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.
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.
•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.
•Ptosis can cause sagging eyebrows and droopy eyelids. This is not a cosmetic issue; sagging skin can impair vision. Nicholas Mahoney, M.D. will discuss this condition and the options from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.
•You're a breast cancer survivor. Now what? Share an evening discussing survivorship and research on lingering physical, emotional and social issues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
•Considering joint replacement? Rehabilitation, physical fitness before and after surgery will be discussed by Mark Bullock, orthopedic surgeon, Mercy Thomaskutty, anesthesiologist, M.D. and Toni Keller, nurse coordinator of the Howard County General Hospital Joint Academy from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
•Knee pain. Daniel Tang, orthopedic specialist, M.D., will discuss knee injuries and degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and medical and surgical treatment, including arthroscopy and knee replacement, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
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.
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.
Laurel Regional Hospital Offered free at 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel: