

The Spring Fling Auction and Banquet will be held at Bethesda Marriott, 495 Wisconsin Ave., on Sunday, April 28, to benefit Disabled Sports USA. A silent auction takes place from 5-7 p.m. with a live auction and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Call 301-217-9839 or email

The Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center, 1235 Potomac Valley Road in Rockville, has achieved CARF (The Rehabilitation Accredidation Commission) accreditation. The facility received the maximum accreditation of three years for its behavioral health and addiction treatment programs. Call 301-762-0700.

Seminars, support groups and classes through Adventist Health Care take place at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, unless noted otherwise. To register and for a complete listing of available classes, call 1-800-542-5096.

* Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon These groups meet every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-966-9115.

* Narcotics Anonymous. This group meets every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

* Healthy Hearts. Cardiac support program is designed to provide inspiration, motivation and education to patients and caregivers following a heart attack or stroke. Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Call 301-253-1502.

* Heart-to-Heart, a support group for people with heart disease and their spouses, meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Cardiovascular Fitness Center (9715 Medical Center Drive, No. 130, Rockville).


Blood drives to be held quarterly on Tuesdays, April 16, July 16 and October 16, from 2-8 p.m., at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 5500 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments can be made two weeks in advance by calling Dan Bella, 301-949-5317.