Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Flu shots will be available at following local Safeway stores. There is no cost for Medicare Part B beneficiaries who present their card at the flu clinic and complete a roster billing form. Non-Medicare participants will be charged $25 for flu shots and $35 for the pneumonia vaccine. Registered nurses will administer the shots.

* Thursday, Nov. 10, 22350 Sterling Blvd., Sterling, from 3-7 p.m., 703-948-1080.

CHADD, the nation's largest nonprofit advocate for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, announces the formation of a new support group for parents of children with ADHD.

The Loudoun County CHADD parents support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month, from 7:15-8:30 p.m. The next meetings are Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.

SuccessLab Learning Centers is hosting the meetings and providing refreshments. SuccessLab is located at 20660 Ashburn Road in Old Town Ashburn near the fire station.

The purpose of the support group is to provide a place where parents can come to be heard, be understood and help each other with their struggles and also learn about the amazing qualities children with ADHD possess. The group will provide positive, practical solutions and action steps to help families affected by ADHD thrive. Contact CHADD Loudoun County coordinator Kirk Martin at 703-508-7908 or e-mail at

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Collen R. Winters with Lifeline Screening will speak about strokes, the cause and prevention. Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.

Inova Blood Donor Services will be holding blood drives during the month of November on the following days:

* Thursday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Inova Loudoun Hospital, Lansdowne, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, 1-866-256-6372.

* Friday, Nov. 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Starbucks at Cascades Marketplace, 21201 Southbank St., Sterling, 1-866-256-6372.

* Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1:30-7:30 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, 1-866-256-6372.

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since 1992, on the third Saturday of November, members of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) worldwide observe an International Day of Experiencing Abstinence (IDEA) to encourage members and newcomers to abstain from compulsive overeating. This year IDEA Day is celebrated Nov. 19.

Meeting groups will hold special events to provide the kind of support that is needed prior to the upcoming holiday season. And that support is also available 365 days year-round. OA is open to women, men and young people with any kind of food problem.

There are no dues or fees for membership. Information about Overeaters Anonymous and the location of area meetings can be obtained from the Northern Virginia Outreach Intergroup Web site

Thursday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m., Dr. Samala khan will hold a discussion on eye health. Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.

Flu shots will be available for high-risk individuals who are at least 18 years old at select Giant stores, through Nov. 19. The cost is $25 for flu vaccinations and $35 for pneumonia vaccinations. There is no charge for Medicare Part B beneficiaries. For additional information call 1-888-4-MY-GIANT or visit

Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost is $21 for those without Medicare Part B; those with the coverage must present their card. 703-430-2397.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. Dr. Rani Hanbali will host a lecture on dental hygiene, in both English and Spanish. Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.

The Social Security Administration is accepting applications from older adults and people with disabilities who may qualify for extra help paying for the new Medicare drug benefit.

The extra help will pay some or all of the monthly drug plan premiums and deductibles, and most of the coinsurance for prescription drugs covered by the new Medicare drug benefit. It is expected to provide an average of $2,100 per year in assistance.

Call the Medicare Hot line, 703-737-8036, at the Loudoun County Agency on Aging to request an application, to get help in filling out the application and for income requirements.

People with Medicare can apply for the subsidy by mail or in person at a local Social Security office. The application will also be available online at

The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit begins Jan. 1, 2006. The average premium is expected to be about $37 per month for people who do not have the low-income subsidy.

Loudoun Healthcare Inc.'s behavioral medicine program has changed its name to Loudoun Adult Medical Psychiatric Services and has added 10 beds and two physicians. The 20-year-old program provides specialized evaluation and treatment for adults experiencing symptoms of psychiatric, emotional and/or neurological disorders. Visit

Loudoun Community Free Clinic. Clinic needs volunteers for Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-9 p.m. Needed are administrative, Spanish interpreters, physicians, nurses, lab tech and pharmacist volunteers. The nonprofit clinic provides acute, non-emergency quality health-care services to uninsured Loudoun County residents. Call Lyle Werner at 703-779-5412. E-mail or visit

Domestic Violence Group for Women. A 10-week group for women previously or currently emotionally, verbally or physically abused is being offered by LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter). Issues addressed will be the impact abuse has on children, why some people are abusive, evaluating healthy relationships and legal concerns. A children's group runs concurrently with the women's group. Call for more information at 703-777-6552.

Tours of Birthing Inn. The Loudoun Hospital center is offering tours of the Birthing Inn on weekends and evenings. There is no charge for the tour, however registration is required. Registration may be done online at or call 703-858-6360.

