Well & Wise Howard County Classes and Events

2012 CalendarApril 7, 11:00 a.m. Think Spring Plant Sale. Stop by the new Welcome Center for your first taste of spring fever. Buy a flower for “Claudia.” Potted daffodils, tulips and more. Sales benefit Blossoms of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City. Call (410) 313-1900 for more information.

April 12, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. Family First Positive and Practical Parenting Workshop. Keeping Kids Healthy. Learn how to choose healthy, age-appropriate snacks, meals, and beverages for children, and how to plan ahead. Discuss common eating concerns, such as picky eaters or children who refuse to eat. Explore nutrition labels and healthy shopping on a budget. Try out some nutritious, easy-to-make family recipes. Learn more about the importance of exercise and how you can keep children physically active even when it’s cold and rainy! $5. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. For more information: 410 313-1940.

April 14, 10:00 a.m. WONDER WALK: Hike to the River: Signs of Spring – at the Howard County Conservancy with Conservancy naturalists, Woody Merkle & John Cookson. Look for Spring on this moderately  difficulty walk from the Conservancy across meadows, hillsides, and woods down to the Patapsco River. In case of rain, check website. FREE.

April 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Greenfest 2012  at the Howard Community College.  Saving the environment one yard at a time!  Live reptiles and birds, Rain barrel workshops, free document shredding and more!  FREE

April 14,10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Children’s Discovery Fair at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library System. A celebration for young children and their families with hands-on activities that teach developmentally and age-appropriate education concepts, including interactive games, crafts, and stories. Ages 3-5 with adult; drop-in activity. 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. (410) 313-7730 for more information.

April 21, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Earth Day: Make a Difference. Join us at the Howard County Conservancy for a day of service to the earth. Service projects include stream cleanup and invasive plant removal. Childrens crafts at 11:30, Bird walk at 8:00 am with Scott Burglund and Mike Kerwin of the Howard County Bird Club. In case of rain, check website. FREE.

April 26, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. Family First Positive and Practical Parenting Workshop. Keeping Kids Safe. Discuss safety-proofing your home for different ages; who to contact in an emergency; car seat safety; and tips on how to protect your child from abuse. Learn ways to cope with your own stress and how to teach children relaxation techniques and stress relief. $5. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. For more information: 410 313-1940.

Princess Cherrybella leads the Luminary Parade 2011. Losurdo.

April 27, 7:00 p.m. Lanterns of Hope Parade. Join Princess Cherrybella at the Patapsco Female Institute to celebrate spring and honor the beauty fo our blossoming cherry trees. Enjoy music and magical family playtime before the parade. Bring a luminary and light up the night! Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3655 Church Road, Ellicott City.  Call (410) 313-1900 for more information.




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    BAHC is again offering its Road Bike 101 class — if you know those who could benefit, please pass the word on to: listserves, friends, spouses, customers etc..

    Classes are intended for novice road riders — those who can already ride a bicycle but want to learn basic skills and techniques for doing so safely and effectively on the road. Local bike shops will do bike safety checks.

    Register here: http://bikehoco.org/register-for-road-biking-101/

    Class size is limited to no more than 60 participants so please register early. This is a FREE class but BAHC will greatly appreciate donations ($5 or more) through the paypal link on the Bikehoco.org web site.

    DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2012
    TIME: 8:30 am – Noon

    8:30 am – 9:00 am Sign In & Bike Safety Checks
    9:15 am – 10:30 am Classroom
    10:30 am – Noon On The Road Practice

    LOCATION: Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046-2147

    WARNING: All Participants must bring a helmet and a bicycle in working condition. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by or bring a waiver signed by a parent.


    Appropriate reasons to take the class:

    “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through?”
    Ernest Hemingway

    “The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
    Iris Murdoch

    “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.”
    Mark Twain

    “You signed up for my (Columbia/Iron Girl/Celebrating Heros) triathlon and you haven’t ridden a bike since you were 12!”
    Robert ‘Vigo’ Vigorito

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