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Hypnosis Screening. Mondays, March 31 and April 7, 14, 21, 28; and Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Made a New Year's resolution to lose weight or stop smoking? Come to an hypnosis screening and find out if hypnosis can help. Hypnosis video included. Free. Register with Positive Changes, 4244 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-352-5042.

Brain Tumor Group. Tuesday, April 1, 12-1:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. This educational support group for adult patients and families teaches ways to meet the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors. Facilitated by a social worker and a nurse specializing in neurological care.

The National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting an education night on "The Changing Face of Multiple Sclerosis," led by Dr. James Simsarian, a neurologist at the Neurology Center of Fairfax. The education night will take place Tuesday, April 1, 7:30-9 p.m., at Physicians Conference Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. For more information, contact the National Capital Chapter at 202-296-9891.

Free Fibromyalgia Workshop meets Tuesday, April 1, 7-8 p.m., at Quantum Healing Center, 4101 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 309, Fairfax. Share experiences with others who have suffered from this painful condition that inflames the ligaments and tendons. Learn how others have controlled and released the pain of fibromyalgia without the use of harsh medications. To learn more or register, call 703-937-3993 or e-mail info@quantumhealingcenter.com.

Breast Cancer Group will meet Wednesdays, April 2 and 16, 5:30-7 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Semi-monthly support group for women living with early-stage breast cancer. Use "blue" parking garage.

Caregivers Meetings meet Wednesdays, April 2-30, 7-8:30 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Weekly meetings invite family members to discuss and explore topics of concern to those caring for cancer patients, including coping strategies, support, and information related to cancer and treatment. Use "blue" parking garage.

Children's Educational Support Program. Find ways to manage the emotions and changes that come when a family member has cancer. Wednesdays, through April 2, 5:15-6:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Suite 203, Room B. Register at 703-208-5623.

Teens' Educational Support Program. Managing the emotions and changes that come when a family member has cancer. Wednesdays, through April 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Suite 203, Room B. Register at 703-208-5623.

Gently Moving On meets Monday and Wednesdays, April 2-23, 2:45-3:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. For those newly diagnosed with cancer and in treatment, gentle strength and flexibility training. Register by March 26 to obtain necessary consent forms before starting class.

Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Government will be presented by Jerry Folks, affirmative employment program manager, on Wednesday, April 2, 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. For more Information, call 703-425-6660.

Meet and Eat for Teens, 13-18 years old. Wednesday, April 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Suite 203, Room B. Hang out and have a little fun with other teens who have a family member with cancer.

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia, a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path in order to care for young children at home, will convene for their monthly general meeting on April 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The topic for April is finding a balance between home and work. Call the chapter's toll-free voice mail at 1-866-716-7766 to request more information. Visitors welcome.

Spring into Health, Happiness and Joy. Thursday, April 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Learn to utilize breathing techniques, yoga postures, relaxation and meditation to enhance quality of life. Dress comfortably and bring a pillow. Registration is appreciated.

La Leche League of Burke will meet on April 4, at 9:30 a.m., at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive off Burke Center Parkway. The breastfeeding support group offers help and support to mothers who are currently breast feeding a child or anyone who plans to breastfeed. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The topic will be "Nutrition and Weaning: What Else Do We Feed Them?" All questions and concerns will be addressed. The meeting is free and babies are welcome. For additional information contact Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.

Meditation. Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 1-2 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Become more aware in the present moment. Learn about and experience the benefits of various types of meditation. Dress comfortably. Registration required.

Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Capital Area Annual Workshop. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. A day for people at all stages of testing, treatment and follow-up for thyroid cancer, as well as for caregivers and friends. Come and hear presentations by four area specialists. Sessions will include coping skills and complementary approaches. Co-sponsored by Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association, Inc. To register or for more information, call 1-877-588-7904.

The United Ostomy Association, Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, will host its monthly support group meeting on Sunday, April 6. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m., with the meeting following at 2-3:30 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fall Church, conference rooms D-E-F located above Skylight Cafe. The featured speaker will be Dodi Christiano, LSW, psychosocial program coordinator, "Life With Cancer." She will present "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: an Overview." No admission fee and free parking in Blue Garage. For more information, call 703-802-3457.

Reiki for Relaxation. Monday, April 7, 7-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Experience the ancient practice of "Reiki," the placements of hands on different body parts to direct energy, release discomfort and add to health. Dress comfortably. Space is limited. Registration is required for 15-20 minute individual sessions with a RN.

Suicide Survivor Support Group at Haven of Northern Virginia. A six-week support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide will begin on April 7, 7:30-9 p.m. at 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Space is limited; reservations are required. For information, visit www.havenofnova.org or call 703-941-7000. Free.

