Howard County Beacon Bits

AUGUST 2017

TECH BYTES

Aug. 3            ONE-DAY WORD CLASS
A class in the basics of Microsoft Word — covering creating and editing documents, tables and lists — will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Community College’s Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia.  Tuition is $130 including $80 in fees, which are waived for those age 60 and over. For more information or to register, call (410) 518-1700 or visit www.howarcc.edu/ConEd.

Aug. 23          ALL ABOUT APPS
Learn how apps help make iPhones, Androids and tablets powerful devices. Learn what an app is, how to add apps to your device, and share the ones you love at this free class on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Register in advance at the front desk or by calling (410) 313-7213.

HEALTH BITS

Aug. 7            FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Howard County General Hospital will offer free walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7 at the Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 St. Rte. 97 in Cooksville. For more information, call (410) 313-5577.

Aug. 9+          CPR FOR ALL AGES
A course in skills and equipment needed to clear an airway obstruction in adults, children and infants will be offered by Howard County General Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 19710 Charter Dr., Columbia. In addition to learning how to perform CPR, participants will receive instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a two-year American Heart Association completion card. There is a $55 fee. To learn more and to register, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Aug. 14          INDIVIDUAL DIETARY COUNSELING
An opportunity for a half-hour individual counseling session with a registered dietician is available on Monday Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. Fee is $40. For more information, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Aug. 16          SHOULDER HEALTH HELP
Dr. Derik L. Davis, a board-certified diagnostic radiologist who specializes in musculoskeletal imaging, will discuss shoulder health and rotator cuff dysfunction, diagnosis and treatment at the Ellicott City Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. The center is located at 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For more information, call (41) 313-1400.

Aug. 17          OPIOID OVERDOSE RESPONSE PROGRAM
Howard County General Hospital is offering a free program for the community for dealing with opioid overdose victims on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia.  Presented by the Howard County Health Department, the hour-long class includes instruction on administering naloxone and performing rescue breathing until help arrives. To register or for more information, contact shunt@howardcountymd.gov or call (410)313-6274.

Aug. 18          NOMINATE A DISABILITY ADVOCATE
The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services is accepting nominations through Friday, Aug. 18 for the Commission on Disabilities Issues 2017 Awards for outstanding efforts by individuals, businesses and community leaders to advance full participation in community life for all residents. For details about the award categories and to download a nomination form, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/CD or call (410) 313-6400 to receive a form by mail.  Award recipients will be recognized at the Annual Awards Celebration on October 5.

Aug. 19          HYPERTENSION HELP
Howard County General Hospital is offering a program on dealing with high blood pressure and hypertension on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia.  Topics will include reading food labels and managing sodium intake. There is a $5 fee for participants. For further details and to register call (410) 740-7601 or visit www.hcgh.org.

EVENT BITS

Aug. 1            NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Funk band Rhythm Methodwill play a free concert in Laurel on Tuesday, Aug. 1 as part of the Howard County Police Department’s celebration of National Night Out.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while fostering a sense of community. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.The venue is North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel.  For more information, call (410)313-4700 or visit howardcountymd.gov/sunsetserenades.

Aug. 4+          DANCE CLASS AND MOVIE
The Columbia Association is sponsoring free dance classes followed by a movie on Friday, Aug. 4 and every Friday night through Sept. 8 at Columbia’s landmark “People Tree” on the lakefront at 10221 Wincopin Circle in downtown Columbia. For a schedule of films and other information, visit www.columbiaassn.org/event.

Aug. 12          METEOR SHOWER VIEWING PARTY
The Howard County Conservancy is hosting a viewing of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 p.m. through 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at its Mt. Pleasant facility, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Participants should bring lawn chairs, water and snacks. High powered telescopes will be available for viewing. If weather is questionable, the Conservatory’s website, www.hcconservancy.org, will have updated information. For further information, visit the website or call (410) 465-8877.

Aug. 12          CONSERVANCY FAMILY OUTING - LEARN ABOUT BIODIVERSITY
Persons interested in participating in the cataloging of all living things in Maryland are invited to join the family outing activities at the Howard County Conservancy’s Mt. Pleasant facility, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 12. For details, visit the Conservancy website at www.hcconservancy.org or call (410) 465-8877.

MONEY/LEGAL BITS

Aug. 1            AVOIDING FINANCIAL SCAMS
Learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from financial exploitation in a presentation by the Howard County Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Registration is preferred and can be completed by calling the library at (410) 313-7800.

Aug. 1+          FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Attorneys are available to provide legal assistance for income-eligible persons from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the East Columbia Express Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.  For further information, call Sandy Brewer, Circuit Court Law Librarian, at (410) 313-2135.

ARTS BITS

Ongoing        ARTISTS WANTED FOR EXHIBIT
The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications through September 1 for Art Howard County 2017 for visual artists 18 and older who live, work or study in Howard County. The juried exhibit will be on display from Nov. 3 to Dec. 15 at the Council headquarters 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. There is an entry fee of $25. Applications are available online at the Arts Council website www.hocoarts.org or by calling (410) 313-2787.

Ongoing        CHINESE WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS
The watercolor on rice paper paintings of Jing-Jy Chen will be on exhibit at through Sunday, July 30 at the Artists Gallery, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the show, visit www.artistsgalleryec.com or call (443) 325-5930.

Aug. 2            ‘60s BAND AT OUTDOOR FREE CONCERT
The ‘60s Groove Quest will perform beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. The outdoor program is one of a series of Sunset Serenades offered by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks.  For a full listing, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/sunsetserenades or call (410) 313-7311.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Aug. 23          MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc. is looking for volunteers to work with students in individual and after school small group programs. There will be an information session on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. To register for the program and to learn more about the organization, call (443) 895-2457, visit www.aokmentor.org, or email susan@aokmentor.org,

Ongoing        WANT TO GET BACK TO WORK?
The Howard County Office of Workforce Development provides resume critiques and other services for job seekers. For a complete listing of services, visit call (410) 290-2620.

Ongoing        NO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA?
The Howard County Library System offers Project Literacy for adults without a high school diploma who live or work in Howard County. Check out details at hclibrary.org, email emma.ostendorp@hclibrary.org or call (410) 313-7900.