Send announcements to the Connection, to email@example.com or call 703-917-6449. Deadline is Friday.
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 10 a.m. 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 p.m., call ahead to determine location. Call 703-689-9240.
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.
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.
Qi Elements School of Tai Chi and Kung Fu, 280 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, will present a demonstration of simple qigong exercises to help prevent breast cancer on Sunday, Oct. 26, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, rubber-soled shoes. Free. Registration required; call 703 435-4400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen de Loy Swain, CPO, from Space Matters will teach you how to de-clutter and organize your home. Assistance League, which runs literacy programs and provides support for sexually assaulted women and children in Fairfax County is presenting this speaker at 10 a.m. Free. Call Beth at 703-648-1822 or e-mail ALNorthernVA@yahoo.com.
A monthly peer support group for survivors of clergy abuse and others affected by the abuse will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., in the conference room of the Tysons-Pimmit Hills Regional Library, 7684 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Group meets last Wednesday of every month. Free and confidential. Contact Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.
Dr. Chalid Ashry of Germany is recruiting participants for "American Trial of Diabetes Prevention Program," the first American trial of his innovative diabetes program, BALANCE at Fitness First Clubs. Applications are being accepted. Orientation begins Nov. 1 at the Reston location, 11674 Plaza America Drive. To apply, visit www.fitnessfirstclubs.com. For more on the club or the BALANCE trial, contact Bridget Kerrigan at the Reston club at 703-537-5767.