The YMCA Loudoun County, 6 Fairfax St., S.E., Leesburg, is offering Forever Fit. A gentle, but effective exercise program for seniors age 55 and older for men and women. Improve strength, flexibility, endurance, posture and balance through walking, marching, strength exercises, stretching and relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive rubber-soled shoes. Mondays and Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Cost $8 per class. Call 703-777-2275.

A support group for persons suffering with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases as well as other mental illnesses, and their caregivers meets the second Monday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. The meetings are open to the community. Call 703-430-2203 or visit

Asthma Auto Program. Program offered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Maryland-Greater Washington, D.C., Chapter, is accepting donations of unwanted vehicles to raise money to fund educational programs, asthma care training, scholarships, research, and patient assistance for area residents. Call 800-727-9333.

Birth Mother's Support Group. Meets weekly in northern Virginia for any woman who has ever placed a child in adoption and would like to meet with others who have done the same. For more information call Pat Cunningham or Stephanie Hayden at Catholic Charities at 703-425-0100.

Foster Parents. To participate in the foster parent program, call Children's Services of Virginia at 703-331-0075 or visit for more information.

Teresa Tupaj from Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing will be at the Senior Center at the Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., to clean and make minor repairs to hearing aides; and to perform hearing screenings. Call 703-430-2397.

The support group for tinnitus and hearing problems meets the first Friday of the month at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, at 2 p.m. The group is for people with hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease. Call 703-430-2397.

The staff of Lenscrafters at Dulles Town Center is available at the Senior Center at the Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the second Wednesday of the month, from 1-2 p.m., to clean and assist with minor repairs of eyeglasses. Call 703-430-2397.

The Loudoun Healthcare Inc.'s mobile health van is at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the second and fourth Tuesday each month, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, to take blood pressure and provide glucose testing along with other medical needs. Call 703-430-2397.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church is beginning a cancer support group for those diagnosed with cancer, their family and friends. All are welcome. The group will provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere whose purpose is to support individuals affected by cancer by encouraging them to connect with God, resources and one another.

The group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m., on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, beginning Oct. 13. There will be no meeting on Thanksgiving. The meeting will be held upstairs at APC, 20962 Ashburn Road, in room 209. Child care will not be provided. Call the offices at 703-729-2012, or visit the Web site at

Man-to-Man Prostate Support Group meets the second Tuesday each month at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 703-430-2397.

American Lung Association of Virginia. Organization offers an e-mail service to residents in areas affected by smog-unhealthy levels of ozone pollution, which includes the Northern Virginia-Metropolitan D.C. area. Subscribers will receive smog alerts the day before ozone pollution levels are predicted to be unhealthy. For more information on ozone pollution and to sign up for the Smog Alert, visit

American Red Cross Classes. Classes include adult, child and infant CPR, first aid, baby-sitter training and more. Advance registration required and there is a fee. Call 703-777-7171. Visit

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring the following support groups for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers.

Free of charge. Call 703-425-6660.

* Reston Epilepsy Group meets the second and fourth Friday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Herndon High School, Entrance 5, Room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon.

* Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

Reach to Recovery Program. The American Cancer Society offers free services to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo recent surgery. A trained volunteer who has survived breast cancer is available to talk with patients confidentially, provide helpful information and offer emotional support. A Reach "kit" is given to each patient, which includes a leisure bra, a soft prosthesis for mastectomy patients, exercise items and literature. Call 703-938-5550.

The Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization. Group provides free services including educational programs and lectures, brown-bag seminars, quarterly newsletters, and a 24-hour HOPEline. The HOPEline (703-461-9616 or 1-800-970-4411) is staffed by trained breast-cancer survivors who provide information and emotional support to callers. Call 703-461-9595 or visit for more information.

Safe Sitter Classes. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services and Reston Hospital Center for girls and boys ages 11-13 who are interested in babysitting. Call Broadlands Regional Medical Center at 703-858-3465 to register.

Senior Newsletter. The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a newsletter for seniors, "As You Age." The research-based newsletter was created by professors at Virginia Tech in the fields of human development and nutrition, foods and exercise. For a free copy, contact Kalinda Santos or Beverly Samuel at 703-777-0373.

The Loudoun County Eastern Loudoun Mental Health Center has moved to 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 105, in Sterling. The Eastern Loudoun Mental Health Center, operated by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, provides

mental health and substance abuse outpatient services to youth, families and individuals. Center hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The new phone number is 571-258-3026. For emergency services, call 703-777-0320.

The Ridgetop office includes meeting space for group therapy and private offices for individual therapy appointments. The other County Mental Health Center remains in Leesburg at 102 Heritage Way, N.E.