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<lst>Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or e-mail vienna@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6440.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunk driving-related crashes. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, July 6, at 3 p.m. For information and location, call 703-978-3025.

La Leche League of Vienna has its next meeting on Wednesday July 7, at 10 a.m., at the American Legion Post. The topic of the meeting is "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Free. The American Legion Post is located at 330 Center St., N., Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-5801 or 703-716-4872.

Freedom From Headaches lecture takes place Wednesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Discussion includes identifying different kinds of headaches, what causes them, how to prevent them and safe, natural and effective alternatives to treating them. Free. For more information and location call 703-242-7474 or visit www.newlifewellness.com.

Mothers First — Vienna/McLean is dedicated to supporting women that have chosen to interrupt careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out and lectures. July meetings take place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:15 a.m., at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

New Life Wellness sponsors "Balancing Hormones Naturally," a workshop that discusses the symptoms during PMS and menopause, and their solutions. Event takes place on Monday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-242-7474 or visit www.newlifewellness.com.

Sunrise Assisted Living of Oakton offers a short-term stay program for aging persons. Fees vary depending on the community and personal care needs. Three meals per day are included. Program is designed for a week's stay to several months. For more information, call 703-691-0046. Sunrise of Oakton is located at 10322 Blake Lane, Oakton.

Parkinson's Groups. A Parkinson's Disease caregivers/carepartners support group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call Angela Robb, 703-277-9666.

A Fairfax Parkinson’s Disease support group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday at the Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients and family members. No charge. For more information, call Leon at 202-966-4450.

A Parkinson’s Disease exercise class meets weekly every Thursday at 2 p.m. at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building (classroom), Springfield. Instructor: Monica Phillips. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients, family members and carepartners. Fee. For a class schedule and more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630.

A Springfield Parkinson’s Disease support group meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building, Springfield. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients, family members and carepartners. No charge. For more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630.

Virginia Health Information (VHI). VHI, a nonprofit, independent organization, has published information on its Web site, www.vhi.org, reporting on the in-patient cardiac care provided at all licensed hospitals in Virginia. The information compares their performance and mortality outcomes. VHI’s study is based on over 100,000 cardiac patient discharges submitted by Virginia hospitals for the year 2000.

Shoplifters Anonymous. Group offers a new 12-step meeting program for those who wish to stop compulsive shoplifting. The group meets every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7426 Idylwood Road. Call Sue at 703-759-0396 or Carol at 703-764-0347 to confirm the meeting date.

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area accepts used car donations through its partner cars4charities. To participate, call 1-866-448-3487 or visit www.cars4charities.org. Vehicles are towed away free of charge. Some restrictions apply.

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.

Cholesterol testing available every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Inova Patient Service Center, 110 E. Maple Ave, No. 110 Vienna. Have cholesterol, glucose, Lipid Profile (fasting for this test only), PSA, glycohemoglobin or Lead Level tested for a small fee. Results mailed directly to participants' home. Walk-ins only. Check or Money Order accepted. Call 703-599-5219 for more information.

Suicide Survivors Support Group. A suicide survivors bereavement support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Life with Cancer, an Inova Health System program, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, offers a number of support groups and events for individuals and families coping with cancer. For children, call 703-208-5623. Adults, call 703-698-2841, or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Lung Cancer Group. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. Call 703-698-2841; visit www.lifewithcancer.com.

Eating Can be Good for You! After a cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment, many worry about eating the "right" foods. Julia Thorsen, registered dietitian for the Cancer Patient Nutrition Support Program at Inova Cancer Center, provides recent findings and recommendations to get the year off to a good nutritional start. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.

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., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Carcinoid Cancer Group. Meet with other carcinoid cancer patients and their adult loved ones to share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly group meeting. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.

Individual Reiki Appointments. Schedule an individual session with a certified Reiki practitioner, and experience the benefits of this ancient healing practice. Dress comfortably. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Mothers and the Law, a support/focus group for women with an interest in promoting justice for mothers and children of separation and divorce, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., in the library of McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Share experiences as litigants in the courts of Virginia. For more information, call 703-421-6203 or 703-748-0072.

The Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Support Group. Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dolley Madison Library lower level meeting room at 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue in McLean. There is no charge. Patients, caregivers and family members are welcome. Call Hilary Blue at 703-821-1393 for more information.

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group. Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For more information, call Arthritis Foundation at 202-537-6800, Ext. 3026, or Barbara at 703-913-0890.

Weight management. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays at 6:45 p.m., at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. For more details, call 202-622-6042 or visit www.TOPS.org.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing, free 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, 7:30-9 p.m.

A widow/widower bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. An evening group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 7:30-9 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, 7:30-9 p.m.

Call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org for more information.