Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.
In recognition of Mental Health and Wellness Month, the Loudoun County Community Services Board (CSB) and Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services are sponsoring Sunday in the Park with Friends, May 18, from 1-4 p.m., at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center. The family-friendly event features live music, entertainers, games, a community art project, refreshments and barbecue. The arts center is located in Franklin Park at 17501 Franklin Park Drive in Purcellville. Admission and parking are free. Contact CSB community relations specialist, Christine Shea, at 703-737-8977 or visit www.loudoun.gov and select "Hot Topics."
For the fifth year in a row, Loudoun County Public Library invites the public to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month programs throughout the month of May. For detailed program information www.lcpl.lib.va.us or stop by a local branch.
Inova HealthSource will conduct glucose testing and cholesterol checks the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Call 703-430-2397.
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. Call 703-430-2397.
Diabetes support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Loudoun Healthcare's mobile health van will be providing health screenings, check-ups and referrals the first Wednesday of each month, at Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Ashburn Bipolar Support Group. A free, peer-led support group for those with bipolar disorder. Meets every other Saturday, at 5:30 p.m., at Ashburn Psychological Services, second floor, 44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn. Contact Angela at email@example.com or 703-282-0262.
Loudoun Dads is a Northern Virginia support group for new fathers and for expectant fathers. The group meets every Tuesday, 8 p.m., at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Lansdowne Campus, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, family education classroom on the second floor. The group's facilitator is Dr. Damon Moore of Pediatric Healthcare, P.C. Participants can call 703-858-6360 or visit the Web site at www.thebirthinginn.org.
Breast cancer information and support available on the 24-hour Y-ME National Breast Cancer Hotline. Calls answered by trained peer counselors who are all breast cancer survivors. 1-800-221-2141 with interpreters in 150 languages.
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. Call 703-430-2397.
Loudoun Association for Children with Hearing Loss (LACHL) will be meeting the second Friday of every month, from September-May, at the Leesburg Executive Airport, third-floor conference room, beginning at 7 p.m. Parents, family members, educators and health-care professionals are all invited to attend. RSVP to Mary Photinakis, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site, www.loudounhearing.org.
Representatives from Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing will be at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, the third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., to clean, make adjustments and minor repairs to hearing aids, and perform hearing screenings. Call 703-430-2397.
Help for hearing loss, Joan Cassidy visits the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the third Thursday each month, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to provide assistance and answer questions about hearing loss. Call 703-430-2397.
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. 703-430-2397.
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. Celebrate!ADHD is hosting the meetings at 43192 Newbridge Square in Ashburn.
The purpose of the support group is to provide a place where parents can be heard, help each other and learn about the qualities children with ADHD possess. Contact CHADD coordinator Kirk Martin by calling 703-508.7908, e-mailing ADHDcamps@aol.com or visiting www.Celebrate-ADHD.com.
A support group for people with hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease meets at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 2 p.m., the first Friday of each month. Call 703-430-2397.
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking blood donations, especially types O and B blood. Addresses and driving directions for Donor Centers, as well as a complete list of community blood drives can be found at www.my-redcross.org or by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
Donors must be generally in good health; be at least 17 years old; weigh no less than 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo within the past year; and have not donated whole blood within the past 56 days.