Well & Wise Howard County Classes and Events

2012 CalendarMarch 5, 10:15 a.m. Spring Into Science.
Build brain power with a class at the Savage Branch exploring simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children’s literature. A multi-week series. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 30 minutes before program.

March 5, 11:30am. Just For Me. 
A class at the Savage Branch for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 30 minutes before program.

March 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening.
Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring at the Glenwood Branch offered by Howard County General Hospital. 1st & 3rd Mondays.

March 5, 7:00 p.m. Bumblebee Awards Ceremony. The fifth annual BumbleBee Celebration takes place Monday, March 5 at the Miller Branch. A companion to the Howard County Library System Spelling Bee, the BumbleBee inspires first through third grade students to build vocabularies, learn spelling tips, and gain confidence in front of an audience.

March 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Age-Related Eye Disease and Conditions. Experts from the Wilmer Eye Institute will discuss the normal and abnormal changes that may impact your vision and what can be done to promote your eye health. FREE. Register online at Howard County General Hospital: Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD 21044.


March 6, 10:15 & 11:30 a.mBaby Sign & Play. 
Have fun with your baby at the Central Branch while learning basic words in American Sign Language. Ages 6-23 months with adult; 30 min. Six-week series.

March 7, 10:15 &11:15 a.m. at the Elkridge Branch, and 7pm at the Miller Branch. Just For Me. Classes for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min.  No registration required for the classes at the Elkridge Branch. Tickets available at Miller BranchChildren’s Desk 30 minutes before program.

March 7, 7:00 p.m.  Beginning Gardening. 
Are you ready for gardening season? Alex Dunbar walks beginning gardeners through their first steps at the Glenwood Branch. University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardener. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.

March 7, 7:00 p.m. Gardening In Small Spaces. 
Another opportunity to prepare your green thumb. Presented by Betty Ames at the Miller Branch. University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardener. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

March 8, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Advance Directives. Review what Advance Directives are for, who needs them, and how you can get them.  You will have the opportunity of leaving this class with a completed Advance Directive document. Also, learn what it means to appoint, or be appointed, a health care agent.  Registration is required for this free event. Register online at Howard County General Hospital: Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD 21044.

March 9, 7:00 p.m. Spelling Bee. 
Cheer on Howard County’s top spellers as they compete for the county crown. Winners from public and private school bees will spell off in the annual Howard County Library System Bee. The champion speller advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. An HCLS Signature Event at Reservoir High School (11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton)

March 15, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.  Family First Positive and Practical Parenting Workshop. Discipline and Communication that Really Work. Mealtime, getting ready for school, doing homework, playtime, bedtime – it can be a challenge! Learn how to prevent misbehavior by being prepared and setting up your home and routine to encourage success. Discuss ways to successfully communicate with your child, and the importance of structure and consistency. Explore common challenges parents face in regards to discipline and communication with young children. $5. 5470 The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. For more information: 410 313-1940.

March 15, 7:oo p.m.  Healthy Food in our Schools with Anthony Geraci,  at the Howard County Conservancy. National leader working with Michele Obama for healthy children in the classroom. $5/family.   Anthony Geraci is inspiring and energizing the nation’s school systems to provide fresh and local foods to our school children. What are our kids choosing to eat today? What’s happening to them as a result? How can we introduce and support healthy eating habits and menus? What does it take to change school cafeterias and home lunch boxes? Good food means Great Kids! Don’t miss this high energy presentation from the former Director of Food and Nutrition for Baltimore City School System and nationwide childhood nutrition consultant whom the White House has tapped for first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts in combating childhood obesity. He is currently Executive Director of Nutrition Services for Memphis City Schools. $5 per family; students free.

March 20, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. A Mind Body Approach to Pain. In her free seminar,  Hughes will explore some of the latest innovations in mind-body research for dealing with chronic pain.  Using guided imagery, feeling states, meditation, and visualization, Hughes teaches participants how to change their relationship with, and experience of, pain. Registration is required for this free event. Register online at Howard County General Hospital: Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD 21044.

 


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  1. The USDA is conducting a nutrition survey to learn about the eating habits of children and adults. Given that only 5% of Americans follow the recommended dietary guidelines, we are interested in learning about the factors that prevent and promote compliance with the guidelines. Participants will be asked about their eating habits, physical activity levels, and lifestyle.

    What: Help Americans eat towards a healthier lifestyle by 1) completing a survey about your eating habits and lifestyle, and 2) getting your height and weight measured. All surveys are completely anonymous and will be kept confidential. Entire process will take less than 2 hours. The survey will be administered to both student and parent/caregiver.

    Who: 5th grade students in Howard County Public Schools AND their parent/caregiver

    Where: Howard County Public Library Central Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD

    When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 4:30PM

    Compensation: $25 gift card to Target/participant ($50/household)

    How: Contact Grace via phone at 301.504.6052 or via email at Grace.Ha@ars.usda.gov to confirm your participation or to obtain additional information.

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