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<i>Send announcements to the Connection, to <a href=mailto:reston/herndon@connectionnewspapers.com> reston/herndon@connectionnewspapers.com</a> or call 703-917-6449. Deadline is Friday.</i>

The Fairfax County Health Department is expanding its clinics’ hours for free Back To School Immunizations. Hours for the Health Department Walk-in clinic located at 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100, Reston are 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29 and 8 a.m. –6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2. Call 703-481-4242.

Learn qigong exercises free on Friday, Sept. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Traditional Acupuncture of Northern Virginia, 443 Carlisle Drive in Herndon. Call Sharon, 703-623-8340 for more information.

The 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will be held Sept. 20-Oct. 2. Participants must be 50 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2008 and reside in one of the sponsoring Northern Virginia jurisdictions. Among the 25+ events offered for competition are track and field, swimming, card games, shuffleboard, tennis, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, table tennis, basketball, board games, bowling, miniature golf, eight ball pool and more. New events this year are diving, racquetball, ice skating and scrabble.

Registration forms are available at local senior centers, senior residences or by calling 703-228-3600, ext. 9996. They can also be downloaded at www.novaseniorolympics.com. The deadline for registration is Sept. 5. Registration fee is $10 which includes one event; additional events are $1.

Learn T'ai Chi, the moving meditation, free, on Friday, Sept. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. from experienced teacher Anne Smyers at Traditional Acupuncture of Northern Virginia, 443 Carlisle Drive in Herndon. Call Sharon, 703-623-8340 for more information.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, is offering a free bereavement support group. The group will begin Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. and will meet every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks. For information, call 703-941-7000, visit www.havenofnova.org, or e-mail havenofnova@verizon.net

Learn Brain Gym Basics, free, on Friday, Sept. 19 at Traditional Acupuncture of Northern Virginia, 443 Carlisle Drive in Herndon. Call Sharon, 703-623-8340 for more information.

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, meets every Tuesday at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. Weigh-ins begin at 6 p.m., with meetings at 6:30. Visit www.tops.org for more information

Mothers of Toddlers Support Group. Meets the first Thursday of each month 10am in the Community Room at the Reston YMCA, 12196 Sunset Hills Road. Call 703-689-9240.

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.

New Mothers Support Group. Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at 10-11:30 a.m., in the Community Room at the Reston YMCA, 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. Call 703-689-9240.

Bereavement Support Groups. Three groups, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia. The Suicide Survivors Group meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. The Widow/Widower Support Group meets the first and third Thursday of every month, 2-3:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 703-941-7000

Lupus Support Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month, at 12:00 p.m., call ahead to determine location. Call 703-689-9240.

Chinese Medicine and how it can improve your health in the summer. This will take place at CTS Partners in Health, 443 Carlisle Drive in Herndon, May 30, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call Sharon for more information, 703-623-8340.

Diabetes Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m., on the Reston Hospital Center campus in the Pavilion, 1850 Town Center Drive, Suite 307. Call 703-689-9100.

CTS Partners in Health continues to offer free Friday night lectures on health and wellness topics. 6:30 p.m. at 443 Carlisle Drive in Herndon. Call 703-435-4553 for more information.

The Epilepsy Foundation sponsors support groups and classes for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders, caregivers, and parents of children of all ages with seizure disorders. Free. Call Dana at 703-425-6660 or visit www.abilitiesnetwork.org. Reston Epilepsy Group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at North County Government Center, Hunter Mill District Supervisors Office, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive.

Spiritual Support Group. Designed for oncology patients or those dealing with major illnesses. The non-denominational support group meets in the Radiation Therapy Department in the Pavilion on the Reston Hospital Center campus, 1850 Town Center Parkway on the first Tuesday of the month, at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 703-689-9325.

Sterling/Reston DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association) Support Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m., in Reston. Call Ginny at 703-966-2510.

The Reston NAMI Support Group. Group meets twice a month, from 7-9 p.m., at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. This is a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill support group for family and friends of people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. Call Rhonda at 703-716-0674, or Barb at 703-715-2485.