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Neonatal ICU reunion is Oct. 14

Howard County General Hospital will hold its 17th Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Former patients who spent the earliest days of their lives in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will celebrate with the staff members who cared for them.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the party, which will include dancing, face painting, arts and crafts, and a magic show.

Since the Special Care Nursery opened in 1990, more than 5,400 patients have "graduated" from the unit, the hospital said.

Herbs 101 offered at Tai Sophia

Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school for wellness-based disciplines, will offer Herbs 101, an eight-week introductory course on using herbs for health and wellness, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Nov. 14.

The hands-on program includes the basics of plant chemistry and physiology, using herbs in the kitchen, understanding the body's language, a clinical perspective and a fall herb walk.

The cost is $270 for the full series; a miniseries of three classes costs $115.

Registration is required by today.

Tai Sophia will hold an open house for those interested in a career in the field of alternative medicine from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet members of the faculty, students and graduates, and to attend panels about the institute's graduate programs in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts. Representatives from the institute's admissions office will be available to answer questions.

Tai Sophia is at 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel.

Information: 410-888-9048 or 800-735-2968, Ext. 6647, or go to

Caregiver support -- The Caregiver Support Group at Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 410-964-9616.

NAMI support -- NAMI-Howard County, the county chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering free support groups and courses:

A group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health problems will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court in Columbia.

A group for people with mental illness who work, go to school and regularly interact in the community will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays.

A group for friends and family members of adults with a mental illness is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Peer-to-Peer, a nine-week course on recovery for people with serious mental illnesses, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning this week, at 9151 Rumsey Road, Suite 150, Columbia. Registration is required. Susan Heisel, 410-772-9300.

Living well -- The Howard County Office on Aging will present "Living Well ... Take Charge of Your Health," a series of workshops for people with chronic health conditions that focuses on managing symptoms, making daily tasks easier and communicating more effectively with doctors. The cost is $25 for six sessions. Workshops will be held:

9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 at Glenwood Community and Senior Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 and 13 at Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Information: Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP), 410-313-5980.

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