Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Call 703-917-6449 or e-mail

A peer support group for survivors of clergy abuse and others affected by the abuse will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. and the last Wednesday of every month thereafter. Meetings will be in the downstairs meeting room at the Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Road, McLean. Sponsored by Voice of the Faithful-Northern Virgina affiliate. Call Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.

CanSurvive. Thursdays, through June 29. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. (near the corner of Gallows Road and Lee Highway (Rt. 29) between Taco Bell & Home Depot. Rm. 203 B. Anyone with any type of cancer is welcome to attend this patient-led, drop-in, lunchtime support group. Call 301-610-9146 or visit

Living with Metastatic Disease. Tuesdays, July 11, 25, Aug. 8 and 22

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, Room. 203 B, 2832 Juniper St. Anyone living with metastatic disease, from any type of cancer, is invited to get together and discuss ways of coping, challenges, fears, and resources. An oncology counselor and an oncology nurse will facilitate these sessions. Call 703-776-2841 to register.

Bonsai Workshop Saturday, July 22 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Life with Cancer Family Center, Room. 1B, 2832 Juniper St. Learn the basics of the ancient art of bonsai (tree in a pot) and create an indoor bonsai to take home. Prune, pot the tree, and learn about caring for it. No experience is needed. Betty and Chris Yeapanis will facilitate this workshop, along with Arlene Polinsky; they will also supply some tools and soil. If you have sharp, small pruners (good craft scissors perhaps), please bring them. Bring a lunch or snack. Space is limited. Call 703-776-2841

Understanding Lab Values and Blood Counts

Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m. FOMP, Conf. Room B

Life with Cancer nurse educator Ellen Wood, RN, MSN, OCN, will present an overview of "Lab Values and What they Mean." This session will help anyone affected by any type of cancer have a better understanding of lab results. Feel free to bring copy of your most recent labwork. Register by Monday, July 24. Call 703-776-2841 to register.

Body & Soul Fitness will offer summer classes at McLean Bible Church gymnasium through Aug. 18 from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.. (No Class on July 4) Childcare is available. Bring a mat or towel to lie on, hand held weights, and water. Call Mary Ward at 703-754-3722.

Multiple Sclerosis. 7 p.m., Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street. A group for anyone with multiple sclerosis and/or their friends and family. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month. Call 703-768-4841.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing free bereavement support groups.

* One-On-One Support. A volunteer will meet with a person grieving the death of a loved one, as needed, to provide individual support. Volunteers will be carefully selected to match individual needs.

* Widow/Widower Bereavement Support Groups for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One support group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The other support group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

* A Suicide Survivors.’ Bereavement Support Group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call 703-941-7000, visit Haven’s Web site at or e-mail

Individual Nutrition Counseling. Schedule an individual appointment with registered dietitian, Julie Thorsen, from Inova Fairfax Cancer Center’s Cancer Patient Nutrition Support Program, and learn how to optimize nutritional status related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Call 703-776-8787.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a national non-profit group whose members help each other understand the pressures to eat and the ways to resist. Call 703-273-3741 or 703-532-3213.

Support meetings for parents of children with AD/HD are held every first Wednesday of the month at 7:15 p.m. at the offices of Annette Spector, 6845 Elm St., Ste. 710, McLean. E-mail, call 703-641-5451 or visit Free.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors the “First Connection” program, which matches patients newly diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood-related cancer — and their families — with cancer survivors who have lived through a similar illness. Call 703-960-1100, ext. 231.

The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., at the Falls Church High School Career Center, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail.

Life with Cancer Caregivers Meeting. Every Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. Meetings for family members to discuss and explore topics of concern including coping strategies, support, information related to cancer and more. Use Blue parking garage. Meetings held at Inova Fairfax Woman's Center, radiation oncology conference room, at 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church. Call 703-698-2841 for registration and information.

Recovery Inc., a nonprofit support group for depression, bipolar disorder and other nervous diseases, meets every Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Call Lee at 703-777-1708.

Amputee Support Group of Northern Virginia. A support group for amputees, their families and friends. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physician's Conference Center, Room 1D, first floor, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. There is no cost to participants, and parking is free in the garage for cars displaying handicapped placards or license plates. Call Irvin Axelrod at 703-222-7120 or e-mail

Sunrise Assisted Living of Oakton offers a short-term stay program for aging persons. Fees vary depending on the community and personal care needs. Three meals per day are included. Program is designed for a week's stay to several months. Call 703-691-0046. Sunrise of Oakton is located at 10322 Blake Lane, Oakton.

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.

Body and Soul Cardio and Strength Training classes take place at the following locations this fall:

* Active for Life/Low Impact. Fridays, from 9:15-10:30 a.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna. For more, call Lynn Mosteller at 703-698-8624.

* Active for Life/Low Impact. Mondays, from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Drive N.E., Vienna. Call Lynn Mosteller at 703-698-8624.

* Body and Soul. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:45-11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2381 Cedar Lane, Vienna. Call Lynne Brents at 703-242-8826.

Heart and Sole. Persons with Parkinson’s Disease are invited to join an exercise class that meets weekly on Fridays or Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. 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. Care partners and family members are welcome to come and assist the PD patient. For session dates, fees and information, call Cheryl Bartholomew at 703-281-1560. To register, call 703-255-6360 and specify the “Heart and Sole” class.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering several telephone support groups for people considering transplant treatment. Each session features a different topic. Contact the Society for a registration form and get a toll free number to call. Dial in at 7:30 p.m. to be connected to the group. Contact Darcy Richards-Bauer at 703-960-1100, ext. 238, or Pre-registration is required.

Suicide Survivors Support Group. Haven of Northern Virginia offers a free six-week support group for anyone whose loved one has died by suicide. The group will meet from 7:30-9 p.m. at Haven, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-7000 or e-mail

Good Grief for Children 5-12. Beginning of an eight-week group with age-appropriate activities, discussion and art therapy to help children share thoughts and feelings to help with the grief process. Mondays from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. Call Jenny Eckert, children's program manager, at 703-208-5623 to register or for more information.