<mh>Hospice Ball

<bt>"A Celebration of Life" to benefit the Montgomery Hospice will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda on March 2, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include dinner, dancing and an auction. Tickets are $200 for individuals. Corporate sponsorships range in price from $1,500-$5,000 for tables of ten or eight. Call to reserve a space at 301-279-2566.

<mh>AARP Widowed Persons Service

<bt>A free meeting for persons widowed less than two years will be held at Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive in Rockville, on Sunday, March 10, beginning at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the meeting will feature speaker Dominique Maggio, health educator in The Prevention and Wellness Department of Shady Grove Hospital at 3 p.m. Her topic will be "Be Good to your Back" which examine the causes of back pain and prevention of back injury. Call 301-949-7398.

<mh>Free NIH Lecture

<bt>"The Brain, the Body and Aging" will be the topic of free lectures given by the National Institutes of Health Scientists on Monday, March 11 and Friday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The event at the University of Maryland Shady Grove Center, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Building 2, in Rockville, will also offer computer training to find health information from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Space is limited. To register for computer training only, call 1-800-438-4380.

<mh> Eating Disorder Seminar

<bt> The Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders (FREED) and the Bethesda Community Action Team (B-Cat) are co-sponsoring the 12th annual Seminar of Eating Disorders, Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Walter Johnson High School, Cafeteria B, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda. Specialists will discuss symptoms and treatment options for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Young women and parents will discuss personal experiences. Call 301-585-0358, 301-493-4568 or visit

<mh>Low Vision Support Group

<bt>A meeting to discuss employment strategies with Yanitza Bubel, a placement and training specialist for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Rockville, 6125 Montrose Road. Call Anita Cohen at 301-299-7077 or e-mail

<mh>Nutritionist to Speak

<bt>Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., will host Neal D. Barnard, M.D., author and lecturer on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Barnard is the author of the "Healthy Eating for Life" series. He is the author of seven books on nutrition and health and is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The nonprofit organization is based in Washington, D.C., and promotes preventive medicine and research. Call 202-686-2210.

<mh>Volunteer Opportunities

<bt>* The Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking healthy female volunteers to participate in an outpatient study. Participants must be 20-70 years old and must not smoke. Compensation is available. Call 301-496-9077.

* An NIH study needs women with breast cancer for a study. Study-related care will be provided free. Call 1-800-411-1222. TTY users call 1-866-411-1010, e-mail, or visit

* NIH is seeking men 21 or older as well as post-menopausal women for a study on heart disease. Volunteers who smoke or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes are needed. Call 1-800-411-1222. TTY users call 1-866-411-1010, e-mail, or visit

* The National Institute of Mental Health seeks persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder for a study on the effectiveness of Mirapex. Participants should be 18-60 years old, currently depressed and taking lithium or valporate. The study includes medical and psychiatric evaluations and treatment optimization at no cost. Call 301-496-5645.