Howard County General Hospital will offer the following community education programs. Unless noted, all programs will be held at the HCGH Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit http://www.hcgh.org or call 410-7601.
•A self-defense class for young women ages 12 to 15. Learn physical and psychological strategies of self-defense from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28. Cost: $35.
•Adult, child, and infant CPR and AED classes. Earn a two year American Heart Association completion card from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2. Cost is $55. This is not a health care provider course.
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.
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.
Howard County General Hospital will offer free diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 20 in the HCGH Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Space is limited, registration is required visit . Information 410-470-7601.
Laurel Regional Hospital Offered free at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:
•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays.
•Bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Thursdays.
•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.
•Parkinson's disease, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426.
•Rehabilitation for strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.
Mayer cancer resource center At the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Information 419-740-7005:
•Caregivers for people suffering from cancer or other illnesses meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Medical Pavilion, Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G010, Columbia.
•A breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.
•Living with breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.
•Teens Together support group, networking group for teens who have a friend or family member with cancer, meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. Information: 410-740-5858.
Widows and widowers The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.
Parkinson's disease An education and support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.
HIV support group for those infected with or affected by HIV. A women's group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month. A group for men and women meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are at the county Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6267.
Family support groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Howard County offers several support groups each month for family and friends of adults with a mental illness and groups for parents of school-aged children with mental health issues. Also offered are support groups for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. Call 410-772-9300 or visit for specific times and locations.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun