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Fibromyalgia/Arthritis support group meets the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., at Sherwood Library. The next meeting is on Sept. 9, featuring guest speaker Jeff Miller, board certified massage therapist. For more information, call 202-537-6800 ext. 3014 or 703-913-0890. Sherwood Library is located at 2501 Sherwood Lane.
The Leukemia support group meets on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center. Dr. John Feigert will talk about new treatments for chronic and acute leukemias in the program, "Advances in the Treatment of Adult Leukemia." Free. To register call, 703-960-1100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life with Cancer Family Center is located at 2832 Juniper St.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) hosts a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., at Truro Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Meetings take place the second Thursday of every month. To register, or for more information, call 703-273-1300, ext. 314.
Life Line Screening is providing health screenings on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax. Appointments begin at 10 a.m. Screenings involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis. Each screening requires ten minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $99. Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay only $125. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-643-6188. Pre-registration is required.
The United Ostomy Association Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, sponsors a monthly support group meeting on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Featured speaker Dr. Paul Savoca discusses "Latest advances in the treatment of IBDs." For more information call 703-802-3457. Inova Fairfax Hospital is located at 3300 Gallows Road.
Mothers First - Burke is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter careers to raise their children at home. Activities include, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. Meetings are Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) sponsors meetings for moms and children, from birth through kindergarten. Meetings include guest speakers, food and fun. The next meeting takes place on Monday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m., at Immanuel Bible Church, 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield. For more information call 703-941-4124.
Mothers First - Fairfax is dedicated to supporting women who 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. The next meeting takes place on Sept. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
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, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-698-2841.
Adolescent and Family Growth Center Inc. hosts an informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., to give an overview of treatment foster care. Social workers are available to speak to people interested in foster parenting. For more information, call 703-425-9200 or visit www.afgcinc.com. AFGC is located at 8000 Forbes Place, Springfield.
A Divorce Recovery Workshop takes place on Sept. 22 through Nov. 10, on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at Messiah United Methodist Church. This eight-week seminar is designed to help divorced or separated persons heal past wounds and help them grown through this difficult situation. Child care is available upon request. For more information, call 703-569-9862 ext. 213. Messiah United Methodist Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield.
Springfield Greenspring Village Group of the PFNCA sponsors Parkinson's Disease Support Group meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. The next meeting is on Sept. 23. For more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630 or Mitch Mills at 703-913-0270. Greenspring Village is located 7400 Spring Village Drive, Springfield.
The Fairfax County Health Department presents "Your Health Is in Your Hands: Wash" on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m., at the Fairfax City Regional Public Library, in observance of National Food Safety Education Month. Presenters will demonstrate hand-washing techniques and food safety information. Open to all ages. Fairfax City Regional Public Library is located at 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Fairfax Sully Group and Exercise Class of the PFNCA sponsors meetings on the fourth Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m., at the Fair Oaks Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Fairfax. The next meeting is on Sept. 25. Fair Oaks Sunrise Assisted Living Facility is located at 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive. Co-leaders are Bill Robbins, 703-830-3823, and Darryl Edwards, 703-378-9213.
The Fairfax County Health Department presents "Your Health Is in Your Hands: Wash" on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m., at the Pohick Regional Library, in observance of National Food Safety Education Month. Presenters will demonstrate hand-washing techniques and food safety information. Open to all ages. Pohick Regional Library is located at 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.
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.
Mothers and More of Northern Virginia is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. For more information, call 866-716-7766.
Fairfax Little River Glen Group of the PFNCA sponsors Parkinson's Disease Support Group meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Baker Court, Fairfax. The next meeting is on Sept. 16. For more information, call 202-966-4450.
Brain Tumor Group, first Tuesday of the month at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Adult patients and families are invited to share and learn ways to meet the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors. For more information, call 703-698-2841.
The Caregivers Meeting. Weekly drop-in group for family members and friends of those with cancer to discuss various concerns. Wednesdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the Radiation Oncology Conference Room. Use the blue garage. 703-698-2841 or visit lifewithcancer.org.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. For schedules, call 1-866-259-0042.
Burke/Springfield/Fairfax Compassionate Friends Support Group. Friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. The support group meets monthly at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-425-9504.
Birth Mother’s Support Group. Meets weekly in Northern Virginia. It is for any woman who has ever placed a child in adoption and would like to meet with others who have done the same. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker and a national certified counselor. Call Pat Cunningham or Stephanie Hayden at Catholic Charities at 703-425-0100. A modest fee is charged based on income.
Recovery Inc. A nonprofit support group for depression, bipolar disorder and other nervous disease meets every Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Contact Lee at 703-777-1708.
Chapter 5300 of the AARP. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield in the theater at Village Square at 1 p.m.