Howard County Times

Howard County health briefs

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac 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.


Focus group

Howard Conty General Hospital's Center for Breast Care is looking for women who are living with metastatic breast cancer to participate in a focus group to help determine the services and resources needed by this population. Women interested in participating should contact Tina Evans, 410-884-4650 or



The center guides women dealing with cancer through diagnostic and treatment options and includes personal support and counseling.


Graduate courses offered


Tai Sophia Laurel campus, 7750 Montpelier Road. RSVP to the office of graduate admissions, 410-888-9048, ext. 6647, or e-mail

school is now enrolling for the following programs: master's programs in acupuncture, science in herbal medicine, arts in transformative leadership and social change. Graduate certificate programs include health coaching, herbal studies, medical herbalism, transformative leadership and wellness coaching. The institute is a nonprofit, accredited educational institution for wellness-based studies. The institute is at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel.

Jewelry fundraiser


Sponsored by the Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, 7300 Van Dusen Road, featuring gold jewelry, diamonds, watches, gem stones and children's jewelry. Proceeds will go toward capital equipment for the hospital. Information: 301-572-5636.

Support groups

Teens Together Support

Networking group for teens who have or have had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in The Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Contact Kelly Schwab at

Support/intervention programs

Offered at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:


•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays

•Bipolar, 6 p.m. Thursdays

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

•Parkinson's, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426

•Rehabilitation Sharing — strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m., the second Thursday of the month. Information: Physical Medicine, 301-497-7901 or 410-792-2270. All programs are free. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Cancer support group for caregivers


meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Mary M. Dowling will lead the discussion. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5. Walk-ins are welcome.

Widows and widowers group

will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's education and support group

will meet at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

Parent and caregivers support group


of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Room 204, First Presbyterian Church, 8325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia and the last Wednesday of every month (except July) at 7:30 p.m. Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free. Information 410-772-9300 or

Family support group

sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offered to family and friends of adults with a mental illness at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the Day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community Center, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia and at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room No. 3, 10755 Scaggsville. Information 410-772-9300.