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

17th Annual Celebration of Life! Friday, June 9, 7 - 9 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital Physician’s Conference Center. Come for live entertainment, dancing, mingling and munching. RSVP by Monday, June 5. Call 703-776-2841 or visit

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

The Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, LLC monthly support group meeting will be held Sunday, June 4 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Physicians' Conference Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fairfax. Socializing and refreshments begin at 1:30; program begins at 2. Coloplast Representative Marlene Clay will display and discuss the latest Coloplast ostomy products and materials. No admission fee. Park in Blue garage. Call 703-802-3457 or visit

Mini Medical School. Wednesdays, through June 21. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Rm. 1B. Attend one or all of the Mini Med School classes, designed for anyone who has an interest in the physiology of cancer and its treatments. Registration requested. Upcoming topics include:

May 31 — Mass Destruction: Chemo and Targeted Therapy. William Ershler, MD, Medical Director, Geriatric Oncology Consortium

June 7— Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes: Controlling Symptoms Top to Bottom. Hank Willner, MD, Capital Palliative Care

June 14—Your Right to Decide: What exactly are heroic measures? Matt Williams, MD, Northern Virginia Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates

June 21—The Circle of Life: How a body dies. Brian Murphy, MD, Medical Director, Acute Care Unit, Capital Hospice

NOVA CHADD, serving individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder holds its monthly speaker meeting June 15 at 7:30 p.m. in James Madison High School's library, near door 1 at 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. Meeting will feature summer learning. E-mail, call 703-641-5451 or visit Free and open to the public.

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. Contact 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.