5K walk/run to raise awareness of food allergies
In an attempt to increase awareness of the dangers of food allergies, Take a Step - Food Allergy Awareness Inc. will hold its third 5K Walk/Run Family Fun Day, beginning at 7: 30 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park.
The theme will be "Let's Take the Fear Out of Halloween."
Proceeds from the event will be used to buy educational materials, and a contribution will be made to help fund research on food allergies.
The event will include a noncompetitive 5K run and walk, a visit by the Oriole Bird, and musical performances by Ellis Woodward, Bristol Sound D.J. and Baltimore Blast players.
Children's entertainment, a silent auction and raffles are also planned. Certified allergists will be available to answer questions.
League of Women Voters to put out voting guide
The League of Women Voters of Howard County will make its Voters Guide available, beginning Monday, at the league offices, Suite 301 in the Century Plaza Building, 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.
Information: 410-730-0142 or 410-750-3960.
X-ray machine available to scan Halloween candy
The Howard County Sheriff's Office will make the Circuit Courthouse metal-detecting X-ray machine available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Halloween to check trick-or-treat candy.
Support group planned for bereaved seniors
SPRING (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) will sponsor a widow and widower support group from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.
The group - called SPRING Pretenders because bereaved people often feel they must pretend that they feel happy or well - will offer support during the holiday season. Information or registration: 410-313-7466.
Speech-reading course set at 1 p.m. tomorrow
Spring Sounds and Wellness Program is offering a speech-reading course from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.
Effective hearing and listening strategies can be used in conjunction with hearing aids to reduce the handicap of hearing loss.
The cost is $12 for a six-week session. Registration is required.
Hospital wants volunteers for nonmedical support
Howard County General Hospital is seeking adult volunteers to provide nonmedical support for emergency department patients and their families.
Volunteers are needed for all shifts and will escort patients and their families within the hospital. Information: 410-740-7980.