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Mothers First – Burke is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out, and lectures. Meetings take place on Dec. 27, Jan. 10, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia sponsors the following bereavement support groups:

* Widow/Widower Bereavement Support Groups, for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. Meetings take place on the first and third Thursday of the month or on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The next Thursday meeting is Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. The next Tuesday meetings are Dec. 28 and Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

* Suicide Survivors Bereavement Support Group, for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, meets the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting takes place Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

* A General Bereavement Support Group, for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Meetings take place the first and third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting takes place on Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

* Beginning Jan. 27, HAVEN will offer an eight-week support group open to children, ages 6-12 years old, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, relative or friend. Group meets at 5 p.m., and space is limited.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia is located at 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Mothers & More is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The next meeting is Jan. 6. Free. For more information, call 866-716-7766.

Mothers First – Fairfax is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out and lectures. Meetings take place on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21 from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road. For more information, call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

The United Ostomy Association, Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter sponsors its monthly support group meeting on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m., at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road. Program is the chapter's annual VideoFest. Free. Parking in Blue garage is free with ticket stamped at UOA meeting. For more information, call 703-802-3457 or visit novachapteruoa.org.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presents a free telephone program on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7:15 p.m., on treatments for pediatric Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Donald Small, an oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins, is the guest speaker. Space is limited for this program, and pre-registration by Jan. 7 is required. For more information, call 703-960-1100, ext. 231 or e-mail singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

The MOMS Club of Burke is sponsoring the fourth annual Preschool Fair on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 1-3 p.m., at the Burke Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Hall, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. More than 25 preschools from Burke and the surrounding area are planning to attend. The event is free. For more information, e-mail the Burke MOMS Club at burkemomsclub@onebox.com or call 703-644-5259.

Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio sponsors "Mindfulness Meditation Class" on Sundays at 7 p.m., at the studio, 9998 Main St., Fairfax. Free. For more information, send an e-mail to ErikaKL@aol.com or call 703-864-2807.

Donate Blood. Inova Blood Donor Services is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at its main location at 3289 Woodburn Road in Annandale. To inquire about appointments at a convenient donor center or blood drive, call 1-866-BLOOD SAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit www.inova.org/donateblood.

Other Inova blood donation sites are:

* Inova Alexandria Hospital

4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va.

703-504-3500

Hours: Monday and Wednesday; noon-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

* Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria, Va.

703-664-7229

Hours: Monday-Thursday; 4-7 p.m.

* CentreMed, Centreville, Va.

703-322-1970

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon-8 p.m.

Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

CanSurvive. Life with Cancer sponsors a patient-led, drop in lunchtime general cancer support group for those dealing with any type of cancer on Thursdays at 12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. For more information call 301-610-9146 or visit www.can-survive.net.

TLC: Teens Living with Cancer. Monthly social activities for 13 to 18-year-olds who have cancer give them a chance to meet others with cancer, share a little have fun. Call 703-208-5623 for details. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.