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

Loudoun Breast-Health Network, a community outreach program promoting breast health in Loudoun County, will be holding its first meeting. The focus at first will be support groups, outreach programs and education. All Loudoun citizens invited. Feb. 22, 6 p.m., Loudoun Hospital Lansdowne, Conference Rooms A/B.

A digestion workshop will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the Sterling Family Chiropractic Center, 45665 West Church Road, Suite 110, Sterling. Guest speaker is John Hess, Ph.D., D.C.N. Free. Includes identifying digestive imbalances, approaches to resolve digestive issues and nutritional and herbal synergy. Call 703-450-4900.

The Loudoun HealthCare's Mobile Health Van visits the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, to take blood pressure and glucose testing along with other medical needs. The next visit is Feb. 28.

Joan Cassidy will be at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, to answer questions about hearing loss Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 703-430-2397.

Dr. Jennifer Odutola will speak on the subject of arthritis Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:45 a.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. Call 703-430-2397.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at Inova Loudoun Hospital is offering a new exercise class called Mommy and Me. This is a program designed to meet the needs of new mothers and to help them get back in shape after having a baby.

The class is for new mothers and babies ages 6 weeks and older. The techniques used in the class are all interactive with the baby. The class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from

1:30-2:30 p.m., and meets in The Birthing Inn. A total of 12 sessions are offered for six weeks, and sessions begin March 7. The cost of the program is $130.

To register for this class, call the Family Education department at 703-858-6360, or register online at

The Loudoun County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) parents support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month, from 7:15-8:30 p.m. 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. Contact CHADD Loudoun County coordinator Kirk Martin at 703-508-7908 or e-mail at meetings are slated for March 14, April 18, May 16 and June 13.

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. The enrollment deadline is May 15. The average premium is expected to be about $37 per month for people who do not have the low-income subsidy.

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

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.

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

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.

The staff from Lenscrafters at Dulles Town Center will provide eyeglass care the second Wednesday each month, from 1-2 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling.

The Loudoun Association for Children with Hearing Loss (LACHL) is a nonprofit association with a mission to support families of D/HOH infants and school-aged children through networking and sharing information about the issues that face our children. Meetings are the second Friday of the month from September through May. Visit or call Mary Photinakis at 703-327-5026.

The Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling.