This brief column is coming to you from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where I am vacationing with grandchildren Hailey and Joel Sanford and their parents, Russell and Melissa. I hope you are having a delightfully busy summer, too.
Visit the Robinson Nature Center Aug. 10-20 to see colorful birds beautifully drawn and painted by some of our fifth and sixth grade artists and other youngsters in Howard County.
Pointers Run fifth grader Mason Suess depicted a nuthatch. Clarksville Middle School sixth-graders Christine Kwan and Bill Cao portrayed a bluebird and a wren.
A free workshop focused on the gaps in Medicare coverage and how to get coverage will be held at the Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. Medicare 102 — Why Medicare Isn't Enough is sponsored by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). To register, call 410-313-7391.
One-on-one counseling sessions are also available from SHIP by appointment at the Bain Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule at the Bain Center, call 410-313-7392.
Counselors are at the Ellicott City Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. The phone number for Ellicott City is 410-313-1400.
The Glenwood 50+ Center offers counseling on the second Tuesday morning of each month. Call the Glenwood Center at 410-313-5440.
Nurses licensed in the state of Maryland are needed to assist with nasal flu mist vaccination in the elementary schools in October and November. Contact Giselle Gonzalez at 410-313-6271 or email@example.com to volunteer with the Howard County Medical Reserve Corps. Approved volunteers will be contacted in the fall as needed.
Is there a wandering adult or child in your family?
I recently read about the Rapid Return system to help police locate a missing person and quickly reunite families. The system sounds great. It works even if the person leaves the county or is in a moving vehicle.
Participants must live in Howard County, be medically diagnosed with cognitive impairment or a related diagnosis, be able to wear a wristband at all times, have a history of wandering, have a caregiver providing constant supervision and live in a private home.
To learn more, email Rapid Return@HowardCountyMD.gov.