Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

November 15, 2006

Lights on the Bay to sparkle Friday

Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation will flip the switch Friday on its Lights on the Bay holiday display at Sandy Point State Park.

The event features a scenic drive through the park, illuminated by more than 60 animated and stationary displays.

Additions this year include Winter Fairy Tales and Prehistoric Dino Lights, while popular holdovers such as Naval Academy midshipmen tossing their hats in the air and a replica of a Colonial village will also be featured.

The show is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1 - including holidays. Tickets are $12 per car and $50 per bus. Discount coupons are available in several area newspapers, county libraries and Red Hot & Blue restaurant. Proceeds benefit the foundation.

Sandy Point State Park is off U.S. 50 at Exit 32, near the Bay Bridge.

Tickets: 443-481-3161.

Hispanic festival highlights health

Food, music, games and health information are just a few of the free attractions at this year's Gran Festival de la Salud, the Department of Health's annual festival promoting cancer prevention and tobacco cessation.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Drive. Established in 2003, the festival is coordinated by the department's Office of Minority Health in partnership with members of the Hispanic Health Network, a coalition of 24 churches and several community groups.

Visitors can attend health presentations and receive complimentary health screenings. Free FluMist nasal spray flu vaccines and tetanus vaccines will be offered. Youngsters can have their faces painted and learn about dental hygiene and about avoiding tobacco. Free entertainment, food and drinks will be available.

For more information on the festival or the Hispanic Health Network, call the Learn to Live Spanish Language Line at 410-222-4479.

Ceremony is Dec. 3 for Tree of Lights

Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum.

The ceremony allows family and friends to remember loved ones with a star ornament hand-painted with the name of the departed. Ornaments are available for $25. In addition to the ornament, a dove will be placed on a memorial wall.

Proceeds benefit the hospice's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center. Call 410-793-0342 or 410-987-2129 for further information or to order. The deadline for orders is Monday.

Corvette club raises funds for hospital

A group of car enthusiasts has raised $5,000 for the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation to buy infusion chairs for AAMC's Infusion Center.

Corvette Annapolis raised the money through car shows, raffles, silent auctions and other club activities.

"Our club is compassionate toward the needs of the community," said Sherry Arigo, president of Corvette Annapolis. "We will continue our efforts to support AAMC."

Previously, it has raised money to buy an ice machine and blanket warmers for patients receiving chemotherapy. The club's next purchase will be a Nu-Step machine for AAMC's cardiac rehab program.

Corvette Annapolis has more than 100 members who meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Annapolis public library on West Street. Information: www.corvetteannapolis.com.

Artwork to benefit breast center

Through today, two women are exhibiting their artwork in an Annapolis gallery to raise money for the Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The paintings and photo collages by Terry Coker Peterson and Margaret Caro at the Maryland Federation of Art's Holley Gallery, 18 State Circle, are based on their personal experience with the disease and the people they met along the way.

Peterson, a survivor of breast cancer, inspired her friend Caro to paint a portrait of her. This led to a series of small portraits of other women with breast cancer, including Caro's mother, a neighbor, a daughter's classmate and friends. Peterson documented her journey from diagnosis to reconstruction by creating a series of self-portraits using photo collage.

Part of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation for the AAMC's Breast Center in memory of Dawn Kittrell, an Annapolis woman who died in November 2005 at age 24.

Information: 410-268-4566.

County schedules flu-shot clinics

The county Department of Health is offering flu immunizations for Anne Arundel residents at a series of clinics.

Vaccinations are recommended for people age 50 and older; people with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS; children ages 6 months through 4 years; pregnant women; health care personnel who provide direct patient care; and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under 5 years old.

Pneumococcal vaccine will also be provided for people over age 65 or with chronic heart and pulmonary conditions, who have lost their spleen or have sickle-cell anemia.

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