Health Notes

April 11, 2010

Youth art contest Laurel Regional Hospital and the Laurel Art Guild will host a youth art contest open to children ages 5 to 18. This year's theme is "Family Fun." One entry per contestant and the first 100 entries will be judged. Entry applications are available at the hospital's public relations office or visitor information desk. All entries must be hand-delivered to the hospital's public relation office, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel by May 28. The first place winner in each age category wins $100. Information: public relations office, 301-497-7914.

Advanced health care directives Howard County Hospital will hold informational meetings to help people prepare advance directives on their health care in the event they are incapacitated. Meetings will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the hospital's main lobby. Information: 410-720-8514.

Terminal illness pre-planning workshop Event will be at First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1. Topics for discussion are long-term care insurance, living wills, advance directives and pre-planning funeral arrangements. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration: 410-465-2977 or e-mail

Pink plate specials April is cherry blossom time and area restaurants throughout the county will promote cancer awareness with Blossoms of Hope "think pink," with special chef's creations, signature desserts and drinks to raise funds for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Go to for a complete list or participating restaurants.

Canine Bark for Life walk American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine. All dogs must be on a leash and must be cleaned up after. Information: Marcia at 410-489-0003, Phyllis at 410-206-9876 or

Wellness classes Free wellness classes will be held at Tai Sophia Institute, main campus, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. Topics to be discussed:

•Eating healthy on a budget, 6:30 p.m. April 19

•Craniosacral therapy/gentle hands-on bodywork, 6:30 p.m. April 21

•Acupuncture for health, healing and wellness, 6:30 p.m. April 22

•Introduction to Qi-Gong movement, 6 p.m. April 28

•Yoga and medication, 6 p.m. April 29

Registration: (keyword: free wellness) or community programs at 410-888-9048, ext. 6611.

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