Health Notes


May 07, 2006

One-man act focuses on mental illness

To raise public awareness for mental health, Carroll Hospital Center's Behavioral Health Services will co-sponsor a one-man play, "Hearing Voices," by Michael Mack, on Thursday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main. St., Westminster.

A wine-and-cheese reception and art exhibition will begin at 6 p.m., and the play starts at 7:15 p.m.

Mack, a performing artist and poet, will share his family's struggle to cope with his mother's battle with paranoid schizophrenia. A graduate of the MIT writing program, Mack has performed his play nationwide.

Artwork created by mental health patients will be on display. The evening's activities are geared toward those in the mental health profession, but the performance is open to the public.

Tickets are $15, available at 410-848-2244.

Taste of Carroll on tap for May 15

The seventh annual Taste of Carroll to benefit Carroll Hospice will be held May 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown.

More than 20 restaurants and wineries will share samplings of their best dishes and beverages. A live and silent auction also will be held.

Participating restaurants and wineries include: A Gourmet Affair, Antrim 1844, Bart's Place, Basignani Winery, Baugher's Restaurant, Boordy Vineyards, Brick Ridge Restaurant, Casa Rico Mexican Restaurant, Carroll Hospital Center-Java Coast Coffee, Cygnus Wine Cellars, Elk Run Vineyards, Giulianova Italian Deli & Groceria.

Also, Harry's Main Street Grille, Johansson's Dining House, Legend's Cafe, Liberatore's, Linganore Winecellars, Maggie's Restaurant, Maria's at the Westminster Inn, Marina Cuisina Cafe & Creative Catering, New York J&P Pizza, Paradiso Italian Restaurant, Rafael's, Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse, the Pour House, Timeout Sports Grille and Woodhall Wine Cellars.

Tickets are $60 and available at Carroll Hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster.

Information: 410-871-8000.

Conference will focus on dementia

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will sponsor "Understanding Dementia: a Conference for Clergy and Pastoral Caregivers" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at Carroll Community College.

The cost is $49, and continuing education credit is available. Breakfast and lunch will be included. Registration is required by May 18.

This educational conference is for clergy, pastoral staff and lay members who perform pastoral care.

Discussion topics include: the disease process and progression of dementia; the difference between dementia and normal changes of aging; family and social relationships; what it means to have dementia; legal and ethical concerns related to dementia; and pastoral issues related to all of these topics.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Alva S. Baker, executive director of Copper Ridge Institute, who will discuss advances in care and current challenges, and share insights from his experience in geriatrics; and the Rev. Reginald Rice, chaplain at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport, who will discuss dementia from the perspective of pastoral care.

A panel of local experts and representatives of agencies and services will be included.

Information: 410-871-6372.

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