"Life Planning Tools." On Feb. 26, the ARC of Northern Virginia, in coopertion with the Special Education Parent Resource Centers from Arlington Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools, and the Department of Human Services for Arlington County, presents a workshop about the tools that families of individuals with disabilities need in order to plan for a secure future for their loved ones.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Department of Human Services Building, 3033 Wilson Blvd., in Arlington. To register or to request accommodations, contact Anne Lipnick at 703-706-4552 or at In case of inclement weather, call 703-706-4552 or 703-751-3084.

“Ask an Expert” Session. Offered by the Arlington Agency on Aging. The topic scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, is “Planning for Long-Term Care.” The session will be held at the Warren G. Stambaugh Department of Human Services building, 3033 Wilson Boulevard (Clarendon Metro stop), on the 7th floor at 6:30 p.m. The building is fully accessible. Free parking is available under the building (entrance on N. Highland St.). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Call the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788, or e-mail Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested at least five business days in advance.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Groups at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane:

* Group for families meets the first Monday of the month, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Marie 703-978-6425.

* Group for sufferers meets every Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Peter, 703-535-6575

Buddhist meditation class on Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at Tower Villas Office Plaza, Griffin Center, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Drive, taught by Buddhist nun Kelsang Varahi of Vajrayogini Buddhist Center. Learn about an authentic practice of meditation and say goodbye to stress. Classes include guided meditations, a talk on Buddhism, question and answer, and refreshments. $10. 202-331-2122 or

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunken driving crashes. New participants are always welcome. Free. The next Injured Victim Support Group meeting will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Burke. For more information call 703-978-3025.

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region sponsors several support groups for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers. Free of charge. Call 703-425-6660.

Arlington Public health holds regular anonymous HIV testing, no appointment required. To be tested, visit 1800 N. Edison St. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., or Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Testing by appointment is also available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. Call 703-228-5266.

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry is launching an effort to provide health education and personal skills for Northern Virginia’s immigrant and migrant populations. NOVAM plans to bring its new RV mobile unit to the streets of immigrant communities. The program will be funded by a $250,000 grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Awards. Arlington is among the five counties NOVAM plans to target.

HIV/AIDS Support Groups. Sponsored by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Includes groups for women, Latinos, heterosexuals and those newly diagnosed. Call Ron Redfoot at 703-531-4979.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Family Support Group. Meets first Monday of the month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Call 703-978-6425 for details.

Ongoing Epilepsy Support Groups. The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring Support Groups for Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders and Caregivers. Free. Call 703-425-6660.

Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, seeks volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and assist terminally ill patients and their families. Training will be provided. Call Karen Baroody at 703-821-9200 or e-mail

The Parkinson's Disease Support Groups (Patient Discussion, Carepartners and Exercise Classes) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane. The Parkinson Foundation invites persons with PD and their carepartners. Interested participants must call ahead. Call Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.

The STD Clinic of Arlington now offers confidential HIV and STD testing on Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. The clinic is located at 1800 N. Edison St. The Anonymous HIV Testing Clinic is also open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. For information call 703-228-5200. To make an appointment, call 703-228-5266. This open clinic is sponsored by the Community Capacity Building Coalition, a coalition of organizations committed to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. In Arlington, 9 percent of the population are African American, but approximately 27 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS in Arlington are African American.