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

Free seminar on allergies on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Hear about the underlying cause of allergies and what to do to correct them without shots or drugs. Registration required 703-255-6360 or

"Caring for your Newborn" will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Topics include preparing the nursery, nutrition, bonding and more. Free but registration required. 703-255-6360 or

Christ Centered Yoga workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Christ-centered yoga fuses Biblical study with hatha yoga. For more information or to register, contact, Becky Martin at 770-861-8420 or Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332 or

The Fairfax—Falls Church Community Services Board has a Focus Group on Monday, Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 7 of the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, to discuss mental health targeted support services. If you are able to attend, respond to Telma Medina at 703-324-5307, TTY 711 or

Post Cana of Northern Virginia, a non-denominational organization of Widow and Widowers, will hold its monthly meeting, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Call 703-281-4304. The support group meets the second Monday of every month.

On My Own. Monday, Sept. 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Upper Level, Room 203B. Meet other singles in their 40's and beyond to discuss the challenges and coping strategies of having cancer and living alone. Facilitated by volunteer and cancer survivor Bobbi Brady.

Parents and associates of the Northern Virginia Training Center along with the Fairfax Civitan Club (both all-volunteer, not-for-profit organizations) will host fund-raising auctions (both silent and live) on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 8 a.m. in the NVTC gymnasium located at 9901 Braddock Road, at Burke Station Road, in Fairfax. Money raised will purchase items for residents with severe and profound mental retardation.

The doors will open at 8 a.m. when all items will be available for viewing, and the silent auction bidding will begin. The live auction will begin promptly at 10 a.m. There will be a break at noon to determine the silent auction winners, with the live auction resuming at 12:30.

There will be more than 300 items, including many different pieces of art work, Park-Hopper passes to Disney World; washing machine; Cracker Barrel rocker; furniture; and more than 100 gift certificates . The list of auction items can be viewed at

Individual Reiki Appointments. Monday evenings, Sept. 11 7-9 p.m. by appointment, Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St. Lower Level, Room 1E and 1B. Schedule an individual session with a certified Reiki practitioner and experience the benefits of this ancient practice involving the placement of hands on different parts of the body to direct energy in order to release tension and discomfort, and enhance well-being. Dress comfortably. Appointments are limited. Schedule your appointment by preceding Friday. Call 703-776-2841.

Living with Metastatic Disease. Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Lower Level, Room 203 B. For those living with metastatic disease from any type of cancer, this is an opportunity to meet with others and discuss coping challenges, fears, resources and any topics of concern. Facilitated by an oncology counselor and a nurse. Register at 703-776-2841.

Spirituality Quest. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Lower Level, Room 1E. Guest speaker will be Anne Shotwell on "The Welcoming Table: Stories of Comfort Food that Heal the Soul." This support/education group meets monthly on the second Tuesday to explore the meaning of spirituality in our lives.

Lymphedema Group Meeting. Wednesday, Sept. 13. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Upper Level, Room 203 B. Meet with others who have hereditary or secondary lymphedema resulting from surgery, radiation, or trauma to the lymphatic system. A certified lymphedema therapist and an oncology counselor will facilitate discussion about physical and emotional concerns. Call 703-776-2841.

Attorney Mitch Lambros will address The NoVA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) Support Group on Sept. 16, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. about applying for social security disability benefits with difficult to diagnose and describe conditions such as CFS, FM, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and mitral valve prolapse syndrome / dysautonomia (MVPS/D). The seminar will take place at the group's regular third Saturday of the month meeting, in the Large Conference Room of Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. No registration required; no fee. For more information, contact Elly Brosius at 703-968-9818 or Visit

Complementary Approaches in Cancer Care: Acupuncture, Meditation and Qi Gong. Monday, Sept. 18. 7:15- 8:45 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Lower Level, Rm.1E. Learn about some basic modalities found to be useful when living with cancer. Clinical psychologist Carlos Durana, Ph.D., M.Ac., is a practicing acupuncturist, meditation, and qi gong instructor. Register at 703-776-2841.

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21, Haven of Northern Virginia will offer a free six-week support group for children, ages 6-12, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. The children will learn how to identify their feelings of grief and express them appropriately. The group will meet 5-6 p.m. at Haven, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-7000 or E-mail

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia will meet Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Physicians' Conference Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fairfax. Socializing and refreshments begin 1:30. Program begins at 2 p.m.: Dr. Dan Albrandt, consulting pharmacist, will answers questions new drugs and treatments (cholesterol, BP, arthritis, heart, others) on the horizon. No admission fee. Ostomy nurse at every meeting for help and advice. Open to anyone interested. Park in Blue garage. For more information, Group phone is 703-802-3457 or visit

Whole Foods Market cooking demonstration on soups and stews will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. at 143 East Maple Ave., Vienna. The demonstration will feature Autumn Soups and Stews. Participants will receive copies of recipes and have an opportunity to sample dishes. Co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market and The Cancer Project. Seating limited, register by Monday, Sept. 25.

Parkinson’s Disease Carepartners Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning Sept. 19 at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes carepartners and family members. Call Angela Robb at 703-277-9666.

A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday monthly beginning Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. There is no fee. Call Glenn Lawrence at 703-406-2732.

The American Red Cross Blood Services Region is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood operation sites in and around Washington, D.C. Red Cross volunteers assist with providing a high level of customer service to donors during shifts of approximately five hours. A commitment of two blood drives per month is requested. This position is offered to people who are at least 14 years old, have transportation, and weekday, daytime availability. Specific responsibilities include greeting donors and providing them with essential reading materials, serving refreshments, and observing donors for post-donation reactions to giving blood. Training is provided. Call 1-800-272-0094x1, or E-mail

Trinity United Methodist in McLean hosts Grief Recovery Support Group to find out about weekly GriefShare seminar/support group for adults to be held Monday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., from Sept. 11-Dec. 4 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., in McLean. The non-denominational curriculum includes a Bible-based video series and support group discussion. $12 covers the cost of a workbook. Scholarships and childcare available. Call 703-356-3312 or visit

Free Hypnosis Screenings offered at Positive Changes Hypnosis, 4244 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Tuesday through Thursdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon (with appointment). Call 703-352-5042.

Complimentary Nutrition Class offered at Positive Changes Hypnosis, 4244 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.. Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. Lectures on specific health topics to be announced. Call Dr. Coleman at 703-352-5042.