Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

calendar_2015_blogMonday, September 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at 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.
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. CPR Class at Central Branch. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and kills someone every two minutes in the United States. Learn to save someone’s life in this class that teaches the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of eight years old. Discover how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification class. In partnership with Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7800.

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Brain Aerobics at Miller Branch. Give your brain a workout. Enhance your memory and have fun! Challenge your brain with puzzles, word games, and other smart tasks. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.

Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101 at East Columbia Branch. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension instructor. Participants receive a certificate (must attend all three sessions): Sep 10, 17 & 24. Well & Wise event. Ages 13 & up. If you would like a reminder for this class, please provide an email address. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.


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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

calendar_2015_blogMonday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Savage 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.

Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. Calming Crafts at Miller Branch. Research shows that creative activities can boost serotonin levels. Join us to use artistic expression to improve your mood. All levels of artistic ability welcome. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. CPR Class at Savage Branch. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and kills someone every two minutes in the United States. Learn to save someone’s life in this class that teaches the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of eight years old. Discover how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification class. In partnership with Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-0760.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-7 p.m. $88 for 8 sessions. Prenatal Exercise with gentle stretching and light exercises to help condition birth muscles and enhance well-being to help prepare your body for the birthing process. For prenatal mothers only. Held in the Howard County General Hospital’s Wellness Center.

Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101 at East Columbia Branch. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension instructor. Participants receive a certificate (must attend all three sessions): Sep 10, 17 & 24. Well & Wise event. Ages 13 & up. If you would like a reminder for this class, please provide an email address. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Healthy Eating on the Go! Join us for a discussion on eating healthy in a fast-paced world. Learn how the new food label can help you make better choices when dining out and how you can prepare healthy, low-cost lunches at home. The seminar is in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.


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Discover Downtown Columbia 5k

DD5kHeaderImage2015WebV2Howard County Library System has teamed up with the Downtown Columbia Partnership for the second annual Discover Downtown Columbia Running Event happening September 27, 2015. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a one mile Fun Run for children up to 10 years old. The 5k begins at 9:07 a.m. at the Plaza at The Mall in Columbia and will finish at the People Tree on the Downtown Lakefront. This is also listed as a Road Runners Club of America member event.

Runners will experience the iconic landmarks of Columbia like Symphony in the Woods and Merriweather Post Pavillion in a new way. The course will guide runners past Howard County Library Central Branch and onto Columbia Association’s newly renovated pathway around Lake Kittamaqundi, and set runners toward the finish line at the People Tree.

Participants can enjoy myriad post-race activities courtesy of Downtown Columbia Partners including live music and entertainment for all-ages. In fact, it’s rumored live entertainment may be present along the course with a post-race concert awaiting finishers. Clyde’s “Beer Garden” and Whole Foods Market’s “Runners Garden” will be on site offering free beer and food to participants. Friends and family of the runners will be able to purchase food and beverages.

While the course will close at 10 a.m., it’s certain that the last of the runners across the finish line will be greeted with cheers and fun festivities. Register for the event today!


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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

calendar_2015_blogSunday & Monday, September 6 & 7, 2015: Howard County Library System Will Be CLOSED in Observance of Labor Day. 

Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Elkridge Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event.

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. I’m Going to Be a Big Brother or Sister at Miller Branch. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. Families; 30 – 45 min. Ticket required. Well & Wise event. In partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101 at East Columbia Branch. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension instructor. Participants receive a certificate (must attend all three sessions): Sep 10, 17 & 24. Well & Wise event. Ages 13 & up. If you would like a reminder for this class, please provide an email address. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. Sustainability and Happiness at Central Branch. Dr. Sabrina Fu teaches science and environmental management at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is a master watershed steward in Howard County. She conducts a conversation about what makes us happy, what happiness studies have shown, and the overlap between working toward sustainability and happiness. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7800.

Monday/Wednesday, Sept. 14-Nov. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.-Noon. $64. Fitness Fun for Seniors is for those 60 and older. Exercise to music at your own pace for fitness, flexibility and fun. Class includes stretching and low-impact exercise. Held in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Healthy Eating on the Go! Join us for a discussion on eating healthy in a fast-paced world. Learn how the new food label can help you make better choices when dining out and how you can prepare healthy, low-cost lunches at home. The seminar is in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

 

 


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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Monday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.calendar_2015_blog & 11:15 a.m. Tae Kwon Do: Mommy & Me at Miller Branch. Mommy and child participate in a fun-filled activity, led by instructors from Sykesville Tae Kwon Do, while developing movement awareness, motor skills, balance, coordination, flexibility, and agility. Wear athletic shoes, and loose fitting pants or shorts. Well & Wise event. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Registration and a signed release form is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950. 10:30 a.m. Registration & Release Form Download | 11:15 a.m. Registration & Release Form Download

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., $15. Pre-Diabetes: our certified diabetes educator will teach you how to make changes to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in this class held in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Healthy Eating on the Go! A discussion on eating healthy in a fast-paced world. Learn how the new food label can help you make better choices when dining out and how to prepare healthy lunches for $5 a day. The seminar is in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.


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Hospital VP Rides to Conquer Cancer in Honor of ‘Grand’ Grandfather

I have decided to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to honor my grandfather, Angelo Incorvia Jr. who fought lung cancer for several years.

My grandfather was part of the highly respected Greatest Generation. Similar to many of his generation, he honorably served his country in World War II. He was so compelled to enlist that he found a creative way to circumvent the minimum age requirement and hearing screening to gain acceptance in the Army and ultimately served for three years in Europe.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such a close relationship with my grandfather. He was an integral part of my childhood and as a young adult I considered him my best friend. My fondest memories were Sunday dinners at his home, which consisted of an over-the-top Italian meal cooked by my grandmother and sitting on his front porch listening to his war stories. My grandfather was extremely modest, generous, had a great sense of humor and always seemed to know when someone needed a little extra love and attention. He had a profound impact on my personal development and I always strive to lead my life in a way that would make him proud.

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Ryan Brown, VP of Operations at Howard County General Hospital, is biking in the 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer next month in honor of his grandfather Angelo Incorvia, Jr. (above), a World War II veteran and integral part of Ryan’s childhood. Click here to support Ryan and Ride to Conquer Cancer, which benefits Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Howard County General Hospital.

Family was most important to my grandfather, which was evident by the fact that his home was always full with children, siblings, cousins and friends. It was a meeting place for all and so many joyous holidays were celebrated under his roof. Later in life my grandfather grew quite fond of gardening and, in particular, his coveted tomatoes. Every time I enjoy a tomato I smile and think of him.

It was extremely difficult to watch someone I idolized develop cancer. My grandfather fought cancer for several years and, unfortunately, it metastasized and he lost his battle on May 5, 2004. The entire time he battled cancer he always found opportunities to introduce a little humor into situations to lighten everyone’s spirits. Typical of my grandfather – placing everyone’s feelings above his.

A 150-mile bike ride is certainly an overwhelming endeavor. However, I jumped at the opportunity to participate to honor my grandfather and raise funds that may help reach a cure for this disease.

Ryan Brown is vice president of Operations at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH). He and hospital President Steve Snelgrove are leading HCGH’s team in the two-day, 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer, a bike ride benefiting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and HCGH.

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