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Date: Feb 1, 2018

Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features winter storm operations, and offers real-world advice on quitting smoking and establishing healthy eating habits.

ICYMI – In case you missed it, we review some recent headlines from your County government.

What to Know When it Snows – Find out about the County’s winter storm preparations and learn about the County’s new Stormfighter web feature that helps you report storm-related issues to the County.

You CAN Quit Smoking! – Learn about free resources from the Health Department to help you quit for good.

A Heart to Heart with the Doctor – Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, shares valuable heart disease prevention and treatment advice. 

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

  • Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

By Mike Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

February is a month for heart-healthy exercise, crisp fresh air, learning and sharing experiences. Try your hand at making Mayan chocolate, learn beekeeping, and gaze at the new moon sky. From night hikes to yoga, fiber crafts to maple sugar time, check out Baltimore County Recreation and Parks’ calendar of February fun for the whole family.

Thursday, February 1

Shoots and Letters – Groundhog Day    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 2

Woodchuck the Weather Man Night Hike (pre-registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Bookworm Story Time    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, February 3

Whimsical Nest Box Workshop    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

We’ve Got Rhythm    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Chat and Chew Series: The White House Chandeliers    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Mayan Chocolate-Making (pre-registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Bonfire & Night Hike    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Yoga in the Park    Lake Roland

Linoleum Block Printing and Card Making for Adults (pre-registration required – continues February 10)    Lake Roland

Whistle Pig Whimsy (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Basket Making Workshop (snow date: February 10)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 4

Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi    Cromwell Valley Park

Fiber Crafts    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Groundhog Gets A Say!    Lake Roland

Fish Print Pillow Cases (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wake Up Groundhog! (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 5

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Groundhogs   Marshy Point Nature Center

Tuesday, February 6 through Friday, February 9

Trail Guide Training (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, February 7

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Bright Branches    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Wooly Bear Club (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Thursday, February 8

Shoots and Letters – Digging in the Dirt    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 9

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Creative Clay: Pinch Pot Animals (part two February 23 – pre-registration required))    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Homeschool Nature Days (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

“BINGO Buddies”   Therapeutic Recreation

Saturday, February 10

African Americans Who Served During Wartime   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Beginning Bee Keeping (pre-registration required – concludes on Saturday, February 17)    Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Maple Sugaring Weekend   Cromwell Valley Park

Valentine’s Party (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Linoleum Block Printing and Card Making for Adults (pre-registration required – continued from February 3)  Lake Roland

Before Chocolate (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Squirreling Around (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 11

Maple Sugaring Weekend    Cromwell Valley Park

Winter Snow Scene   Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Sundays Birdwalk (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Just for Kids, Five Senses Hike (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Squirreling Around (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 12

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Valentine’s Day    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 14

Natural World of Art: Quilled hearts and Flowers (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, February 15

Shoots and Letters – Rocks and Minerals   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 16

New Moon Night Sky    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, February 17

Trace Your Roots (pre-reservation required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Great Backyard Bird Count    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and Cromwell Valley Park

Tricky Tracking   Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Bird Extravaganza    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Live Bluegrass and Country Music    Middle River Recreation Council

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 18

Recycled Bird Feeders (pre-reservation required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Bird Extravaganza    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 19

Arctic Adventure Day Camp (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

School’s Out!    Lake Roland

Tuesday, February 20

Speaker Series – “The Amazing Horseshoe Crab”    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 21

Natural World of Art: Crescent Moon (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, February 22

Shoots and Letters – Maple Sugaring   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 23

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, February 24

Maple Sugaring in Maryland    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day   Cromwell Valley Park

Slate Composite Tools (pre-registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Birds in Your Backyard    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Donut Run    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time     Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 25

Tracks on T-Shirts (pre-registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Afternoon Scrapbooking (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 26

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Maple Syrup    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 28

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Stone Flowers (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

Take in our over 200 beautiful Parks for hikes and sites and all the cool fresh air you can imagine, and indoor Nature Centers if the weather is a bit too cold. Regardless of the temperature, there’s a lot to enjoy from Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.


Baltimore County offers free HIV testing at multiple locations

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting five, free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The clinics will be held from February 5 to 8 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.

February 7, 2018 is NBHAAD’s 18th year. The initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV among African Americans. One of its key components is testing as it is hoped that African Americans will mark February 7 of every year as their annual or biannual day to get tested for HIV.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to have HIV, approximately 14% are unaware of it. And, although African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for approximately 44% of the HIV diagnoses.

“Even though these clinics are being held in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s critical for everyone ages 13 and older to get tested and to know their status,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “What you don’t know can hurt you—and others. So take advantage of our free testing opportunities.”

All testing is oral, and the results are provided within 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary.

HIV Clinic Schedule

February 5, from 4 to 7 PM

Towson Health Center – 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286

February 6, from 8:30 AM to 6 PM

Woodlawn Health Center - 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 21207

February 7, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212

February 8, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212

February 8, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Eastern Family Resource Center – 9100 Franklin Square Drive, 21237

Please note in the event of inclement weather, the clinics may be canceled, and will not be rescheduled. For cancellation information, call 410-887-2437.

For more information on Baltimore County’s NBHAAD clinics or year-round HIV testing clinics, call 410-887-2437 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017