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Health Notes

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 greatfalls@connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA 22102. Deadline is Friday. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

Flu Vaccinations. Shots $25 or Medicare Part B; must be 18 or older. Call Inova for details; 877-895-5284. Adults. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

New Mothers Support Group. Nurses from the Fairfax County Health Department discuss child development and answer questions. Adults. No registration is required. Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, is offering a free presentation on coping with the holidays after the death of a loved one on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30-9 p.m. For information and registration, call 703-941-7000, visit www.havenofnova.org, or e-mail havenofnova@verizon.net.

Break-It-Down Zumba sample session to introduce this new aerobics dance class will be held at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Zumba incorporates movements from salsa, merengue, samba and other popular Latin dances to strengthen and shape the body. The fee is $15 for town residents. For information, call 703-255-6360.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. The volunteers will assist with providing a high level of customer service to donors, and with caring for donors in the refreshment area after the donation process. This position is offered to people who are 14 years of age or older. Specific responsibilities include greeting donors and providing them with essential reading materials, serving refreshments, and observing donors for post-donation reactions to giving blood. Training is provided. To register for training, call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

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.

Balance and Beyond. Persons with Parkinson’s Disease who can walk unassisted are invited to join a balance class that meets weekly on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. The classes are sanctioned by the Parkinson Foundation for the National Capital Area (PFNCA) and are led by a certified instructor of the American Senior Fitness Association. Call Cheryl Bartholomew at 703-281-1560. To register, call 703-255-6360 and specify the "Balance and Beyond" class.