Health Notes


September 19, 2004

Rubber Ducky Race benefits Carroll Hospice

Carroll Hospice will hold its eighth annual Rubber Ducky Race from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Cascade Lake on Snydersburg Road near Hampstead.

Participants can adopt a duck for $5 for the race, which begins at 1 p.m. Park admission is $10, which includes a duck.

The top 20 winners in the race will receive a prize. The grand prize is a choice of a man's watch or a day of pampering at a full-service salon.

A picnic lunch, music, children's games and a moonbounce will be featured.

Proceeds benefit Carroll Hospice and its efforts to provide quality care for the terminally ill and their families.

Information: 410-871-8000.

Carroll Hospice plans run, walk as fund-raiser

Carroll Hospice will hold a "Season of Change" 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk to benefit its programs at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Dixon Parking Lot off Stoner Avenue.

Participants can run or walk around the Carroll Hospital Center campus and Westminster.

Registration is $20. A T-shirt will be given to all those who register in advance.

First, second and third prizes will be given to the adult winners, as well as children age 13 and younger.

Food and entertainment will be offered after the race.

Information: 410-871-6837.

Rabies vaccination clinic to serve dogs, cats, ferrets

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at two locations.

Clinics will be held at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster, and at Taneytown Park in the 5200 block of Taneytown Road.

All vaccinations will be given by licensed veterinarians. All animals must be leashed or caged.

Maryland law requires that all dogs and cats over 4 months of age be vaccinated.

Vaccinations are $5.

Information: 410-857-5009.

Bereavement luncheon features speakers, support

Carroll Hospice holds a bereavement luncheon at noon the last Tuesday of the month at Bullock's Airport Inn in Westminster.

The lunches are open to anyone who is suffering from the death of a loved one. Speakers discuss death issues and participants offer support to one another.

The cost is $6.95 for the buffet, $5.95 for the soup and salad bar, and $1 for beverages.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-871-7231.

American Red Cross offers classes in CPR, first aid

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St., Westminster; and Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:

Adult CPR: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at GELC and Oct. 16 at WSC and cost $37.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at GELC and Oct. 16 at WSC and cost $42.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. Students learn to interview for a job, react to an emergency or sudden illness, play with children from infant to primary school age, and supervise children in all aspects of care. The class is nine hours and costs $40. State law requires that children under 8 years old must be in the care of someone age 13 or older. To register, call 410-386-2103.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-624-2060.

Collectors Club bingo scheduled for Oct. 9

The Carroll Collectors Club will hold its annual bingo dinner to support the Women's Place at Carroll Hospital Center at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Gamber fire hall.

Tickets are $25 and include dinner and bingo cards. Tickets are available at the Women's Place on Stoner Avenue.

The Gamber fire hall is on Route 32 at Niner Road.

Information: 410-871-6161.

Hospice training offered for certified caregivers

Carroll Hospice will offer hospice training for certified caregivers this fall.

The tentative schedule includes classes from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1; testing from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a workshop on the volunteer role from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8; PPD reading at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 10; identification badge pictures at 6 p.m. and a workshop on bedside care from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 15; and graduation and a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 22.

Competency testing will be given at 6 p.m. and a tentative in-service at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6.

Topics include orientation to hospice philosophy, facing your mortality, medical aspects, the team approach, signs and symptoms of dying, family dynamics, communication, grief and bereavement, and spiritual aspects.

Information: 410-871-7228.

'Culinary Experience' aids rape intervention service

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold its annual "A Culinary Experience" fund-raiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Martin's of Westminster.

Cuisine from area chefs will be featured, along with entertainment, a silent auction and raffles.

Donations are needed for the auction. New or very gently used jewelry, handcrafted decorative items, art, vacation stays, floral arrangements, gift certificates and memberships will be accepted.

Information: 410-857-0900.

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