Events & Classes to Keep You Well & Wise in Howard County


December 16, 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.

  December 16, 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Frosty Twist and Shout. Winter songs and movement for little ones at Elkridge Branch. Ages 0-5; 30 min. No registration required.

December 16, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Healthy Kids. Explore simple health concepts inspired by children’s literature at Miller Branch. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

December 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at the Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. No registration required.

December 16, 4:00 p.m. Epidemic: Infectious Diseases at Miller Branch. Learn about infectious diseases, how they are spread, and how disease detectives work to find and stop their spread using medical technology and nanotechnology. Participate in mock disease outbreaks around the globe to learn to identify and handle some of the most dangerous diseases, select the right medical or nanotechnology methods, and develop a communication pack to let others know. Ages 11-18. HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from IMLS. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

December 17, 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.

December 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group. This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Free. Registration requestedClaudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.