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May 09, 2005

Hepatitis C awareness

Hepatitis C Awareness Day events will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School auditorium and track field. Doors open at 9 a.m.

The day will include an appearance by country singer Naomi Judd and Dr. Michael Rudman. The annual Hepatitis C walk also will be held. There also will be a visit from the Baltimore Orioles Oriole Bird and Frederick Keys Keyote. The International Hepatitis C quilts will be on display.

The entry fee is $25, plus sponsor sheets and includes the entire day of events.

Gardening with arthritis

Learn how to garden if you have arthritis, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Arthritis and Osteo Center in Frederick, Md.

For information, call Sherri at 1-301-694-5800.

Senior Fair

The 13th annual Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.


The fair will include food vendors, health screenings, a disc jockey, door prizes, vendors, bingo and freebies.

Park in the Municipal Stadium parking lot and take the shuttle to the fair. Sponsored by the Washington County Commission on Aging. The cost is $2 at the door.

Free health screenings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In celebration of National Nurses Week, Friday, May 6, through Thursday, May 12, City Hospital nursing staff will offer free blood pressure checks and glucose screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the hospital's main lobby. Bone density screenings also will be offered at that time. The public is invited.

Fibromyalgia awareness

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Fibromyalgia Support Group will host an information booth Thursday, May 12, at Fredericktown Mall, during National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

The focus of this group is to help fibromyalgia patients modify their activities to reclaim their lives.

Aging seminar

FREDERICK, Md. - Elder Crisis Task Force will offer the educational seminar "It Takes a Community to Protect the Aging," from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Frederick County Health Department, 350 Montevue Lane, Entrance C.

Topics will include the value of aging, detecting and avoiding abuse, and how to get help. Morning refreshments and lunch are included in the $5 registration fee.

To register, send your name, address, phone number and your check for $5 to Department on Aging, 1440 Taney Ave., Frederick, MD 21702. Make checks out to Elder Crisis Task Force.

Mental health seminars

Brook Lane will offer the following seminars in May during Mental Health Month:

· The Mind-Body Connection: Mental Health and Fitness (Part I) - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

· Understanding Anxiety Disorders - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

· The Mind-Body Connection: Mental Health and Fitness (Part II) - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

· Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

The programs will be held in Brook Lane's community room on the main campus, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, off Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, north of Hagerstown. To register or for information, call 301-733-0330 or 1-800-342-2992.

Mental health resources

FREDERICK, Md. - The 2005 Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services, listing hundreds of local resources, is now available at the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. One complimentary copy per person can be picked up at MHA's office at 263 W. Patrick St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Additional copies are available for $7 per book. Orders of 16 or more are available at reduced rates. For information, call Cindy Burdette at 1-301-698-4974 or send e-mail to

Mental health support

The Annual Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services, now in its 12th year, is the only comprehensive referral tool available that lists licensed mental health professionals, behavioral health facilities and group practices, extensive community support and emergency services, and a general services section in Spanish. The guide is distributed free of charge to all individuals and major referral sources throughout Frederick, Washington and Carroll counties.

Community support service categories include: 24-hour hotlines, mental health services, substance abuse services, consumer information and advocacy, developmental disabilities, employment and vocational rehabilitation, family and children's services, health-care services, AIDS services, in-home/respite care, housing and emergency services, law enforcement and legal assistance, senior services and support groups.

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