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Health notes are for support groups, exercise classes, blood drives and similar events open to the public at no or minimal cost. Send information to the Connection, by e-mail to vienna/mclean/greatfalls@connectionnewspapers.com, by mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA 22102, or by fax to 703-917-0991. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

The McLean/Old Dominion Office of Weichert, Realtors announced it will hold a blood drive through Inova Blood Donor Services Wednesday, March 7 at the office location at 6257 Old Dominion Drive, 1-7 p.m. and is open to the public by appointment or by walk-in. For information, contact Deborah Ruef at 703-821-8300 or at debrief@hotmail.com.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) will present a program Thursday, March 15 addressing the special issues and challenges of diagnosing and treating ADHD in females. The program is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the library of James Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. The speaker will be Gloria Kay Vanderhorst, Ph.D. Dr. Vanderhorst, a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Child and Family Services of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland. For information visit www.novachadd.org, e-mail nova_chadd@hotmail.com or call 703-641-5451.

VIP Vienna, a support group for people with vision loss, will meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

A free t'ai chi beginners practice is held every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic School Gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean through March 31. Free and open to all, including those who are brand-new beginners. Any comfortable, casual clothing and footwear are fine. For more information and directions, visit www.TaiChiCenter.com or call Warren at 703-759-9141.

Northern Virginia Stuttering Support Group, a support group for people who stutter, meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Contact Matt Zenkowich at 703-319-8382 or virginia.nsa@earthlink.net.

Parkinson's Disease Caregivers/Carepartners Support Group meets third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes caregivers and family members. Call Angela Robb, 703-277-9666.

Parkinson’s Disease Carepartners Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation welcomes carepartners and family members. Call Angela Robb at 703-277-9666.

Great Falls Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike. The Parkinson Foundation welcomes PD patients and family members. They are dedicated to mutual self-help and the enhancement of coping skills for those with Parkinson’s Disease. There is no fee. Call Glenn Lawrence at 703-406-2732.

Peer support group for survivors of clergy abuse and others affected by the abuse, on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room at the Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Road, McLean. Meetings are sponsored by Voice of the Faithful-Northern Virginia affiliate. Contact Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.