Class Offered to Smokers

North Arundel Hospital will offer a seven-week "Freedom From Smoking" course from Sept. 29 to Nov. 10 in the first-floor conference room of the hospital's Tate Cancer Center, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie.

The course, to meet Wednesday evenings, is intended to inform county residents about the dangers associated with regular tobacco use and help those who are trying to quit smoking.

Lorenza Reid, a respiratory therapist at the hospital, will talk about nicotine replacement options, motivational exercises and techniques for stress management. Smokers who attend the class will receive free nicotine patches and gum. The free class is limited to 12 participants, and registration is required. For more information, call the Tate Cancer Center Outreach and Education Line at 410-553-8129.

Water-Quality Phone Line

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will operate its Water Quality Phone Line year-round to provide emergency closing and health advisory information about county waterways.

Advisories warn residents about swimming in creeks, rivers or other natural bodies of water after sewage spills or other occurrences that may lead to unacceptable levels of waste or contaminants in the water. Residents can call the Water Quality Phone Line at 410-222-7999 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Updates about sewage spills are also placed on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Web site at www.aahealth.org.

Boating Skills Class Offered

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is sponsoring a boating skills and seamanship course from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays from Sept. 17 through Dec. 10.

The course, at the Taylor Avenue Fire Station in Annapolis, will give boaters an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating and will familiarize students with safety equipment. The class costs $40 and includes a training book and certification card. For more information or to register, call Carl Smith at 410-956-6979 or e-mail carl@integ.com.

Hospital Schedules Classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a series of classes through Oct. 30 that will be held on the second floor of the center's Sajak Pavilion, 2002 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis.

The medical center will offer a guided imagery class from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 20. The class, led by instructor Jerrol Kimmel, will focus on the use of imagery and visualization to enhance physical and mental health. It costs $45.

The hospital will also offer an introductory reiki class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The lecture and demonstration are intended to show ways in which reiki (pronounced ray-key), a Japanese healing art, can be used for stress and pain management, treating diseases and developing emotional wellness. The cost is $25.

A "Meditation for Your Health" workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30. Instructor Dawn Fleming will demonstrate how meditation can be used to reduce stress and improve the immune system. The class costs $35.

For more information or to register for a class, contact Anne Arundel Medical Center's askAAMC line at 443-481-4000 or visit www.askaamc.org.

Tennis for Students

Anne Arundel Community College will host a tennis league for sixth- through eighth-graders starting Wednesday and continuing through Oct. 23.

The league will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Students can sign up for the league during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the tennis courts at the college, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. No tennis experience is necessary. The course costs $150. For more information, call 410-777-2325.

Car Safety Seat Inspections

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer year-round inspections of child car safety seats from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Rd., Odenton. To make an appointment, call 410-222-6660.

The Health Department also offers inspections from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, and from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis.

For more information, call the Health Department at 410-222-4223. For tips on installing and inspecting child safety seats, visit the department's Web site at www.aahealth.org and type "child passenger safety" in the Web site's search engine.

Eye, Ear Tests for Students

Anne Arundel County Department of Health vision and hearing technicians and school nurses will conduct vision and hearing screenings for preschool, kindergarten and third- and eighth-grade Anne Arundel County public school students.

The department will also screen students new to the Anne Arundel County public school system and students in private schools, nurseries and day-care centers. Students who wear glasses should bring them to school on the day of the screening. Students in the following schools will be screened this month:

Today

Childtime Child Care, 1341 Ashton Rd., Hanover

The Harbour School, 1277 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis

Severna Park Children's Centre, 144 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena

Tomorrow

St. Martin's-in-the-Field Day School, 375 A Benfield Blvd., Severna Park

Monday

Chesapeake Academy, 1185 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold

Annapolis Area Christian School, 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis

St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School, 4 Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater

Tuesday

Annapolis Area Christian School, 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis

St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School, 4 Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater

The Discovery School, 1041 Route 3 north, Gambrills

Wednesday

Folger McKinsey Elementary School, 175 Arundel Beach Rd., Severna Park

Indian Creek School, Evergreen Road, Crownsville

Next Thursday

Indian Creek School, Evergreen Road, Crownsville

Chesapeake Academy, 1185 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold

Sept. 20 and 21

Glendale Elementary School, 105 Carroll Rd., Glen Burnie

Rippling Woods Elementary School, 530 Nolfield Dr., Glen Burnie

Sept. 22

Folger McKinsey Elementary School, 175 Arundel Beach Rd., Severna Park

Ridgeway Elementary School, 1440 Evergreen Rd., Severn

Sept. 23

Beaver Creek Child Care and Kindergarten, 2165 Davidsonville Rd., Gambrills

Ridgeway Elementary School, 1440 Evergreen Rd., Severn

Sept. 27

Gibson Island Country School, 5191 Mountain Rd., Pasadena

The Summit School, 664 E. Central Ave., Edgewater

Sept. 28 and 29

Severn River Middle School, 241 Peninsula Farm Rd., Arnold

Severna Park Middle School, 450 Jumpers Hole Rd., Severna Park

Sept. 30

Severna Park Middle School, 450 Jumpers Hole Rd., Severna Park

Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Rd., Pasadena

Holiday Help The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, 351 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, is accepting applications Oct. 4-8 from Anne Arundel County residents who may need assistance during Christmas.

Interested applicants should bring their pay stubs, Social Security cards, identification cards and proof of expenses to the Salvation Army between 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The names of qualified applicants, along with their clothing, toy and gift requests, will be placed on "Angel Trees" that will be distributed in malls and stores throughout the county. During the holiday season the Salvation Army will collect "Angel Tree" donations and give them to qualified applicants. People receiving assistance from other agencies are not eligible for holiday assistance from the Salvation Army. For more information, call Renee Powell at 410-263-4091.

DNA Session for Children

Spirit Hyundai of Annapolis, 935 West St., Annapolis, is sponsoring a "DNA LifePrint" session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of a day-long child safety program.

Parents who bring their children to the dealership will receive a LifePrint kit that contains several cotton swabs and a vial. A representative will rub the inside of the child's cheek with a swab to collect a DNA sample and place the sample inside the vial. Parents will take the DNA sample and LifePrint kit home to store in a safe place.

LifePrinting (referred to as a 21st-century version of fingerprinting) was started in 1998. The collected DNA samples have become an effective tool for finding missing children and adults. For more information, call 410-295-1234 or visit www.dna-lifeprint.com .

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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