CARROLLTOWN Center launched its Mall Walking Program on May 1 to the delight of local residents who registered that day.
"Between the morning and evening registrations, 48 people signed up," said Denise Khouri, mall general manager. "That number is about what we had anticipated for the first registration."
According to Tiffany Livesay-Yakes, mall property coordinator, participants' ages ranged a full spectrum.
"We had 19- and 20-year-olds up to senior citizens," she said. "We also had moms pushing strollers and even one mom pulling her toddler daughter in a wagon, but often the toddler was walking as well, so it's safe to say we had all ages."
Seniors represented the largest age group in the morning registration. Lois Walden, community nurse educator from Lifebridge Health at Northwest Hospital Center, provided free blood pressure screening, body fat analysis and general health information to each participant.
Herbert Silver, 70, and his wife, Florence, 68, are interested in each other's health statistics and fitness efforts.
"Herbert takes water aerobics classes three days per week at the Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg and walks at least three miles every day," Florence Silver said. She participates in aerobics classes at South Carroll Senior Center on Bartholow Road.
Both said they wanted a place to walk during bad weather and very hot or very cold months. Christine Settie, who also registered for the program, said the mall is convenient to her home.
Participants received a water bottle from Health and Fitness at Carrolltown Center and a T-shirt from Northwest Hospital Center.
Lisa Fineman, community specialist with the American Cancer Society, gave out screening kits for colon and rectal cancer.
She said the effort was part of a grant from Carroll County Health Department that targeted South Carroll businesses, agencies, organizations and people age 50 and older for screenings.
The mall opens at 7 a.m. for walkers. Three laps around the mall equals a mile. Livesay-Yakes said health seminars would be held at the mall.
Beginning next month, registration will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Information on the mall walking program: 410-781-7070. Information on free colon and rectal cancer screening: 888-535-4555.
Kayak, canoe lessons
Piney Run Park is sponsoring kayak and canoe lessons for ages 12 to adult.
Kayak lessons will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 22 and 23. Participants must attend both evening sessions and are asked to take a bag lunch Saturday. Canoe lessons are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. Registration is required. Fees are $15 per person or $25 for two people. Information: 410-795-6043.
Century High Web site
Organizers of the Century High School PTSO have constructed a Web site for parents to obtain information. The site names the officers and how to contact them, fund-raisers, a newsletter and events.
Areas of the site are being brought online, but should be finished soon. The address is www.neighborhoodlink.com/ m/org/chsptso.
Piney Run Park will play host to its ninth annual Herb Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The theme this year, according to naturalist Deanna Hofmann, is "Scarborough Fair - Renaissance Herbs."
"This is a great way to celebrate Mother's Day," said Hofmann.
Most of the activities will take place in the woods.
Vendors will sell fresh and dried herbs, potted plants and wildflowers, herbal packs, herbal soaps, oils, creams, salts, aromatherapy products, potpourri and sachets.
Demonstrations will be held about herbal teas, shrubs, and herb butter. Talks will be held on growing and using herbs, healing herbs and common medieval herbs.
Participants also can learn about beekeeping, bee skeps and pollen.
Musicians will perform. Activities for children will include an herbal tea party, a puppet show and a chance to make fairy wings and magic shields. A Maypole dance will be held at 2 p.m. Entrance fees to the park at 30 Martz Road are $4 a car for Carroll County residents and $5 a car for others. Information: 410-795-3274.
Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.