Water quality readings available online, by phone

Water sampling results from 101 county beaches are now available online and by phone through Labor Day.

Anyone can log on to www.aa or call 410-222-7999 for water quality information. The Web site and phone line also alert for emergency closings on beaches and waterways.

In cases of emergency closings, the areas stated are closed to recreational uses such as swimming and other water sports.

Focus group forming on smoking habits

The county Department of Health is seeking African-American smokers and ex-smokers for focus group research. All participants must be county residents and be between 18 and 34 years old. Men and women are needed for the study.

The groups will meet for two hours in the evening in the Annapolis and Glen Burnie areas. Members will discuss their attempts at quitting, experiences with smoking and opinions of smoking cessation materials.

Groups will meet this month and next. Meals will be provided and each participant will receive $50. 410-222-7979.

Orientation offered for health professionals

Anne Arundel Community College is offering the following orientations for health professionals:

June 20, 10 a.m., Emergency Medical Technician Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

June 22, 6 p.m., Physical Therapist Assistant Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

All programs are free. Registration: 410-777-7318, or www.

Medical center urgently needs blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is urgently seeking blood donations. Although some hospitals purchase blood or use donations from the Red Cross, AAMC depends solely on donations made at the hospital. The hospital's blood bank is open for donations from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday; 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday; and 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday. Any healthy adult between the ages of 17 and 70 who weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate. Appointments: 443-481-4215.

American Red Cross offers CPR, first-aid classes

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at sites in Anne Arundel County by American Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims 8 and older. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 345 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, Severna Park; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: comprehensive CPR course trains for CPR on adult, infant and child victims, including rescue breathing, clearing obstructed airway and one-rescuer CPR. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: learn rescue breathing, how to clear an obstructed airway and perform one-rescuer CPR on victims 8 and older. Course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. The course will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25, Edgewater. Cost: $42.

Infant and Child CPR: teaches emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children from birth to age 8. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park. Cost: $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, including infant and child CPR certification, emphasizing first aid for those who work in child care settings. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer, an advanced course for those with a job-related duty -- law enforcement officer, lifeguard, health care professional -- to act in an emergency situation. Meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Edgewater Red Cross. Cost: $45.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and advance registration with payment is required. Information: 410- 624-2060.

Free health screenings, panels at Arundel Mills

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and discussions at its Arundel Mills storefront:

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., blood pressure screening.

June 20, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will offer information on its services.

June 24, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

June 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

June 28, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings. Registration. 410-553-8129.

Screenings, exhibits set at North Arundel

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and exhibits in the main lobby:

Tomorrow, and June 20 and 23, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Womens Center will offer a free seminar, Motherhood Experience, for women who are pregnant or are expecting to become pregnant. Registration. 410-626-8982.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screening at Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., free nutritional information for cancer patients, family members and caregivers. Registration. 410-553-8129.

Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free prostate screening for men 50 and older, Tate Cancer Center.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group meets to discuss diabetes management. 410-787-4940.

Wednesday, 4 p.m., free educational session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement. Lower level, Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center. Registration. 410-553-8282.

June 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Special Beginnings breast-feeding support group meets. 410- 626-8982.

June 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a class in breast-feeding basics, offered by Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center. Cost of the class is $10 for nonmembers of the center. Registration. 410-626-8982.

June 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening at the Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie. 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers program on joint replacement

Specialists from Advanced Orthopedics at North Arundel Hospital will offer Joint School to provide participants with a free opportunity to learn more about total joint replacement therapy.

The program is being offered at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Courtney Conference Center on the lower level of the Tate Center at North Arundel Hospital.

The program explains joint replacement surgery and gives those who are contemplating such surgery an opportunity to ask questions and receive information on what to expect.

Reservations are required. 410-553-8282.


Blood drive:

Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will hold an American Red Cross blood drive today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 410-766- 0637.

Rabies alert:

Because of a significant increase in rabies cases in the county, residents are urged to have their pets vaccinated. Rabies vaccinations may be obtained at a nominal cost from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Animal Control facility, 411 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville. 410-222-1288.

Weight seminar:

A seminar on medical and surgical approaches to weight loss will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Courtney Conference Center, lower level, Tate Center, North Arundel Hospital, 305 Hospital Dr. Reservations. 877-UMMS-FIT, or 877-866- 7348.

Asthma summer camp:

The American Lung Association of Maryland will hold Camp Superkids, an overnight camp for children with asthma, from July 17 to 22. The camp is for children with moderate to severe asthma, 7 1/2 to 12 years old. Registration by Wednesday. The cost is $300. 410-560-2120, ext. 224.

Support group:

A new support group for spouses and significant others of recently diagnosed breast cancer patients is being offered by Anne Arundel Medical Center on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Breast Center Library in the Sajak Pavilion. 410-481-5318.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Anne Arundel Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at the Brooklyn Park library, 1 E. 11th Ave., Brooklyn Park.

Weight management:

North Arundel Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center offer a 12-week course that focuses on lifestyle training for optimum health, including balanced eating, stress management, diabetes self-management and two one-hour supervised exercise sessions. The cost is $270. Registration: 410- 787-4940.

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