Kits for merchants to help enforce tobacco-sales law...

HEALTH NOTES

April 23, 2002

Kits for merchants to help enforce tobacco-sales law

The county Health Department is offering kits to merchants who wish to avoid illegal tobacco sales to minors. The free Tobacco Sales Compliance Kits include information on sales tax laws, materials that teach employees to refuse tobacco sales to minors, and posters and stickers for display.

The kit includes an explanation of federal regulations on checking the identification of would-be tobacco buyers and a card to help merchants determine the age of tobacco customers. Information: Health Department's Learn to Live Line: 410-222-7979.

Calendar

Cardiac risk: North Arundel Hospital and Pasadena Senior Center will offer cardiac risk-assessment screenings at 10 a.m. today at Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena. A North Arundel Hospital cardiopulmonary rehabilitation therapist will administer questionnaires and review results with participants. 410-222-0030.

Immunizations: The county Health Department will hold "Get Smart, Get Shots," an immunization clinic for children who will enter kindergarten in the fall, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. The shots are free and no appointment is necessary. Parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization record to the clinic. 410-222-7247.

Tick Neck Travelers: The Tick Neck Travelers walking program's opening ceremony has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. Monday at Tick Neck Park in Pasadena. Participants will receive registration cards, mileage cards and promotional items. 410-787-4367.

Moods and energy: Interior designer and author Alexandra Stoddard will discuss how changes in the physical environment can improve mood and energy levels at a luncheon sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation's Garden Society from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2 at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel. Tickets are $75. All proceeds will go to the AAMC Centennial Fund. 443- 481-4700.

Arthritis discussion Dr. John Barry, an orthopedic surgeon, will discuss osteoarthritis at 6:30 p.m. May 15 in the Padussis Conference Center, on the third floor of the hospital, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Barry will speak about symptoms and common treatments for the disease. 410-787-4367.

Golf tournament: North Arundel Hospital Foundation will hold a golf tournament May 15 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links on the Eastern Shore. 410-553-8559.

Lectures for Learning: North Arundel Health System and Morningside House of Friendship assisted-living facility is sponsoring a lecture, "Physical and Psychological Effects of Aging," at 7 p.m. May 16 at Morningside House of Friendship on Old Telegraph Road in Hanover. 410-787-4367.

Homeopathy: Roberta Gegorek of Quantum Health will speak on homeopathy and women's health issues from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 21 at LaCasa Wellness Center, 541 Epping Forest Road, Annapolis. The center is a nonprofit group of parents seeking alternative health options for their families. The homeopathy support group meets the third Tuesday of the month at locations around Annapolis. The first introductory meeting is free. 410-849-3342.

Sleepy time: Sandy Thomas, director of North Arundel Hospital Sleep Center, will present a seminar on sleep disorders at 10:30 a.m. May 23 at O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, in Odenton. Thomas will discuss signs that may indicate a sleep disorder, along with preventative measures and treatment options. 410-222-6227.

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