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Howard County health briefs

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Spiritual reflections: Bon Secours Spiritual Center will offer spiritual enrichment programs at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Information: Registration: 410-442-1320.

Health education program: Howard County General Hospital sponsor the following program at the Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration and information: 410-740-7601 or

•Moving through anger, identify your anger triggers and learn techniques to manage them from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Cost is $40.

Support groups

Teens Together Support The networking group for teens who have a friend or family member with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of every month in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Contact Kelly Schwab at

Support/intervention programs Offered free at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays.

•Bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Thursdays.

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

•Parkinson's disease, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426.

•Rehabilitation for strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Support groups at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia:

•Caregivers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month.

•A breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

•A Stage Four breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's disease An education and support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

Family Support Group provides support and education to the family and friends of adults with a mental illness. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the music room at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel; the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia; the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the music room at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia; and the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room 3, 10755 Scaggsville. All National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free; no membership or registration is required. Call 410-772-9300 or log on to for more information or directions.

Support group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month in Room 204, First Presbyterian Church, 8325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, and the last Wednesday of every month at from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. Information: 410-772-9300 or

HIV support group for those infected with or affected by HIV. A women's group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month. A group for men and women meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are at the county Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6267.


Howard County General Hospital will sponsor the following screenings at the Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-740-7601 or

•Podiatry screening. A podiatrist will exam one or two areas of concern, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 2.

•Diabetes screening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 9.

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