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Retreat set for cancer survivors

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Breast Center and the Annapolis community support group Stepping Out for Breast Cancer will host the fifth annual Breast Cancer Survivors Retreat Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center in Queenstown.

The theme is "Hope + Endurance + Strength = Survivorship!" It is designed for those who have completed radiation, chemical or surgical intervention for breast cancer.

The program will include education about new developments in breast cancer therapy, living with a cancer diagnosis and the use of complementary healing techniques.

Speakers will include Kendel Ehrlich, the former first lady of Maryland, Dwight Randall, senior scientific adviser for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Foundation, and Dr. Beth Dupree, a breast surgeon and author of The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor's Journey to Healing. Also participating will be AAMC staff physicians.

The fee is $150 for the weekend, $100 for two days and $65 for one day. There is an additional cost for overnight accommodations at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center.

Information: 443-481-5316 or e-mail

Fashion show to benefit AAMC

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary will showcase fall styles from local apparel stores at a luncheon fashion show at 11:30 a.m. today at Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park.

Proceeds from the "Fall Into Fashion" event will contribute to the auxiliary's $3 million pledge toward the hospital's Vision 2010 expansion.

The auxiliary, founded in 1944, has nearly 600 active members and over the years has raised more than $10.25 million to benefit AAMC.

Women's and children's attire from the following stores will be modeled at the show: Ahni, Avoca, Bailey's Maryland Avenue, Bleu and White, Bridals by Elena, Diva, Pink Crab, Paradigm, Talbots, the Giant Peach, Tiffany's and Epiphany.

Models will include auxiliary members and nurses from the AAMC critical-care unit. The show will include lunch and a Bellini bar.

Tickets are $50.

Information: 443-481-5050.

Harbor Hospital offers activities

Harbor Hospital will offer the following activities next month:

Total Joint Tuesday, 5:45 p.m. Oct, 9, Ecker Business Center. A session on knee joint problems. Free weight-bearing X-ray review for first 20 callers. Light dinner to be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Stress Reduction Workshop. 6 p.m. Oct. 10, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Discussion on ways to reduce and manage stress. Registration. 410-350-2563.

55 Alive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., a partnership between the hospital and AARP for motorists 50 and older to update and improve their driving skills. The $10 cost includes class and lunches. Registration. 410-222-2563.

What To Do After an Unsuccessfiul Back Surgery, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Towson. Dinner and discussion. Limited to those who have experienced a failed back surgery. Registration. 410-350-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563.

Wellness lectures begin this month

Big Vanilla Athletic Club, 1209 Ritchie Highway in Arnold, will offer a wellness lecture series next month. It includes:

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., "Skin Cancer: The Ultimate Skin Damage."

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., "The Secrets of Effective Weight Loss."

Information: 410-544-2525.

Hospice offers support for youths

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center is offering a six-week Stepping Stones bereavement support group for children ages 6 to 17 who are mourning the death of a loved one.

Group leaders will help participants learn to cope with grief through arts and crafts, group discussion and journal writing. At the same time, adults attend separate sessions where they learn how to help their children deal with bereavement.

The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 3 through Nov. 7, at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. The cost is $60, except for families of those cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake.

The registration deadline is Monday. To register, call 410-987-2129.

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