Family Health Expo scheduled for April 1 at school

March 12, 2006

Murray Hill Middle School and the Howard County Health Department will present the fourth Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the school.

The event is designed to provide residents of North Laurel and Savage with access to Howard County health and human service providers. The Health Expo will offer free blood pressure, dental, vision and hearing screenings, as well as testing for diabetes, HIV and breast health. Representatives from the Health Department's education programs will be available to answer questions.

Participating will be the Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County General Hospital, the Howard County Office on Aging, the STTAR Center and others. Local groups serving non-English-speaking residents will also be on hand.

The Balloon Man and a disc jockey will entertain children. Free box lunches will be provided, and door prizes and giveaways are planned.

Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Murray Hill Middle School is at 9989 Winter Sun Road.

Around Town

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass, a local group that plays at My Way Restaurant and Bar in North Laurel, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday and March 28. The restaurant offers karaoke from Sunday through Thursday, except for alternate Tuesdays when Savage Bluegrass performs. Live bands perform Fridays and Saturdays. There is no cover charge. 301-497-9494.

Glass jewelry -- The Savage Senior Center will offer a class in "fused glass," colored glass that is fused in a kiln to create jewelry. Jewelry artisan Amber Baker will show participants how to create pendants, pins and earrings using glass that is precut in a variety of shapes. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Participants will be notified when the items have been fused in the kiln and are ready to be picked up at the Bain Center in Columbia. A limited supply of costly dichroic glass is offered, and additional pieces are available for purchase. The cost is $40, including basic materials and use of the equipment. Registration is required. 410-313-7279.

Fitness, dance -- The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for spring classes for children, teens, adults and families. Classes, which will be held at Montpelier, Oaklands and James Harrison elementary schools, the Montpelier Carriage House and Montpelier Neighborhood Park, are scheduled to begin Saturday and later. Fitness classes include yoga, tai chi and Pilates, as well as tennis for children, teens and adults. Latin dance, beginning and intermediate salsa, and country line dancing are offered. Diane Sills, 301-776-2805.

Spring sports -- The Savage Boys and Girls Club is accepting registration for its spring sports programs. Those interested in registering for baseball, softball or soccer programs can e-mail a request for a registration form to www.baseball@savagebgc.com, or www.savagebgc.com.`Lock-in' -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer a "Library Lock-in for Teens," for ages 11 to 14, from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. Movies, food and games are planned. A signed permission slip is required for registration. The form is available at the library desk. 410-880-5980.

Attic stories -- The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., is showing its 10th anniversary exhibit, Stories From the Attic: 10 Years of Collecting. Objects from the museum's collection are on display. along with the stories behind them. Admission is free. 301-725-7975.

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