Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise!

August 30, 2-6:00 p.m. HCGH Farmers’ Market. Join us every Friday for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m.- noon: Knitting and Crochet Support Group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  Join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for the beginning or advanced needler.  Free. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

August 30-September 6, Various times and Branches. Play Partners. Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Contact your Branch for registration requirements.

August 31, 10:00 a.m. Ask A Master Gardener. Discuss gardening questions and concerns at the Miller Branch. April through September. Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm (except holiday weekends). University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardeners. No registration required.

September 1 & 2, HCLS closed in observance of Labor Day.

September 3, 3:30 p.m. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. (Saturday group is on hiatus for the summer). FREE. Registration is required.  Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information. 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD.

September 3, 7:00 p.m. Guided Meditation. Presented by Star Ferguson-Gooden, M.Ac., L.Ac. at the Miller Branch. Enjoy a guided mindfulness meditation designed to impart a feeling of peacefulness and connection. 1st Tuesdays; 7 – 8 pm. Register for each class separately. Please bring a cushion or meditation pillow. All sessions will be in the Enchanted Garden, weather permitting. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950. A Well & Wise Event.

September 4, 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Just For Me. A class at the Elkridge 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. No registration required.

September 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED. $55. Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

September 11, 7- 8:30 p.m. Maybe Baby: Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy. Learn about parent wellness, health care matters and other considerations when starting your family. Presented by Signature OB/GYN. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

September 11, 7- 9:00 p.m. What is Pre-Diabetes? Has your doctor told you that you have pre-diabetes or risk factors for developing diabetes? This program will answer your questions. Our certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian will teach you how to make changes to prevent or delay an actual diabetes diagnosis. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD

September 13, 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Living With Diabetes. Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000

September 16, 10- 11:30 a.m. Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare. Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

September 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. It’s not Breast Cancer, but What is It? Finding a lump in your breast can raise anxiety in all women. Learn from our experts about common conditions such as fibrocystic disease, fibroadenomas, hyperplasias and more. What are they, what do they mean and what are the options for treatment? Presented by Lisa Jacobs, M.D. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.