Fibromyalgia Class Offers Self-Help

The Southern Maryland Branch of the Arthritis Foundation will host a fibromyalgia self-help course from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 15 through June 26.

The class, led by physical therapist Karen Martinchek, will provide information about joint protection, medication and pain management for people with fibromyalgia and their families.

It will include a demonstration of beneficial exercises. For more information or to register for the class, call 410-544-5433. Registration costs $30.

Kindergartners Can Get Their Shots

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will hold a series of immunization clinics for children who are entering kindergarten in the fall.

The clinics are scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. April 22 at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Rd., Odenton; April 24 at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. SW, Glen Burnie; and April 29 at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St.

Children will receive shots to immunize them against polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. They will also be immunized for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

Students must show evidence of receiving immunization shots before attending school.

Children's Museum Plans Summer Camps

The Chesapeake Children's Museum in Annapolis will host a series of summer camps starting in July for children age 3 and older.

Hands on History Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 through 11 and will include classes in bookbinding, writing with quill pens and toy making.

The camp will be led by Joyce White, an Anne Arundel Community College American studies professor, and is open to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders.

Tuition for the camp is $200, with an additional $30 fee for materials. The registration deadline is June 30.

For more information, call White at 410-267-8350.

Another camp is the Family Dinosaur Camp, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21 through 25, for children 3 and older. Students will travel to museums and dig sites to look for dinosaur bones and fossils.

Camp activities will be led by paleontologist Peter Kranz.

Tuition for the program is $350 for one adult and child for the full week and $100 per day for one adult and child. For more information call Kranz at 301-203-0367.

To register, call the Chesapeake Children's Museum at 410-990-1993.

Two Chamber Scholarships Available

Students in Southern Anne Arundel County have until April 22 to apply for two scholarships from the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber will award $1,000 scholarships to two students at public or private high schools who reside in Southern Anne Arundel County and intend to live in South County after they graduate from college.

Interested students should call the chamber at 410-867-3129 or send e-mail to southcounty@toad.net. Students can also pick up applications from their high school guidance counselors.

Break in Main Causes Water Restrictions

Businesses and residences in the 21226, 21122 and 21060 Zip codes will be placed under mandatory water restrictions starting May 1 because of a Baltimore City water main break.

Residents and establishments will be forbidden to water lawns, gardens and outdoor plants with a free-running hose or sprinkler from 5 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. Fridays through midnight Sundays.

During those same hours, residents may not wash paved surfaces, including sidewalks, patios, driveways and roads; wash cars, trucks, trailers and boats; fill or top off private swimming pools, ornamental fountains and reflecting pools; and power wash buildings, homes, fences and decks.

The county will maintain water restrictions until the main, which supplies water to Baltimore city and parts of Anne Arundel County, is repaired.

Local law enforcement officials will enforce mandatory water restrictions. Penalties for violating water restrictions may include fines or the disconnection of public water supplies.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers