<lst>HAVEN of Northern Virginia offers the following bereavement support groups:
* A general bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting is on July 21.
* Widow/widower bereavement support groups for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One support group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. and the other meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
* A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
HAVEN of Northern Virginia is located at 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information call 703-941-7000.
Lymphoma Group: Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This educational support group is for adult patients and families to share and learn ways to meet the challenges of living with Non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma. Meets on the third Monday of the month at Sunrise Assisted Living Center at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. Next meeting takes place on Monday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-698-2841.
Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living hosts an educational seminar titled, "Coping with Hearing Loss" on July 20 at 7 p.m. Presented by the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, participants will discuss topics such as hearing aides, assistive devices to cope with hearing loss, what causes hearing loss and ways to cope. For questions or to RSVP call 703-813-1808. Open to the public, and light refreshments are served. Aarondale is located at 6929 Matthew Place, Springfield.
Train to End Stroke, a comprehensive marathon-training program which raises funds for the American Stroke Association, is hosting information sessions for people interested in training to walk or run a marathon or half-marathon in Phoenix or Orlando in January 2005. The session takes place Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Fairfax Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. To register or for more information on Train to End Stroke, call 703-914-3783 or visit www.strokeassociation.org.
Good Grief for Children, 5-12 years old. Mondays through July 26, at 5 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. This eight-week group session is open to children who have lost a loved one to cancer. Age appropriate activities and art therapy specially designed to help children share thoughts, feelings and memories that help them with the grief process. For more information call 703-208-5623.
Children's Educational Support Program meets on Wednesdays through July 28, at 5:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center. This eight-week group of discussion and activity for children ages 5-12 who have a family member with cancer. Participants learn about cancer and find ways to manage the feelings and changes that come when someone in the family has cancer. The Life With Cancer Family Center is located at 2832 Juniper St. For more information, call 703-698-2841.
The Jewish Social Service Agency offers programs through the month of July including:
How to Make and Keep Friends. Group open to boys with Asperger's Syndrome in third and fourth grade to discuss improving the qualities of their friendships. Group meets on Tuesdays beginning through July 27 at 5:15 p.m.
Groups meet at the Jewish Social Service Agency, 3018 Javier Road, Fairfax, on the second floor. For more information or to register call 301-816-2633.
Grief and Bereavement Group for adults who have lost a loved one in the last year meets on Wednesdays through Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.
Youth Social Skills/Therapy Groups for children ages 4-6 who have difficulty in social situations because of ADHD or other challenges meet on Tuesdays through Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. Children learn appropriate social behaviors, such as initiating and maintaining conversations, listening, sharing, problem-solving and self control.
Youth Social Skills/Therapy Groups for children ages 9-11 who have difficulty in social situations because of ADHD or other challenges meet on Wednesdays through Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Children learn appropriate social behaviors, such as initiating and maintaining conversations, listening, sharing, problem-solving and self control.
Youth Social Skills/Therapy Groups for teens ages 12-14 who have difficulty in social situations because of ADHD or other challenges meet on Thursdays through Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Children learn appropriate social behaviors, such as initiating and maintaining conversations, listening, sharing, problem-solving and self control.
Girl Talk. Group open to middle school girls meets Thursdays at 5 p.m. to improve social skills and discuss academic pressure, decision making and other issues.
La Leche League of Burke, Northern Virginia's only weekend La Leche League meeting, meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Meetings take place at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive off of Burke Center Parkway. The next meeting takes place on Aug. 7. The breastfeeding support group offers help and support to mothers who are currently breastfeeding a child or anyone who plans to breastfeed. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The topic will be "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties" but all questions and concerns will be addressed. The meeting is free and babies are welcome. For more information, contact Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.
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.
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group. Meets the third Monday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., at Manor Care of Fair Oaks, 12475 Lee Jackson Highway. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and care giving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit. Call Anita Newsome, group leader, at 703- 352-7172 prior to attending for the first time.
Melanoma Meeting. This fall, the Life with Cancer Inova Health System Program will start a meeting for individuals with melanoma. Call to indicate interest or for more information: 703-698-2841. Visit www.lifewithcancer.org.
Good Grief for Teenagers Ages 13-18. Meetings on Mondays to be decided, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, room B. Through group activities and art therapy, teens can share thoughts and feelings about their loss to help with the grief process. Call 703-698-2841 for information and upcoming group schedule, or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Financial Aid. Program offers people up to $5,500 a year to help pay for chemotherapeutic medication, transportation and blood work associated with cancer treatment to those with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-related cancers. To get an application for the program, call 703-960-1100, Ext. 231, 1-888-576-6878, or e-mail email@example.com.
Parent-to-Parent. A support group for parents of young children with special needs, co-sponsored by Jewish Social Service Agency and the Board of Jewish Education, Northern Virginia. Fourth Friday of every month at a location to be announced. $65/individual, $90/couple for entire series, $10/session for drop-ins. 301-255-1944.
The Epilepsy Foundation is sponsoring on-going support groups and classes in Fairfax County; Washington, D.C. and Prince William County. Free. For information, call 703-425-6660.
New Mom's Group. Meets at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. New mom and baby topics and concerns, including breast-feeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates the group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Ongoing, Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. For the convenience of new moms, no preregistration needed. $5/session. Call 703-204-6455.
Parents of Children with Epilepsy. A support group for parents of children of all ages diagnosed with seizure disorders, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7-8 p.m., at the Braddock supervisor's office in the meeting room, 9002 Burke Lake Road. For more information, call Dana Douglas at 703-425-6660.
Thyroid Cancer Support Group. Open to thyroid cancer survivors and their adult loved ones to share information and support in this monthly meeting co-sponsored with the Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association. For more information, call 1-877-588-7904.
United Ostomy Association Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, hosts its monthly support group meeting at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Conference rooms D-E-F. Program includes discussions of topics of interest and concern to ostomates. Free, refreshments served. INOVA Fairfax Hospital is located at 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Parking in Blue garage is free with stamped parking ticket. For more information, call 703-802-3457.