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Breastfeeding Mom's Group. New Mom and Baby topics, including breastfeeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Groups meet on Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road. Cost is $5 per session. For more information, call 703-776-MILK (6455).
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. For more information, call 703-698-2841.
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.
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.
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. Meeting takes place on 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.
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.
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., at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive. The next meeting takes place on Saturday, Oct. 2. The topic is "The Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby." Free, expectant mothers, mothers and their babies are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.
The United Ostomy Association, Northern Virginia Chapter sponsors its monthly support group meeting on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m., at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Conference rooms D-E-F, 3300 Gallows Road. Topic of discussion is "Hospice: An Overview," led by Barbara Watts, RN, CHPN, of Capital Hospice. Refreshments are served. Free. For more information, call 703-802-3457
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. 6 and 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.
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.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors "Life After Transplant," a telephone support group for those who have had a transplant for the treatment of a blood cancer. The four-week group meets on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. To participate, register by Oct. 1. Free, space is limited. For more information or to register, call 703-960-1100, ext. 231 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson's Programs. An exercise program for individuals with Parkinson's Disease meets weekday mornings at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Instructor is Anne Martin. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. No charge. For class schedule and more information, call the Senior Center at 703-503-8703.
A Fairfax support group for individuals with Parkinson's meets on the third Thursday of the month, at 2 p.m., at the Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. No charge. For more information, call Leon at 202-966-4450.
A Parkinson's Disease exercise class meets weekly at 10 a.m., at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. No charge; patients and family members welcome. For class schedule and more information, call the Senior Center at 703-503-8703.
A Springfield Parkinson's group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, at 2 p.m., at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building, Springfield. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients, family members and care partners. No charge. For more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630.
Divorce/Separation Group. Middle school boys and girls meet weekly to discuss issues related to their parents’ separation/divorce. One meeting for parents. Thursdays; time and date to be announced. Sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency, 3018 Javier Road, Fairfax, second floor. To register, call 703-204-9100.
Young Widowhood Support Group. A support group for persons under the age of 50 who have been widowed two years or less, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m., at The Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 101, W., Falls Church. It is an open group with an open agenda each meeting. Persons can join any time throughout the year, but it is important to register. Free of charge/free parking. RSVP to Lisa Colaianni or Maureen Balderston at 703-641-0100.
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.
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.
Hours: Monday-Thursday; 4-7 p.m.
* CentreMed, Centreville, Va.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon-8 p.m.
Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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. For information and location call 703-978-3025.
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.