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Korean-American Health Fair set

Howard County General Hospital will sponsor a Korean-American Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ellicott City Horizon Council, Howard County Health Department and Korean-American Community Association.

Services to be offered include testing of blood pressure and hearing, dental screenings, skin analysis, glucose and cholesterol screening and clinical breast examinations. Information on mental health and diabetes and refreshments and give-aways are planned.

Admission and screenings are free.

Information: 410-740-7601.

NAMI holding fundraiser Sunday

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maryland will hold its annual fundraiser, NAMI Walks for the Mind of America, at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pavilion D in Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Registration is to begin at 10 a.m.

Walkers are urged to raise pledges. Proceeds will help support the 13 NAMI affiliated local chapters and the state organization. The money will be used for education and support for people with mental illness and their families, as well as advocacy at local, state and national levels.

There is no fee to participate. Registration:, or register at Centennial Park on the day of the race.

Information: 410-772-9300 or 410-863-0470.

Best of Maryland Awards tomorrow

Best Buddies Maryland, the state chapter of an international nonprofit organization, will hold its third Best of Maryland Awards from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Hundreds of participants in the program are expected to attend the Oscar-style show, which is to include a performance by the Arc of Montgomery County's musical group, The Band, and a theatrical performance by No Boundaries, an acting troupe for people with and without disabilities. Comedian and motivational speaker Michael Aronin will be host for the event.

Best Buddies has chapters in middle and high schools and for adult volunteers.

Information: Jennifer Lehman, 410-327-9812, Ext. 38.

Hospital auxiliary plans jewelry sale

Howard County General Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a Jewelry Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Gold and silver jewelry will be for sale. The event benefits the hospital and its services.

Information: 410-730-6264.


Wellness award -- Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Horizon Foundation are accepting applications for a second Workplace Wellness Award program, honoring Howard County employers for policies that help employees improve physical health, reduce stress, address emotional and family concerns and protect health and safety on the job. The foundation will award two $2,500 prizes to businesses with top-rated health and wellness programs in two divisions: those with 26 or more employees and those with 25 or fewer. Applications, due Aug. 30, 2007are available online at www.

Support, activities -- Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia, is offering activities and support groups for cancer patients, survivors, friends and family members.

A "Lunch and Learn" event for those interested in new prostheses and mastectomy products will be held at noon today. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

A drop-in knitting-and-crocheting group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Participants can take supplies or borrow supplies from the center. Beginners are welcome.

A drop-in cards and games support group for cancer patients and survivors meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month through May next month.

A support group for caregivers, family and friends of cancer patients offers strategies for providing care to patients and caregivers. Refreshments will be available. Registration is requested. 410-740-5858.

Bear hayride -- Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City will offer free hayrides to children who bring a teddy bear to the farm on the weekend of May 5 and 6. The bears will be donated to Howard County General Hospital. A teddy bear contest is planned at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. The farm is at 10500 Route 108. 410-730-4049, or www.clarkland

Mental health -- NAMI - Howard County, the Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering free support groups. Participants need not be members of the organization.

A group for family and friends of adults with mental illness meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The next meeting will be May 8.

A peer-based CARE group for people living with mental illness who work, go to school or regularly interact with the community meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. The next meeting will be held May 29.

A group for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers with serious emotional or behavioral problems meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Lane, Columbia. The next meeting will be May 30. 410-772-9300.

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