Help get rid of clutter and stress with organizing workshop

Fall is an incredibly busy time and organization is a key component in keeping everyone (especially yourself) on task and less stressed! Don't miss "Unstuff Your Life" at the North Laurel Community Center Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Whether you want to get a handle on a crowded kitchen, a disorganized closet, are drowning in papers, or just sick and tired of always losing your keys, you'll get some tips to help find the answer to your problems at this 90-minute seminar, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging.

Andrew Mellen, the chief executive officer of VirgoMan Inc., brings his practical and useful strategies for creating order out of chaos to Howard County to show folks how to get and stay organized for good. Mellen brings more than 15 years of experience, skill and compassion to this powerful and engaging work and has been featured on numerous television and radio appearances.

He presents a fun and informative event jam-packed with useful tips, tools and suggestions, and will also feature a discussion of alternatives and practices of particular interest to seniors and the "baby boomer" generation.

The workshop includes an extended question-and-answer session where practical answers are offered to real-life challenges. Think "Antique Road Show" meets "Let's Make A Deal," sprinkled with a little "Doctor Oz."

The fee for this workshop is $15. Tickets are available at (Look for Activity #A06750.500), or by calling the Howard County Office on Aging at 410-313-0380.

Also, don't miss WomanFest, another great event sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, scheduled for Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, in Cooksville.

The exhibit area features 50 vendors and exhibitors of products and services specifically geared to the interest of women and attendees can enjoy free entertainment throughout the day.

There will be 14 different seminars, which include such topics such as: "Eating for Beauty;" "Sexuality… No Expiration Date;" "Women in the Woods;" and "Money Myths that Get Smart Women in Trouble," among others.

Free blood pressure, body mass index, foot, glaucoma, glucose, cholesterol and HIV screenings will also be available. Health experts will offer guidance on HIV prevention, nutrition, fall prevention, and women's wellness. Attendees can also participate in fun demonstrations of belly dancing, zumba and Bollywood. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, call 410-313-5440 or email

Get your sneaker ready to roll… it's almost here! The "Give Where You Live 5K" in support of the Elkridge Food Pantry will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. All of the proceeds directly benefit the food pantry and garden. The Howard High School cross country team is gearing up to make a collective showing at this fun run/walk, thanks to the support and encouragement of Howard High Spanish teacher and cross county coach Nathan Ferrell.

This great outreach will take place at 5660 Furnace Ave. (in front of the Food Pantry building next to Melville Methodist Church). There will be a post-race celebration with music, food and family fun at the Volleyball House parking lot across the street (which is offering free parking for the race participants and their families).

Plan now to support a great cause in your own backyard and spend some time with neighbors and friends to help make "Give Where You Live 5K" a huge success! You must register by Friday, Sept. 9 to receive a free T-shirt! Sign up online at

The MOMS Club of Elkridge is pleased to announce their recent donation to the Howard County Domestic Violence Center. The Club donated $950 from the proceeds of their "Bon Appetit" cookbook, a collection of 130 favorite recipes from club members.

The club is pleased to combine a few of the many things that women do best: cooking and baking for their family and friends and also taking the opportunity to reach out and help others. The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County is a comprehensive, private, not-for-profit agency that provides services to individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Copies of "Bon Appetit" are still available. To order yours, email your request to or send a check ($10 per book + $2.00 S/H per book) payable to MOMS Club of Elkridge to P.O. Box 8753, Elkridge, MD 21075.

The club is part of the International MOMS Club, offering support to stay at home moms, and the opportunity for women to make new friends, socialize and support one another in whatever way possible, while the kids enjoy playgroups and activities.

For more information, go to The group meets every third Wednesday of the month at 9:45 a.m. at the Elkridge Baptist Church. If you are interested in taking part in this club, feel free to show up at a meeting or email club President Denise Houle-Desmond at

Howard Johnson, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, would like to share the following meeting dates of the Howard County Charter Review Commission. "Please set aside time to attend one of the meetings listed here; this is your opportunity to provide input on the County Charter," Johnson said.

The commission will hold public hearings at the following times and locations: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel; Sept. 20, 7 p.m., George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City; and Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the Gary Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97

"Living Well – Take Charge of Your Health" is a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. It is designed for persons with chronic conditions or their caregivers. The Living Well Program is offered for six consecutive weeks and is both highly structured and interactive for all participants.

The weekly sessions last approximately two and a half hours each and are facilitated by lay leaders. Participants learn to develop action plans, support one another, and adopt healthy behaviors. Each session deals with a specific topic such as: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; understanding how to evaluate new treatments; appropriate use of medications; and nutrition.

The next "Living Well" program will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Grill, of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center of Maryland, in Elkridge. This six-week session begins Sept. 20 and runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m., through Oct. 25.

For more information, email Sarah Enas, Living Well coordinator at the Howard County Office on Aging, at or call 414-313-3506.

Calling all Howard High School students, faculty, staff and alumni! To kick off Howard High School's homecoming weekend, the Lions' Pride Booster Club will sponsor its annual pancake breakfast Sept. 24th, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person; children younger than 2 eat for free.

Barring earthquakes, hurricanes and other foul weather, the homecoming parade will take off at 10:30 a.m. following the breakfast. Then, it's the excitement of football as the Lions take on the Long Reach Lightning at 1 p.m. Please join the fun of Howard's Homecoming and help support the Lions' Pride! For more details, visit their Wiki site at

Remember to practice random acts of kindness and always reach out to those in need. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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