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HAVEN of Northern Virginia offers an eight-week support group open to children ages 6-12 who have experienced death of a parent, sibling, relative or friend. The group meetings begin Sept. 30, at 5 p.m., at 4606 Ravensworth Road. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Haven of Northern Virginia sponsors a six-week children's bereavement support group program beginning Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. Open to children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, relative or friend. Program is free, and registration is required. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org. Haven of Northern Virginia is located at 4606 Ravensworth Road.

Relaxation and Imagery Techniques on Saturdays in October at 10:30 a.m., at Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Cancer Fund-raiser. Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons II Galleria on Oct. 14-17, and 2 percent of purchases are donated to Life with Cancer and the Women's Cancer Research Fund. Special events throughout the four days include a luncheon/fashion show, Taste of Tysons, Bobbi Brown Makeup Master Class for any woman with cancer, music and more. For more information, visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Leukemia Group meets on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Topic of discussion is "How Do You Manage Your Anxiety." For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Carcinoid Cancer Group meets to discuss "Carcinoid 2004: Update on Diagnosis and Management" on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Guest speaker is Richard Warner. For more information, call 703-255-0519 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Moving for Life workshops, led by dancer Anna Halprin, take place on Oct. 18, Oct. 21 and Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Register at least two days prior to class meetings. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, "Acupuncture and Herbs" course takes place Monday, Oct. 18, at 7:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Lymphoma Group: Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma meets on Monday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Medical Planning Building, 3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. John Densmore will present "Lymphoma Treatment Updates." For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Multiple Myeloma Group: Learning about Kyphoplasty, a spinal surgery procedure used to treat painful progressive vertebral body collapse due to tumor spread or osteoporosis. Group meets on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 11:45 a.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Guest speaker is Vance Watson, director of Neuro-Interventional and Endovascular Therapies at Georgetown University. Must register. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Alzheimer's Family Day Center presents the following programs. The center is located at 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-204-4664.

*The Caregiving Classics: A Series of Six Caregiving Education Programs, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration required. Programs include:

- Tuesday, Oct. 19; "Why Does She Do That?"

- Tuesday, Oct. 26; "The Resources in Your Community."

* "Life After Diagnosis," a program about the progression of Alzheimer's disease, advances in treatment, caregiver resources and where to turn for help. Program takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The Healing Journey: Attitudes and Personal Myths," a two-part workshop meets on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Lung Cancer Group meets on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Advanced Care Planning. Guest speaker Patti O'Donnell helps explore issues relating to end of life care on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Woman's Center, 3300 Gallows Road. Participants must register by Oct. 18. For more information or to register, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Mothers First—Fairfax is dedicated to supporting women that have chosen to alter careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out and lectures. Next meetings take place on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road. Call 703-827-5922 or www.mothersfirst.org for more information.

Reiki Appointments. A certified Reiki practitioner provides this ancient practice involving the placement of hands on different parts of the body to direct energy in order to release tension and discomfort. Appointments can be made for Wednesday, Oct. 20, between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Dress comfortably. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Stress Relievers. Licensed clinical social worker, veteran therapist, teacher and cancer survivor Margie Stohner presents a workshop identifying anxiety triggers and demonstrate several techniques to better manage anxiety. Workshop takes place on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Participants are asked to register by Oct. 18. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Good Grief Dinner for Teens on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Open to ages 13-28. Meet others who have lost a loved one to cancer, share thoughts and feelings, and learn about the grief process. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Expressive Arts. Learn to arrange dried flowers in containers or for making wreaths on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Participants are asked to bring a container for arrangements. Register by Oct. 18. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Northern Virginia Community College hosts a Health Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield. Activities include moonbounce, KidPrint ID, raffle/prizes, adult flu shots, story hour, massages, face painting, health screenings and more. For more information call 703-822-6661 or e-mail kroach@nvcc.edu.

Inova Fairfax Hospital hosts a Crohn's and Colitis support group meeting on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Elaine Wolf Komarow, a licensed acupuncturist, is the guest speaker. Inova Fairfax Hospital is located at 3300 Gallows Road. For more information visit www.inova.org.