Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

September 27, 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Parachute Play. Take time for zany aerodynamic fun as you practice teamwork, coordination, and cooperation through parachute games at the Elkridge Branch. Ages 3-6, with adult; 30 min. Ticket required due to limited space.Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

September 27, 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.

September 27, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Game Day. Get up and move! Meet and compete with friends at the Glenwood Branch. Light refreshments provided. 3 – 4:30 pm. Ages 11-17. No registration required.

September 27 – October 4, 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.

September 28, 10:00 a.m. Ask A Master Gardener. Discuss gardening questions and concerns at the Miller Branch. April through September. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (except holiday weekends). University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardeners. Offered again 9/30, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. No registration required.

September 28, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. “Adults: Navigating to Better Health” Health Fair. Participate in essential screenings including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Receive information on heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as healthy lifestyle demonstrations, healthy food and gifts that promote good health. Free. At the Mall in Columbia (The Columbia Mall).

September 30, 10-11:30 a.m. Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough. Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.

September 30, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. What’s the Sense?: The Five Senses. Explore the five senses and how we use them at Miller Branch. Ages 3-5; 30 min. Multi-week series. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

September 30, 7:00 p.m. What’s in Season? Dan Wecker, executive chef and owner of the Elkridge Furnace Inn, teaches how to prepare delicious, farm fresh meals with local seasonal ingredients from the best of Maryland’s fall produce at the Miller Branch. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950

October 1 – 3, 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. All Together Now classes now available at HCLS Savage Branch Express. Register online or by calling 410.880.5975.

October 1, 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 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

October 1, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101. A University of Maryland Extension-Howard County 4-H instructor teaches child safety, first aid, and strategies to transition a child to bedtime at the Glenwood Branch. Participants receive a certificate. Ages 13 & up. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577. A Well & Wise Event.

October 1, 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; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. 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.

October 2, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Twist & Shout: Rodeo! Get those wiggles out with music and movement for little ones at the Miller Branch. Ages 2-5 with adult; 30 min. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

October 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Get the Skinny on Weight Loss. Research shows a healthy weight is important for better health. Make the decision to weigh less now and learn a new perspective that will support you in your weight-loss management. Presented by Raj Dua, M.D. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

October 3, 7:00 p.m. Promoting Civility By Example. Discover the meaning, significance, and benefits of civility; the individual’s role in advancing it; and how civility contributes to healthy, harmonious relationships within a community. Presented by Dr. Gopal Dorai, Professor Emeritus at William Paterson University, at the Miller Branch. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

October 4, 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.

October 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Kitchen Wisdom. Sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of taste. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

October 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Quilting Support Group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month to learn quilting and hand piecing techniques and to for time to work on projects. Free. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

October 9, 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 Drive, Columbia MD.


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