Look good, feel better

The free program teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. Participants receive a bag of cosmetics donated by major manufacturers as well as instruction and suggestions for wig care and head coverings. The class is taught by a licensed cosmetologist. Classes are held the third Monday of every month at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. For information or registration, call the American Cancer Society, 888-535-4555.

Education programs

Howard County General Hospital offers the following community education programs at the HCGH Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit hcgh.org.

•Healthy weight, healthy you and kitchen wisdom. Part 1 will discuss planning meals that provide balance in your diet and promote well-being from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. In Part 2, participants will join in cooking demonstrations from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

•Seasonal checkups for men and women. The checkup will measure cholesterol, including HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels; blood cell counts; and thyroid-stimulating hormone. Cost is $50. A checkup with vitamin D test, blood pressure screening, height, weight, body mass index measurement and breast health information costs $80. Both tests will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

•Mammograms. The discussion will include best practices for women and healthier exams, genetics and fact versus fiction risks, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

•Home alone. Children ages 8-12 and their parents learn safe fun ways for children to stay at home alone, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

•Essentials in baby sitting. Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Cost is $50 and includes lunch.

•Meditation in motion. Qigong is a series of movements to increase vitality and well-being. This basic course includes lecture and practice for the beginner or advanced student, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

•Choose your pediatrician and promote your newborn's health. Presented by Dr. Elisa Padder from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

•Maybe baby. Learn about financial-related issues involved in starting a family from a certified financial planner, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

•Smart snacks for teens. Learn to snack healthy while choosing sensible snacks. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

•Depression, intervention and treatment. Learn to identify subtle symptoms in older adults and what can you do from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

•Nurse midwives, a discussion of the benefits of care by a certified nurse midwife and family-centered care during pregnancy from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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. Registration: 410-442-1320.