Health Notes

November 28, 2007

Ceremony lights way for remembering

The Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary is hosting its annual Tree of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum.

This ceremony is an occasion during the holiday season to remember the loss of loved ones. It will begin with the lighting of the Tree of Lights followed by meditation and music.

For a contribution of $25, participants will receive an ornament hand-painted with the name of a loved one. In addition, a dove bearing that person's name will be placed on a memory wall.

All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center.

To order an ornament and dove, call Bev Coakley at 410-793-0342 or Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center at 410-987-2129.

Hospice shop holding clearance

Chesapeake Treasures, the resale shop that benefits Hospice of the Chesapeake, is holding its fall clearance sale through the end of the month, offering 50 percent off on some items.

Donations are not accepted during the clearance sale but will resume in December.

Customers who spend at least $10 in the shop this month will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket valued at more than $125. The drawing will be held Monday, .

The volunteer-managed store is in Park Plaza, 558-D Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Information: 410-384-9260.

Businesses can get tobacco law kit

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers free Tobacco Sales Compliance Kits to help businesses prepare their employees for police checks of tobacco sales.

The Compliance Kit includes brightly colored "No I.D., No Tobacco" posters for display, an explanation of tobacco sales laws and a tip card to help cashiers spot fake IDs. Spanish versions of the posters are also available.

Selling tobacco products to anyone under 18 is illegal. Store employees who sell tobacco to minors during undercover police checks receive citations and must appear in court. Store owners can also be fined.

The kits can be ordered from the Department of Health's Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979.

For information on quitting smoking, healthy eating, sun safety and other topics, go to www.aahealth.org and www.smokingstinks-aaco.org.

County has begun flu vaccine clinics

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is continuing to offer flu immunization clinics around the county until Dec. 11.

Injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women.

Pneumococcal vaccine will be available at all clinic locations. It is recommended for those who are 65 or older, have chronic heart or pulmonary conditions, have lost their spleens or have sickle cell anemia. For most people, pneumococcal vaccine is needed once in a lifetime.

Immunizations are free, but the department accepts donations to defray the cost. The suggested donation is $20. Medicare Part B covers the $20 donation for flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Medicare cards must be shown.

This week, clinics will held:

Today, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway South.

Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, CALT Building, Room 100, 101 College Parkway, Arnold.

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