Center designed as caregivers' site for information

January 02, 2003

When she took her job two years ago, Wilde Lake resident Liz Schoen was handed a grant to start an information center for caregivers. Schoen is coordinator for Jewish Family Services in Howard County -- and a caregiver herself.

"My mom's alive and doing very well and living independently," she said. "But she was in an accident, and I had the experience of being a long-distance caregiver during her period of recovery. People don't realize that they're caregiving, even when their parent isn't living in their home."

The center offers "lots of information that can make a big difference for caregivers, especially at the beginning when they first realize, for instance, that the parent is not safe at home alone," Schoen said. "It can be very overwhelming."

Lisa Simenauer of Ellicott City manages the center, which is staffed by volunteer caregivers.

Included are a lending library, a database with links to Web sites on caregiving, and "reams and reams of pamphlets that people can carry away," Schoen said.

The center, in the offices of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Ellicott City, is open to everyone.

Information: Schoen, 410- 715-5057.

Library to offer book club for mothers and daughters

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will sponsor its "Go Girl! Mother-Daughter Book Club," a discussion group for girls ages 11 to 13 with a parent, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The group is reading The Tiger is Rising by Kate DiCamillo.

"Book It!" -- a club for children ages 9 to 11 -- will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

The reading is Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

Registration is required and can be done at any time.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Six-week Latin dance class is available for beginners

Heather Charles will teach a Latin dance class for beginners ages 16 and older from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning next week, at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake village center.

The six-week class will focus on the modern Latin club dances salsa and merengue.

The cost is $65. Registration is required.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town

Music for families: Music Together with Ann Quinn will offer a free demonstration class at 10 a.m. Friday at Ruth Keeton House in the Village of Harper's Choice. The class -- for children up to age 4 and their parents -- will include singing, chanting, moving and playing instruments. Music Together offers hands-on experience with music and movement for young children. Families are encouraged to attend class together to learn activities that can be used at home. Registration is requested. 410-747-4957.

Celebrate diversity: River Hill Community Association will sponsor One Day, a multicultural event recognizing and celebrating the community's diversity, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Claret Hall, in River Hill Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Admission is free. Reservations are not required. 410- 531-1749.

Parents and tots: Town Center Community Association will hold a 10-week winter session of Parent and Tots Play Group from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. A session for children ages 2 and older will begin Jan. 7; for children 6 months to 24 months, Jan. 8; and children 6 months to 4 years, Jan. 9. The cost is $25 for Columbia Association residents; $27 for nonresidents. 410-730-4744.

Support for parents: First-time parents are invited to join a continuing support group and a play group for their babies from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake village center. The group is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. A nominal donation is requested. 410-730- 3987.

Finding a job: The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will present a workshop on print and online library resources for a job search at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

Flowers in boxes: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a pressed flower box class for ages 55 and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Participants will design a pressed-flower arrangement to use in a glass top for an 8-inch- by-11-inch hardwood box for jewelry or keepsakes. The cost is $29, including materials. Registration is required. 410-313-7279.

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