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<b>Operation Smile Free Screening</b>

<bt>Children and young adults in the Washington, D.C., area with facial deformities may obtain a free medical screening at The Boeing Co., 1200 Wilson Blvd., in the first-floor lobby, on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-noon. The screenings are provided through a partnership with the nonprofit organization Operation Smile and George Washington Medical School. Conditions affecting children would include cleft lip and cleft palate, keloid, burn, tumor, port wine stain; and scar and scar tissue. Those selected for treatment will receive surgery at a later date. No appointment is necessary. Call toll-free for more information at 1-877-SMILE50, or visit www.operationsmile.org.

<b>Life-Skills Series</b>

<bt>Arlington County is offering a series of free workshops for individuals coping with stress management, domestic violence and anger management. The workshops will be held at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, from 7-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. Spanish-speaking workshops will be held the third Tuesday of each month. Professional counselors and educators from the county's Project Resilience will facilitate the discussions. No registration is required. Call Mariela Aguilar at 703-228-7761.

<b>Blood Drive</b>

<bt>The American Red Cross disaster assistance is seeking blood donors and monetary contributions. Send a donation to the Arlington County Chapter, P. O. Box 3697, Arlington, VA 22203, or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

<b>Help with Chemotherapy Costs</b>

<bt>The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Patient Financial Aid Program will offer up to $500 per year to pay for chemotherapeutic medication, transportation and blood work associated with cancer treatment. Patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and blood-related cancers are eligible. For an application, call 703-960-1100, Ext. 231; 1-888-576-6878; or e-mail singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

<b>Grief Support Groups</b>

<bt>Support for persons coping with grief is available through the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center at 4715 N. 15th St. A grief-education meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. A drop-in grief support group takes place on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. All meetings are held in the dining room of the facility. Call The Hospices of the National Capital Region at 703-383-9222.

<b>Stress Management</b>

<bt>Individuals having difficulty managing stress related to the Sept. 11 events may seek free support through the Community Resilience Project. The group meets at 3033 Wilson Blvd. on Tuesdays, from 7-8 p.m. Call Molly at 703-228-4788 to register.

<b>Hot-Line Volunteers Needed</b>

<bt>The Arlington Department of Human Services' Violence Intervention Program is seeking volunteers to staff its 24-hour hot line. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. The hot line provides support and information to those affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Call Ilene Segal at 703-228-1514 or e-mail Isegal@co.arlington.va.us.

<b>The Arlington Center for Well-Being</b>

<bt>The Center, at 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, offers workshops throughout the year. Call 703-522-7710 to register and for fees:

* Re-Authoring your Life. Using narrative storytelling and ceremonial practices, participants will open up possibilities for living the life they want. Workshop will be held on Feb. 23-24, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost is $300.

* Diet for a New America. View a documentary of John Robbins, founder of Earth Save, which explores what the American food chain is doing to our health and environment. Event is free and is followed by a discussion. Showing is on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 7-9 p.m.

* Inner Transformation. A weekly support group for people who want to look at personal issues that get in the way of healthy relationships. Requires a minimum six-week commitment on Sundays, at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 per session.

* Being Heard, Being Healed. This weekly group gives members a place to share their stories and experiences for a healing transformtion. Thursdays, from 8-10 p.m.

* Body Acceptance. This workshop series will explore how to reconnect with the body, on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.

* Developing and Enhancing Willpower. This is a workshop for those who can't stick to anything. Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m.-noon; Monday, March 18, from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-noon and Monday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m.

* Goal Buddies. Join a group of people helping each other achieve personal goals. Meeting monthly. Next meeting is Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.

* Sexual Secrets II. Share an honest and frank discussion on sex. Particpants will have an opportunity to write questions anonymously for discussion, on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

* Radical Honesty. Learn how to engage in a conversation with honesty and enhance your relationships, on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m.-noon.

* Managing Hormones. Explore the causes and treatments of menopausal symptoms and how to manage them safely and naturally. Forum takes place on Saturday, March 23, at 12:30 p.m. Fee is $10.

* Stress Reducing Diet. What you eat can induce or reduce stress. Learn foods and methods to prevent and overcome stress, on Saturday, March 30, at 12:30 p.m. Fee is $10.