On My Own. Monday, April 7, 6:15-7:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 2C, Teleservices Conference Room. A monthly meeting for singles in their 40s and beyond to meet and discuss the challenges and coping strategies of having cancer and living alone.

Pharmaceutical Options for Treating Depression will be presented by Susan B. Trachman, M.D. Tuesday, April 8, 7-8 p.m., at Kings Park Library, Meeting Room, 9000 Burke Lake Road. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. For more Information, call 703-425-6660.

Prostate Cancer Support Group, an "Us Too" affiliate. Tuesday, April 8, 7:30-9 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physicians Conference Center Auditorium, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. A discussion of pain management, ethics and hospice representatives. Use "blue" parking garage.

Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine: The Intro. On Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-7 p.m., Colleen Blanchfield, M.D., will present an overview of the basic findings and approaches to comprehensive cancer care. General summary as well as introduction to a ten week course to be offered, April 22-June 24. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E.

La Leche League of Fairfax City will host a meeting on Wednesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. The topic is "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Meeting location is Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Free. For more information or questions, call a La Leche League Leader at 703-471-7762 or 703-385-0527.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group will meet Wednesday, April 9, 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. For more Information, call 703-425-6660.

Heads Up! Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. An educational support group for current and former head and neck cancer patients and their significant others. Use "blue" parking garage.

GYN Cancer Group meets Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers are invited to drop in and share experiences. Group facilitated by an oncology counselor and nurse.

Leukemia Group: Ask the Pharmacist. Thursday, April 10, 7:15-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Robert Bretzel, pharmacist, Fairfax-Northern Virginia hematology-oncology, PC, will review questions regarding medications for leukemia treatment. Co-sponsored with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host the Second Annual Light of Hope Celebration, April 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The celebration will include a keynote speaker, retired Marine Corps Col. Frank White, performances by the Fairfax Choral Society's Treble Singers' children's chorus and Rose Hill Elementary's Sound Waves and children's activities. A reception sponsored by Vienna Whole Foods Market will immediately follow. For more information on the program or information on becoming a CASA supporter, call 703-273-3526.

Writing and Circles: Making Order out of Disorder. Thursday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Suite 203, Room B. Play, talk and learn about a different kind of transformative process as the group makes a mandala for meditation and then writes toward healing. Registration necessary.

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia, a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path in order to care for young children at home, will host an open house on Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about playgroups, meetings, book clubs, movie nights and more. Call the chapter's toll-free voice mail at 1-866-716-7766 to request more information.

Women's Running Club. Washington RunHers Unlimited, is starting a 12-week walking/running program for women of all ages. Saturday, April 12-July 12, 2003, 8 a.m., for 90 minutes at Wakefield Recreation Center in Annandale. The program covers finding the proper shoe, injury prevention, cross-training, safety, proper techniques and more. $47 includes membership to the Washington RunHers. Register at www.WashingtonRunHers.org or call 703-313-0652.

Carcinoid Cancer Group. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Patients and adult family members can share a common diagnosis, experiences and support.

Gentle Yoga. Mondays, April 14, 21 and 28, 7:15-8:45 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Explore the benefits of gentle yoga movements and meditation with certified Extra Gentle Integral Yoga Instructor, Noralea Dalkin. Dress comfortably and bring a mat or blanket. Registration required.

Advanced Relaxation and Imagery Techniques. Mondays, April 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. A refresher course for those who have learned these skills and wish to stay in practice.

Young Adults with Cancer. Tuesday, April 15, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Suite 203, Room A. Meet with others, 18-30 something, to discuss sexuality, dating, body image, work and health insurance concerns, side effects, recurrence fears and sustaining a normal lifestyle.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group will meet Wednesday, April 16, 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. For more Information, call 703-425-6660.

ICAN of Northern Virginia (International Cesarean Awareness Network) will meet on the following dates at 7 p.m., at Inova HealthSource, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax: April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. For more information, visit www.icanofnova.org/ or call 703-237-6136.

Lung Cancer Group. Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Gerilynn Connors, clinical manager, Pulmonary Rehab, will provide an introduction to her department and teach how to optimize the breath of life. Bring a pillow or something to lie on, if possible. Lung Cancer Group meets every third Wednesday.

Reiki for Relaxation. Thursday, April 17, 10-11:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Jennifer Moore will teach how to use "hands-on healing" and energy direction to rejuvenate through the ancient practice of Reiki. Dress comfortably. Registration appreciated.

Colorectal Cancer Group. Thursday, April 17, 4:30-6 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Meet others affected by colorectal cancer and address the issues and concerns of patients, survivors, caregivers and friends.