Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Spiritual reflections: Bon Secours Spiritual Center offers spiritual enrichment programs at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Information: Registration: 410-442-1320.

Education programs

Howard County General Hospital offers the following community education programs during June. Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at the HCGH Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. To register, visit Information: 410-740-7601.

•Healthy weight. Part 1: Plan meals that promote well-being, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 4. Part 2, kitchen wisdom: Participate in a cooking demonstration from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. Register for one or both.

•Essentials in babysitting. Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9. $50 includes lunch.

•Caring for the elderly. Learn safety, medication management, mobility nutrition and medical care from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 12.

•Breast reduction. A discussion of the latest advances and medical benefits. Learn when it can help, how it is performed and what results you can expect, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 13.

•Smoke-free lungs. Education and support to quit from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 14. Offered monthly. Attend one or all sessions.

•Couples massage. Learn to reduce stress. Upper body massage, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 15, and lower body massage, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 22. $50 per couple. $90 per couple for both sessions.

•Make time work for you. Learn easy ways to proactively prioritize and make time to do the things you value, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 18.

•Acid reflux: taking control. Learn the causes and how you can manage this chronic medical condition, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 19.

•Prescription drugs. Learn more about the ones you take from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19.

•Kids self-defense. Children ages 8 to 12 learn basic safety awareness and age-appropriate self-defense techniques from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 23. $27.

•Dry eye and ocular surface disease. Dr. Mahsa Salehi from the Wilmer Eye Institute will discuss the causes of dry eyes and the care and treatment of the conditions from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 25.

•What is pre-diabetes? Learn how to prevent or delay diabetes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 27. $15.


•The county Health Department's North Laurel Health Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, will offer walk-in HIV/AIDS testing services from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only: 410-313-0630. Also, the Columbia Health Center, 7180 Columbia Gateway, Columbia, will conduct HIV testing at 8 a.m. Mondays for the first 20 people. Information: 410-313-7500. Testing is free, anonymous and confidential.