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Healing sessions offered at retreat

Hospice of the Chesapeake and Ridgely Retreat have scheduled "Nia for Healing" sessions this month through December.

Nia is a personal growth fitness program that combines Eastern and Western movements, concepts and philosophies from the worlds of the healing arts, martial arts and dance.

Nia is suitable for people who are grieving because it is self-paced. No prior dance or movement experience is needed. All are welcome.

The Nia sessions will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 at Ridgely Retreat, 203 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

The registration fee is $10.

Information: 443-433-0462.

Class planned for kin of mentally ill

NAMI-Anne Arundel County is offering a 12-week class for families of people with serious psychiatric disabilities, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease, major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The "Family to Family" course will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning next week, at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. The class is free but limited to 20 participants.

Course components include coping skills, handling crises and relapse, basic information on the latest psychiatric medications, connecting with appropriate community services, advocacy and dealing with stigma.

Advance registration is required.

Information: Donna Nash at 410-626-0143.

Kit aims to help blacks quit smoking

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has put out a new program aimed at helping African-Americans quit smoking.

The Power to Quit Smoking Kit program consists of six colorful information cards. Each covers a different topic, so people can follow the program from beginning to end or use just the parts that interest them. Topics include preparing to quit, quitting plans, how to stay smoke-free, reasons to quit and a list of local resources.

The kit was developed with help from community members.

To request a kit, call 410-222-7979 or go to (Click on "Learn to Live" and then "Request Free Materials" at the bottom of the page.)

The department's Office of Minority Health also sponsors free smoking cessation classes with partners in the African-American community. County residents can sign up for classes that begin mid-October at Restoration Community Development Corp. in Annapolis. To register, call 410-267-6350.

Hospital schedules programs in Sept.

Harbor Hospital will offer the following programs this month:

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., "The Latest Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer," Life Resources Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., Baltimore. A light dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., prostate cancer screening, Life Resources Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., Baltimore. Registration. 410-350-2563. Sept. 18, 6 p.m., "Innovations in Joint Pain Treatment," Loyola College Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. A light dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Sept. 25, 10 a.m., "Understanding Your Thyroid," Life Resources Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., Baltimore. Light refreshments will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Hospice starting support groups

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will begin several six-week bereavement support groups next week:

A parent loss support group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Oct 15. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.

An adult bereavement group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 16. The registration deadline is Sept. 7.

Two adult bereavement groups will be held specifically for those who are grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. They will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 17 and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25. The registration deadlines are Monday and Sept. 18, respectively.

The registration fee is $60, except for families of those cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake. All groups will be held at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis. Information: 410-987-2129.

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