Recovery support grants

The Department of Health's bureau of behavioral health will offer a total of $25,000 in mini-grants to community organizations and community service providers for fiscal year 2014 projects. Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations. Applicants can attend a pre-proposal workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 in the lower level conference room of the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Reservations: Courtney Scott or Sara Schmidt, Recovery Support Services 410-222-7164. Applications will be available at the meeting. Guidelines and applications are available online at aahealth.org under "Hot Topics". The deadline is October 28, 2013.

Breast cancer awareness

The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on cancer screenings, nutrition and other women's health topics. The health department also offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible women. Call 410-222-7979 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.

Flu shots

The Department of Health will provide free vaccinations. Nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy peoples age 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women. The clinics also have the high dose flu shots for people 65 years of age and older. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available.

The following locations will provide vaccinations:

Glen Burnie Health Center, from 8:30 .m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 416 A Street, S.W. Glen Burnie 410-222-6633. Tuesday Oct. 22 will have extended afternoon hours from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

•Parole Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247.

•Health Services Building, from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, 410-222-4896. Additional information visit aahealth.org or call the flu information line 410-222-7343.

National recovery month

The Department of Health is joining with community groups and providers in a program to support a healthy lifestyle for people in long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders. The department's recovery support services programs provide peer support, care coordination and recovery centers. Information: 410-222-7164 or follow @AAC_Recovery on Twitter.

Health care reform

The Department of Health will hold the following health care reform discussions at the following sites. All programs will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

•Mountain Road Public Library, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Tuesday, Oct. 10.

For additional information, visit aahealth.org or call 410-222-4550.

Walk for better health

Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A new web page sponsored by the Department of Health, aahealth.org/walk, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.

West Nile virus

The Department of Health reminds residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites to help prevent West Nile virus. The Maryland Department of Agriculture mosquito control program provides surveillance, larvicide application and mosquito spraying services in the county. Information: 410-841-5870 or aahealth.org.