Bone marrow donor drive
The Zoe Quinn Francis Fund along with Be the Match Registry and the Big Vanilla Athletic Club is sponsoring a bone marrow drive from 11 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs community room at the club, 26 Magothy Beach Blvd., Pasadena.
Participants should be between ages 18 and 60 and be in good health. A cheek swab will be taken.
Go to bethematch.org for more information. To join online through Oct. 31, go to: join.marrow.org/ND119.
FluMist vaccine for students
Free FluMist vaccine will be offered to all Anne Arundel County public school students through a partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Monday through Oct. 15.
Administered to healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11, the nasal spray vaccine contains the live but attenuated flu virus. Students must provide a written parental consent form. Permission forms must be returned to the school no later than Sept. 25. Forms can be found on the schools Web site at aacps.org.
The FluMist vaccine is not the same as a vaccine for H1N1 (swine flu). Additional information is available on the county Department of Health's Web site aahealth.org.
Seasonal flu vaccine clinics
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health clinics will provide free seasonal flu vaccine to county residents beginning Friday. Information on the clinics is available on the department's Web site at aahealth.org and on the flu information phone line 410-222-7343, Flu vaccinations are free to county residents, but a $20 donation is appreciated. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation; but individuals must bring their Medicare cards. The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the H1N1 (swine) flu.
* Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater.
* Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton road, Odenton.
* Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.
* Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.
* Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena.
Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program, the newsletter Building Blocks discusses ADHD in young children and provides tips and resources to help child care providers and parents.
Free copies of HIM (Health Ideas for Men) magazine are available at the Department of Health, J. Howard Beard Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The magazine features articles on exercises that encourage fitness, eating healthy while dining out, quitting smoking and preventing skin cancer. HIM also can be requested by calling the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.
Senior services directory
The free 2009-2010 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults With Disabilities and Caregivers" is available at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities' seven senior activity centers, county public libraries and Giant Food stores. For additional information, call Maryland Access Point/Information and Assistance at 410-222-4257.
Partners and sponsors
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is accepting partnership and sponsorship opportunities to businesses and other private-sector agencies.
Opportunities include the Family Caregiver workshop series, the annual Caregivers' Wellness Day, the annual caregivers' conference, the Planning for the Future workshop series and sponsorships for publications and various products.
Sponsorship categories start at $500. To obtain a sponsor agreement form, call 410-222-4257, ext. 3051. The department does not endorse any particular vendor or business and has the right to approve or reject potential sponsors.
Healthy Eating Kit
The kit contains tips on nutrition and Hispanic recipes, and a Quit Smoking Kit, with a step-by-step guide, "Cambie un Habito," to stop smoking permanently. "Cambie un Habito" can be downloaded from the Health Department's Spanish-language Web site, aasalud.org. Click "Aprenda a Vivir" on the navigation bar, and then click on "Dejar de Fumar." A Breast and Cervical Cancer Kit, with information on prevention and treatment, is also available.
A Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish Language Line of the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-4479, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Callers can leave messages at other times. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language informational materials are available.
Baby care kits
Free pregnancy and baby care kits are available through The Department of Health and the Healthy Babies Coalition. To order the kits visit www.aahealthybabies.org or call the Tot's line 1-877-817-8687.