Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

The Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg will celebrate National Nursing Home Week May 14-20 with activities for residents, staff, and families all week.

* Thursday, May 18: Del. Joe May (R-33) will participate in trivia games with the residents at 10:30 a.m.

* Friday, May 19: Gotta Dance Senior Tap Dancing at 10:30 a.m. Legends BBQ at 5 p.m., with Sen. Mark Herring (D-33). Live country music at 6:30 p.m.

Call Activities Coordinator Mabel Costello at 703-779-5423.

The community is invited to join the new Loudoun Breast Outreach Group, promoting breast health in Loudoun County. The focus at first will be support groups, outreach programs, and education. All Loudoun County citizens are invited. May 17, 6 p.m., Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne conference rooms A/B. Call Sue Robison, 703-777-3318.

Joan Cassidy will be at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Thursday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to provide assistance and answer questions about hearing loss. 703-430-2397.

Catherine Stuart, a licensed psychotherapist and mental health nurse, presents the program, The Power of Positive Thinking, Thursday, May 18, 10:45 a.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness, Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place. A presentation by consumers to create awareness of what is involved in recovery from mental illness. The program is a anti-stigma tool. Open to the public. 703-444-3228.

The Nova Medical Group, 21785 Filigree Court, Suite 100, Ashburn, is offering a free seminar on fibromyalgia, May 21, 10 a.m. Annette Hudler, D.O., and Elise Schroeder, N.D., will discuss treatments for fibromyalgia, a disorder of chronic widespread pain accompanied by soft tissue tenderness and fatigue. Preregistration required, e-mail or call 703-554-100, Ext. 323.

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. Next visit is May 23. 703-430-2397.

Shenandoah University's Symposium on Aging: Roadmap to Vitality will take place Saturday, June 3, at the Health Professions Building, Winchester Medical Campus, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The symposium is a partnership of Shenandoah University's School of Continuing Education, Valley Health Senior Health Services, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, the Adult Care Center and Blue Ridge Hospice.

Designed to engage seniors, caregivers and family members, health-care providers, clergy, industry workers and policy makers for learning about current issues in aging well. Speakers include Dr. George Vaillant, author of "Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life," and Emily Kimball, senior-age adventurer and motivational speaker. Registration fee $20 per person, includes lunch. Transportation from Loudoun County available for additional $4.25 via the county Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Call Debra Mobley, 703-771-5012.

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. SuccessLab Learning Centers is hosting the meetings and providing refreshments. SuccessLab is located at 20660 Ashburn Road in Old Town Ashburn near the fire station.

The purpose of the support group is to provide a place where parents can come to be heard, be understood and help each other with their struggles and also learn about the amazing qualities children with ADHD possess. Contact CHADD Loudoun County coordinator Kirk Martin at 703-508-7908 or e-mail at The next meeting is June 13.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is reporting a sharp decline in blood donations and is asking eligible blood donors to give the gift of life as soon as possible. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a blood donation appointment immediately.

Donors must be in generally good health; be at least 17 years of age; weigh no less than 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo within the past year; have not donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Any groups interested in scheduling a blood drive call 1-800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

The Loudoun Association for Children with Hearing Loss (LACHL) is a nonprofit association with a mission to support families of D/HOH infants and school-aged children through networking and sharing information about the issues that face our children. Meetings are the second Friday of the month from September through May. Visit or call Mary Photinakis at 703-327-5026.

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 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.

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.

Teresa Tupaj 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.